Cornhusker Economics

Finding Hidden Members in Your Community

By Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, Extension Specialist – Rural Prosperity Nebraska


It is not uncommon for rural Nebraska coffee shop talk to touch on the topic of who is involved or not involved in the community. Typically, the conversation comes to the conclusion that the same people seem to be doing everything. The topic could relate to a civic group, community event, or even an elected office in the community. There are no new faces and no new ideas as well as there is no one there to allow for a leadership transition. Have you ever heard this conversation? Have you participated in it?

 To be honest, I have participated in a conversation like that, but it probably was not the “typical” conversation. I always try to think about the “why” - why this is the case? Why does this seem to happen? Is it real or do we just assume it is real?

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2021 Cornhusker Economics

2020 Cornhusker Economics