The theme for the 2013 Rural Futures Conference was Beyond Boundaries, which encouraged all of us to step beyond our boundaries and work together to create positive rural futures. While moving beyond boundaries can be challenging and even ominous, it also offers a unique opportunity to implement a foundation of collaboration that can impact the future of rural people and places. The 2013 conference celebrated the importance of rural and created energy and enthusiasm for new and innovative ways to address complex opportunities and challenges. From University faculty, staff and students to community citizens and organizational partners, the conference offered an opportunity to transcend boundaries and collaboratively make a difference.
Sunday, November 3*
*Sunday only: Registrants are invited to bring a guest at no additional charge
Monday, November 4
Tuesday, November 5
[See the full agenda]
|One of the most sought-after humanities scholars in the U.S., Clay Jenkinson is an author and educator. He is currently the director of the Dakota Institute, where he co-hosts public radio’s The Jefferson Hour.||Tom Koulopoulos is the founder of the Delphi Group, a Boston-based think tank. He looks at how people are changing approaches to innovation by embracing uncertainty, building for the unknown and challenging conventional wisdom.|
There were several unique opportunities for conference participants to contribute content to the conference agenda. These opportunities included:
Quick Pitch Spotlight: Conference participants rapid fire their “big idea” for rural people and places. The pitches were both evaluated by a panel of judges and subject to an at-large audience vote. See the full list of “pitches.”
The conference featured a juried poster competition for undergraduate and graduate students. Thirty-four abstracts were accepted for the competition. Additional abstracts were submitted by faculty, partners and other professionals and are listed after the student sections. A total of 64 abstracts were submitted. See the full list of posters.
*There was a two-way tie for first place.
Registration for the 2013 Rural Futures Conference closed early due to overwhelming interest and maximum venue capacity.
Venue & Hotel
The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel
Curious about last year’s Rural Futures Conference? Find details here.