Home

“Together, let us be creative in our thinking, collaborative in our work, resolute in our strategy and bold in our storytelling.”
Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D.
RFI Interim Executive Director & Chief Futurist
Learn More

We Believe

People have the capacity to shape their own futures.

Communities are not just localities, but also networked groups of individuals working together toward a common goal and shared purpose.

Leaders are known by their vision, ideas, energy, passion and engagement in collective action.

Entrepreneurs are individuals and communities that combine strategic foresight and grit to take action to reach their desired futures.

Diverse and inclusive leadership is needed to propel communities forward.

Our complex future requires mutual respect and collaboration between rural and urban regions and communities.

Our Mission

 

 

Rural Futures with Dr. Connie

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pulse of Rural



Articles & Releases

Tourism | 2018 RFI Student Serviceship

September 4, 2018
   Hear how community leaders from Broken Bow, Nebraska, and Red Cloud, Nebraska, along with University of Nebraska students, created and implemented strategies related to rural tourism during 2018 RFI Student Serviceship! http://ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/2018Serviceship     Their creative ideas and solutions and their …

 

Hear how community leaders from Broken Bow, Nebraska, and Red Cloud, Nebraska, along with University of Nebraska students, created and implemented strategies related to rural tourism during 2018 RFI Student Serviceship! http://ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/2018Serviceship

 

Details

 

Their creative ideas and solutions and their vision for the future are inspiring!

 

💪 “[The students] didn’t leave anything off the table. They shot high. I think one thing that rural communities do sometimes is we set the bar too low.” — Andrew Ambriz

 

A HUGE thank you to two lead mentors and community leaders we are constantly learning from:

 

Andrew Ambriz, Executive Director, Custer Economic Development Corporation (CEDC)

Jarrod McCartney, Director, Heritage Tourism Director

 

And a shout out to these stellar NU students and their 22 peers who also participated in serviceship this summer.

 

Jessica Weeder, argibusiness, UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR)

Leanne Gamet, agricultural and environmental sciences communication, CASNR

Trenton Burh, political science, Nebraska College of Arts and Sciences

Trevor Harlow, political science & environmental studies, UNO College of Arts and Sciences

 

📹: Karina Hernadez, Summer 2018 RFI Communications Intern and May 2018 UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications Graduate!

Read More

Creative Entrepreneurship | 2018 RFI Student Serviceship

August 31, 2018
   We’re celebrating a high-energy, action-oriented, future-focused summer of RFI Student Serviceship with videos sharing insights from key opportunities for rural communities.     Next up in our celebration of 2018 RFI Student Serviceship — Creative Entrepreneurship accomplished by …

 

We’re celebrating a high-energy, action-oriented, future-focused summer of RFI Student Serviceship with videos sharing insights from key opportunities for rural communities.

 

Details

 

Next up in our celebration of 2018 RFI Student Serviceship — Creative Entrepreneurship accomplished by community leaders and NU students in Norfolk, Nebraska, and Cozad, Nebraska, this summer.

 

To Brandon Day, CEO of Daycos, and Jen McKeone, Executive Director of Cozad Development Corporation, thank you for your energy, ideas and meaningful mentorship of Christy, Shelby, Cheyenne and Samantha. These University of Nebraska students grew in their leadership and strategy because of the time you have invested in them through work, service and living in your rural Nebraska communities.

 

Shout out to the preparation of these students by the UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and our very own Helen Fagan, Ph.D., whose training program was called upon by many students and communities throughout their experiences.

 

More about the Norfolk experience:http://ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/norfolk-neb/

More about the Cozad experience: http://ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/cozad-neb/

 

📹: Karina Hernadez, Summer 2018 RFI Communications Intern and May 2018 UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications Graduate!

Read More

2018 RFI Serviceship | Recruitment & Retention

August 28, 2018
   We’re celebrating a high-energy, action-oriented, future-focused summer of RFI Student Serviceship with videos sharing insights from key opportunities for rural communities.     First up, Recruitment and Retention of Rural Residents — community leaders from Seward County, Neb., …

 

We’re celebrating a high-energy, action-oriented, future-focused summer of RFI Student Serviceship with videos sharing insights from key opportunities for rural communities.

 

Details

 

First up, Recruitment and Retention of Rural Residents — community leaders from Seward County, Neb., and Box Butte County, Neb., along with the University of Nebraska students who worked, served and lived in the rural Nebraska communities, share what it takes to make a rural community “sticky.”

Our most genuine thank yous to:

 

📹: Karina Hernadez, Summer 2018 RFI Communications Intern and May 2018 UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications Graduate!

Read More

Full Season 1 of Rural Futures Podcast Available!

August 17, 2018
  From Katelyn Ideus Producer of the Rural Futures Podcast Director of Communications & PR Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska   Season 1 is a wrap! Rural Futures with Dr. Connie, the podcast produced by the Rural …

Rural Futures with Dr. Connie

 

From Katelyn Ideus
Producer of the Rural Futures Podcast
Director of Communications & PR
Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska


 

Season 1 is a wrap!

Rural Futures with Dr. Connie, the podcast produced by the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska, brought forward bold voices for rural America through 10 interview-style audio episodes available across listening platforms.

 

Go to the Podcast!

 

Hosted by RFI Interim Executive Director & Chief Futurist Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., the podcast offers listeners insight and action-oriented advice through frank conversations about serious opportunities within:

  • The Future of Leadership
  • The Future of Technology
  • The Future of Rural-Urban Collaboration

 

Guests in Season 1 include:

  • Bryan Alexander, Higher Education Futurist
  • Shelley McKinley, General Manager of Technology & Corporate Responsibility at Microsoft
  • Tom Field, Director of Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Tim Griffin, Director of Agriculture, Food and Environment at Tufts University
  • Tyler Ideus, Physical Medicine Specialist, International Rehab InstructorNebraska Farmer
  • Helen Fagan, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, RFI Director of Leadership Engagement
  • John Roberts, Executive Director for the Nebraska Rural Health Association
  • Andy Hines, Futurist, Author and Program Coordinator, Lecturer for the Graduate Program in Foresight at the University of Houston
  • Seth Derner, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Vivayic

Sneak Peak!


Several themes emerged from each of the 25-35 minutes conversations, all of which will be discussed in our upcoming white paper. These themes include:

  • The power of purpose for individuals, companies, organizations and communities, and purpose as a starting point for the next generation economy.
  • The critical importance of an abundance mindset — the willingness to genuinely collaborate for the sake of humanity as a whole.
  • The power of the human brain combined with technology — we will not be replaced, we will be empowered.
  • The need for genuine, authentic, vulnerable leaders to step forward at all levels — leadership will no longer be defined by title, but by individuals’ strategic vision and action.

As RFI plans for Season 2 to be launched this fall, please show your support in a way that feels genuine to you.

  • Listen & Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher
  • Rate & Review the show, so we know what you think (5-stars welcome!)
  • Nominate a rural maverick, entrepreneur, researcher, futurist as a guest
  • Sponsor with a tax-deductible donation to RFI’s Excellence Fund through the University of Nebraska Foundation (please enter “podcast” in the comment box)

 

Show Your Support!

 

Our podcast is just one way RFI staff bring forward the boldest voices of rural to disrupt the current divisive national narrative with what opportunities, assets and value rural communities and people offer. All members of the podcast team currently live in a rural area — we’re talking about home. Join us!

###

More from Katelyn

Bio

Bold Strat Comm

On Instagram

Read More


More Articles & Releases