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Rural Futures with Dr. Connie
35 minutes | 2 years ago
Rural maverick Janet Palmtag intersects product development, risk, housing
Janet Palmtag, an entrepreneur and rural maverick from Southeast Nebraska, is our featured guest this week. A real estate broker, Janet shares her insights into the rural housing crisis. She also shares her insights into bringing a product to market thanks to her recent creation of TubTool, a cleaning device for bathtubs and showers. Janet has been a leader and volunteer throughout her community for several years, so she tells it like it is when it comes to leadership from a company and community perspective.
44 minutes | 2 years ago
Quantitative futurist Amy Webb intersects futurism, change, now-est mentality
Amy Webb, Award-winning author and professor of strategic foresight at the New York University Stern School of Business, talks with Dr. Connie about the role and scope of futurists, the now-est mentality of the United States, our emotional relationship with change, the multiple pathways for possible futures and so much more. Amy is the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures, and her new book, The Big Nine, released in March. After learning more about the Rural Futures Institute she said: "The Nebraska community and just the larger rural community is lucky that you guys exist and that you're doing this work. Because, again, we're reticent to change, it's hard and, ultimately, what futurists ask people to do is to confront that uncertainty and that change and to accept it and to experiment and try things that are untested."
37 minutes | 2 years ago
Economic developer Garry Clark intersects workforce development, quality of life, fighting through fear
There is opportunity in fighting through fear says Garry Clark, Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council in Fremont, Neb. He would know. Garry grew up in the Washington, D.C., projects where he witnessed drug addiction. When he had the opportunity to hop on a plane to Nebraska to accept a track scholarship, he took it. And with that leap, a ton of hard work and incredible talent, he became a national champion for Dana College. Garry talks about his journey and his deep love for rural places and Nebraska in his new book, Unlikely Viking and through this episode of our podcast. Dr. Connie's conversation with Garry took place in January 2019. They dove into his vision for the future of economic development, which he said in Fremont is focused on engaging current and potential residents through quality of life initiatives. They also talked workforce and the coming technologies that will impact recruitment of businesses as well as housing issues and funding opportunities. Since their conversation, Fremont, Neb., and much of Northeast Nebraska has been significantly impacted by flooding in March 2019. Lives were lost and Nebraska’s damage is estimated at $1.8 billion. We touched base with Garry, and he says Fremont is in recovery mode. He urges listeners to donate to the American Red Cross.
40 minutes | 2 years ago
Researcher Larkin Powell intersects humanity, wildlife, ecotourism
Larkin Powell, Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, talks with Dr. Connie about the opportunities within ecotourism, humanity's affect on wildlife and natural landscapes, the benefits of precision agriculture for animal habitats, the possibility of mass extinctions of wildlife in the coming decades and more.
31 minutes | 2 years ago
Entrepreneur Janell Anderson Ehrke intersects digital marketing, motivation, making rural cool
Janell Anderson Ehrke is Founder and CEO of GROW Nebraska, a non-profit marketing, training and technical assistance resource for Nebraska entrepreneurs. Through their work and Buy Nebraska website, Janell and her team boost the state's economy at a national and global level. Their conferences, upcoming innovation center and grants in areas such as GoogleAdwords allow entrepreneurs to take advantage of today's tools to grow beyond their rural geography. Dr. Connie enjoyed hearing Janell's background, which includes parents who were both entrepreneurs and four siblings who attended the University of Nebraska. Janell's agricultural background led to her attitude: "Get out there and make it happen!" Janell's daughter, Haley, was also a 2018 Rural Futures Institute Student Fellow!
27 minutes | 2 years ago
Researcher Aaron Yoder intersects wearable tech, ag safety, education
Aaron Yoder, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural & Occupational Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. In this episode, he shares his years of work merging agribility, engineering, wearable technology, social marketing, consumer-driven education and behavioral health. With his unique background, which includes advancing the tech transfer of Microsoft wearables for Ebola virus protection to agricultural heat illness, he also brings forward his thoughts regarding drone policy, the evolution of humanity with technology and, of course, leadership.
32 minutes | 2 years ago
Verizon's Emily Murtaugh intersects 5G, diversity, rural-urban experiences
Verizon marketing specialist Emily Murtaugh explores the definition and potential of 5G technology, which could offer mobile and wireless speeds as fast as fiber-wired connections. In her explanation, she explains the infrastructure needed and the fourth industrial revolution potential of 5G for rural and urban communities alike. She also discusses the magnitude of the tech in terms of impact on agriculture to feed 9 billion people, telehealth, robotics and autonomous vehicles. A University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass graduate and Omaha, Neb., native, Emily also shares her insights after taking the leap to move to New York City. And, of course, she shares her leadership tips, which are focused on selflessness.
