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October 10, 2019

October 10, 2019
The deadline to apply for #RFIFellows 2020 is quickly approaching! Apply by Thursday, Oct. 17, to be considered for a transformational summer experience. Students – complete resume-building work in #rural #Nebraska communities. Communities – gain tangible results on critical strategic …

The deadline to apply for #RFIFellows 2020 is quickly approaching! Apply by Thursday, Oct. 17, to be considered for a transformational summer experience.

RFI Fellows

Students – complete resume-building work in #rural #Nebraska communities.

Communities – gain tangible results on critical strategic intiatives.

ALL – gain inclusive leadership certification to prepare for your future and the future of the state.

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Oct. 8, 2019

October 8, 2019
One of our goals is to give more and more college students an experience in a rural community. Whether or not they end up living there, they will forever carry a rural perspective with them, and that is meaningful to …

One of our goals is to give more and more college students an experience in a rural community. Whether or not they end up living there, they will forever carry a rural perspective with them, and that is meaningful to our combined, rural-urban future.

We encourage ALL University of Nebraska and other collegiate students, no matter their field of study, to apply to be a 2020 RFI Fellow — you can make an incredible difference and develop significant leadership capabilities.

Application closes Oct. 17, 2019.

RFI Student Fellows Application

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Oct. 1, 2019

September 30, 2019
We’re proud to make progress happen, but more than anything we’re proud to empower the people who are driving rural communities into a thriving future. Be an RFI Community Innovation Fellow in 2020. Apply by Oct. 17, 2019. Andrew Ambriz …

We’re proud to make progress happen, but more than anything we’re proud to empower the people who are driving rural communities into a thriving future.

Be an RFI Community Innovation Fellow in 2020. Apply by Oct. 17, 2019.

RFI Community Innovation Applicaton

Andrew Ambriz is Executive Director of Custer Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) and a University of Nebraska-Lincoln alum!

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September 24, 2019

September 24, 2019
RFI Fellows webinar this Thursday, September 26, 2019, for COMMUNITIES* interested in welcoming high-capacity University of Nebraska students for a 10-week experience in summer 2020! This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get extended details from Dr. Helen …

RFI Community Innovation Fellows

RFI Fellows webinar this Thursday, September 26, 2019, for COMMUNITIES* interested in welcoming high-capacity University of Nebraska students for a 10-week experience in summer 2020!

This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get extended details from Dr. Helen Fagan and her team.

*student webinar is Oct. 3

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September 24, 2019

September 24, 2019
Dr. Helen Fagan leads RFI Fellows through inclusive leadership development training with weekly 1:1 coaching sessions and critical intrapersonal awareness development. This growth is intense, rapid and life-changing. To welcome others, you really need to know yourself. Be a 2020 …

Dr. Helen Fagan leads RFI Fellows through inclusive leadership development training with weekly 1:1 coaching sessions and critical intrapersonal awareness development.

This growth is intense, rapid and life-changing. To welcome others, you really need to know yourself.

Be a 2020 RFI Student Fellow for yourself and to empower a thriving rural future in Nebraska!

RFI Student Fellows Application

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September 23, 2019

September 23, 2019
The Nebraska Thriving Index is LIVE! Let’s start digging into the details! First up, the North 81 region, which has the highest thriving index at 144 and ranks 1st among its peers overall. Each of the indexes are comprised of …

North 81 Region Insights

The Nebraska Thriving Index is LIVE! Let’s start digging into the details! First up, the North 81 region, which has the highest thriving index at 144 and ranks 1st among its peers overall.

Each of the indexes are comprised of 5-10 measures, providing a robust view of where rural Nebraska is compared to several peer regions. North 81 ranks particularly well with four firsts.

Drilling down via the interactive online tool, we see North 81 out paces its peers significantly in “employer establishments per 1,000 residents” measure of the Economic Opportunity & Diversity Index, which reflects the formation & survival rate of employer establishments & transitions between employer and non-employer status.

North 81’s lowest ranking index is Infrastructure & Cost of Doing Business. In this Index, we see the lowest ranking measure is “Weekly Wage Rate.” The hourly wage rates influence the competitive conditions for business.

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September 18, 2019

September 18, 2019
The Nebraska Thriving Index is LIVE! The first economic and quality of life benchmarking tool for rural Nebraska. Identify trends in your region and drill down into potential causes to create purposeful strategies for a thriving rural future! “To have …

The Nebraska Thriving Index is LIVE! The first economic and quality of life benchmarking tool for rural Nebraska. Identify trends in your region and drill down into potential causes to create purposeful strategies for a thriving rural future!

Nebraska Thriving Index

“To have this quality of data and analysis so accessible and immediately usable frees up our limited resources to focus on strategies and implementation,” said Sharon Hueftle, executive director for Nebraska’s South Central Economic Development District. “We can target specific measures that we believe will help us reach our goals, and the year-over-year report will show us whether or not we’re making progress. This is a really significant contribution from the University to rural Nebraska, and we plan to help the research team continue to refine it.”

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September 17, 2019

September 17, 2019
RFI Fellows 2020 application for students is LIVE! Apply by Oct. 17, 2019! Complete resume-building work and grow your inclusive leadership capacity this summer! This is a paid ($12.50/hour) experience working, serving and living in rural Nebraska with some passionate, …

RFI Fellows 2020 application for students is LIVE! Apply by Oct. 17, 2019!

RFI Student Fellows Application

Complete resume-building work and grow your inclusive leadership capacity this summer! This is a paid ($12.50/hour) experience working, serving and living in rural Nebraska with some passionate, driven community leaders.

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September 17, 2019

September 17, 2019
RFI Fellows Community Innovation application is LIVE! Apply by Oct. 17, 2019! Earn tangible results on strategic initiatives in your community while expanding your capacity through inclusive leadership development! Amazing opportunity to bring some of the best and brightest students …

RFI Fellows Community Innovation application is LIVE! Apply by Oct. 17, 2019!

RFI Community Innovation Fellows Application

Earn tangible results on strategic initiatives in your community while expanding your capacity through inclusive leadership development!

Amazing opportunity to bring some of the best and brightest students from the University of Nebraska to your community.

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July 30, 2019

July 30, 2019
And now it’s time to celebrate! Join us Wednesday, August 7, at 1pm at the University of Nebraska–LIncoln Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center and online to hear from both the student and community innovation fellows about their tangible impacts and inclusive …

Fellows Presentations

And now it’s time to celebrate! Join us Wednesday, August 7, at 1pm at the University of Nebraska–LIncoln Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center and online to hear from both the student and community innovation fellows about their tangible impacts and inclusive leadership development.

The 2019 Fellows have completed their experiences throughout rural Nebraska, and now they want to share what they’ve accomplished and learned.

RSVP for in-person attendance and watch online >

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July 1 ,2019

July 1, 2019
Please welcome Mark Balschweid, Ph.D., as Interim Executive Director of the Rural Futures Institute. He enters the leadership role of RFI during its launch of the Nebraska Thriving Index and the pilot of an evolved Fellows model. Balschweid, who has …

Release

Please welcome Mark Balschweid, Ph.D., as Interim Executive Director of the Rural Futures Institute. He enters the leadership role of RFI during its launch of the Nebraska Thriving Index and the pilot of an evolved Fellows model.

Balschweid, who has worked extensively in evaluating international programs in agricultural and extension education, joins RFI after 11 years within his departmental leadership role. Prior to coming to UNL in 2008, Balschweid was on faculty at Purdue University in the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education.

