There is a very different future emerging for rural places, and it begs for a new depth of thinking and a new source of action. Based on proven experience in Miner County, South Dakota, the Rural Learning Center team works to bring new hope to small communities, by going deep.
By transforming itself and its way of thinking, Miner County, South Dakota has become a learning lab for rural communities throughout the nation. From our headquarters in Howard, South Dakota, the Rural Learning Center team continues a decade-long partnership with the people of Miner County to build local capacity and transform our regional community.
Rooted in a journey of local change sparked in tiny Howard High School thirteen years ago, The Rural Learning Center organization was born of a desire to share with the world what had been tried, tested and learned in Miner County, South Dakota.
Today we partner with local groups in select rural communities outside Miner County, where we share discoveries and co-lead processes of change with them. These relationships are deep, long-term engagements where we're guiding and helping local people lead transformational movements. We call them 'Learning Communities.'
We also partner with many other organizations to foster real change in rural communities. Sometimes we convene these collaborative change projects, other times we're invited by others to play our part. All of our work in rural is about learning together, and reimagining rural through a new lense.
The Rural Learning Center is both organization and place. Today, our building in Howard, SD is already a small hive of activity, and our vision for tomorrow is even bigger.
Learn more about our vision for the Maroney Rural Learning Center facility.
We see our work as part of a much larger movement. There are so many people and organizations out there on the ground doing the messy, difficult work of turning small rural communities around. We can all build stronger processes and thinking by improving the network - forming new relationships, expanding world views, and counting on each other.
Learn a bit more about us: What we're working on now (our current projects), Miner County Roots (how we came to be), Remarkable Results (how we've reimagined rural so far), What we believe (our principles and values), or Who we are (staff, board, friends and partners).