A compilation of news links about and for regional communities pursuing local and regional development.
Published on line since November 11, 2003.
Top Regional Community stories … 1. – 9.
Other Regional Community News for Our Local Planet … 11.01 - .28
Blogging about Regional Communities … 12.01 - .06
Announcements and Regional Links … 13.01 - .07
Financial Crisis …14.01 - .02
Clean air and water do not stop at jurisdictional boundaries. Neither does the need for jobs, affordable housing and multi-modal transportation choices. Regional planning and coordination is often applauded as the solution to addressing region-wide problems, but even with the best of intentions, efforts at regionalism are wrought with challenges.
Civic leaders across the
A New Way to Plan for Growth
The urban reserves, once designated, identify where UGBs in the
It is apparent that the regional coordination process established with SB 1011 is being tested this year. The reserves process under way is a unique collaborative approach to land use planning. It is complex and challenging. To be effective, it requires people across the region to consider the interests of the larger community over the long term and make decisions accordingly. …
2. Census survey: It
The Census Bureau
The study of that three-year span says our region had 2,221,629 workers over 16. Of them, 1,415,834 drove alone to work, while 363,334 took public transportation. The number said to be carpooling was put at 237,724. (This is a survey, not an actual count. That
Nationwide, the percentage of workers who drove alone to work ranged from 50.4 percent in the
The study says
What are the implications? First, we
Three major political concerns of
I suggest a method to interlink them with green constitutional engineering, widening the ``Green New Deal" toward one of political stability, demotion of corruption and more representative equitable development. Three ideas are offered for constitutional revision debates in
The first debate is over districting; yet, no one has offered how to avoid districting that is partisan gerrymandering. Many accuse parties involved with ``district reform
This fails to create a competitive election and merely divides opposition artificially into separate districts or stuffs ballots (residences) of one party
The public can be assured of this by making stable watersheds as the mandated form of electoral districting. Watersheds are biophysically real lines separating different drainage basins (water catchments). Drainage basins concentrate more than water.
Since much pollution risk is waterborne, watersheds represent areas where common environmental risk experiences exist. Therefore, watershed election districts should be the durable form of environmental risk feedback into state politics.
As a publicly desired neutral, nonpartisan way of drawing election boundaries, it has positive effects on party competition by removing gerrymandering to create truly representative parties. Parties should compete to represent the people
Suggestions I have are nonpartisan, multiparty enhancements with green multiplier effects. When you integrate the full electorate in this fashion, in stable watersheds of environmental risk feedback, you are on the road toward a bioregional state with a representative development policy and a stable multiparty system of legitimate government.
4. Metropolitans in the Middle - Brookings Institution -
Some great back and forth about
Yglesias is particularly good here when he notices that the effectiveness of American federalism suffers because while states remain predominant “we don’t really live our lives `at the state level,’” and yet “we don’t have any level of governance that addresses metro area issues.” That’s exactly right, to which I would only add that the centrality of metros to economic life makes this disconnect even more dire. So one can share Matt’s frustration when he says that “there’s not a ton that can be done about this.”
And yet, there is actually quite a bit that a smart, refocused nation can and must do to remedy the absence of middle-tier (metro or regional) government from our federalism.
To begin with,
For example, the nation possesses 380 metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) … hundreds of other increasingly robust “metro” regional councils and other entities are also active, ranging from scores of councils of government (COGs) and myriad economic development districts (EDDs) …
… Relationships between the federal government, states, and localities need to be re-imagined to more fully realize the potential of metropolitan
5. The northwest celebrates 50 years of regionalism - BusinessNorth.com -
For many, regionalism is a new concept, said Myron Schuster, executive director of Northwest Regional Planning Commission [http://www.nwrpc.com/]. “Here, they’ve been doing it for 50 years,” he said.
Local units of government launched the Spooner-based economic development agency in 1959. It was the first such regional planning commission in
“Counties needed services and it was too expensive to provide those services individually,” Schuster said.
The regional planning commission celebrated its 50th anniversary this summer. Its original mission – “to examine problems, prepare plans and recommend solutions to community groups and governing bodies to carry (them) out” — has expanded since 1959. The agency assists members with comprehensive planning, natural resources, transportation and mapping/GIS and environmental services. More recently it has embraced economic development.
Economic development came more sharply into focus in 1984, when regional planners helped launch a Business Development Revolving Loan Fund. Initial funds came from a combination of federal and state grants, as well as private donations. The $1 million loan fund was a “pump primer,” making funds more available to small business than otherwise would have been possible through traditional lending. The focus for the fund was businesses that tapped into the region’s greatest economic opportunities — timber and wood products, tourism, diversified manufacturing and service industries.
