It seems to us like there’s a shift happening, and if you’re here that might mean you’ve sensed it, too. You could almost say there’s an evolution going on in our understanding of rural spaces vs. urban spaces. This is about that, partly. (It’s not just for ruralites.)
It’s also about shifts in our thinking about thinking. That’s partly where “ReGroup” in our name came from. Several years ago we noticed that not only were we hearing “recycle, repurpose, restore, reclaim, regenerate” but also “rethink, reimagine, revisit, redesign, etc.”
ReGroup signifies the recognition that this is a good time to take another look at our assumptions about many things, rural or otherwise. We think the concept of a “reset” is pretty good and powerful. This is also about that, partly. (If you’re not familiar with what I call the new “brain books”, we’ll get to that inside.)
We also like the phrase “Are You Thinking What We’re Thinking?” Something good is happening in the midst of all this 2017 turmoil. The technology of connectedness, entrepreneurship, neurobiological understandings, and the wave of Millennials taking their place in society has big implications for a rural/urban evolution. We love it and we think it’s going to make a lot of people happier – along with the new thinking about thinking of the last ten years or so.
In spite of the small percentage of people living in truly rural settings, a subtle “cool factor” has developed over the last several years, even in the Midwest. Small farms and hobby farms have blossomed. “Know your farmer, know your food”, “farm to table”, New Agrarians, etc. These have all emerged just in the last several years. Even our nearby Purdue University now provides strong support through its Extension Service, as do the other land grant universities, for the new wave of full or part-time farmers and alternative crops. And it doesn’t seem to be a fad.
And, Ground Operations and other organizations have tapped into the therapeutic benefits of “growing things”, which suggests that actually most of us benefit from that atmosphere on a regular basis. Interesting, and not surprising when we consider the biological advantage of having a creature feel good when growing its food.
And so, it seemed like it would be fun and useful to create a sort of “journal” of this movement. It’s not just about farms and rural spaces, but you’ll see that as a backdrop. It’s mostly about regrouping, rethinking, and re-imagining. We’re in a sparsely populated county in the Midwest, “Focused on Flourishing – In the Middle of Everywhere”. Welcome to the beginnings of our website -99.9% snark free!
Thanks for reading!