Rebecca Sanborn Stone


  • TED Talk Design Leader on How to Engage Youth

    March 2, 2020

    Mara Mintzer spoke with the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design about her award-winning work at the intersection of design, education, and community engagement with one overriding theme: youth voices matter, and they matter right now. 1.6 million people have viewed Mintzer’s How Kids Can Help Design Cities TED Talk. We suggest a listen, too, as it buttresses CIRD’s recent conversation with Mara.  And don’t let “cities” get in the way; Mara notes the utter rural applicability of her approach.

  • CIRD Learning Cohort Community Spotlight: A Mecca of Recreation in Entiat, WA

    January 30, 2020

    Meet Alyce Brown, a CIRD community leader with a big vision for the small town of Entiat, WA. Working with local organizations and stakeholder groups, Brown plans to transform the town into a tourism destination that provides year-round recreational services to visitors and long-term prosperity to the region.

  • CIRD is Gearing Up for the Local Design Workshops

    January 30, 2020

    CIRD’s multi-day design workshops bring together a diversity of participants from the local community and introduce a wide array of design strategies to improve the way a community looks, its quality of life, and economic viability. The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is proud to announce the schedule for the selected 2019-2020 local design workshops:

  • CIRD Learning Cohort Community Spotlight: Transforming a Former Jail into a Bright Future for McComb, MS

    December 11, 2019

    Meet Calvin Phelps, a CIRD cohort community leader who is renovating a former community jail into an arts-centered space. By preserving the jail, the soon-to-be Pike School of Art will give new life to the community’s rich culture and history.

  • Reflections on CIRD’s Cohort Summit in West Virginia

    October 29, 2019

    A CIRD Learning Cohort Summit participant returns to her youthful stomping grounds ready to learn about rural design. What did she find out?