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Future Here Now is a newsletter for change-makers, organization leaders and anyone who wants to understand the undercurrents of social change, technology and all the factors that are changing our communities — and learn how to leverage these trends to help progress happen.

Readers who find Future Here Now useful include city officials, planners and economic developers, people who run nonprofits, and most importantly, regular people who want to make an impact on the future of the places that they care about.

Future Here Now publishes two weekly editions: News and analysis at the beginning of the week, and longer-form, more thoughtful selections near the end of the week. We shoot for Monday and Thursday, but sometimes that has to change because, life.

Full subscribers get both emails every week, plus a regular supplement of other materials, such as Short Shot publications, videos and a quarterly online get-together. They also get the ability to comment on articles and engage in chat threads with other readers. And all of that for $5 a month.

Founding subscribers get the Full subscriber benefits plus one coaching call or online presentation each year — a steal at just $40 more than the Full subscribers.

Free subscribers get two News publications per month and an occasional supplemental item.

There’s a great future coming, but it needs all of us to help make it happen. I hope you’ll join us.



Della Rucker is the usual voice and face of the Wise Economy Workshop. Della is an urban planner, economic developer and public engagement specialist who walked away from all that for 5 years —

Because the conventional tools that she had learned to use weren’t making the impact she saw that the communities she cared about needed.

In spaces as varies as technology, higher education and advancing Black-owned entrepreneurs, she began to see some ways out of the box of her old thinking. And that’s the jouney she’s inviting you to join.

Why subscribe?

Future Here Now tells you about important stuff that you might not find elsewhere- a fun, enjoyable and occasionally funny way. So you understand how you can help the places you care about…without getting stuck in old ways that haven’t worked before, or aren’t working today.

We’re living in an era of epoch-level transformation - like going from the Medieval era to the Industrial Revolution. But faster. A lot faster.

If we and our communities don’t ride this wave, it will swamp us. Let’s bring the Future Here, Now. Together.

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Della Rucker

Principal, Wise Economy Workshop & co- founder, Econogy. Author, Crowdsourcing Wisdom &Local Economy Revolution. Mom.Cincinnati. #econdev #publicpart #startup