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The RuralX Summit, organized by Dakota Resources with the help of 57 generous sponsors, was a rural economic and community development summit held in July of 2016 to help rural innovators connect with new ideas, innovative people and forward-thinking collaborations. The two-day event was attended by 222 people who were motivated by:
National rural advocates and celebrated speakers
Networking with key organizations, resources and rural leaders
A farm-to-fork dinner celebration with entertainment
Breakout sessions focused on rural agendas
Inspirational success stories
The following rural successes were a direct result of the 2016 RuralX Summit and can be attributed to the hard-working, visionary people who came to us representing their communities, their organizations and their dreams.
Author – Carey Grosdidier, freelance writer
Nichole Cross volunteered at RuralX last summer intending to learn a little more about hosting an open space and collecting actionable feedback from a community gathering.
She left with so much more.
“I met Joe Bartmann (VP of Innovation at Dakota Resources) when I attended an ‘Art of Hosting’ event in Sioux Falls that he put on in November of 2015, and I was intrigued by the methodologies taught,” she explains. “He invited me to be part of the team at RuralX. As an industrial designer, I feel gathering and analyzing feedback is an important skill to practice, so I came to RuralX ready to help Joe gather and distribute participant feedback so attendees could take what they learned back to their communities to analyze and act upon.”
Nichole explains that while she was volunteering at … Read More »
Story by Carey Grosdidier, Freelance Writer
When guest speaker Emily Pilloton came to RuralX last summer, she opened the gathering with stories of Studio H, an innovative program she launched in California that integrates design skills and building projects into high school classrooms. Emily closed her conversation by saying, “Everyone has it in them to start something—whether it’s a business, a Bible study or a book club. Just start something. The rewards are worth the risk.”
Karla Brozik, Executive Director of the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce and the South Central Development Corporation, took those words to heart. Inspired by Emily’s words and the work being done through Studio H, Karla wondered if something similar to Emily’s program was possible in Winner.
“Students in Winner don’t go to school on Fridays, so I thought a program similar to Studio H might give kids … Read More »
Guest Author, Becky McCray
Now is the perfect time to Take Small Steps.
We’ve just passed the first of the year with all its resolutions and renewed commitments. It’s also been six months since the first RuralX Summit, and that makes it the perfect time to remember, review and renew some of the ideas you left with.
If you weren’t at RuralX last year, you can join in now, and get excited about the upcoming RuralX17 on July 18-19, 2017.
Now, let’s not make this overwhelming. Let’s stick with the key piece of advice that Deb Brown and I shared with you in our keynote: Take Small Steps. Keep thinking “small steps” while you decide what you want to act on in the next six months.
Here’s the plan to get you renewed and re-excited.
The first small step is to watch this … Read More »
Story by Carey Grosdidier, Freelance Writer
Maybe it was the timing. Maybe it was the event. Maybe it was a little bit of both.
At RuralX, we’d like to think the connection made between Angela Tewalt of Sioux Falls and Barry Zephier of Flandreau was by design. One of the main objectives of RuralX is to bring rural “thinkers and doers” together in powerful ways. While the two had met before, Angela and Barry were given the opportunity to have a deeper conversation at RuralX during an Open X forum hosted by Vince Two Eagles.
“I didn’t expect to find so many opportunities to talk about native and non-native relations at RuralX,” said Angela. “I was sensitive to the topic because of my recent work as a freelance writer, so I joined a group discussion of about 15-20 people. We had an amazing … Read More »