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May 22, 2019

May 22, 2019
This week Nebraska communities are welcoming University of Nebraska, St. Louis University and Washington University students to work, serve and live for 10 weeks. Chadron and Grand Island as well as communities throughout Custer and Garden counties are hosts to …

This week Nebraska communities are welcoming University of Nebraska, St. Louis University and Washington University students to work, serve and live for 10 weeks.

Chadron and Grand Island as well as communities throughout Custer and Garden counties are hosts to Rural Futures Institute (RFI) Student Fellows and two mentors in each area have been elevated to RFI Community Innovation Fellows.

Together, students and community innovators will work on important community-defined projects that include community marketing, workforce development, early childhood programming, mental health care access, entrepreneurship and strategic communications.

All RFI Fellows will also earn their Inclusive Leadership Development Certificate, working with diversity and inclusion researcher and consultant Helen Fagan, Ph.D.

RFI Fellows

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May 2, 2019

May 2, 2019
In Janet Palmtag’s mind– empowering others is what it’s going to take to be a successful leader in the future, and it’s an important skill to have present day too👏 In Episode 30 of the Rural Futures Podcast, Janet and …

Episode 30

In Janet Palmtag’s mind– empowering others is what it’s going to take to be a successful leader in the future, and it’s an important skill to have present day too👏

In Episode 30 of the Rural Futures Podcast, Janet and Dr. Connie discuss what it takes to be an including leader, the importance of being a good listener, being an entrepreneur as a woman, volunteerism and much more🙌

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May 1, 2019

May 1, 2019
“Rural needs to be funded and championed, and we need to be here to tell all the stories of the people and opportunities within it,” says University of Nebraska–Lincoln graduating senior Katy Bagniewski during the Bold Voices student segment of …

Episode 30 Bold Voice

“Rural needs to be funded and championed, and we need to be here to tell all the stories of the people and opportunities within it,” says University of Nebraska–Lincoln graduating senior Katy Bagniewski during the Bold Voices student segment of the Season 3 Finale.

Katy, who is a Rochester, Minn., native majoring in agricultural and environmental sciences communication in UNL’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, digs deep into the impact her RFI internship and NU experience had on her as an undergrad.

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May 1, 2019

May 1, 2019
We couldn’t be more proud to know these young women! The voices behind the voices of the Rural Futures Podcast and the social media handles of the Rural Futures Institute. Thank you @storytellerkaty and @kaitvanloon for all of your energy, insights, expertise and passion. …

We couldn’t be more proud to know these young women! The voices behind the voices of the Rural Futures Podcast and the social media handles of the Rural Futures Institute.

Thank you @storytellerkaty and @kaitvanloon for all of your energy, insights, expertise and passion. You will be missed but we can’t wait to see where you go!

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May 1, 2019

May 1, 2019
Amazing group of RFI interns pictured here with rural maverick Janet Palmtag, guest in Episode 30 of our podcast!

Episode 30

Amazing group of RFI interns pictured here with rural maverick Janet Palmtag, guest in Episode 30 of our podcast!

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May 1, 2019

May 1, 2019
Wow! What a pleasure to host Janet Palmtag, this week’s episode 30 season 3 finale podcast guest at our intern appreciation luncheon today! Janet — your discussion of taking risks, taking action and taking charge left us all inspired! Thank …

Episode 30

Wow! What a pleasure to host Janet Palmtag, this week’s episode 30 season 3 finale podcast guest at our intern appreciation luncheon today!

Janet — your discussion of taking risks, taking action and taking charge left us all inspired! Thank you!

Janet is an entrepreneur, community leader and University of Nebraska President Council stakeholder. .
Listen where you get your podcasts!

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April 30, 2019

April 30, 2019
That’s right it’s our LAST podcast episode of Season 3👊 Episode 30 guest is rural maverick Janet Palmtag. Janet is a true leader and an entrepreneur 🌟She’s been a volunteer throughout her community for several years, so she tells it …

Episode 30

That’s right it’s our LAST podcast episode of Season 3👊 Episode 30 guest is rural maverick Janet Palmtag.

Janet is a true leader and an entrepreneur 🌟She’s been a volunteer throughout her community for several years, so she tells it like it is when it comes to leadership from a company and community perspective💚

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April 29, 2019

April 29, 2019
It’s finals week for University of Nebraska 💥 and in the last month there have been so many exciting leadership opportunities for students! One of those opportunities was a research fair on Lincoln’s campus. Three Bureau for Business Research Scholars …

Nebraska Thriving Index

It’s finals week for University of Nebraska 💥 and in the last month there have been so many exciting leadership opportunities for students! One of those opportunities was a research fair on Lincoln’s campus.

Three Bureau for Business Research Scholars at Nebraska College of Business have been working on a team led by Eric Thompson to develop the Nebraska Thriving Index 💪The single presenter is graduating senior Tim Paschal who looked at Statistical Matching for Benchmarking Analysis⚡️

The two presenters are Tommie Brechbill and Jordan Duffin Wong. Tommie is a graduating senior and Jordan will continue working next year on the Thriving Index project 👏 Their research titled “Examining Effects of Quality-of-Life Amenities on Population, Employment, and Income Growth” informed the creation of the Nebraska Thriving Index 💫

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April 26, 2019

April 26, 2019
💥Have you listened to Episode 29 yet? After learning more about what exactly we do at the Rural Futures Institute, Amy Webb had some awesome things to say about the future of rural 💥 “The Nebraska community and just the …

Episode 29

💥Have you listened to Episode 29 yet? After learning more about what exactly we do at the Rural Futures Institute, Amy Webb had some awesome things to say about the future of rural 💥

“The Nebraska community and just the larger rural community is lucky that you guys exist and that you’re doing this work. Because, again, we’re reticent to change, it’s hard and, ultimately, what futurists ask people to do is to confront that uncertainty and that change and to accept it and to experiment and try things that are untested.” 💚

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April 26, 2019

April 26, 2019
Quantitative futurist 🔮and professor of strategic foresight at the New York University Stern School of Business, Amy Webb shines a light on what exactly it means to be a futurist during Episode 29 ⭐️ Dr. Connie and Amy discuss the …

Episode 29

Quantitative futurist 🔮and professor of strategic foresight at the New York University Stern School of Business, Amy Webb shines a light on what exactly it means to be a futurist during Episode 29 ⭐️

Dr. Connie and Amy discuss the now-est mentality of the United States, our emotional relationship with change, the multiple pathways for possible futures. She also just released her new book “The Big Nine” last month, check out the link in our bio for more info✨

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April 25, 2019

April 25, 2019
“The point of being a leader is to inspire others to do things they think are right,” says University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Student Regent Renata Valquier Chavez during the Bold Voices student segment of Episode 29. Renata, a …

Episode 29 Bold Voice

“The point of being a leader is to inspire others to do things they think are right,” says University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Student Regent Renata Valquier Chavez during the Bold Voices student segment of Episode 29.

Renata, a third-year biotechnology and political science student at the UNO, digs deep into leadership and her experience at the University of Nebraska as an honors student, a student-athlete and the student body president.

