Democracy at its Most Complacent

Man… we are lame. Official numbers aren’t officially tallied quite yet, but estimates put our Voter Turnout for 2016 somewhere in the neighborhood of 56%. Fifty. Six. Percent. If you took at your cues from social media, you would swear that 100% of eligible voters turned out (plus some dead guys voting, of course) and […]

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The .gov Role: The Hub for Community Development

Ahh… local government. The place where we pay taxes that we complain about the most, the place we pay our parking bills that we complain about the most… actually come to think about it, for many of us City Hall is a big “complaint box” where we all gather (if ever) and complain about stuff. […]

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Nothing Personal…Cuz It’s Public (Policy)

It is a consistent adage that there is no “perfect” public policy. You could argue things like women’s suffrage and reconciliation to right the wrongs our founding fathers did (or more accurately didn’t do) regarding non-white races (the despicable “3/5th” compromise) should be no-brainers… but still there isn’t perfection. Someone, even those simply living with […]

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WIIFM & NIMBY: Sadly, That’s Not A New Cartoon Show

When talking about any kind of economic and community development, the conversation very quickly turns to two major factors: where and how much money?  It’s as natural as when greeting someone you instantly ask “how are you?” Sadly though, these questions in economic development aren’t generally meant out of concern or care in the macro […]

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tune up those community fibers

Community is what defines us, in so many ways. We are shaped, inspired, challenged, and even celebrated through out connection to community. But too often this shaping requires a little adjustment, some “re-shaping.”  Like Herman Melville explained, “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.”  I believe it […]

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time to create some altitude with some attitude

“Fly the Friendly Skies” – remember that slogan by United Airlines? Yeah… sometimes those skies aren’t as friendly as you might think. For nonprofiteers and social enterprisers, the skies are filled with challenge upon challenge. Building capital, recruiting a board, finding funding, making payroll… those skies sometimes feel more like a scene out of Hitchcock’s  […]

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