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THE 2014 BIG RURAL BRAINSTORM
~  project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation ~

Meridian Event Center, Newton
 
Friday, March 14, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
 
 

See sponsors and list of those who attended

 

WHAT IS IT?

There is nothing traditional about this event.  There won't be any keynote speakers, just 175 experts, including you, whose collective thinking will create action for a myriad of challenges or ideas shared by those at the Brainstorm.  It is a fast-paced, interactive, action-oriented event designed to move rural Kansas forward.  We're looking for people who can think outside the box or who can add their seed of an idea to the next person's idea and so forth resulting in dynamic plans.

 

DETAILS

WHEN:  Friday, March 14, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Registration starts at 9 a.m.

WHERE:  Meridian Event Center, 216 N. Meridian Road, NewtonLocated at  I-135 and Broadway.

HOW MUCH:  $45

 

THURSDAY EVENING

Everyone is invited to meet up at the Coneburg Inn in Peabody to eat, sip and suppose, and take part in karaoke!

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

~ Anyone who lives or works in rural communities and wants to be part of the solution.  Small communities are valued here! 

~ Rural advocate Good Thinkers and people who can see the big picture. 

~ PowerUps!  21-39s who are rural by choice or have an affection for rural.

~ All ages passionate about rural living.

~ People from every aspect (health, education, government, business, volunteers, etc.) of rural life, sharing ideas.  The mix of perspectives will help us think more creatively.

You might pass on this if you just want to give advice or tell about your program.  This is about listening, shaping answers that are meaningful to a specific situation, and thinking with innovation.

 

WHAT WILL WE DO AND TALK ABOUT? 

A questionnaire on the registration form will help generate  topics and the direction of planning. 

Some of you will get a great opportunity.  The planning committee will choose at least eight of you who will receive group brainstorm help with a scenario that you want to accomplish.  Submit information for this on the registration form.  This is a competitive process.

The day will consist of many small groups of discussion.  We'll shape and reshape the groups, hear from people, plan together.  The goal is to lead to ACTION!
 
 
THE FIRST BIG RURAL BRAINSTORM WAS IN 2012 

In February 2012, two hundred people from diverse walks of rural life came together to find common possibilities and to look for the not-so-usual solutions. 

It was a dynamic time but we can think more boldly, we can listen better, we can shift away from traditional ideas, we can be more dynamic as a collective mind for rural.

 

THINK ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN

when we...bring a couple of hundred passionate Kansans together, stir up the energy, and look at common rural issues from a completely different point of view,  

when we...all work at amping up our collective energies for the good of our communities,  

when we...fill the room with PowerUps (21-39s who are rural by choice) to mix with all those who have been working at this for years,  

when we...have a lot of fun doing this.

It's going to be awesome! 
 

PLANNING COMMITTEE
  •  Marci Penner, Kansas Sampler Foundation, Inman
  • WenDee LaPlant, Kansas Sampler Foundation, Inman
  • Liz Sosa, Garden City
  • Andrea Springer, Hutchinson
  • Shari Wilson, Kansas City
  • and you...
 
NEWTON DETAILS
Meridian Event Center
Lodging in Newton
Visitor Information site
 
 
SUMMARY OF THE 2012 BIG RURAL BRAINSTORM AND HOW IT CAME TO BE
Click here.