Good Ideas Wanted for Big Rural Brainstorm

Kansas Sampler Foundation's goal is not just the sharing of ideas but the development of a plan of action.

Published on: Feb 10, 2014

If you have ideas that might improve economic and quality of life issues for people who live and work in rural Kansas, the Kansas Sampler Foundation is planning an event that you don't want to miss.

The second Big Rural Brainstorm is coming up on Friday, March 14, at the Meridian Event Center in Newton.

The daylong idea fest will begin at 10 a.m. and run through 5:30 p.m.

There is only room for 200 participants, so if you want to be part of this fast-paced, action-oriented, interactive event, you should register as soon as possible at kansassampler.org. Cost of participation is $45, including lunch and deadline for registrations is March 7.

Collective brilliance

"Were looking for people who can contribute a seed of an idea to what we call collective brilliance. Its not on any one person to solve everything but if we each add our own expertise and innovative ideas, then together we can move things along," said Marci Penner, Kansas Sampler Foundation director
"We're looking for people who can contribute a seed of an idea to what we call collective brilliance. It's not on any one person to solve everything but if we each add our own expertise and innovative ideas, then together we can move things along," said Marci Penner, Kansas Sampler Foundation director
Kansas Sampler Foundation director Marci Penner said, "We're looking for people who can contribute a seed of an idea to what we call collective brilliance. It's not on any one person to solve everything but if we each add our own expertise and innovative ideas, then together we can move things along." 

Though all ages are invited, community-doers from volunteer-led towns and PowerUps (those between 21-39 who are rural by choice) are specifically encouraged to attend.

Liz Sosa, PowerUp Liaison from Garden City said, "We encourage people from every aspect of rural life to attend, from the health care field and service sectors to those in education and business.  Each person's perspective is needed to create a dynamic environment.  We intend to create action by the end of the day, not just have ideas."

Supporting rural culture
The Kansas Sampler Foundation has as its mission "to preserve, sustain, and grow rural culture by educating Kansans about Kansas and by networking and supporting rural communities.

The cause is to keep every town viable that shows the will and spirit to help itself."

The foundation sponsors the annual Kansas Sampler Festival, producers guide books to what to see and do in Kansas and oversees the Kansas Explorers Club, which encourages Kansans to learn more about what there is to see and do it their state.

Two hundred people attended the first Big Rural Brainstorm in February 2012.

For more information, visit the Kansas Sampler website.