Monthly Archives: October 2013

An Intervention in the Cult of Expertise: Noreena Hertz and Eyes Wide Open

This man, on one hand, believes that he knows something, while not knowing [anything]. On the other hand, I – equally ignorant – do not believe [that I know anything]. – Socrates, in Plato’s Apology The more I learn, the … Continue reading

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The Cantrells Come to the Library: An Americana Myth of Home

I wandered again through my home in the mountain Where in youth’s early dawn I was happy and free. I look for my friends, but I never could find ’em. I found they were all rank strangers to me. -“Rank … Continue reading

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County OKs wind turbine for Wal-Mart distribution center

Made the local newspaper today.  They didn’t spell my name right, but they got the gist of the story straight. Fairfield Energy Partners proposed to build a single 2.5 MW direct-drive wind turbine on an 80-meter tower, at the Wal-Mart … Continue reading

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Strong Towns Focus on People, Not Just Their Cars

The financial path our cities are on is fast falling apart, as our Suburban experiment of the last half-century shows its age.  Our future prosperity depends on the ability of local leaders to transform their communities.  How do we do … Continue reading

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One Year in Wyoming

Twelve months have flown by since I moved back Out West to join the Laramie County Planning & Development Department, here in Cheyenne, Wyoming. There are many differences between the eastern side of the Great Plains in Minnesota and the … Continue reading

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Strong Towns Curbside Chats Coming to Wyoming

From the Wyoming Business Council: CHEYENNE, WYO. – Starting Monday, the Wyoming Rural Development Council will host the first of four Strong Town presentations throughout the state. The WRDC, in partnership with the nonprofit organization Strong Towns, invites community leaders, … Continue reading

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The Local Economy Revolution: Economic Ecosystems & the Value of Being Unique

“The Real Question isn’t whether Policy X or Trend Y will happen.  Stuff will happen.  The real question is, how do we set our communities up to thrive in a world of Macro Uncertainty.” -D.G. Rucker I’m a sucker for … Continue reading

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