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April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019
Episode 29 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE 🔥with quantitative futurist Amy Webb! Amy is also professor of strategic foresight at the New York University Stern School of Business, an award-winning author and the Founder of The Future Today …

Episode 29

Episode 29 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE 🔥with quantitative futurist Amy Webb! Amy is also professor of strategic foresight at the New York University Stern School of Business, an award-winning author and the Founder of The Future Today Institute 🔮

During the episode, Dr. Connie and Amy talk about artificial intelligence, futurism, change, now-est mentality and community ✨

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April 22, 2019

April 22, 2019
Happy Earth Day rural listeners! Today’s holiday was originally created to educate the world about the environmental movement and motivate others to help make positive change 🌟🌎 Today is a great day for reflection on what has been happening with …

Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day rural listeners! Today’s holiday was originally created to educate the world about the environmental movement and motivate others to help make positive change 🌟🌎

Today is a great day for reflection on what has been happening with the #NebraskaFlood although it has brought so much destruction, it has also brought together communities and a feeling of hope that has made them stronger 💚

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April 19, 2019

April 19, 2019
Episode 28 of The Rural Futures Podcast features Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council, Garry Clark ⭐️Garry intersects workforce development, quality of life, fighting through fear 💪 Since Dr.Connie and Garry’s conversation, Fremont, Neb., and much of Northeast …

Episode 28

Episode 28 of The Rural Futures Podcast features Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council, Garry Clark ⭐️Garry intersects workforce development, quality of life, fighting through fear 💪

Since Dr.Connie and Garry’s conversation, Fremont, Neb., and much of Northeast Nebraska has been significantly impacted by flooding in March 2019. Lives were lost and Nebraska’s damage is estimated at $1.8 billion. We touched base with Garry, and he says Fremont is in recovery mode. He urges listeners to donate to the American Red Cross ❤️(link below!)

Red Cross

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April 19, 2019

April 19, 2019
On Episode 28 of The Rural Futures Podcast, Dr. Connie talked with Garry Clark, the Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council. One of Garry’s ideals is finding opportunity when fighting through fear👊– he did this when he moved …

Episode 28

On Episode 28 of The Rural Futures Podcast, Dr. Connie talked with Garry Clark, the Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council. One of Garry’s ideals is finding opportunity when fighting through fear👊– he did this when he moved from Washington, D.C., projects where he witnessed drug addiction to Nebraska to accept a track scholarship. And because of that leap he took, Garry discovered his love for rural Nebraska 💚

Garry is also the author of the book “Unlikely Viking: From the D.C. Projects to Rural Nebraska”– check out the link below!

Unlikely Viking

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April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019
“If we can keep people healthier, we’re going to be more prosperous as a state,” says University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Student Regent Sarah Hotovy during the Bold Voices student segment of Episode 28. Hotovy, a third-year medical center …

Episode 28 Bold Voice

“If we can keep people healthier, we’re going to be more prosperous as a state,” says University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Student Regent Sarah Hotovy during the Bold Voices student segment of Episode 28.

Hotovy, a third-year medical center at UNMC from York, Neb., digs deep into rural healthcare. She hopes to dedicate her career to affordable healthcare for both rural and urban residents in Nebraska and beyond.

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April 17, 2019

April 17, 2019
Have you heard?! Episode 28 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE with special guest Garry Clark, Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council 🔥 “For 40 years or so, we’ve been smoke stack chasing — we’ve been looking …

Episode 28

Have you heard?! Episode 28 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE with special guest Garry Clark, Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council 🔥

“For 40 years or so, we’ve been smoke stack chasing — we’ve been looking for that big win that’s supposed to permeate our lives in rural places. And we’ve come to the realization that the only thing that sustains rural life are the people, and how we engage those people.”

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April 15, 2019

April 15, 2019
Before we launch Episode 28 of the Rural Futures Podcast tomorrow, make sure to catch up on Episode 27 with Larkin Powell, professor of conservation biology and animal ecology in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. …

Episode 27

Before we launch Episode 28 of the Rural Futures Podcast tomorrow, make sure to catch up on Episode 27 with Larkin Powell, professor of conservation biology and animal ecology in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Larkin teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on wildlife management and research, and his research program focuses on landscape dynamics, animal demography and movements and decisions made by private landowners in the Great Plains and throughout the world. He has taught at UNL for 18 years, during which time he was a Fulbright Scholar in Namibia.

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April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019
Episode 27 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE 🎉 and this week’s special guest is Larkin Powell, professor of conservation biology and animal ecology in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Throughout the episode, Larkin …

Episode 27

Episode 27 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE 🎉 and this week’s special guest is Larkin Powell, professor of conservation biology and animal ecology in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Throughout the episode, Larkin and Dr. Connie discuss opportunities within ecotourism, humanity’s affect on wildlife and natural landscapes, the benefits of precision agriculture for animal habitats and sadly, the possibility of mass extinctions of wildlife in the coming decades.

“There are all kinds of different things that can bring us another generation back, and one of those things has been the ecotourism enterprise.”– Larkin Powell

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April 4, 2019

April 4, 2019
Podcast guest, Janell Anderson Ehrke’s persistence isn’t the only thing that keeps her business Grow Nebraska going 💪On Episode 26 of the Rural Futures Podcast with Dr. Connie, Janell explains how she and and her team boost Nebraska’s economy at …

Episode 26

Podcast guest, Janell Anderson Ehrke’s persistence isn’t the only thing that keeps her business Grow Nebraska going 💪On Episode 26 of the Rural Futures Podcast with Dr. Connie, Janell explains how she and and her team boost Nebraska’s economy at a national and global 🌎level. Their conferences, upcoming innovation center and grants in areas such as GoogleAdwords allow entrepreneurs to take advantage of today’s tools to grow beyond their rural geography 🗺️ .

Janell is making rural cool 😎by intersecting digital marketing and motivation and we’re excited to see where Grow Nebraska can go from here! As a University of Nebraska alum, she’s excited about the future agricultural workforce (of which includes her daughter!) and the future of social media marketing 📱

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April 3, 2019

April 3, 2019
“Rural isn’t dying. It’s thriving,” says University of Nebraska-Lincoln student Haley Ehrke during the Bold Voices student segment of Episode 26. — Listen at 21:25! Ehrke, a UNL junior studying agribusiness and agricultural and environmental sciences communication, digs deep into rural …

Episode 26 Bold Voice

“Rural isn’t dying. It’s thriving,” says University of Nebraska-Lincoln student Haley Ehrke during the Bold Voices student segment of Episode 26. — Listen at 21:25!

Ehrke, a UNL junior studying agribusiness and agricultural and environmental sciences communication, digs deep into rural entrepreneurship. She is an Engler entrepreneur with her own marketing company and cow herd as well.

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April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019
Episode 26 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE 🔥 Join Dr. Connie as she talks with Janell Anderson Ehrke, Founder and CEO of GROW Nebraska, a non-profit marketing, training and technical assistance resource for Nebraska entrepreneurs. Janell has a …

Episode 26

Episode 26 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE 🔥 Join Dr. Connie as she talks with Janell Anderson Ehrke, Founder and CEO of GROW Nebraska, a non-profit marketing, training and technical assistance resource for Nebraska entrepreneurs. Janell has a love for social media marketing and she believe in the power of entrepreneurship.
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Janell is also a strong supporter for buying local and believes the internet has created an equal playing field for rural businesses. She is very focused and strongly believes entrepreneurs need to know now where they’re going and have a strong stated mission 💪

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April 1, 2019

April 1, 2019
Did you catch Episode 25 of the Rural Futures Podcast? 🤔 Guest Dr. Aaron Yoder, an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural & Occupational Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, joins Dr. Connie in discussing the …

Episode 25

Did you catch Episode 25 of the Rural Futures Podcast? 🤔 Guest Dr. Aaron Yoder, an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural & Occupational Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, joins Dr. Connie in discussing the future of work and much more.
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Dr. Yoder is a nationally recognized as a leader in the agricultural safety and health field. He works with projects through the NIOSH funded Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. 💪 And outside of work, Aaron enjoys spending time with his family, coaching his children’s sport teams and “fixing stuff.”

