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We are looking forward to welcoming Tsuyoshi Sekihara, a rural innovator from Japan, to the University of Nebraska on Friday, Oct. 27. During this free public forum hosted in partnership with the Japan Society, Sekihara will discuss preserving tradition, industry and nature in his rural Joetsu, Japan community. Sekihara is the founder of Kamiechigo Yamazato Fan Club, which focuses on maintaining rural well-being, health, transportation, public projects and nurturing young people. The funded project has 350 members and a total annual budget of around $400,000 dollars.

Sekihara is one of five guests from Japan working in and with rural communities.

Event details and RSVP at ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/Japan-US.
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Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild, RFI Associated Executive Director & Chief Futurist, and Katelyn Ideus, RFI Director of Communications, presented "Evolving the Future of Higher Education for Women with Technology" at the Women Advance I.T. conference yesterday at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

In their presentation they discussed the importance of I.T. experts in higher education and beyond using their expertise and strategic foresight to discover opportunities for women and men alike in rural areas.

Flip through their slides for more details.
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Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild, RFI Associated Executive Director & Chief Futurist, and Katelyn Ideus, RFI Director of Communications, presented "Evolving the Future of Higher Education for Women with Technology" at the Women Advance I.T. conference yesterday at Nebraska Innovation Campus. In their presentation they discussed the importance of I.T. experts in higher education and beyond using their expertise and strategic foresight to discover opportunities for women and men alike in rural areas. Flip through their slides for more details.

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Catch up with RFI Founding Executive Director Chuck Schroeder about the outcome of RFI’s recent strategic plan as well as the Institute’s mission, purpose and efforts going forward. Learn more about Chuck and the Rural Futures Institute at >>> ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/mission/.

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You can immediately get involved with RFI through Student Serviceship, which is currently accepting community and student applications for summer 2018 >>> Apply at ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/serviceship/

We also invite you to attend our upcoming event with Japanese rural innovators in person and online Friday, Oct. 27, at 3pm (CST) >>> Details & RSVP at ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/Japan-US
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"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." - Bill Gates 💡

Empowering others is crucial to our future. How can you start to empower today?
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