2013 RFC Agenda

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Sunday, November 3

3:30 pm Conference Registration (available throughout the evening)
4:30 pm Welcome
Ronnie Green, NU Vice President and IANR Harlan Vice Chancellor, University of Nebraska
4:45 pm Living Beyond Boundaries Video
Sit back and enjoy a captivating series of stories that illustrate the value of rural people and places.
5:00 pm Envisioning Beyond Boundaries: Thoughts from Thomas Jefferson
Clay Jenkinson portrays President Thomas Jefferson in a one-of-a kind performance. Gather insight into what Jefferson thought about boundaries and the new world and how the RFI parallels with his vision.
6:15 pm Laying the Groundwork: Conference Objectives
6:30 pm Welcome Reception (hors d’oeuvres and drinks)
Special musical entertainment by Daniel Christian of Tecumseh, Nebraska


Monday, November 4

7:00 am
Conference Registration (available throughout the day)
7:10 am RFI Grant Information Meeting
Enjoy breakfast while you learn firsthand about the 2014 RFI Grant Program that will fund research, education and engagement endeavors.
8:00 am Rising to the Challenge
James B. Milliken, President, University of Nebraska
8:15 am Charge for the Day
8:30 am The Rural Futures Institute Journey
From the initial idea to present day vision, this video will walk you through the on-going journey of the RFI.
8:40 am The RFI Today
In a conversational manner, Interim Director Mark Gustafson and Founding Director Chuck Schroeder describe the various milestones and accomplishments of the RFI.
10:00 am Networking & Refreshments
10:30 am Innovating Beyond Boundaries
Tom Koulopoulos, author and founder of Delphi Group, a Boston-based think tank, will provide insight on innovative practices and methods to address complexities that exist regarding the future of rural places.
11:45 am Announcements
12:00 pm Noon Luncheon
1:15 pm Working Beyond Boundaries
Join us for an interactive session facilitated by the keynote speaker, Tom Koulopoulos.
3:00 pm Networking & Refreshments
3:30 pm Quick Pitch Spotlight
Pitchers present their bold ideas about the rural future. Much like an entrepreneurial quick pitch contest, this session encourages out-of-the-box thinking and allows others to provide feedback on the big idea.
4:30 pm Igniting Ideas: What’s next?
4:45 pm Collaborating Beyond Boundaries Reception: Posters and Partnering
Along with the traditional poster session, a mash-up session provides communities the opportunity to pose challenging questions with the goal of connecting faculty, students and other partners to address the question/challenge.
7:00 pm After Hours for Young Leaders
Young leaders are welcome to attend a special networking opportunity to meet peers and colleagues who share common interests.


Tuesday, November 5

7:00 am
7:10 am Teaching & Engagement Grant Information Meeting
Research & Engagement Grant Information Meeting
8:00 am Moving Beyond Boundaries
Thoughts and aspirations from the newly-appointed RFI Director
8:30 am Youth Working Through Complexity
Hear from a panel of energetic young leaders who make rural communities vibrant places they are proud to call home. Listen as they discuss turning challenges into opportunities in order to tackle complex situations.
9:30 am Networking & Refreshments
10:00 am Turning Knowledge into Action (concurrent sessions)
– Building Vibrant Communities through Entrepreneurship
– The Essential Conversation: Linking Communities and Higher Education
– Governing the Land: Maximizing Rural Places Locally and Globally
– Innovative Approaches to Rural Health
– #Visioning4aNEWfuture
– The Rural Commons
11:30 am Noon Luncheon
12:30 pm Turning Knowledge into Action (concurrent sessions continued)
– Building Vibrant Communities through Entrepreneurship
– The Essential Conversation: Linking Communities and Higher Education
– Governing the Land: Maximizing Rural Places Locally and Globally
– Innovative Approaches to Rural Health
– #Visioning4aNEWfuture
– The Rural Commons
1:45 pm Redefining the Boundaries
After coming back together from various breakout tracks, there will be an announcement of poster winners, a conference highlight reel, and closing remarks.
2:30 pm Rural America: New Markets, New Understanding, Unlimited Opportunity
Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary of Agriculture
*This session is jointly sponsored with the Heuermann Lectures in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
3:45 pm Conclusion of Conference


Mark your calendars for #RFC2013

Mark your calendars for the 2013 Rural Futures Conference! Set for November 3-5, 2013 at The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska, the 2013 conference will bring together local, state, national and international stakeholders interested in the future of rural areas.



The preliminary agenda has already been released, but here are a few highlights:

Sunday, November 3*

  • Thoughts from Thomas Jefferson
  • Welcome Social

*Sunday only: registrants are invited to bring a guest at no additional charge

Monday, November 4

  • 2014 RFI Grant Information Session
  • Innovating Beyond Boundaries, keynote address by Tom Koulopoulos
  • Interactive Problem Solving Session, facilitated by Tom Koulopoulos
  • Quick Pitch Spotlight

Tuesday, November 5

  • Youth Working Through Complexity
  • Turning Knowledge into Action (Concurrent Sessions)

Registration is set to open on September 1 and space will be in high demand, so make sure you mark your calendar and plan to register early!