A dynamic gathering for thriving small communities

September 19-20, 2019  |  Keene, New Hampshire

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Learn. Network. Share. Explore. Enjoy.

Radically Rural is an annual two-day summit that will bring together over 500 people who are passionate about creating vibrant, robust rural communities and are eager to learn, connect and lead the charge.


Keynote Speakers, Six Radically Rural Tracks to Explore & an event that helps you CONNECT the dots

Broad shifts in demographics, communications, technology, economic development and personal values are generating creative responses from innovative thinkers, change-makers, entrepreneurs and community-builders who love their communities and know their advantage.  Come and learn about what they are doing.  Radically Rural will feature three programs per track over the course of two days as well as a keynote opening and close and our popular CONNECT event Thursday night.

Radically Rural Offers Six Exciting Program Tracks!

Radically Rural is built around six engaging program tracks that are highly relevant for rural communities and small towns:

Renewable Energy

Certain to be more and more a part of the sustainable lifestyle many seek, renewable energy offers economic and household opportunities to small towns everywhere. Tax credits, net zero construction and solar power are all part of a new business and personal landscape taking hold in rural settings. What makes regions like your most likely to adapt to and adopt this approach to energy use?

                                                     Local Organizer: Monadnock Sustainability Network

Arts and Culture

Arts and culture bring creativity, energy and civic engagement to rural communities. But they are robust economic engines, too, and often ignored for that potential. How do artists and arts-based organizations not only survive, but thrive as sustainable businesses in rural communities? How do they give back to their towns? Explore how artists can develop their business models, their markets and, in turn, become advocates and catalysts for their rural communities.

                                                     Local Organizer: Monadnock Arts Alive!


Entrepreneurship has a powerful impact on creating regional prosperity through job creation and building local companies, which care deeply about their communities. But we see growing disparity between rural and urban entrepreneurial activity and a corresponding socio-economic and political gap between the two. Distinct solutions are needed for there to be a rural advantage. Innovative small town ecosystems are bubbling up across the nation. Join us to learn about the creativity and                                                                                              change that is driving local economies AND building small communities, which thrive.

                                                     Local Organizer: The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship

Community Journalism

Small town journalism is at risk. Consolidation of media companies, the closing of newspapers and reduction in journalism jobs have conspired in some cases to create news deserts. What happens to small communities when the news they have relied upon for decades erodes or disappears? What can be done to preserve local journalism and news coverage? Did you know it’s more expensive to live in communities without journalism watchdogs? We have solutions.

                                                     Local Organizer: The Keene Sentinel

Main Street

It’s an idea as much as a location. Throughout rural America, nothing represents small businesses, friendly neighbors and unmatched customer service better than Main Street. Equal parts contemporary life and nostalgia, Main Street is a feeling of timelessness and of community. Main Streets are survivors – of malls, of flight to cities and now online commerce. Can they continue to thrive? Yes. Think radically.

                                                     Local Organizer: Prime Roast Coffee Company

Working Lands

Land. It is the asset of rural life. It is what defines much of small town life and what so many of us seek to use, conserve or preserve. It is through which water flows, in which food grows and upon which we in rural communities uniquely rely. So what is being done to sustain it; to keep it robust and producing; to enrich it and keep it? If so much of our rural character is because of the land, what should we expect ahead?

                                                     Local Organizer: The Cheshire County Conservation District | Monadnock Conservancy

Jump the Tracks! Registered attendees are free to attend programs from any of the tracks.

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Join us for CONNECT2019: What’s Next!

Radically Rural Networking!

Thursday, September 19, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Mable Brown Room, Keene State College (MAP)
Put aside everything you know about typical networking events and join us on September 19th for CONNECT 2019: What’s Next! The Radically Rural summit includes our highly attended annual networking event, CONNECT – an annual gathering of hundreds of engaged, locally focused community members celebrating and fostering the advantages and opportunities of rural living.

Check out the year’s CONNECT Installations!
Once again, CONNECT is staged by Machina Arts, an art-inspired event curator based in Keene! This year’s installations will bring to life 6 projects or ideas that will transform the industry of each track – Arts & Culture, Entrepreneurship, Community Journalism, Main Street, Renewable Energy, and Working Lands.



Meet Machina Arts:

Machina Arts was founded in 2013 because we saw a need in our community for art based cultural activities. Over the years, Machina has transformed from a homegrown arts collective into a business offering creative event management, stylish interior design, and interactive gallery curation.  We believe that community based art and design are key drivers in the cultural renaissance that this area needs.  We hope that you’ll join us in our creative efforts!

Meet CC&D’s Kitchen Market:

Good food made with love and laughs. Charcoal Charlie Pini an award winning chef and BBQ pitmaster, Denise Meadows a catering powerhouse and passionate localvore. Together they share decades of experience, stories and scars in cooking between them, running kitchens and restaurants, creating magic, and taking care of their guests and yours.
CC&D’s Kitchen Market is your spot for mouthwatering take-out lunch, dinner, Charlie’s famous barbecue and a market stocked with grab & go items including local cheeses & charcuterie.
The Market is home to Charcoal Charlie Productions and Free Range Chick Catering for all your catering needs. It’s about remarkable food and happy faces, serving a neighborhood, a community and the Monadnock Region.