How broad is the gap in broadband…

I recently received notice of an interesting article through my colleagues at LinkWISCONSIN, a statewide initiative to promote the availability and sustainable adoption of broadband internet access, through the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.  The article highlights a system in Chattanooga, Tennessee, against the backdrop of our situation in Wisconsin around internet access.  http://bit.ly/z8Lm8N I can only imagine…

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Connecting communities

What role does connectivity play in creating sustainable communities? Can we build sustainable communities without connecting them to the wider world?

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Wisconsin communities tell their stories

More than 25 Wisconsin communities have declared themselves to be “ecomunicipalities”, embracing sustainability principles intended to guide them to make decisions which build community, provide for people’s needs, and at the same time, safeguard the natural systems on which we depend. At the level of city, county and region, people have come together to talk about the […]

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Hey, that’s MY money!

Ekobanken grew from a foundation, doing what foundations do: granting funds for organizations to do good in society. It also grew from questions. Is there a difference between money that is earned, or borrowed, or given? What more good can be done? Loans create the future; What kind of future do we want?

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DYNAMO Communities

During the introductory session of the Sustainable Sweden Tour last August, Torbjörn Lahti shared a perspective for framing different roles municipalities play: authority, service agency, dynamo.

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Whose job is it, anyway?

It’s funny how things bump into each other. Conversations I’ve had recently took me back to Hällefors, Sweden. A number of these conversations were sparked by a newspaper article in the Wausau Daily Herald. It was not only the content of the article that started some grumbling, also that the newspaper reported on an event that they created.

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Moving from steel to meals

…the town inhabitants watched as their steel mill was dismantled, piece by piece, to be shipped to China. Loss of the mill started a massive exodus.
The community started a conversation about their future which involved all sectors: elected, business, schools, youth, public entities. But how to move this forward?

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There’s no place like home

…or is there? C’mon, play a game with me. I had an easy time feeling at home in Sweden because the landscape reminded me of home, of Wisconsin. So play along. See if you can guess which pictures here are of Wisconsin or Sweden. Yes, we love water. A few interesting statistics. There are approximately […]

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Wonder with me

I wonder what you wonder about. It’s interesting, what decisions seem surprisingly momentous. Like what to title a new blog. I know what I’ll be doing…pondering on paper …musing in public  …reflecting on new experiences. I see what this blog can do for me. But why did the choice of title seem momentous to me? […]

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