You learned it here first: Cussing R Us!

One of the first reviews of the Local Economy Revolution noted that the language in the book was a little, um, salty.  I have always found a certain kind of aesthetic pleasure in a well-placed cuss word, and I think I indulged that a bit as I worked to make the book as much my …

Continue reading You learned it here first: Cussing R Us!

From the Good Ideas and Good Thinking File: Principles for Improving Complex Systems (know any?)

There's a sizeable portion of the Local Economy Revolution that could be summed up as follows: Communities are way more complicated and messy than we usually admit professionally, although we know that in real life.  Because we live in places.  But complexity is messy.  And hard. Because of that, we often come up with simple things that …

Continue reading From the Good Ideas and Good Thinking File: Principles for Improving Complex Systems (know any?)

From the Yes-It-Is-As-Bad-As-You-Thought-It-Was File: Way more retail than we need

This shouldn't be a huge surprise to anyone, but sometimes the first step toward a Good Idea is getting a little reinforcement in trying to convince other people that the things we used to do don't work anymore.  This article from a Pittsburgh news site gives a pretty decent overview of why anyone who is …

Continue reading From the Yes-It-Is-As-Bad-As-You-Thought-It-Was File: Way more retail than we need

From the Good Ideas File: Sundaes for Crowdfunding!

A couple of weeks ago I went to an event called Cincy Sundaes that I though definitely belonged in the Good Ideas file.  The book talks about the importance of small improvements and Little Bets and micro-entrepreneurs, and crowdfunding, even for micro-projects, both helps good ideas take root and demonstrates the support that an idea …

Continue reading From the Good Ideas File: Sundaes for Crowdfunding!

From the Good Ideas File: Accelerators aren’t just for tech types

I'm currently participating in a Good Idea that I've known about for quite a while, and I thought it might be useful for you, too.  Business accelerators are a hot topic in economic development anymore, but they're usually described as a way to get technology businesses off the ground. As we say in the book, …

Continue reading From the Good Ideas File: Accelerators aren’t just for tech types

From the Good Ideas file: Autopsy of a Deceased Church (or town, or organization)

Good Ideas come from strange places.  This one popped up on the Facebook feed of one of my parents' longtime friends, who I still keep in touch with because she's one of the few links back to that part of my life.   I certainly don't consult with churches and I didn't know a church …

Continue reading From the Good Ideas file: Autopsy of a Deceased Church (or town, or organization)

From the Good Ideas File: Neighbors Wanted

I've fussed at the Wise Economy Workshop recently about the sometimes assumption in urban areas that "If you demolish it, they will come..."  This tied into a theme in the book -- the tendency to rely on simplistic assumptions, to assume that one action will somehow make everything right.  It's OK, we've all done it. …

Continue reading From the Good Ideas File: Neighbors Wanted