38 minutes | 2 years ago
Japan Society's Betty Borden intersects rural challenges, entrepreneurship, innovation
Director of the Japan Society Innovators Network, Betty Borden is a rural innovator sparking global change. She coordinates projects that connect Japanese and American mavericks to exchange solutions on some shared grand challenges, recently in the area of rural economic and community revitalization. Betty discovered Dr. Connie and the Rural Futures Institute through a Google search inquiring into the most future-focused, strategic solutions for rural thriving. In this conversation they dig into more than a year of work that has brought them together across the world and includes creative solutions around recruitment and retention of residents, sparking female entrepreneurship, rethinking the rural-urban opportunities of agriculture and food production and, of course, the evolution of leadership.
35 minutes | 2 years ago
IT futurist Robin Jourdan intersects transportation, airspace, leadership
Information technology futurist Robin Jourdan recently wrapped up a 25-year career in the automotive industry and shares a bit of her wisdom about autonomous vehicles, drones and vertical airspace legislation of the future with Dr. Connie. Robin's insights into the impact these technologies will have on the rural-urban dynamic are worth consideration in terms of community development and agriculture. Dr. Connie also digs into Robin's definition of a futurist and her pillars of leadership. During this part of their conversation, Robin passionately discusses the intense value millennials and generation alphas place on authenticity. She also shares her take on the era of post-trust and her optimism for the future.
29 minutes | 2 years ago
Google brand strategist Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde intersects leadership, tech, life balance
Joining us in the premier Episode 21 of Season 3 is Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, head of brand and reputation for Google Africa. Dr. Connie was immediately taken by Jola's energy and enthusiasm when they both presented at the Women's Forum Global Meeting in 2018, which focused on the future of cities. Jola's technology expertise combined with her show-up leadership style make her a dynamic female leader and true maverick. Jola discusses several of Google's initiatives to empower female entrepreneurs with digital skills, her leadership advice that focuses on purpose and how she balances a high-power career with being a present wife and mother. Dr. Connie also has Jola dig into technology for rural-urban collaboration, agriculture and the future of jobs. Jola also shares her team's ideas for creating inclusive initiatives for economic development in Nigeria and around the world.
41 minutes | 2 years ago
Futurist Connie Reimers-Hild intersects foresight, psychographics shifts, global rural development
Researcher, entrepreneur and high-touch futurist, Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., host of the Rural Futures Podcast, takes the hot seat in this bonus episode of our show! Dr. Connie serves as interim executive director and chief futurist of the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska. During this episode, she shares her approach to leadership, her vision for RFI, her recent experiences traveling the world to provide the voice of rural, acceptable metrics to measure rural thriving and rural economic development of the future. Hosted by Katelyn Ideus, producer of the podcast and RFI's director of communications, Dr. Connie brings forward the critical importance of strategic foresight for rural areas — we cannot solve the grand challenges we're facing or take advantage of tremendous opportunities if we continue to think and act in the same framework and mindset of the past. We need to understand the megatrends, demographic and pyschographic shifts and industry evolutions surrounding and intermingling with our rural ecosystem. We must also be clear about the fundamental leadership transformation that is occurring based on the expectations of upcoming generations.
53 minutes | 2 years ago
NU Institute directors intersect early childhood, water sustainability, national security
We welcomed the executive directors of our University of Nebraska (NU) sister institutes — the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and the National Strategic Research Institute — to talk with Dr. Connie, asking them to approach their area of expertise through our lenses of future-focused leadership, rural-urban collaboration and high-touch, high-tech. Interestingly, each of the Institutes have a specific relationship and value to offer to rural people and places now and into the future. Through the Institutes, researchers and students from the four NU campuses come together with partners to find innovative solutions and opportunities for our state, our nation and our world.
36 minutes | 2 years ago
Ag maverick Marji Guyler-Alaniz intersects leadership, passion, gender
Shining a light on women in agriculture, Marji Guyler-Alaniz, founder and president of FarmHer, talks about the future of gender, diversity, leadership and entrepreneurship with incredible authenticity. She dove into her passion of photography and storytelling to create the media and events company that now highlights and inspires women in agriculture across generations via a television show, podcast and in-person events. You'll hear her energy while she talks with Dr. Connie about "right place, right time, right message," and pursuing – and achieving – a dream from a rural community to create national awareness.