The planning agency presently manages $11.5 million in revolving loan funds, …
6. Cities in planning spotlight - The Australian
AROUND the world, nations are grappling with the challenge of planning for the cities of the future. The forces of the global economy are driving rapid urban growth and requiring governments to rethink their approach to the planning and development of cities.
Last year, with very little comment, the world passed a remarkably significant milestone. For the first time in history, (most) humans live in cities and towns, rather than rural areas. In other words, we have tipped the scales and become an urban planet. Or, as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, we have entered the urban century.
As the (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
"National urban policies in the past have been reactive and remedial, not proactive and dynamic. Urban issues (must) be given greater visibility and higher priority in national policy."
Cities connect our farms, mines and rural areas to world markets. They often hold the corporate headquarters of regionally based companies.
One of the mistakes in debates about infrastructure and planning is thinking that cities and regional areas are in competition and governments must favour cities or the regions. Having spent most of my early years growing up in country
The prosperity of urban, suburban and regional
Maybe it’s global warming, I don’t know. But you can almost hear the ice beginning to crack and melt around us. It may be the sound of things finally breaking free, the sound of movement.
The first sign of thaw came last spring with the decision by the 10-county
The elected officials on ARC, many of them far removed geographically from MARTA’s service area, acknowledged by their vote that the ability to think regionally and act regionally has become critical to competing in a global economy.
It was, you might say, metro
As MARTA officials made clear, though, that $25 million was only a temporary fix. The agency’s looming budget crisis began long before the economy cratered, and its causes have little to do with mismanagement, corruption or other issues. The truth is that broad-based transit on the scale required by a major metro region simply cannot be sustained through local sales tax revenue and federal dollars, as
If transit is to play its necessary role in metro
“It’s not like the water issue,” Millar said. “We don’t have three years to do something. We have to do something now.”
8. Working Across Boundaries is guide for planning large regions - Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (Press release)–
Today’s environmental challenges require planning initiatives that transcend municipal, county, state, and even international boundaries, according to a new publication of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Working Across Boundaries: People, Nature, and Regions, by Matthew J. McKinney and Shawn Johnson, is a guide for citizens, practitioners, and policy makers seeking to implement regional solutions, underscores the importance of the support of a broad range of stakeholders and the ability to measure results.
“Our challenges today don’t fit neatly inside city limits or state lines,” said Armando Carbonell, senior fellow and chair of the Department of Planning and Urban Form. “The appropriate framework is more likely to be a watershed, or an ecosystem, or a megaregion that can benefit from a larger land conservation or infrastructure plan. Working Across Boundaries is a kind of ‘missing manual’ for working effectively at this scale.”
The examples of successful regional collaboration in the book have been studied and field-tested over nearly a decade as part of an ongoing joint venture between the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the University of Montana Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy (formerly the Public Policy Research Institute).
Regional collaboration can appear complex and difficult, given diverse stakeholders and conflicting interests that play out across complicated geographies. An example that runs the gamut of regional land use, natural resource, and environmental issues is
Regional collaboration draws heavily on its sister field, consensus building, which is based on the theory of mutual gains negotiation. One shared insight is that these processes, to be sustained, need to fulfill an expectation that the benefits to participating stakeholders will exceed the costs. In the long run, regional efforts need to be measured by regional results.
The companion Web site for the book, Regional Collaboration can be found at: http://www.lincolninst.edu/subcenters/regional-collaboration/.
9. Valley faces unique set of challenges - Merced Sun-Star -
In many ways the
What applies to the rest of the state often does not apply to this 25,000-square mile-region. Culturally, geographically and economically, this region runs by its own rules.
Indeed, if it were a state it would rank near the bottom nationally for per capita income yet the top for agricultural production.
So says a newly released report on the Valley
The report, "Assessing The Region Via Indicators," looked at a series of economic indicators, from unemployment and transportation to agricultural productivity and housing, to see where the Valley stacks up compared to the state and nation. The
While the region, already below many state averages, was hit hard by the recession, much of the report
The report was not all negative, in fact it recommends a series of actions. The Valley must improve the quality of its work force with job training and economic development. It also recommends the continued backing of the agricultural economic base. … region should diversify its economy … it recommends that rural communities not be ignored. Their specific needs and attributes should be nurtured instead.
