Missouri's Grand Challenges
Developing partnerships includes identifying, facilitating and nurturing new and existing relationships, forging strong partnerships and deepening ties for MU and MU Extension, both internally and externally. These often take the shape of initiatives that have statewide impact or bring together those from various disciplines and fields to make a real difference. Grand Challenges are those issues that are too big, complicated, and multi-dimensional for any of us to tackle alone. They require bringing the right people, resources, expertise and collaboration together to find solutions.
That has allowed us to hone our energies on what Missourians made clear was of concern to them, and to know where to put our resources and energies. Fortunately, the University of Missouri is well-suited to help address these challenges, and can partner with those that share these concerns. MU Extension is poised to target these three major concerns through experts in the fields of agriculture and environment; youth and family; business and community; and health and safety.
Partnering on Grand Challenges
Some Grand Challenges have impacts in more than one, or all three, of the areas. In the following sections, we hope to shine a light on the work being done to address the over-arching areas.