Call for Proposals for Rural Arts & Culture Research Conference

February 23-25 2020 RUPRI and the RUPRI Rural Cultural Wealth-Lab will be hosting a virtual research conference, Role of the Arts and Cultural Capital in Rural Innovation & Entrepreneurship Conference Themes are: The proclivity of the arts and cultural capital to generate nonobvious solutions to complex problems will be a focus of this conference and will […]

Policy Opportunities for Advancing Rural Health

This presentation describes the transformation in the finance and delivery of health systems as well as exploring social determinants of health. High-performance rural health systems are influenced by policy actions. Presented by Keith Mueller (PhD), Andrew Coburn (PhD), Jennifer Lundblad (PhD), Timothy McBride (PhD) at the Annual Conference of the National Rural Health Association in […]

RUPRI’s Fluharty Highlights Accomplishments of Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative

The work of the Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative (KVEC) to use their Race to the Top grant from the Department of Education to advance new learning opportunities in rural Kentucky schools was highlighted in a recent Pacific Standard article, How to Rewrite a Region’s Story As the article states, “Fixing education in coal country would require a tectonic […]

Thinking “Bigger” About Smaller Places: Adjacent-Possible Innovation, Collective Impact, and the Power of Owning a New Rural Narrative- Comprehensive Rural Wealth

This presentation considers the Rural/Urban Tension in Place-based Policy as well as rural innovators. It will also discuss communities challenged by material poverty.  Presented by Charles W. Fluharty (President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute) to the Executive Academy, Delta Leadership Institute on October 25, 2017 in Potosi, Missouri. View Presentation

Thinking “Bigger” About Smaller Places: Adjacent-Possible Innovation, Collective Impact, and the Power of Owning a New Rural Narrative- Comprehensive Rural Wealth

This presentation considers the Rural/Urban Tension in Place-based Policy as well as rural innovators. It will also discuss communities challenged by material poverty. Presented by Charles W. Fluharty (President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute) to the Arkansas Community Development Society Annual Conference on October 24, 2017 in Conway, Arkansas. View Presentation

Delta Regional Authority: Celebrating the Art, Music & Culture of the Delta

African-American influence in American music is widely evident. We know this all too well in the Mississippi River Delta region, where the Blues that were shaped by African-Americans still reign supreme. These musical contributions give us all a richer, deeper understanding of American culture, shaping music that includes rock and roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, […]

Digital Exchange Webinar: Advancing Rural Community Arts

May 17, 2017 Imagine paddling down the river while participating in a theatre performance, encountering a mobile arts classroom on the Pine Ridge Reservation, or experiencing a musical composition in a national park that integrates the landscape, culture, history, ecology and art of the park. In this session, artists will share their experiences using community […]

Rural “Adjacent Possible” Innovation: Systems Thinking for Collective Impact, Beyond the Health Sector

This presentation discusses the four rural considerations which includes our ‘disruptive milieu’, systems thinking: rural advantage, regional rural innovation, and new rural opportunities. Presented by Charles W. Fluharty (President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute) to the Iowa Center for Rural Health and Primary Care Advisory Committee on March 7, 2016 in Iowa City, Iowa. […]

Thinking “Bigger” About Smaller Places: Capturing the “Adjacent Possible” Innovations

This presentation answers the questions of: Innovating What? Diversifying How? Transitioning Where? Presented by Charles W. Fluharty (President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute) to the Coal-Reliant Communities Innovation Challenge Workshop in Charleston, West Virginia on November 19, 2015. View Presentation

Creating Collective Impact: The SOAR Approach

This presentation discusses the SOAR Program of work and the goals with each step. It also touches base on prioritizing and the framework for regional rural innovation. Presented by Charles W. Fluharty (President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute) to “Building a Better Future for Coal Workers and their Communities” Workshop on November 13, 2015 […]

Thinking Bigger About Smaller Places: Collective Impact Investing, Adjacent-Possible Innovation, and the Power of a New Rural Narrative

This presentation explains the global rationale for “Regional Rural Innovation” as well as rural imperatives. It will also touch base on challenging the hegemony of the urban metaphor, in a disruptive milieu. Presented by Charles W. Fluharty (President and CEO, rural Policy Research Institute) to the Delta Leadership Institute in Memphis, Tennessee on October 21, […]

Thinking Bigger About Smaller Places: Collective Impact Investing, Adjacent-Possible Innovation, and the Power of a New Rural Narrative

This presentation explains the global rationale for “Regional Rural Innovation” as well as rural imperatives. It will also touch base on challenging the hegemony of the urban metaphor, in a disruptive milieu. Presented by Charles W. Fluharty (President and CEO, rural Policy Research Institute) to the Delta Leadership Institute in Point Clear, Alabama on July […]

SOAR as a Collective Impact Model: Lessons for Rural Health and Human Services

This presentation discusses the SOAR Program of work and the goals with each step. It also touches base on prioritizing and the framework for regional rural innovation. Presented by Charles W. Fluharty (President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute) to National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services on May 27, 2015 at Natural […]

Increasing Citizen Engagement and Trust: The Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Model

The presentation discusses the three phases of SOAR development as well as collective impact success. Presented by Charles W. Fluharty (President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute) to 10th OECD Rural Development Conference “National Prosperity through Modern Rural Policy” on May 20, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee. View Presentation

Thinking “Bigger” About Smaller Places: Capturing the “Adjacent Possible” Innovations

This presentation answers the questions of: Innovating What? Diversifying How? Transitioning Where? Presented by Charles W. Fluharty (President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute) to the Coal-Reliant Communities Innovation Challenge Workshop in Pikeville, Kentucky on April 23, 2015. View Presentation

Thinking Bigger About Smaller Places: “Adjacent Possible” Design Thinking and Collective Impact Investing for Healthier Rural People and Communities

This presentation recalibrate the rural/urban paradigm and dialogue as well as challenging the hegemony of the urban metaphor in a disruptive milieu. Presented by Charles W. Fluharty (President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute) to the Transforming Safety and Health in the Heartland Conference in Ankeny, Iowa on November 19, 2014. View Presentation

Economies in Transition: Charting the Path Forward for Coal Dependent Regions: Lessons Learned from SOAR and IRRRB

This presentation maps out the framework for regional rural innovation and the eight forms of rural wealth. Presented by Charles W. Fluharty (President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute) to the WVU 2014 Energy Conference in Morgantown, WV on February 24, 2014. View Presentation

Pondering RA’s Future: Organized Prescience in a Disruptive Milieu

This presentation touches base on three “visions” which is hoped to frame our future. It also explores the changing context for Rural Action’s mission and vision based on current rural trends. Presented by Charles W. Fluharty (President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute) to the Rural Action’s 22nd Annual Meeting Lake Hope Lodge in Mac […]