Episode 23: Japan Society’s Betty Borden intersects rural challenges, entrepreneurship, innovation

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Director of the Japan Society Innovators Network, Betty Borden is a rural innovator sparking global change. She coordinates projects that connect Japanese and American mavericks to exchange solutions on some shared grand challenges, recently in the area of rural economic and community revitalization.

Betty discovered Dr. Connie and the Rural Futures Institute through a Google search inquiring into the most future-focused, strategic solutions for rural thriving. In this conversation they dig into more than a year of work that has brought them together across the world and includes creative solutions around recruitment and retention of residents, sparking female entrepreneurship, rethinking the rural-urban opportunities of agriculture and food production and, of course, the evolution of leadership.

“What we’re looking for are people who have the ability to look at a challenge in a new way that can have tremendous impact in a particular community.“
Betty Borden
Director, Innovators Network, Japan Society

About Betty


Betty Borden is the Director of the Innovators Network of Japan Society in New York City. The Network is a unique collaborative program that brings together creative Japanese and Americans who are pursuing innovative and often groundbreaking ideas to improve their communities and society. It provides opportunities for leaders to build enduring relationships, learn from each other, inspire each other and collaborate.


Bold Voices Student Segment

 Listen at 11:24 of Episode 19!

Emily Frenzen, University of Nebraska–Lincoln agricultural and environmental sciences communication student

Emily Frenzen gained her passion for photography and agricultural communications while living on her family’s farm in Fullerton, Neb.

Growing up in a rural community fostered her entrepreneurial spirit which sparked the creation of her photography business through the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.

During summer 2018, Emily worked, served and lived in McCook, Neb., for 10 weeks as a Rural Futures Institute (RFI) Serviceship student. With her partner Sage, she worked with the High Plains Museum to assess its assets and create an action plan. She also assisted in creating a mastermind alliance and intern program in McCook.

For Emily, it was the opportunity to network with the RFI staff, University of Nebraska faculty and community leaders that drew her to RFI Serviceship. “I just have all these awesome people in my back pocket that I know I can reach out to at any time,” she says.

Learn more about Emily’s Serviceship experience! »

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