Ripple, A Winning Rural Issues Website

by Joanne Steele on May 25, 2010

What a great weekend in Oregon! Three days of thoughtful exchanges and discussion about rural issues with other contributors to the Rural Development Initiatives blog, Ripple, and then a stop on the way home at an Eddie Bauer outlet ( sorry, no local store carries pants with a 35” inseam. What’s with that! Am I the only tall rural person in the world!)

Web Visionary Award Robot

Ripple's 2010 Web Visionary Award for best website in the Informational/Educational Category

I’ll be talking more about these discussions in the future, but first, Ripple won! For the past 10 years, the Web Visionary Awards are given to “honor the most visionary, daring and amazing talent on the web” at Portland, Oregon’s Web Visions Conference. Ripple was up against some stiff competition this year in the Informational/Educational category, and we won!

Being a contributor to an award winning website is a great ego boost. But what thrills me as much is having a website devoted to rural issues recognized as leading the pack for design, content and value.

Check out the Ripple Blog Contributors

I blog at Ripple with a pretty amazing group of experts. During the weekend, we discussed strategies for making Ripple more valuable for rural Oregon communities.

You, my readers from everywhere, have given me a worldview which I passed on to my Ripple associates. By uploading this great content to the Internet, RDI and Ripple are creating great value for rural people all over the world!

If you’re interested in microenterprise development and Local First efforts, read Lily Breslan. She’s situated in Douglas County, Oregon, where she grapples with rural issues, discovering solutions that are applicable practically anywhere.

For local food issues, check out Sarah Hackney. She’s an expert, and she writes with passion and skill.

If you want some good rural economic theory and practice, check out Bruce Sorte. I mean it, check this guy out. He’ll make you think. Sometimes he’ll make you mad, and he’ll always give you something that’s applicable to your rural economic situation. He travels all over eastern Oregon in an Airstream trailer, helping rural communities address their economic challenges.

And finally meet Az Carmen, a Native American who is building strong, effective bridges of understanding and action between Native American communities and their neighbors. I grew up on an Apache Indian Reservation in northern Arizona, and her presentation on effective communication had me sitting on the edge of my seat.

When you go to the Ripple blog, you’ll find Alison Cassin, blogger extraordinaire, who is the content queen for the Ripple blog. She posts juicy tidbits of her own and helps the rest of us get our words published.

This site is truly a winner for rural communities and business owners. Be sure to give it a regular read… after you’ve finished your daily visit, of course.

More tomorrow about Hood River, OR.

1 Az Carmen May 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm

You are right, great meeting and great presentations! The Celilo Village is a wonderful place and networking with you is on the top of the village folks to-do list.
Your work is timely, interesting and and so worthwhile. I look forward to working with you in the future!

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