september, 2018

thu27sep(sep 27)8:00 amfri28(sep 28)12:00 pmRadically Rural8:00 am - 12:00 pm (28) Keene

Event Details

A dynamic gathering for thriving small, rural communities
September 27-28, 2018 | Keene, New Hampshire

Radically Rural is an annual two-day summit that will bring together hundreds of people who are passionate about creating vibrant, robust rural communities and are eager to learn, connect and lead the charge.

Five program tracks featuring three workshops each over the course of two days, ranging in topics that offer strategic opportunities for transformation in rural communities, as well as a keynote opening and close and our popular CONNECT event Thursday night.

Arts and Culture. Sustaining the arts in rural communities; entrepreneurship and the arts; and the social service and community benefits of a thriving rural arts community.

Entrepreneurship. The benefits of co-working spaces; meet successful business builders who were told their idea would “never work;” and attend a pitch competition for local angel funders (and learn how to host your own)

Journalism. Building a base for strong local news reporting in rural areas; dealing with fake news in rural communities; and “building your own print and digital newspaper” — an interactive session where you’re the editor!

Working Lands. Radical new approaches to building your local food scene; connecting people to the land using conservation psychology; and building long-term sustainability for local food sources.

Main Street. Build a vibrant retail presence on Main Street; learn how strong Main Streets create strong communities; and staging successful community events in rural downtowns.

Jump the Tracks! Attendees are free to register for programs from any of the tracks

Thursday, September 27th
8:30 am – 9:30 am Registration, Keynote Kickoff
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Session 1
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Session 2
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm CONNECT: Networking & Awards
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm CONNECT: Live Band & Dancing

Friday, September 28th
8:30 am – 10:30 am Session 3
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Keynote Wrap Up

For session details visit:

Connect2018 The Rural Advantage
Showcasing the Monadnock Region’s local foods, arts, and entertainment, this 12th annual CONNECT event is the perfect place to CONNECT Radically Rural ideas and people. Thursday, September 27th 5 pm – 7 pm.

The Hannah Grimes Center and The Keene Sentinel— thriving, independent, rural-based organizations — are partnering to present Radically Rural. The Radically Rural Summit builds upon the impressive success of their fall CONNECT Event, an annual gathering of over 400 engaged, locally-focused community members celebrating and fostering the advantages and opportunities of rural living.


27 (Thursday) 8:00 am - 28 (Friday) 12:00 pm



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