Rural Works: A Rural Policy Think Tank

Brandon University

Year: 2015

Rural Works! A Rural Policy Think Tank took place at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba on November 6, 2014. The vision the Rural Development Institute (RDI) at Brandon University and its long-time partner, Manitoba Agriculture, Food, and Rural Development (MAFRD) had for the day was two-fold. First, it was to create a time and place for a conversation about economic development in rural Manitoba. Second, was to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of RDI by Brandon University. The day turned out to be a success with over 70 people engaging in meaningful conversations about the future of rural Manitoba. This document is intended to provide a background of the work that lead to Rural Works! and summary of what happened that day with the hope of engaging others in a bigger conversation so we can work in collaboration to design a successful future for rural Manitoba.


A Brief History of RDI
Talking Rural
The Participants
Engaging Participants with Mentimeter
Rural Manitoba’s Assets
The Facilitator and Speakers
Presentation Summaries
10 Facts in 10 Minutes
Changing Paradigms for Rural
Rethinking the Value of Rural
Conversation Cafes
Conversation Summaries
Rural by Design: A Call to Action
Appendix A: RDI Achievements Through the Years