Come as you are to explore, connect, reflect and create your own RuralX experience, with plenty of fun on the side. This event schedule sets out general expectations, while allowing you the freedom and flexibility to connect with amazing people.
TUESDAY, JULY 18
Check-in, grab a beverage, find a seat and settle in for a dynamic afternoon designed to fuel your fire and make you “Xcited” about what’s possible in our rural communities.
Build a better block: How to make a real change in your community
Jason Roberts, founder of The Better Block Project, will dazzle you with real-world ideas and inspiration.
Mind blown by Jason?
Take a little break to catch your breath, check your phone or connect with fellow RuralXers.
Ruralizing Our Potential
Exploring new ideas and possibilities
Deb Brown and Becky McCray, nationally known rural advocates, lead your through motivational rural success stories, including some from last year’s RuralX participants!
Prepare to be Open
Joe Bartmann, VP of Innovation at Dakota Resources, explains the whys and hows of OpenX and helps craft an “on the fly” OpenX agenda.
RuralX Better Block Party
Enjoy our street-fair-meets-food-festival event being held at the Wheat Growers Innovation Center. Buses will transport attendees from The DEC from 5:30p – 6:30p and take you to a fun, casual evening featuring a taste of local fair-inspired foods, makers market booths, music, games and a chance to relax with old and new friends. At the conclusion of the RuralX17 Better Block Party, buses will return attendees to The DEC between 8:00p – 9:00p.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19
Start your second day with words of wisdom from Deb Brown and Becky McCray.
OpenX breakout sessions bring attendees together to analyze, discuss, brainstorm and create action items on key rural agenda items.
Grab a box and continue with OpenX or just take a break with friends or on your own.
OpenX in Action
So, what are we going to DO with all these ideas? This is where we put our words into actions and create real meaning behind our time at RuralX17.
Gather Your Crowd
Deb Brown and Becky McCray end our time together by learning effective ways to rally a crowd to support your ideas, business or rural community.
Finish with a Start
Take home accountability and action items to make a difference in your community.