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It’s About People. Real People

This essay is drawn from The Local Economy Revolution Has Arrived: What’s Changed and How You Can Help.  This updated and expanded version comes out next week  (eek!)   You can get an Insider Discount by pre-registering at https://forms.gle/ZFMZwqrxG7XhLad29 Also, don’t forget that the first five purchases of The Local Economy Revolution Has Arrived will … Continue reading It’s About People. Real People

Welcome to the Fusion Age

This essay is drawn from The Local Economy Revolution Has Arrived: What’s Changed and How You Can Help.  This updated and expanded version comes out next week  (eek!)   You can get an Insider Discount by pre-registering at https://forms.gle/ZFMZwqrxG7XhLad29 Also, don’t forget that the first five purchases of The Local Economy Revolution Has Arrived will … Continue reading Welcome to the Fusion Age

The First Principles of the Local Economy Revolution

This essay is drawn from The Local Economy Revolution Has Arrived: What’s Changed and How You Can Help.  This updated and expanded version comes out next week  (eek!)   You can get an Insider Discount by pre-registering at https://forms.gle/ZFMZwqrxG7XhLad29 Also, don’t forget that the first five purchases of The Local Economy Revolution Has Arrived will … Continue reading The First Principles of the Local Economy Revolution

Book Trailer for The Local Economy Revolution Has Arrived

Got 5 minutes? Get a high level overview of why this book is for you. One thing that has changed since I published the first version of The Local Economy Revolution: What’s Changed and How You Can Help is that people now make trailers for books. Kind of like a movie trailer, but without car crashes and … Continue reading Book Trailer for The Local Economy Revolution Has Arrived

Big News: The Local Economy Revolution Has Arrived!

Pre-register here for the Insider Discount on the new book Finally, finally, finally…  ] After more than five years of learning and doing and failing and learning and doing again, the revised, updated and expanded version of my 2013 book, The Local Economy Revolution: What’s Changed and How You Can Help  will be released in … Continue reading Big News: The Local Economy Revolution Has Arrived!

Agenda 2021: Bigotry-breaking through community innovation

We're all looking at the coming year with some mix of hope and trepidation: an end in sight now to some of the biggest crises we've faced, but also a new, sobering awareness of Big Things we need to work on. I've been sketching the issues and the new opportunities I think we have to … Continue reading Agenda 2021: Bigotry-breaking through community innovation

Remembering Tony Hsieh, Downtown Las Vegas and the Realities of Vision

I never met Tony Hseih.  That was on purpose.   The Downtown Project in Las Vegas crossed my conscience at a moment when I had become frustrated, embittered by the failures of my professions.  As an urban planner and economic developer with a long history in downtown and community revitalization, I had hit a dead end, concluding … Continue reading Remembering Tony Hsieh, Downtown Las Vegas and the Realities of Vision

Showcasing the importance of Independent Local Business: My interview with AARP

We have a growing awareness of how important - and fragile - our local small business community is, and that awareness is definitely strong among our oldest residents.  That came home to me in a new way when I was asked to talk about local business and local economies with AARP Wisconsin.  As I said … Continue reading Showcasing the importance of Independent Local Business: My interview with AARP

Rethinking Urbanism with the Black Urbanist

What does it mean to have urban spaces that are truly welcoming to everyone?  What does walkability, or transportation access, or nice public spaces, or inviting architecture, look like if you are not part of the majority culture? Too often, urban spaces and systems are designed by a narrow slice of our increasingly diverse communities, … Continue reading Rethinking Urbanism with the Black Urbanist