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Welcome to Crowdsourcing Wisdom!

This book is the culmination of over 20 years of my work with cities, regions, governments, nonprofits and developers all over the country. It gives you a clear, no-nonsense run down on why it is exactly that our public meetings so often end up feeling so miserable -- for everyone involved. It then gives you a step-by-step process for designing and conducting public meetings that actually generate wisdom, and it concludes with tactics for managing confrontational public meeting situations in a way that's fair to everyone involved.

Reviews of the Local Economy Revolution

I've posted a couple of the reviews that the book has received on Amazon here before, but I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the whole collection. Here's what your colleagues have said (names removed to protect the innocent!)  If this piques your interest, you can get your own copy in …

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From…well, me: Asking for your Support to Test a Way to Get More Tech People Involved in Making Communities Better

I posted this last week at EngagingCities.  We've got a potential to demonstrate to a lot of tech people how they could actually make a difference in their communities.  But to get that chance, we need help.  As in, your help. Here's the lowdown:   Special to EngagingCities Hi. I usually try to keep a relatively …

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From the Good Ideas File: What do entrepreneurs need from local governments?

This article isn't going to win any Pulitzer prizes, but it contains a couple of very brief but important points about what small businesses (and entrepreneurs, which aren't quite the same but there's a lot of overlap) need from local governments.  If you've been fed a steady stream of low-taxes-small-government-give-incentives, this might not be what …

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Deals and more Deals: 20% off print book via Lulu.com

I love my e-reader, but sometimes you just want a regular paper book - especially if you're hanging by the pool or the beach.  And if you really want to look like one of the smart kids, you'll want to get caught on the beach reading The Local Economy Revolution  or Why This Work Matters, right?   Of course …

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20% off Print version of Local Economy Revolution now through March 31

Sometimes I don't know what's going on with those people, but we'll take it... I just received the following message from Lulu.com, who produces the print version of The Local Economy Revolution:    Celebrate International Waffle Day! This morning, while eating our plate of waffles, the toaster left an amazing message on one of our syrupy …

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Flash sale at Lulu: 20% off print versions of The Local Economy Revolution until March 10

Just (and I mean just) got a note from Lulu.com, the provider of print versions of The Local Economy Revolution: What's Changed and How You Can Help, that they are having a "Flash Sale" from now through 11:00 PM EDT  Monday, March 10.  Which means that you can get that copy of The Local Economy Revolution for a lot less than you …

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