“Ideas Into Action” Workshops to Inspire Public Action Across Kansas
Registration is open for four FREE events aimed at inspiring and activating people into public action across Kansas this August and September. Kansas Rural Center’s “Feeding Kansas: Ideas Into Action” workshop series offers powerful tools and tactics for raising awareness and creating change around whatever issue(s) matter most to those who attend.
The purpose of these events is to mobilize and train a large number of “everyday Kansans” as strong advocates, while also sharing information on how participants can take part in winning the goals outlined in the Kansas Rural Center’s recently published report: Feeding Kansas. In addition to advocacy training, workshops will include a nourishing locally-sourced lunch and the opportunity to hear from and respond to stories from those working on the frontlines of positive change in Kansas, for the good of the people and especially for the good of the food system. Speakers and content will be different at each event.
“Ideas Into Action” workshops will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in:
Colby – August 12–View Agenda & Register Now!
Dodge City – August 13–View Agenda & Register Now!
El Dorado – September 23–View Agenda & Register Now!
Manhattan – September 24–View Agenda & Register Now!
“As we approach 2016, a major election year in our state, the tools provided in these workshops will be critical to ensure that Kansas people’s voices are heard and interests are met by our policy-makers. There are two powers in democracy: money and people. We are working on mobilizing and empowering people, regardless of political affiliation,” says Natalie Fullerton, Program Director at the Kansas Rural Center.
Each workshop will include opening presentations on “what’s happening and what’s working in Kansas,” featuring different speakers at each event. There will then be a number of concurrent sessions to choose from, including: How to Have a Voice in Politics, Strategic Communication with Decision Makers, and Working Together With the Media.
Participants should register in advance to secure space and a meal. A detailed agenda and registration information for each event may be found online at: kansasruralcenter.org/ideas-into-action-registration.
Call to Action for Feeding Kansas
Why wait for the workshops to be a part of positive change in Kansas? The Kansas Rural Center is calling all Kansans to add their names to the growing list of people in support of seeing the following priorities for Feeding Kansas become a reality in 2016:
1) Kansans from all backgrounds will grow their voice in local and state politics, “because Kansas voices matter, especially around issues like food and farms.”
2) Kansans need increased clarity and transparency about resources and regulations that impact their lives and livelihoods, “because there is currently no central location to find information about the many resources, rules, and regulations that impact people’s ability to purchase or produce healthy food in Kansas.”
3) It must become easier to grow and access fruits and vegetables statewide, to improve the health of Kansans and the viability of Kansas farms, “because Kansas lags dramatically behind in both the consumption and production of these super important health promoting foods.”
To add your name as a supporter of one or more of these goals, visit: kansasruralcenter.org/support-feeding-kansas-take-action.
To stay informed on progress towards these goals, subscribe to the Feeding Kansas: News & Action e-newsletter by enrolling (free) as a Feeding Kansas Advocate at: http://kansasruralcenter.org/cfs.
KRC is in the third year of its “Community Food Solutions for a Healthier Kansas” initiative, which aims to improve economy, community, environment, and health in Kansas by advancing specific public policy solutions that better incorporate Kansas farms into the state’s healthy food supply chain.
As part of this initiative, last year KRC hosted a number of public events across the state to gather the information and data that shaped the report titled: “Feeding Kansas: Statewide Farm & Food System Assessment with a Plan for Public Action.” Free copies of the report may be downloaded here: kansasruralcenter.org/feeding-kansas. Now the organization is touring the state again, but this time they are reaching out for broad-based citizen engagement.
“We all desire to live healthy and fulfilling lives. This desire transcends political, religious, cultural, or other affiliations. It is our common ground. It is why our voices cannot be ignored. It is why we’ll be successful in meeting our goals,” asserts Cole Cottin, Advocacy Coordinator for the Kansas Rural Center.
Questions about this initiative or the upcoming “Ideas Into Action” workshop series may be directed towards Natalie Fullerton, KRC Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (866) 579-5469.
The mission of KRC, founded in 1979, is to promote the long-term health of the land and its people through community-based research, education, and advocacy that advances an economically viable, ecologically sound, and socially just food and farming system in Kansas. For more information, visit kansasruralcenter.org.