From the Good Ideas File (aka the Good Affirmations File): Think 360

I've produced materials referencing  Greater Cincinnati's Agenda 360 more than once.  I've talked about them as an example of meaningful regional thinking and goal-setting, I've shared the story of their awesome Story Project, and I've even pulled them into my consulting work as an example of how to do something at the regional scale that …

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From the Good Ideas File: Two views of a “Post-Employment Economy”

This article touches on a topic that received some attention in The Local Economy Revolution, but it's becoming so critical, and so potentially earthshaking, and so little discussed in planning and economic development and local government circles, that I'm starting to work out a new book on the topic. If you follow business and economic …

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From the Good Ideas File: The Best Incentives Might Not Require Moola

I love what Ellen Harpel at SmartIncentives.org has been doing to increase the awareness of rational and analytical approaches to economic development incentives, a topic that has been such a bee in my bonnet (and a few other bonnets, although who wears a bonnet anymore...) that a whole section of The Local Economy Revolution focused on it. …

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From the Good Ideas File: Why most public sector strategies aren’t actually strategies at all

I don't think of myself as a particular Anglophile, but the fact that the only general media article that I have ever seen that brings to light how crappy our public sector planning often is, came via a British newspaper...makes me wonder why no one ever calls that out in the US. That sentence isn't …

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Random Excerpt: Small Businesses Need Interdependence

Every week, I crack open The Local Economy Revolution: What's Changed and How You Can Help and randomly select a section to share with you.  Like what you see?  Check out the book for print or Kindle here.  Much more goodness enclosed.    Interdependence Small businesses most differ from larger businesses because of the repercussions of …

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From the Good Ideas File: 5 New Rules of Public Outreach that Works

Finding this article might have been the high point of my day.  I've harped a lot -- in the book, in the discussion about the book currently going on at PlannersWeb, in pretty much every talk I've ever given -- about how the ways that we have been doing public engagement... Don't work Flame out …

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From the Good Ideas File: Citizen Roles in Civic Problem-Solving

One of the critical messages in the book is that we need to fundamentally rethink how we involved the general public in our planning, problem-solving and general management.  And that goes for people who do economic development and urban design, too, not just community planners or city managers.  Across the board, our public engagement often …

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