Date: 25 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017

Immersion Journey to Kentucky

Location: Kentucky


The recent U.S. national elections revealed a country deeply divided. As the work of bridging these divides begins in earnest, TPW travels to Kentucky for a case study on issues impacting rural communities across the country, offering broad takeaways at this critical moment in the nation.

TPW's Immersion Journey to Kentucky will take us to Louisville and rural farming communities, examining how to build sustainable, healthy communities from the ground up by exploring:

  • The crisis in U.S. farming and farming communities
  • The relationship between rural and urban areas, with an examination of efforts to build mutually-beneficial linkages
  • The decline of coal and efforts to build “beyond coal” economies through renewables, local economic development and entrepreneurship
  • Organizing and policy advocacy in rural communities
  • Cultural heritage and art for social change and local economic development
  • Racial divides and challenges, including criminal justice
  • Brain drain and the depopulation of rural communities

While our journey will take place in Kentucky, these critical issues are strikingly similar to challenges facing rural communities across the country. Solutions, however, do exist. We will hear from philanthropists who fund in Kentucky and engage a spectrum of stakeholders from the public and private sectors, as well as leaders of grassroots initiatives in the state, to explore how philanthropy can tackle these long-term challenges.