Upcoming Event

Scott Rada, La Crosse Tribune Digital new editor

Date: Thursday, January 25th
Time: 6pm
Place: Hackberry Bistro (located above The People’s Food Co-op in La Crosse)
Topic: Fake News! Do We Really Want to Know the Truth?

Speaker: Scott Rada, digital news editor of the River Valley Media Group, which includes the La Crosse Tribune, Winona Daily News, Chippewa Herald and seven weekly publications in the region.

Scott began his journalism career in 1998 as a copy editor at The Ottumwa Courier in southern Iowa. Since 1999, he has worked at the Tribune as a copy editor, features editor and local news editor, before taking on his current role about two years ago.

Past Be Topics and Speakers:

“Healthcare is Broken. What’s its Future?”

  • Speaker: Bud Hammes

“Does Religion Matter? Faith, Values, and Action.”

  • Speaker: John McHugh

“We The People. A Way Forward For a Divided Nation”

  • Speaker: Sam Scinta

“What is Truth?”

  • Speaker: Mark Barber

“Is the God of Islam the Same as the God of Christianity and Judaism?”

  • Speaker: Richard Kyte

Why I helped create .Be.

Our Mission & Values

Our Mission

.be. desires to provide a place for all people to enter into authentic conversations of the head and heart and to seek common ground with other.

Our Vision

.be. desires to create and nurture a culture of relationship and community building.

.be Values

Storytelling – Human stories, rather than just opinions.
Listening – Practicing presence with ourselves and others.
Bridge-building – Honoring the human spirit within each person.
Welcoming the stranger – Exercising inclusivity and non-judgement. Networking with service and faith organizations.

.be Ground Rules

.be. present.  (Put Devices Away)

.be. aware that you are part of a group  (allow all voices to be heard)

.be. respectful of others stories (all lived experience is valuable)

.be.empathetic and compassionate (put yourself in another’s shoes)

.be. curious (respond with questions when appropriate)

.be. nonjudgmental (put aside judging and labeling)