“We’re moving from, ‘What machinery can I create to help people?’ to ‘How can I help people interact with machinery that’s available?’”🌟– Dr. Yoder

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March 27, 2019

March 27, 2019
“I’m really lucky enough to be working with some of the best and brightest students on our campus, serving as the Student Body President and Student Regent,” says Aurora, Neb., native Logan Krejdl. — Listen at 11:08! Krejdl, a UNK senior …

Episode 25 Bold Voice

“I’m really lucky enough to be working with some of the best and brightest students on our campus, serving as the Student Body President and Student Regent,” says Aurora, Neb., native Logan Krejdl. — Listen at 11:08!

Krejdl, a UNK senior studying business administration and sports management, digs deep into his personal philosophy, the future of leadership and the high-touch importance of relationships and communication.

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March 26, 2019

March 26, 2019
Episode 25 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE 🌟Listen to Dr. Connie and guest Dr. Aaron Yoder, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural & Occupational Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center discuss drone policy, leadership …

Episode 25

Episode 25 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE 🌟Listen to Dr. Connie and guest Dr. Aaron Yoder, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural & Occupational Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center discuss drone policy, leadership and the evolution of humanity with technology 💥

Aaron’s background, which includes advancing the tech transfer of Microsoft wearables for Ebola virus protection to agricultural heat illness, allows him to bring a unique perspective and forward thinking to what exactly involves the future of work 🤔

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March 25, 2019

March 25, 2019
Before we release Episode 25 of the Rural Futures Podcast tomorrow– make sure to catch up on Episode 24 where University of Nebraska-Lincoln alum and Marketing Strategist at Verizon, Emily Murtaugh discusses topics ranging from 5G to mental health in …

Episode 24

Before we release Episode 25 of the Rural Futures Podcast tomorrow– make sure to catch up on Episode 24 where University of Nebraska-Lincoln alum and Marketing Strategist at Verizon, Emily Murtaugh discusses topics ranging from 5G to mental health in the workplace to selfless leadership and even explaining futurist terms like neurodiversity 💥
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Emily’s greatest pride in her leadership career was when she was in college and ran for president of the Student Alumni Association for the second time after already being president the previous year. Her mentee ran against her and ended up winning altogether. She said that some people might think of that as a loss, but in her mind that was the best way to end her time as president–knowing she had a role in making someone exceed her own abilities and become a great leader. “I think that’s the ultimate kind of success,” Emily said, “as far as leadership is concerned.”

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March 20, 2019

March 20, 2019
“Any great company has good design,” says RFI Graphic Design Intern Kara Sloane. — Listen at 8:48! The Omaha, Neb., native, a junior Graphic Design student in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, digs into graphic …

Episode 24 Bold Voice

“Any great company has good design,” says RFI Graphic Design Intern Kara Sloane. — Listen at 8:48!

The Omaha, Neb., native, a junior Graphic Design student in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, digs into graphic design in rural, urban and beyond during her Bold Voices student segment.

Based on her experience as an RFI intern, Sloane shares her insights on graphic design in rural communities. “Rural holds a lot of potential that isn’t represented in its design,” she says. “In the future, if we represented rural in a more future-focused way that is more professional but exciting too, I feel like it would bring out this possibility,” she continues.

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March 19, 2019

March 19, 2019
What exactly is 5G? University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications alum Emily Murtaugh, marketing strategist at Verizon, explains in Episode 24! . She also speaks to the importance of being a selfless leader and the role of …

Episode 24

What exactly is 5G? University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications alum Emily Murtaugh, marketing strategist at Verizon, explains in Episode 24!
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She also speaks to the importance of being a selfless leader and the role of mental health in the workplace.
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“5G is the next generation of this cellular, wireless technology, and it has really great potential to enhance networks speeds. It can increase speeds up to 100 times. The average is 20 times faster than 4G, and it can theoretically bring that speed, first and foremost, to your cell phone or wireless home internet connections instead of having to have fiber or broadband of some type.”

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March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019
Nebraskans are demonstrating just how much grit we have these last few days. 💪 . Our tag line has never felt so right. . Hopeful Vision Backed By Grit.

Nebraskans are demonstrating just how much grit we have these last few days. 💪
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Our tag line has never felt so right.
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Hopeful Vision Backed By Grit.

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March 16, 2019

March 16, 2019
Forever #NebraskaStrong 💪 . We are proud to call #Nebraska the home of the Rural Futures Institute and the people of Nebraska our closest colleagues and partners. . The #grit, #determination and #perseverance of everyone working to stay safe and recover from the floods and blizzards across our state …

Forever #NebraskaStrong 💪
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We are proud to call #Nebraska the home of the Rural Futures Institute and the people of Nebraska our closest colleagues and partners.
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The #grit#determination and #perseverance of everyone working to stay safe and recover from the floods and blizzards across our state are a testament to why many #rural communities thrive here, and why Nebraska is the best home for an Institute convening innovators for a thriving rural future.💥
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We are proud to be Nebraskans and share our state with the world. Thank you.

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March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019
Last but certainly not least we’re celebrating our Executive Team and Rural Engagement member, Theresa Klein as we close out Universal Women’s Week 🌟Theresa’s grassroots leadership and experience adds a vital perspective to RFI’s executive team💥 . For Theresa, family …

Theresa Klein

Last but certainly not least we’re celebrating our Executive Team and Rural Engagement member, Theresa Klein as we close out Universal Women’s Week 🌟Theresa’s grassroots leadership and experience adds a vital perspective to RFI’s executive team💥
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For Theresa, family and friends are everything and her love for others is evident the moment you meet her. She and her husband raised their family west of Wahoo, near her family’s dairy farm, so her children would get to experience production agriculture and rural living.
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Thank you for all that you do Theresa, your helpfulness and listening ear are always appreciated💚 Happy Universal Women’s Week!

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March 14, 2019

March 14, 2019
It’s Day 4 of Universal Women’s Week and we’re featuring Kim Peterson, our Director of Competitive Awards and Finance! She has a bachelor’s degree in animal science🐴🔬and most recently has taken graduate courses for a degree in marketing, communication and …

Kim Peterson

It’s Day 4 of Universal Women’s Week and we’re featuring Kim Peterson, our Director of Competitive Awards and Finance! She has a bachelor’s degree in animal science🐴🔬and most recently has taken graduate courses for a degree in marketing, communication and advertising. Kim, we love seeing your determination 💪as you continue to progress your learning!
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Kim handles so many day to day activities around the office and constantly keeps us in communication with each other, if we ever have an RFI-related question Kim is our go-to gal. She also keeps our website updated and error free and we are so grateful! Happy Universal Women’s Week Kim 💚

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March 14, 2019

March 14, 2019
Hunter Traynor, Student Regent and Student Body President at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. — Listen at 8:48! The Nebraska native is studying Political Science and will attend the University of Nebraska College of Law following his graduation in May. He is …

Episode 23 Bold Voice

Hunter Traynor, Student Regent and Student Body President at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. — Listen at 8:48!

The Nebraska native is studying Political Science and will attend the University of Nebraska College of Law following his graduation in May. He is a natural leader who enjoys keeping a full plate and working with as many people as he can. “Leadership is the art of inspiring others to want to struggle for shared aspirations,” he said.

