The open house was fit to burst Friday evening as people from all over Rossland came to celebrate the company’s new move.

Thoughtexchange finds a new home

This past weekend, Thoughtexchange held an open house to celebrate their move into a beautiful new office.

Chris Stedile

Rossland News

This past weekend, Thoughtexchange held an open house to celebrate their move into a beautiful new office just off the main drag in Rossland. All the normal food, drink and talk was found at the new location — Suite E, 1990 Columbia Ave. — but with a little Thoughtexchange twist.

“For those of you new to Thoughtexchange, we do something pretty cool,” explained co-founder and president Dave MacLeod, “which is to figure out what a group of people cares about. So for our grand opening we thought it would be cool to do a group insight game.”

The activity played out exactly how an event hosted by Thoughtexchange would have.

The crowd — made up of over 30 people — was handed a sheet of paper each and asked to fill out their idea, then shuffle about and speak with another person and discuss their thoughts. Papers were then shuffled and participants voted on whether the topic was important to them. This process repeated itself and the end results display what a group generally thinks about a subject.

So far, this process has been put to great use by Mayor Kathy Moore alongside city council and staff.

Last fall, the community was invited to a Thoughtexchange event so the city could begin to mend broken relationships and figure out what’s going well, where improvements can be made and what might be missing, with a goal to uncover the community’s shared sense of values and priorities.

Moore described the results as “overwhelming.” Over 300 people contributed nearly 1,000 unique ideas during the consultation.

The results of this event and how they shaped the coming budget were revealed earlier this month, during another Thoughtexchange session. More public input was collected at the Miners Hall that evening and the results will continue to power council’s decisions.

Moore was on hand at the open house to cut the ribbon and give her thoughts on what the company has done for Rossland so far.

“Before we have the cutting, I just want to say, that the City of Rossland is just thrilled to have a company like Thoughtexchange here amongst us. It’s a new era and we’re hoping to engage with Thoughtexchange much more and really make Rossland thrive.”

 

Moore and council were voted in on a strong community mandate of change and reform. The politicians of Rossland have said they are firmly committed to this idea, and are using Thoughtexchange as one medium to reach the public.

 

 

Just Posted

Premier Horgan talks jobs and opportunity at Castlegar mill

Upbeat visit brings message of hope and co-operation among Kootenay forestry players

Recycle major appliances for free in Kootenay Boundary

Free service begins May 1; Refrigerant appliances not included at Greater Trail regional landfill

Gas venting from tanker at Castlegar rail yard posed no danger: officials

Argon gas discharged from a CP tanker car on Friday, April 19.

Carfentanil found for first time in Castlegar

Killer opiod found in local illegal drug market

Rossland’s Seven Summits school gets grant to grow global presence

Centre for Learning hopes to triple the number of international students it has

VIDEO: Driver in bizarre hit-and-run at B.C. car dealership turns herself in

Police believe alcohol was a factor in incident causing estimated $15,000 in damages

B.C., Ottawa talk 50/50 split on abandoned bus-route service

B.C. has paid $2 million on a bus service for the northern part of the province

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

B.C. woman, 76, challenges alcohol-screening laws after failing to give breath sample

Norma McLeod was unable to provide a sample because of her medical conditions

New report on 2017 wildfires calls for better coordination with B.C. First Nations

Tsilhqot’in National Government documents 2017 disaster and lists 33 calls to action

B.C. youth coach banned amid sexual harassment, bullying scandal: Water Polo Canada

Justin Mitchell can’t take part in Water Polo Canada events or clubs

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Boating incident claims life on East Kootenay lake

A young man has died after a canoe overturned in Moyie Lake early Tuesday morning

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

Most Read