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THE 2016 BIG RURAL BRAINSTORM
~  project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation and We Kan! Network ~

Meridian Event Center,
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)
 
 
SUMMARY E-BLAST
 
 
See list of those attending and sponsoring
as of 02.26.16
 
 
02.22.16 e-blast about the BRB
 
02.18.16 e-blast about the BRB
 
02.26.16 e-blast about the BRB
 
 

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!

 

DETAILS

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, Newton Located 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.

 

SUNDAY EVENING

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 

An 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. 
The 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 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.
The 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? 
We 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!
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.

 

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!
 

PLANNING COMMITTEE
  • Sarah Green, Wichita
  • Liz Sosa, We Kan Network board member, Garden City
  • Marci Penner, Kansas Sampler Foundation, Inman
  • WenDee LaPlant, Kansas Sampler Foundation, Inman
 
NEWTON DETAILS
Meridian Event Center
Lodging in Newton
Visitor Information site
 
 
SUMMARY OF PREVIOUS BIG RURAL BRAINSTORMS
Click here for 2012.
Click here for 2014.