“I have been able to articulate a grand vision for what the organization currently is and what it should and could be in the future,” Traynor said of the Association of Students at the University of Nebraska, the governing student body at UNL. “And, then I need to convince everyone around us that it’s worth the time, effort and energy to struggle to achieve that vision,” he continued.

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March 13, 2019

March 13, 2019
It’s Day 3 of Universal Women’s Week and today we’re featuring Dr. Helen Fagan who is our Director of Leadership Engagement and Diversity Inclusion ✨Dr. Fagan is also an Assistant Professor of Practice in Leadership Engagement at UNL, a qualified …

Dr. Helen Fagan

It’s Day 3 of Universal Women’s Week and today we’re featuring Dr. Helen Fagan who is our Director of Leadership Engagement and Diversity Inclusion Dr. Fagan is also an Assistant Professor of Practice in Leadership Engagement at UNL, a qualified Executive Coach and CEO and Founder of Global Leadership Group– that’s right she can do it all💥

Dr. Fagan’s life story is incredible, she has overcome so much adversity and hardship yet her radiant, joyful personality is contagious 🌟She uses her story to lead, inform and warn others of the dangers of individual bias and how we can create an inclusive community and develop inclusive leaders 💪

One of the most influential phrases we’ve heard Dr. Fagan say is “To be an inclusive leader, it’s important to be the kind of person who might not completely understand but has the open-mindedness 🧠 and willingness to learn.” Happy Universal Women’s Week Dr. Fagan 💚and thank you for all that you do for the University, RFI and for anyone who has had the opportunity to meet you.

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March 12, 2019

March 12, 2019
It’s day ✌️of Universal Women’s Week and today we’re celebrating our Director of Communications and Public Relations, @katelyn.ideus! Put simply, Katelyn can do it all, she’s the rock of RFI, and we wouldn’t be able to function without her. 💚 Because …

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It’s day ✌️of Universal Women’s Week and today we’re celebrating our Director of Communications and Public Relations, @katelyn.ideus! Put simply, Katelyn can do it all, she’s the rock of RFI, and we wouldn’t be able to function without her. 💚

Because Katelyn lives in rural Nebraska (to be close to Ideus Farms’, which her husband helps operate), she brings her rural living experience to work each day and always seems to know what our listeners want to hear. 🎧

Like Dr. Connie, Katelyn is a supermom — her calendar is full of work meetings, kid’s activities and more, but we see Katelyn plug away at everything with so much determination and grace. These days, Katelyn is home taking care of her beautiful newborn baby (No. 3!), yet somehow she she still makes sure to keep us all on track. 💪 Happy Universal Women’s week to the most selfless, hardworking and loving member of the team — we’re so grateful for you Katelyn! 💖✨

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March 12, 2019

March 12, 2019
Episode 23 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE 🔥⠀ Betty Borden is the Director of the Japan Society Innovators Network, she actually first got in contact with Dr. Connie and RFI when she did a google search of “the …

Episode 23

Episode 23 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE 🔥⠀

Betty Borden is the Director of the Japan Society Innovators Network, she actually first got in contact with Dr. Connie and RFI when she did a google search of “the most future-focused, strategic solutions for rural thriving” how awesome is that? 💥⠀

Betty and Dr. Connie have been working together for a year and in this episode they dig into what brought them together, across the world 🌏as well as, 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 💪⠀

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March 11, 2019

March 11, 2019
Each day this week we’ll be featuring an RFI team member to celebrate Universal Women’s week! First up is our fearless leader, Interim Executive Director Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild 💥⠀ Dr. Connie is not only a researcher, entrepreneur and high-touch futurist– …

Dr. Connie Info

Each day this week we’ll be featuring an RFI team member to celebrate Universal Women’s week! First up is our fearless leader, Interim Executive Director Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild 💥⠀

Dr. Connie is not only a researcher, entrepreneur and high-touch futurist– she is also a wife, mom and dog-lover. She works hard to keep her work-life, family-life and social-life balanced and it’s not easy, but Connie’s humble dedication sure makes it sound like a piece of cake 💚

We’re honored and proud to have Connie with us, we’ve been lucky to learn about concepts such as strategic foresight, strengths-based innovation, applied science fiction techniques, future-based leadership and so much more 🌟Happy Universal Women’s Week Connie! 💪⠀

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March 8, 2019

March 8, 2019
March is National Women’s History Month and today is International Women’s Day! This is an incredible opportunity to celebrate the hardworking women in both urban and rural communities who work to make a difference. The future is bright for rural …

March is National Women’s History Month and today is International Women’s Day! This is an incredible opportunity to celebrate the hardworking women in both urban and rural communities who work to make a difference. The future is bright for rural and it’s exciting to see women who are stepping up to help power it 💪 And a special shoutout to the women of RFI who bring it everyday– thank you for all that you do 💚⠀

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March 7, 2019

March 7, 2019
Haven’t had a chance to listen to Episode 22 of the Rural Futures podcast with Dr. Connie yet? Listen to Robin Jourdan passionately discuss the intense value millennials and generation alphas place on authenticity. Robin also shares her take on the …

Episode 22

Haven’t had a chance to listen to Episode 22 of the Rural Futures podcast with Dr. Connie yet? Listen to Robin Jourdan passionately discuss the intense value millennials and generation alphas place on authenticity. Robin also shares her take on the era of post-trust, her definition of the word ‘futurist’, her pillars of leadership and her optimism for the future.

“There’s no challenge that they don’t feel like they can address. They’re dealing with this technology in such a seamless, fearless way, and I think that that’s just so inspiring to me of what they’re gonna be bringing to the table.” —Robin referring to Generation Alpha

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March 6, 2019

March 6, 2019
Problem-solving and leadership work hand in hand, according to Bold Voice Ruben Aguilar, a computer science and engineering student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Aguilar, a computer science and engineering student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, was an undergraduate mentor for …

Episode 22 Bold Voice

Problem-solving and leadership work hand in hand, according to Bold Voice Ruben Aguilar, a computer science and engineering student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Aguilar, a computer science and engineering student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, was an undergraduate mentor for the RFI-funded Rural Youth Entrepreneurship Clinics (YEC) which recently earned $493,560 in funding from the United States Department of Agricultural National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

He digs deep into his participation in the program, his problem-solving approach and his vision of leadership. “My idea of a leader is just being able to convey the vision and getting people together to work toward that vision,” he says.

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March 5, 2019

March 5, 2019
Episode 22 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE! Robin Jourdan worked as an automotive original equipment manufacturer in Michigan for nearly 25 years. First as a research analyst, then a research librarian and ending her career as a futurist …

Episode 22

Episode 22 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE!

Robin Jourdan worked as an automotive original equipment manufacturer in Michigan for nearly 25 years. First as a research analyst, then a research librarian and ending her career as a futurist in information technology.⠀

Robin is passionate about teaching and her confidence in future generations is unparalleled and inspiring! She specializes in framing challenges, business and technical research, emerging technologies, transportation, autonomous vehicles and competitive intelligence⠀

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February 28, 2019

February 28, 2019
“When posting to social media, we try to start a conversation,” says social media guru Kaitlin VanLoon. VanLoon, a senior advertising and public relations major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, digs deep into the future of technology, social media and rural-urban …

Episode 21 Bold Voice

“When posting to social media, we try to start a conversation,” says social media guru Kaitlin VanLoon.

VanLoon, a senior advertising and public relations major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, digs deep into the future of technology, social media and rural-urban collaboration during the Bold Voices student segment. Listen at 13:45 of Episode 21!

