What if I told you that I was given a glimpse into the future this week?

There was no time machine. No crystal ball. Just a group of community-minded journalists from across Colorado’s Western Slope gathered in Gunnison to compare notes and swap stories about affordable housing.

Solutions Journalism Network is a nonprofit with which the Times has been working for the last year. SJN encourages and assists newsrooms in pursuing stories about potential solutions to problems we face — in the realm of education, crime, healthcare, you name it. The thought being that articles that center on and vet potential solutions are not only more engaging for readers, but assist policy makers and make for a stronger community.

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