31 minutes | 2 years ago
Rural maverick Matt Dennis intersects creativity, entrepreneurship, workforce
Matt Dennis understands the reality of the agricultural economy, the need for creative thinking for thriving rural communities and the grit it's going to take to lead families, farms and businesses into the future. As co-founder of Handlebend Copper Co., Matt creates exquisite copper mugs from his hometown of about 3,700 people and ships them — in authentic wooden crates — worldwide. In this episode, he discusses his ag background and full-time job, the balance of starting a business and raising a family and his take on the stories that need to be shared from rural areas across the country. Dr. Connie, RFI Chief Futurist, is energized by Matt's call-to-action around female workforce potential, embracing Handlebend's digital presence and his leadership style that starts with empowering and listening to others.
27 minutes | 2 years ago
Researcher Christiana McFarland intersects economic assets, sustainability, growth
We are navigating a critical juncture in our economic future, says Christiana McFarland, Research Director at the National League of Cities (NCL). It is clear that urban areas are attracting incredible growth, but in the big picture, this is not sustainable. Intrigued by Christy's work in the published report, "Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide," RFI Chief Futurist Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., draws out Christy's thoughts in terms of the overall narrative of the rural-urban "divide," accessible leadership and what the truest forms of rural-urban collaboration look like.
36 minutes | 2 years ago
Futurist Deborah Westphal intersects humanity, technology, empowerment
In this episode, two female futurists come together to talk about the future of humanity with technology; water infrastructure and the leadership needed to sustain it; empowerment of women and new generations of leaders; and much, much more. Deborah Westphal, CEO of the future-focused strategic advisory firm, Toffler Associates, is an engineer by training and an evolving leader who recognizes the value of people. She believes individuals' hopes, desires and strengths can further organizations, even in exponentially changing technology environments. She and Dr. Connie also explain that our inter-dependencies whether rural and urban, male and female, boomer and millennial are assets to build upon.
42 minutes | 2 years ago
Nutrition Communicator Amber Pankonin intersects agriculture, consumer confidence, branding
Dietitians have been dealing with fake news forever, but Amber Pankonin, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Communicator, accepted the challenge. She works as a solopreneur, consulting with farmers and producers about how to message and brand their products to not only resonate with consumers, but to create healthier lifestyles. A true rural maverick, Amber has created a community through her recipe site Stirlist.com and her podcast for entrepreneurs Healthy Under Pressure. In this episode she talks with Dr. Connie about the challenges and solutions facing dietitians, farmers and consumers thanks to increasing access to information. She passionately encourages collaboration and individualization, explores the future of nutrigenomics and emboldens other entrepreneurs to take the plunge.
40 minutes | 2 years ago
Psychiatrist Howard Liu intersects mental health, workforce, access
It is estimated that 18.7% of residents of nonmetropolitan counties had some sort of mental illness in 2016 — more than 6.5 million people. In addition, 1.3 million (3.9%) residents of nonmetro counties experienced serious thoughts of suicide during the year. In Nebraska, 88 of the state's 93 counties are recognized as mental health professional shortage areas by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Dr. Connie is proud to host Howard Liu, M.D., Interim Chair of Psychiatry and Director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, to address the critical area of mental health care access for rural communities. As one of the only organizations of its kind in the United States, BHECN works as a skunkworks to solve the wicked problem — a critical shortage of mental health providers in the highest underserved areas of the state. He also addresses the signs and signals of mental health illness we should all be aware of and emphasizes the need for self reflection and self care.
31 minutes | 2 years ago
International Futurist Thomas Frey intersects technology, underpopulation, higher education
Referred to as the "architect of the future," "IBM's most award-winning engineer" and "Google's top-rated futurist speaker," Thomas Frey, corporate consultant, international speaker and creator of the Da Vinci Institute, makes predictions and asks bold questions to generate ideas and actions for the future. In this episode, he and Dr. Connie dig into the technologies that will bring rural and urban together; underpopulation versus overpopulation around the globe; and the evolving roles of leadership and higher education. Before we brought Thomas on the show, we knew he worked closely with companies such as John Deere, AT&T, Pepsico and so many more. What we didn't know is that he grew up in rural South Dakota driving a John Deere tractor. We continue to be inspired by rural-raised and rural-living futurists — there is definitely a theme emerging!
39 minutes | 2 years ago
Founder Ali Schwanke intersects marketing, entrepreneurship, rural myths
Dr. Connie gets down to business with Ali Schwanke, Founder and CEO of Simple Strat, a growth marketing agency headquartered in Lincoln, Neb. Ali shares some of the nuts and bolts of what it takes to be successful after the startup phase. She sprinkles in some insights into what small businesses can do to amplify their voice and their story. And she gets real about what it's going to take to create a culture for female entrepreneurs — starting with them finding the time between running a business and life's demands to take their seat at the table. For those of us in the Midwest, Ali also challenges to own the misconceptions of our region and start telling our story better.
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