VanLoon recognizes that social media can be viewed as both harmful and helpful but she encourages listeners to view it as a positive tool for engagement and information sharing. “My goal is to share the ways that [social media] can be helpful, because it is such a powerful tool in communicating,” she says.

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February 26, 2018

February 26, 2019
Season 3 of Rural Futures with Dr. Connie is LIVE ⚡️ Episode 21 kicks off with Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde. “Jola” is Head of Brand and Reputation for @Google in Africa. Dr. Connie was immediately taken by Jola’s energy and enthusiasm when they both …

Episode 21 

Season 3 of Rural Futures with Dr. Connie is LIVE ⚡️

Episode 21 kicks off with Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde. “Jola” is Head of Brand and Reputation for @Google in Africa.

Dr. Connie was immediately taken by Jola’s energy and enthusiasm when they both presented at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting in 2018, which focused on the future of cities. Jola’s technology expertise combined with her show-up leadership style make her a dynamic female leader and true maverick.

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February 12, 2018

February 12, 2019
Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild is keynoting and facilitating the Western Healthcare Alliance Annual Summit on February 28, 2019. She will challenge WHA members to ask, “What else can we do together?” and lead them through an open innovation process. Collaboration is …

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

She will challenge WHA members to ask, “What else can we do together?” and lead them through an open innovation process. Collaboration is key to innovation and bringing diverse teams together generates different perspectives while ensuring alignment.

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

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January 31, 2019

January 31, 2019
Hosted by Katelyn Ideus, producer of our podcast and our director of communications, Dr. Connie brings forward the critical importance of strategic foresight for rural areas — we cannot solve the grand challenges we’re facing or take advantage of tremendous …

Bonus Episode

Hosted by Katelyn Ideus, producer of our podcast and our director of communications, Dr. Connie brings forward the critical importance of strategic foresight for rural areas — we cannot solve the grand challenges we’re facing or take advantage of tremendous opportunities if we continue to think and act in the same framework and mindset of the past.

We need to understand the megatrends, demographic and pyschographic shifts and industry evolutions surrounding and intermingling with our rural ecosystem.

We must also be clear about the fundamental leadership transformation that is occurring based on the expectations of upcoming generations.

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January 29, 2019

January 29, 2019
Researcher, entrepreneur and high-touch futurist, Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., host of the show, takes the hot seat! Dr. Connie serves as interim executive director and chief futurist of the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska. During this episode, …

Bonus Episode

Researcher, entrepreneur and high-touch futurist, Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., host of the show, takes the hot seat! Dr. Connie serves as interim executive director and chief futurist of the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska.

During this episode, she shares her approach to leadership, her vision for RFI, her recent experiences traveling the world to provide the voice of rural, acceptable metrics to measure rural thriving and rural economic development of the future.

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January 8, 2019

January 8, 2019
Today’s healthcare leaders have an opportunity to channel the future and redesign what health looks like in rural communities. Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild, RFI’s Interim Executive Director and Chief Futurist, is keynoting and facilitating the Western Healthcare Alliance Annual Summit on …

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Today’s healthcare leaders have an opportunity to channel the future and redesign what health looks like in rural communities.

Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild, RFI’s Interim Executive Director and Chief Futurist, is keynoting and facilitating the Western Healthcare Alliance Annual Summit on February 28, 2019. She will help WHA members reach their desired futures through strategic foresight.

Strategic foresight, also referred to as “futuring,” helps leaders better understand current and potential situations while creating a roadmap for innovation that guides and inspires action.

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

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January 7, 2019

January 7, 2019
Through the Rural Futures Institute, the University of Nebraska affirms its commitment to empowering thriving rural communities within our state, across the country and around the world. But what does this mean?

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Through the Rural Futures Institute, the University of Nebraska affirms its commitment to empowering thriving rural communities within our state, across the country and around the world.

But what does this mean?

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January 1, 2019

January 1, 2019
Happy New Year from the Rural Futures Institute! You have the power to create the future for yourself, your family and your community. . What future will you create? As proponents of rural communities, our team sees extraordinary opportunities at …

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Happy New Year from the Rural Futures Institute!

You have the power to create the future for yourself, your family and your community. . What future will you create?

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

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December 24, 2018

December 24, 2018
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 …

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.

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December 20, 2018

December 20, 2018
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!

Holiday Message

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!

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December 17, 2018

December 17, 2018
Thank you to the Omaha World Herald for recognizing the important work of University of Nebraska students with rural Nebraska communities this summer! 2018 RFI Student Serviceship »

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Thank you to the Omaha World Herald for recognizing the important work of University of Nebraska students with rural Nebraska communities this summer!

2018 RFI Student Serviceship »

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December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018
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 …

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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.

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December 7, 2018

December 7, 2018
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 …

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.

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December 6, 2018

December 6, 2018
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 …

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.

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December 5, 2018

December 5, 2018
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 …

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.

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December 4, 2018

December 4, 2018
Season 2 Finale Episode 20 is live where you listen to podcasts! 💥🎙️ We welcomed the executive directors of our University of Nebraska sister institutes — the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and the …

Episode 20

Season 2 Finale Episode 20 is live where you listen to podcasts! 💥🎙️

We welcomed the executive directors of our University of Nebraska sister institutes — the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and the National Strategic Research Institute — to talk with Dr. Connie, asking them to approach their areas of expertise through our lenses of future-focused leadership, rural-urban collaboration and high-touch, high-tech.

Interestingly, each of the Institutes have a specific relationship and value to offer to rural people and places now and into the future.

NU has invested in these interdisciplinary Institutes to focus on areas in which the university and the state of Nebraska have unique strengths. Through the Institutes, researchers and students from the four NU campuses come together with partners to find innovative solutions and opportunities for our state, our nation and our world.

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November 29, 2018

November 29, 2018
Living that entrepreneur life is the real deal. Who can relate? Marji Guyler-Alaniz digs into the scary, the pressure, the late night convos to share her insight and advice from one rural entrepreneur to the world. At the end of …

Episode 19

Living that entrepreneur life is the real deal. Who can relate?

Marji Guyler-Alaniz digs into the scary, the pressure, the late night convos to share her insight and advice from one rural entrepreneur to the world.

At the end of the day, she says, you have to have passion for what you’re pursuing.

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November 28, 2018

November 28, 2018
Emily Frenzen, a junior agricultural and environmental sciences communication major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln grew up on her family’s farm in Fullerton, Neb., where she gained a passion for photography. Emily shared her rural story during the Bold Voices …

Episode 19 Bold Voice

Emily Frenzen, a junior agricultural and environmental sciences communication major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln grew up on her family’s farm in Fullerton, Neb., where she gained a passion for photography. Emily shared her rural story during the Bold Voices student segment of the Rural Futures Podcast Episode 19 at 11:24.

“Serviceship was really challenging, but that was so awesome because there was so much growth that came with that,” Frenzen says. “We really had to step out of our comfort zone and make connections within the community, and it was really up to us to make a lot of those decisions.”

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November 27, 2018

November 27, 2018
Shining a light on women in agriculture, Marji Guyler-Alaniz, founder and president of FarmHer, talks about the future of gender, diversity, leadership and entrepreneurship with incredible authenticity. She dove into her passion of photography and storytelling to create the media …

Episode 19

Shining a light on women in agriculture, Marji Guyler-Alaniz, founder and president of FarmHer, talks about the future of gender, diversity, leadership and entrepreneurship with incredible authenticity.

She dove into her passion of photography and storytelling to create the media and events company that now highlights and inspires women in agriculture across generations via a television show, podcast and in-person events.

