What does it mean to be a good citizen? How do you grade yourself on civic participation? Communications strategist Tom Cosgrove says that rural people have a rich story to tell when working through the divided politics of the moment.Read More...
National Rural Assembly
Philanthropies that focus on rural communities in Colorado, Oregon and Texas say they work more through organizers and “embedded staff” and less through gatekeeping program officers. “We no longer have program officers; we have community…
"I can’t do the conference justice, but stalking social media generated from the Assembly provides some of the highlights. You too can get a recap by checking out #Rural18 and #CivicCourage on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram."
Firestarter Joe Marshall promotes the idea that we are all "warriors" with the responsibility to serve, provide and protect future generations.
Firestarter Ashley Hanson and her cohorts use town-square theater, karaoke, bonfires and musicals to bring communities together and address civic problems. They find the process is cathartic
Firestarter Anita Earls tells Rural Assembly participants that democracy is threatened by the lack of inclusion in solving community problems.
Magaly Licolli says when you are advocating for worker rights, sometimes you have to stop worrying about being polite.
David Toland suggests listening to community members and focusing on small accomplishments, like mowing some troublesome ditches or putting up stop signs, in order to create an atmosphere for larger successes, like building a new critical…
The 2018 National Rural Assembly's first Firestarter speaker launches a series focused on sparking change in rural communities.