Reimers-Hild shares rural perspective, futurist lens at Women’s Forum Global Meeting

RFI interim executive director Connie Reimers-Hild speaks are women's forum global meeting


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

Bringing a distinctly female perspective to defining strategies to create the conditions for action, global leaders from society and economy convened 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 Reimers-Hild contributed her futurist lens and rural perspective to the conversation that addressed the expected shift of the majority of the global population to cities by 2050. The session’s hashtag was #futurecities.

Fellow panelists included:


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Reimers-Hild presented four key points during the conversation.


  1. We need to plan for both underpopulation and overpopulation of physical communities. There is an interconnectedness between urban and rural that we can no longer ignore, and our global ecosystem must support more than people. Women who are economically empowered provide not only their ideas and innovations but also give back to their families and communities. Numerous studies show that positive global transformation occurs when women are empowered.
  2. Access to health, well-being and vitality for all. What does it look like for every person on the planet to have great places to live, clean water, sanitation, transportation, sustainable energy, activity and proper nutrition? How do we provide access to health, well-being and vitality for all people in the future?
  3. Advancements in technology and science are changing expectations and demands of humans. Demographic shifts, psychographic shifts, IoT, AI, robotics, mobile tech, intelligent transportation are all interwoven factors.
  4. Broadband and high speed connectivity will be critical components of future communities both physically and digitally. This requires a systems approach to infrastructure. How many physical structures do we need? Should more of this money be invested into virtual opportunities? New systems can create the flexibility women need to earn income, support their families and prioritize their own well-being. Women possess the creativity, knowledge and desire needed to implement new living systems designed to improve outcomes for children, families, communities and the environment.