Koulopoulos to keynote at 2013 RFC

Tom KoulopoulosThe University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute is preparing for the 2013 Rural Futures Conference—Beyond Boundaries, set for November 3-5, 2013 at The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska. The conference will provide a platform for people from all walks of life to collaborate in creating knowledge and action that leads to resilient and sustainable rural futures.

Tom Koulopoulos, president and founder of Delphi Group, a Boston-based Think Tank and advisory firm, will be the keynote speaker. Koulopoulos has spoken to audiences across the country and has authored nine books.

In his keynote address, Koulopoulos will explore how addressing the complexities facing rural people and places through collaborative action can move us beyond our existing boundaries. With a futuristic focus, Koulopoulos’ keynote address will emphasize the importance of capitalizing on opportunity rather than battling complexity. After his keynote address, Koulopoulos will also facilitate an interactive exercise that will allow participants to practice how to creatively approach and solve complex problems.

“We are excited to have Tom speak on topics related to creating the future, building organizations that can survive and thrive in times of uncertainty, and the importance of innovation in today’s global economy,” says Mark Gustafson, Interim Director of the Rural Futures Institute. “These topics are not only important for the future of our rural communities, but also for the future of the University and its partners.”

The full agenda of the conference has yet to be released, however, conference planners are working to finalize the few remaining details. The full agenda is scheduled to be released in June.

Registration for the 2013 Rural Futures Conference will open in early September and the conference is open to anyone who wishes to attend, especially those who are interested in ensuring a strong future for rural areas. Last year, due to overwhelming interest, registration closed three weeks early and it is expected that this year’s conference will do the same. Thus, conference planners are encouraging those interested in attending to plan on registering early to ensure a spot at the conference.

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