to introduce new opportunities to rural communities in the areas of
BUSINESS EXPANSION AND RETENTION,
ENTREPRENEURIAL CAPACITY BUILDING,
LEADERSHIP AND TEAM BUILDING AND
THE RURAL ON PURPOSE PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES ARE THE RESULT OF
COLLABORATION PROJECTS WITH
RURAL COMMUNITIES WORLDWIDE
THEY FUEL ENTREPRENEURIAL AMBITION
BY FOSTERING AN ENVIRONMENT
WHERE PEOPLE HAVE IDEAS AND ACT ON THEM
rural on purpose pilots
Who are the pilots for?
The Rural on Purpose Pilots are for Community Builders in rural regions worldwide. You are the frontline support for growth in your communities - the experts, facilitators, cheerleaders and advisors. You understand how to build community capacity. The pilots are designed to serve you as a resource for future-focused program development. Community Builders could come from Economic Development, Municipalities, Organizations, Private Business, Associations or passionate individuals.
What is the purpose of the pilots?
Rural communities are dealing with certain challenges that are systemically global, like youth retention and attraction, aging workforce, declining populations and the changing nature of work. We are using bandaids to fix amputations. A new way forward is needed that relies on the collective insight and intelligence of our communities.
The "pilot" structure is meant to lessen the expense, shorten the delivery time, test solutions and mitigate risk (cost vs success.)
Is there a cost to participate?
YES. The program is participant funded.
Rural on Purpose is a for-profit Social Enterprise. As with everything else, we believe a new way forward for rural economic development includes new, self-sustaining support structures. Too much time is spent trying to justify and compete for limited grant money to keep programs running that may have ended had they been market driven.
Community investment ensures commitment (in market driven solutions.) Pilots only run when there is interest, need and communities willing to invest.
What is required to run a Rural on Purpose Pilot?
A Champion and a Sponsor!
WIIFM? what's in it for me
What's in it for me?
New solutions to Rural Challenges.
A Global Network of support and collective intelligence.
DATA - real local and comparative rural data
Being part of an Economic Development Movement that introduces a new era of RURAL leadership, confidence and prosperity!
2 Ways to Participate
You can apply to run a fully tested and developed program
Typically you are looking for a fully vetted program
(data, results and timeline) to build into your local strategic planning.
You can apply to be a
Rural on Purpose pilot community and participate in our program development process
Typically you are interested in being 1st to explore new trends and workforce developments and are comfortable with an agile process that involves being flexible and open to various outcomes.
Interested in being part of our next pilot? We have a number of programs in
Stage One development and will be ready for testing in 2020.