Omaha World Herald editorial staff publishes article about RFI Serviceship

 

RFI’s 2018 Serviceship students were featured in the Omaha World Herald staff editorial.

“The Rural Futures Institute internships are a terrific example of NU’s dedication to its statewide mission. These cooperative projects help students deepen their understanding and develop their skills while making a positive difference in Nebraska communities. It’s a win-win, all around.” —Editorial Staff, Omaha World Herald

Omaha World Herald Op Ed

December 24, 2018

Holiday Message

Happy Holidays from the Rural Futures Institute!

Entering a new year is often a time for reflection and goal setting, and we hope that as you consider the next 365 days, you do so with the intention of creating purpose and clarity for yourself, your family and your community.

Strategizing for the exponential changes of the future — especially those beyond the next 365 days — is difficult, but also exhilarating.

As proponents of rural communities, our team sees extraordinary opportunities at the intersections of leadership, technology and rural-urban collaboration. And we aren’t alone.

Let’s create our desired futures — Happy New Year from the Rural Futures Institute

 

Dear fellow advocates of a thriving rural future:

From all of us here at the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska, we wish you a joyful holiday season and a prosperous new year!

Entering a new year is often a time for reflection and goal setting, and we hope that as you consider the next 365 days, you do so with the intention of creating purpose and clarity for yourself, your family and your community.

Strategizing for the exponential changes of the future — especially those beyond the next 365 days — is difficult, but also exhilarating.

Strategic Foresight

 

As proponents of rural communities, our team sees extraordinary opportunities at the intersections of leadership, technology and rural-urban collaboration. And we aren’t alone.

Letter From Our Director

 

Through our podcast, Rural Futures with Dr. Connie, we have convened important conversations spanning economic development, health care access, broadband and more with thought-leaders and achievers, futurists and researchers, rural community mavericks and innovators.

Podcast

White Paper

 

And we continue to be inspired and energized by the passion of the University of Nebraska students we are honored to work with and the community mentors they have the opportunity to interact with. Take a few minutes to listen to and read the students’ take on the future of rural areas.

Midlands Voices: Midwesterners and misconceptions
Clayton Keller
Omaha World Herald
November 1, 2018

Local View: We can reverse rural population drain
Trenton Buhr
Lincoln Journal Star
October 31, 2018

Bold Voices podcast segments
iTunes, Stitcher
Season 2

 

We also pay close attention to the national rural narrative and, while much of it discusses the many challenges rural areas face, there have been many demonstrations of progress and optimism.

 

Thank You To Our Partners

We spent the month of thanksgiving thanking our partners, but our gratitude never ceases. Thank you to all who have supported the work of the Rural Futures Institute, but more importantly the vision and goals of rural communities throughout Nebraska and beyond.

Our Partners

 

Our Plans for 2019

In February 2019, we will announce an evolved framework of RFI Student Serviceship to serve communities of place and practice in rural Nebraska, throughout the U.S., and with partners of purpose and practice at the University of Nebraska and beyond. We look forward to sharing those details and hosting serviceship experiences in 2019!

Serviceship

 

In May 2019, thanks to a collaborative team of University of Nebraska researchers, we will launch the first phase of the Nebraska Thriving Index, which will include an interactive online tool that will provide economic developers, local elected officials and community leaders with economic and quality of life indicators to identify thriving and lagging regions so strategic, future-focused investments can be made.

Nebraska Thriving Index

 

Be a Bold Voice for Rural

We hope you will interact with us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and LinkedIn to share with us your plans, hopes and desires for a thriving rural future. You are also welcome to participate in our podcast by listening, reviewing, nominating a guest and sponsoring!

 

Sincerely,

The Rural Futures Institute Team

December 14, 2018

Register!

Join the Rural Futures Institute and the Western Healthcare Alliance as we co-create the future for rural healthcare together.

Dr. Connie is keynoting and facilitating the Western Healthcare Alliance Annual Summit on February 28, 2019.

“Healthcare leaders should attend this event to come together in new and different ways,” she says. Attendees will collaborate to innovate and learn how to leverage high-tech and high-touch healthcare solutions.

December 7, 2018

Episode 20

Robert Hinson, Lt. Gen. (Ret.), is the Founding Executive Director of the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska and a guest on the Season 2 Finale Episode 20 of Rural Futures with Dr. Connie.

Rural-raised, Bob discusses the complex research NSRI conducts regarding combating weapons of mass destruction.

NSRI is sponsored by United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and focuses on research that helps combat weapons of mass destruction. It is one of 13 DoD-designated University affiliated centers nationally.

Under Hinson’s leadership, NSRI received more than $61 million and 85 contract awards in its initial contract 2012-2018. The NSRI contract has been renewed with a five-year, $92 million contract with USSTRATCOM, through 2023.

Bob is joined in this episode by his fellow University of Nebraska Institute executive directors, Connie Reimers-Hild of the Rural Futures Institute (host), Sam Meisels of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute and Peter McCornick of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute.

All four Institutes are based on the strengths of the University of Nebraska and the state of Nebraska 🤝 to create a thriving rural-urban future for all.

December 6, 2018

Episode 20

Peter McCornick, Executive Director of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, discusses the technology and leadership it will take to create sustainable and secure water for food in the future in Episode 20 of the Rural Futures Podcast.

Peter affirms Nebraska’s strengths in agriculture, water management, leadership and vision throughout his discussion of the University of Nebraska institute he leads, and he shares his journey around the world to land here in the middle of the USA.

He also leaves listener with two pieces of advice — let’s make agriculture cool and let’s invest in the next generation of leaders.

In this episode, Peter is joined by his fellow University of Nebraska Institute executive directors in this episode, Connie Reimers-Hild of the Rural Futures Institute (host), Sam Meisels of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute and Bob Hinson of the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska.

All four Institutes are based on the strengths of the University of Nebraska and the state of Nebraska 🤝 to create a thriving rural-urban future for all.

December 5, 2018

Episode 20

Rural communities now and into the future need quality early childhood care, education and workforce.

Listen to Sam Meisels, Founding Executive Director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska, passionately discuss these issues for our state and our country in Episode 20 of Rural Futures with Dr. Connie.

The Buffett Early Childhood Institute is dedicated to making Nebraska the best place to be a baby.

In this episode, Sam joins his fellow University of Nebraska Institute executive directors in this episode, Connie Reimers-Hild of the Rural Futures Institute (host), Peter McCornick of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and Bob Hinson of the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska.

All four Institutes are based on the strengths of the University of Nebraska and the state of Nebraska 🤝 to create a thriving rural-urban future for all.