Change Network

South Dakota


Creating change, together.

Across the region, people have thoughtful ideas about making their communities and organizations more inclusive and equitable. Change Network connects individuals who want to make a difference and prepares them to become strong leaders who will see that change through.

South Dakota Change Network is a year-long journey where you will build techniques and networks to make the places you live and work more inclusive. Learning is accomplished through a combination of online courses, exchange activities and three in-person convenings via a partnership between 3E Productions, Commonsense Consulting@Work, NAS, SDSU Extension, and filmmaker Charles Kennedye. Through this challenging and supportive environment, you will enhance your self-awareness, leadership skills and abilities to implement systems change.


You see…

opportunities for your organization and community to become more diverse and inclusive.

You want…

to learn new skills and discuss ideas that will help you become a strong leader and affect real change in your community.

You’ll gain…

tailored advising from industry experts, receiving guidance on your project as you work to realize your goal.

You’ll join…

a network of change makers from South Dakota and Native nation communities dedicated to assisting one another in their work.


The South Dakota Change Network program runs for one year and consists of two learning cycles. Participants will meet for three in-person convenings over the course of the program; at the beginning, middle (a joint event with North Dakota Change Network) and end. Each convening will connect you with content experts and leading faculty from U.S. universities.


The Change Network team places the health of participants at the utmost importance. Please note that convening dates may be subject to change in order to accommodate any guidelines, mandates, and best practices concerning COVID-19 at the time of the event.


Between convenings you will have monthly remote meetings, online exchange activities, and project design coaching with designated confidants.


JUN 26, 2020:

Application deadline

AUG 2020:

North Dakota Change Network Cohort Announced

SEP 17 – 21, 2020:

In-person convening, Bismarck, ND (North Dakota & South Dakota cohorts)

OCT 2020 – JAN 2021:

Remote monthly intersession meetings and online exchange activities

JAN 22 – 23, 2021:

In-person convening, Mitchell, SD (South Dakota cohort)

FEB – JUN 2021:

Remote monthly intersession meetings and online exchange activities

JUN 25 – 27, 2021:

In-person convening, TBD, SD (North Dakota & South Dakota cohorts)

JUL – SEP 2021:

South Dakota Change Network grant check-in and next steps.

Project Grants

Participants in South Dakota Change Network will have the opportunity to apply for a small grant, up to $5,000, to assist a project which impacts the individual’s organization in positive and significant ways. Learn more about the grant process.

Program Cost

South Dakota Change Network is free to participants. The program’s expenses, which include accommodations and meals at each of the three convenings, program materials, online learning, coaching and support, are completely underwritten and represent a $16,500 investment in each participant.


If necessary, participants must have workplace approval of their paid time off to attend in-person convenings and occasional daytime phone calls. Mileage driven to and from the mandatory in-person convenings will be reimbursed. If participant needs additional support for accessibility or transportation, options may be available.

Who Should Join the Change Network?

South Dakota Change Network participants see opportunities to make equitable change in their South Dakota or Native nation communities.
As part of the application, you will name at least one Champion, an individual from your network who can help influence and implement the planned change. This can be a board member, supervisor, elder, or an expert from the organization or a partner organization. The Champion is not expected to attend in-person meetings, but will be asked to join in occasional calls with you and your assigned program facilitator.

Our Partnership

Our diverse team of leaders hail from Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Virginia. Our approach gives the cohort cross-sector insights, expertise and resources. We seek to infuse our cohort with empathy, understanding, and tools to create lasting and meaningful change within your organizations and ecosystems.

The Network’s Impact

Change Network alumni have used the knowledge and leadership skills they’ve gained in the program to effect powerful change in their organizations and communities. Take a look at some of the incredible projects they’re working on.