by Kate Hourihan
Master of Communication in Digital Media
Project Connect Washington is a digital platform that allows rural residents and organizations to post and share innovative community, agricultural and land-based stewardship projects. One goal was to create a resource bank of ideas and solutions that can spread innovation between rural communities. Additionally, this platform allows urban residents to understand and engage with their rural neighbors by increasing the visibility of important issues and by creating dialogue and a direct path of support.
An important aspect of my project was the use of existing stories and ideas collected by IRIS (Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship), which is a small organization currently currently based in North Central Washington. My project also proposes a state-wide expansion of their programs, which includes the Project Connect Washington platform, a state-wide, community-based ambassador network, and a traveling festival that celebrates rural Washington State. You can see what IRIS currently does, and how my project builds on their ideas, by visiting their website, linked above.