You’ll hear her energy while she talks with Dr. Connie about “right place, right time, right message,” and pursuing – and achieving – a dream from a rural community to create national awareness.

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November 21, 2018

November 21, 2018
Born in the rural Rockies of northern Idaho and raised in the rural countryside of Ohio, University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) public administration graduate student Clayton Keller says, “Rural has been a part of my life for my whole life.” …

Bold Voice Episode 18 

Born in the rural Rockies of northern Idaho and raised in the rural countryside of Ohio, University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) public administration graduate student Clayton Keller says, “Rural has been a part of my life for my whole life.”

When asked to answer the questions of Why Rural? Why Now? during the Bold Voices student segment of the Rural Futures Podcast Episode 18 at 11:50, he answers, “Because tomorrow is too late.”

“With globalization and its increasing influence on worldwide culture, there is an ever pressing need to keep up,” he says. Partnerships are key to making sure nobody — in rural or urban — gets left behind, according to Keller.

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November 20, 2018

November 20, 2018
Rural maverick Matt Dennis of Handlebend on Episode 18 of the Rural Futures Podcast! Matt understands the reality of the agricultural economy, the need for creative thinking for thriving rural communities and the grit it’s going to take to lead …

Rural maverick Matt Dennis of Handlebend on Episode 18 of the Rural Futures Podcast!

Matt understands the reality of the agricultural economy, the need for creative thinking for thriving rural communities and the grit it’s going to take to lead families, farms and businesses into the future.

As co-founder of Handlebend Copper Co., he creates exquisite copper mugs from his hometown of about 3,700 people and ships them — in authentic wooden crates — worldwide.

In this episode, he discusses his ag background and full-time job, the balance of starting a business and raising a family and his take on the stories that need to be shared from rural areas across the country.

Dr. Connie, RFI Chief Futurist, is energized by Matt’s call-to-action around female workforce potential, embracing Handlebend’s digital presence and his leadership style that starts with empowering and listening to others.

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November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018
During this month of thanksgiving, we thank all of our partners. Today, we are especially grateful to the @unkearney College of Business & Technology.⠀ Providing high-impact, hands-on, experiential learning in and out of the classroom, UNK’s College of Business & Technology faculty …

Thank you, UNK

During this month of thanksgiving, we thank all of our partners. Today, we are especially grateful to the @unkearney College of Business & Technology.⠀

Providing high-impact, hands-on, experiential learning in and out of the classroom, UNK’s College of Business & Technology faculty and staff have been incredible partners through research and teaching.

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November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018
Thank you, Microsoft Technology & Corporate Responsibility for working to empower every person on the planet and for the special attention you are giving to the rural broadband gap.⠀ .⠀ RFI is pleased to have Shelley McKinley, General Manager of …

Thank you, Microsoft

Thank you, Microsoft Technology & Corporate Responsibility for working to empower every person on the planet and for the special attention you are giving to the rural broadband gap.⠀
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RFI is pleased to have Shelley McKinley, General Manager of Technology and Corporate Responsibility, as a thought partner since spring 2018 when she visited the University of Nebraska to have collaborative discussions with Nebraska stakeholders, students and faculty.

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November 15, 2018

November 15, 2018
“I think this conversation around the urban-rural divide really forces us to think a little bit differently about the future both of leadership, of economic development, of the way that we approach our communities.” — Christy McFarland, Research Director, National …

Episode 17 

“I think this conversation around the urban-rural divide really forces us to think a little bit differently about the future both of leadership, of economic development, of the way that we approach our communities.” — Christy McFarland, Research Director, National League of Cities

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November 15, 2018

November 15, 2018
Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., Rural Futures Institute Interim Executive Director & Chief Futurist, is a panelist during the Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Paris, France, Nov. 14-16. Bringing a distinctly #female perspective to defining strategies to create the conditions for action, …

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Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., Rural Futures Institute Interim Executive Director & Chief Futurist, is a panelist during the Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Paris, France, Nov. 14-16.

Bringing a distinctly #female perspective to defining strategies to create the conditions for action, global leaders from society and economy are convening at this year’s meeting to bridge divides and move towards more inclusive progress for all of humanity.

During the “Designing Cities and Economies for the Future” panel discussion Nov. 16, Reimers-Hild will contribute her futurist lens and rural perspective to the conversation that will address the expected shift of the majority of the global population to cities by 2050. All plenary sessions will be streamed live on Twitter, and this session’s hashtag will be #futurecities.

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November 14, 2018

November 14, 2018
“I really have a passion for helping people,” says Sydney Armbruster, a senior disease and human health major at Peru State College from Fall City, Neb., at 13:53 in Episode 17 of the Rural Futures Podcast. Listen where you get …

Bold Voice Episode 17

“I really have a passion for helping people,” says Sydney Armbruster, a senior disease and human health major at Peru State College from Fall City, Neb., at 13:53 in Episode 17 of the Rural Futures Podcast.

Listen where you get your podcasts and VIA LINK IN BIO! . Expecting to be placed in a #rural community through RFI Student Serviceship in 2018, Sydney was surprised to learn she would spend her summer in Omaha, Neb., with the Omaha Municipal Land Bank. “Once I got to Omaha, I learned a whole new world that joined housing and healthcare,” she says.

“It made me grow as a person and will definitely shape how I practice medicine in the future.” she says of her RFI Serviceship experience. “It definitely opened my horizons to what the world has to offer and how many people are working for positive change in the world today.”

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November 13, 2018

November 13, 2018
We are navigating a critical juncture in our economic future, says Christiana McFarland, Research Director at the National League of Cities. It is clear that urban areas are attracting incredible growth, but in the big picture, this is not sustainable. …

Episode 17

We are navigating a critical juncture in our economic future, says Christiana McFarland, Research Director at the National League of Cities. It is clear that urban areas are attracting incredible growth, but in the big picture, this is not sustainable.

Listen to our podcast interview with Christy on Episode 17 of Rural Future with Dr. Connie, available where you get your podcasts and via LINK IN BIO.

Intrigued by Christy’s work in the published report, “Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide,” RFI Chief Futurist Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., draws out Christy’s thoughts in terms of the overall narrative of the rural-urban “divide,” accessible leadership and what the truest forms of rural-urban collaboration look like.

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November 9, 2018

November 9, 2018
During this month of Thanksgiving, we take some extra time to thank our partners who provide us with a way to make an impact in our state, country and world. ⠀ ⠀ Today we especially thank the Behavioral Health Education …

Thank you, BHECN!

During this month of Thanksgiving, we take some extra time to thank our partners who provide us with a way to make an impact in our state, country and world. ⠀

Today we especially thank the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) within the University of Nebraska Medical Center.⠀

Dedicated to improving access to behavioral health care across the state of Nebraska by developing a skilled and passionate workforce, the University of Nebraska Medical Center through BHECN works with students, providers across the state and within the national landscape of behavioral health professions.⠀

Eighty-eight of Nebraska’s 93 counties are recognized as mental health professional shortage areas by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

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November 9, 2018

November 9, 2018
The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska understands that to truly make a statewide, regional, national and international impact for current and future residents of rural communities, we must partner with the boldest, action-oriented thought leaders and …

Thank you, Nebraska Community Foundation

The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska understands that to truly make a statewide, regional, national and international impact for current and future residents of rural communities, we must partner with the boldest, action-oriented thought leaders and achievers around the world.⠀

During this month of Thanksgiving, we are taking some extra time to express our gratitude.⠀

Today we especially thank the Nebraska Community Foundation (NCF).

