THE 2016 BIG RURAL BRAINSTORM
1420 E. Broadway Ct., Newton
Monday, March 7, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
(Registration starts at 9 a.m.)
Fee $50 (includes lunch)
as of 02.26.16
WHAT IS THE BRB ABOUT?
There's so much happening in Kansas right now, and we're all a part of
it. Come to the best "un-conference" in the state to meet other Great
Kansans and talk about the things we can do to sustain and grow our
communities. If you are working hard for your community, this is for
you. If you don't know where to start, this is for you. If you want to
interact in a positive way with other Kansans and leave with a plan for
action, this is for you! We can ALL make a difference!
WHEN: Monday, March 7, 10
a.m.-5:30 p.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Meridian Event Center, 1420 E. Broadway Court,
at I-135 and Broadway.
HOW MUCH: $50
LODGING: The Holiday Inn Express is right next to the Meridian Event Center. A block of rooms is reserved at $97 plus tax. Call for this rate before February 24 and tell them you're with the Big Rural Brainstorm. 316.804.7040.
We're going to have a Kansas food and beverage pot luck at the Holiday Inn Express on Sunday night. Yes, that means you would get to bring something! How fun will this be?!
WOULD YOU HELP UNDERWRITE THIS RURAL EFFORT?
An anonymous Kansan has made a big pledge
anonymous Kansan has pledged to match sponsorships up to $5,000 in
order to help keep expenses low for all who attend. This Kansan
believes in fostering civic engagement among all Kansans, and wants to
help make a difference. Will you help us reach this goal? We will
recognize you incredible folks and your commitment to sponsoring this
collective brilliance. There's a place on the registration page to
designate your sponsorship. Thank you so much!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
~ Anyone who lives or works in rural communities and wants to be part of a solution. Small communities are valued here!
~ PowerUps! 21-39s who are rural by choice or have an affection for rural.
~ Anyone who wants to make a difference, but maybe doesn't know where to begin to make positive change in their community.
Risk takers! People willing to try new things and engage in new
ways. Maybe even take part in public service or by serving on a board
of a local organization.
~ Good rural advocate thinkers, people who can see the big picture.
~ All ages passionate about rural living.
exciting thing is the prospect of having people from every aspect
(health, education, government, volunteers, etc.) of rural life here,
sharing ideas. The mix of perspectives will help us think more
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.
focus of this year's BRB is civic engagement - what it means and
what it looks like. What does civic engagement look like in 2016 in
Kansas? What should it look like? And how can we make it happen?
will spend time thinking about what we can do to make good, positive
change in our communities. If you are the busiest person you know,
this will be a time to take a breath and think about how you can make
your actions better. If you have no idea who to call, where to start,
or what to do, but a deep desire to do something, you'll have time to
figure that out!
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!
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
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.
WE'RE SHAKING THINGS UP THIS TIME...
new focus... we know that YOU are the key to keeping your communities going. YOU
are the focus of this BRB! We want YOU to feel like you can be the
most-engaged citizen you can be when you go home.
new format... we're trying some new things for the third BRB! Come try them out with us!
but still... we'll
keep the high-energy, exciting environment of the Brainstorm. We
know we need new ways of thinking and doing. Let's start here!
and what if... we all left knowing that we can make a difference?
Oh my. It's going to be awesome!
- Sarah Green, Wichita
- Liz Sosa, We Kan Network board member, Garden City
- Marci Penner, Kansas Sampler Foundation, Inman
- WenDee LaPlant, Kansas Sampler Foundation, Inman
SUMMARY OF PREVIOUS BIG RURAL BRAINSTORMS