With an exceptional vision for the future, NCF has created an incredible network of purpose, passion and giving throughout the state of Nebraska.

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November 9, 2018

November 9, 2018
During this month of Thanksgiving, we take some extra time to share our gratitude for all of our partners — individuals and communities of place and practice. Thank you for all you do to bring forward the research and hands-on work for …

Thank You, Nebraska Extension

During this month of Thanksgiving, we take some extra time to share our gratitude for all of our partners — individuals and communities of place and practice. Thank you for all you do to bring forward the research and hands-on work for thriving rural communities of the future.⠀

Today we especially recognize one of many of our strategic partners from the University of Nebraska — Nebraska Extension.⠀

Aligning our resources and capacity with Nebraska 4-H and the Community Vitality Initiative (CVI) has allowed RFI’s small, nimble team to empower incredible “boots-on-the-ground” impact in more than 45 Nebraska rural communities and counties.⠀

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November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018
With so much technology coming forward, it’s easy to lose sight of the human aspects of our future. Ultimately, we can design our desired futures with strategy, realism and optimism. In Episode 16 of Rural Futures with Dr. Connie — …

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With so much technology coming forward, it’s easy to lose sight of the human aspects of our future.

Ultimately, we can design our desired futures with strategy, realism and optimism.

In Episode 16 of Rural Futures with Dr. Connie — available where you listen to podcasts — futurist Deb Westphal emphasizes the value and necessity of people.

We have great challenges to overcome, but we also have great opportunities. .

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November 7, 2018

November 7, 2018
Listen to Episode 16 of our podcast at 13:20 for Raghav Kidambi, a senior management major the Nebraska College of Business, who grew up in a “town” of 7 million in India. His willingness and enthusiasm to embrace rural Nebraska …

Bold Voice Episode 16

Listen to Episode 16 of our podcast at 13:20 for Raghav Kidambi, a senior management major the Nebraska College of Business, who grew up in a “town” of 7 million in India.

His willingness and enthusiasm to embrace rural Nebraska through RFI Student Serviceship was palpable and his perspective enlightening.

“When people leave rural societies for urban centers, we’re losing a huge amount of workforce when it comes to agribusiness and agriculture and things that are necessary — that are the backbone for the country,” he says. “And not just in America, but this is happening everywhere in the world.”

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November 6, 2018

November 6, 2018
Omaha World Herald Article » Powerful article from the Omaha World Herald editorial staff on this election day for Nebraska, the country and the world: “Let’s bridge the urban-rural divide and find cooperative solutions to Nebraska’s challenges.” We are proud …

Omaha World Herald Article »

Powerful article from the Omaha World Herald editorial staff on this election day for Nebraska, the country and the world: “Let’s bridge the urban-rural divide and find cooperative solutions to Nebraska’s challenges.”

We are proud to be an organization that brings leaders together collaboratively — to seek to understand and with a mindset of abundance.

We need more “both, and” versus “either, or” conversations among communities, researchers and student for a thriving combined future. 🤝

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November 6, 2018

November 6, 2018
In this episode, two female futurists come together to talk about the future of humanity with technology; water infrastructure and the leadership needed to sustain it; empowerment of women and new generations of leaders; and much, much more. Deborah Westphal, …

Episode 16

In this episode, two female futurists come together to talk about the future of humanity with technology; water infrastructure and the leadership needed to sustain it; empowerment of women and new generations of leaders; and much, much more.

Deborah Westphal, CEO of the future-focused strategic advisory firm Toffler Associates, is an engineer by training and an evolving leader who recognizes the value of people.

She believes individuals’ hopes, desires and strengths can further organizations, even in exponentially changing technology environments.

She and Dr. Connie also explain that our inter-dependencies whether rural and urban, male and female, boomer and millennial are assets to build upon.

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November 1, 2018

November 1, 2018
Dr. Connie, RFI Chief Futurist, and Amber Pankonin, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Communicator, discuss the future of agriculture, food production and nutrition in Episode 15 of Rural Futures with Dr. Connie, our weekly podcast available across listening platforms. 💥 How …

Dr. Connie, RFI Chief Futurist, and Amber Pankonin, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Communicator, discuss the future of agriculture, food production and nutrition in Episode 15 of Rural Futures with Dr. Connie, our weekly podcast available across listening platforms.

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💥 How can we ask bolder questions — “both, and” versus “either, or”?

🔮 How can we provide students the context they need to truly serve their purpose into the future?

➡️ Listen, Rate & Review us to share these bold voices for rural!

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November 1, 2018

November 1, 2018
In today’s Lincoln Journal Star, Trenton Buhr, senior political science major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, shares his view of the future of rural communities in terms of population and economic development. It’s emboldening to see students take their University …

In today’s Lincoln Journal Star, Trenton Buhr, senior political science major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, shares his view of the future of rural communities in terms of population and economic development.

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It’s emboldening to see students take their University of Nebraska studies and create an impact in rural communities through RFI Student Serviceship. To read what Trenton has to say will not only give you hope for the future of rural communities, but tangible action.

“Outdated perceptions of what ‘rural’ means continue to make a considerable impact on the human potential of small communities. It is imperative that we begin giving rural communities credit for the amazing things they offer. Without a concerted effort behind this change, economic revitalization will continue to move slowly if at all.”

More about Trenton’s Red Cloud, Neb., serviceship experience »

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October 31, 2018

October 31, 2018
“I think it’s really important and really critical to look at those different societies, those different ways of living in those different communities based upon the urban and rural pipeline, and see how they interact and how they affect the …

“I think it’s really important and really critical to look at those different societies, those different ways of living in those different communities based upon the urban and rural pipeline, and see how they interact and how they affect the overall functioning of a society.” — Trevor Harlow, senior political science and environmental studies double major at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

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Trevor is our Bold Voices featured student at 15:00 in Episode 15 of Rural Futures with Dr. Connie!

Trevor doesn’t shy away from perspective-gaining experiences, proven by his appearance on our podcast as well as his 10-week RFI Student Serviceship experience in Red Cloud, Neb.

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October 30, 2018

October 30, 2018
Episode 15 of our podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie,” features Amber Pankonin, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Communicator, who consults with farmers and producers about how to message and brand their products to not only resonate with consumers, but to …

Episode 15 of our podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie,” features Amber Pankonin, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Communicator, who consults with farmers and producers about how to message and brand their products to not only resonate with consumers, but to create healthier lifestyles.

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A true rural maverick, Amber has created a community through her recipe site StirList and her podcast for entrepreneurs Healthy Under Pressure.

In this episode she and Dr. Connie, RFI Interim Executive Director & Chief Futurist, talk about the challenges and solutions facing dietitians, farmers and consumers thanks to increasing access to information. Amber passionately encourages collaboration and individualization while they explore the future of nutrigenomics and embolden other entrepreneurs to take the plunge.

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October 29, 2018

October 29, 2018
Local media appearance in Japan! RFI Interim Executive Director Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., is serving as futurist while researching and presenting throughout rural Japan. The opportunity is a partnership with the Japan Society’s Innovators Network that has exchanged mavericks from rural …

Local media appearance in Japan!

RFI Interim Executive Director Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., is serving as futurist while researching and presenting throughout rural Japan. The opportunity is a partnership with the Japan Society’s Innovators Network that has exchanged mavericks from rural Japan and is now hosting a group of thought leaders from the U.S.

RFI was proud to host the Japanese innovators last October. Details about their time in Nebraska as well as their presentations »

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