Bold font words are Google search terms. Bold italic words considered worth noting. In this and section 11, links to websites of organizations are added to the news excerpt when this is the first time an organization has been found. A goal of this newsletter is to find every regional council in the U.S. in a news story as well as recognizing other regional organizations. In most cases, where a full name is present, a Google search will quickly get one to that organization. News reports do not always get the organization name correct. Contents
.01 Calm before the storm
Senate Bill 375, a piece of sweeping anti-greenhouse-gas-emissions legislation signed in September 2008 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, may mean a future of fewer automobiles on California’s roadways and future development projects that create tighter-spaced, denser communities tied to public transit. It could also mean more court battles over future land use. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is scheduled to finalize its greenhouse-gas reduction targets by Sept. 30, 2010.
Birgit Klohs sees a partnership with her counterpart in
.03 Study Urges Regional Focus on Rural Schools
Education Week News (subscription) -
State and federal programs aimed at helping underprivileged students often miss their mark in high-poverty, rural schools, in part due to inaccurate stereotypes, according to a report on rural schools released today by a national research and advocacy group. The report, by the Rural School and Community Trust [http://www.ruraledu.org/], an Arlington, Va.-based nonprofit organization, also finds that a regional approach—instead of a statewide approach—might be the best way to make improvements in high-poverty, rural school districts. Nearly 10 million students in the
.04 About Time:
When a Republican and a Democrat can get together and agree to do some things differently, that
Plain Dealer -
Change is never easy. But with Election Day approaching,
.06 Newspapers endorse because they have a stake in their communities
Plain Dealer -
Earlier this month, the Atlanta Journal- Constitution, a newspaper that
.07 Give Us Your County and No One Gets Hurt
The political orgy known as
.08 LA homeless population drops despite recession, county study finds
.09 Government Reform Coalition Submits Measures to Call
.10 Local energy alliance makes its debut
.11 Was the G-20 good for
.12 Aldermen suggest regional focus
Ward 5 Alderman Jerry Askren and others listed instead: health care cost increases by having employees/unions step up to the table to pay more; the city, township and county working together regionally and possibly combining duties such as police and having a fire district; and other cuts before aldermen consider any sales tax increase or a utility tax on electricity, natural gas and water. “We just can’t put more fees and taxes on the people. They just can’t come up with any more (money),” Ward 6 Alderman Steve Nichols said of residents. “A small percent of the taxpayers pay a large percent of the (property) tax.”
.13 Blueprint offers action plan for achieving goals
The Desert Sun - Palm Springs, CA,
The Coachella Valley Economic Blueprint [http://cvepblueprint.com/ ] is a 106-page strategy viewed by proponents as a living, breathing document for change. Critics say it
.14 Plan to create valley jobs gets $2.5M commitment
The Desert Sun - Palm Springs, CA,
.15 County council urges voters to oppose RTA
Chesterton Tribune -
The Porter County Council on Tuesday took a stand in opposition to the proposed Northwest Indiana Regional Transportation District. In the final portion of Tuesday night’s county council meeting, Council Member Rita Stevenson, D-2nd, read a resolution urging voters to vote “no” to the establishment of the new transportation district in the Nov. 3 referendum. The statement called the referendum “nonsensical” and “unnecessary.” “We cannot afford another tax,” said Stevenson. ...
South Coast Today -
Full regionalization might not be such as bad idea after all, said the majority of parents attending a Freetown Elementary PTO meeting, where superintendent John E. McCarthy gave a presentation on the likely educational and financial benefits of such a change. "Last year at this time, I was against full regionalization. I love Freetown Elementary, and I thought everything would be fine," said parent Lauren O
.17 Barrett: Cooperation needed to fuel growth
The Business Journal of
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Tuesday that regional cooperation between the city of
.19 NOAA and Four States Form South Atlantic Ocean
Environment News Service -
State government representatives from the Southeast coastal region have formed a partnership with the federal agency responsible for oceans to better manage and protect ocean and coastal resources, ensure regional economic sustainability, and respond to disasters such as hurricanes. Representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, and the states of
Gov. Bobby Jindal has teamed up with his counterparts in
.21 Cooperation would work
Barre Montpelier Times Argus -
At the Vermont Farmers
Scarlet Scuttlebutt -
The Regional Center Partnership of Somerset County Web site at www.regionalcenterpartnership.org
now makes available detailed reports on major initiatives of the Regional Center Partnership and affiliated organizations. Reports recently posted to the Web site include Bicycle/ Pedestrian/Greenways Systems Connection Plan, Route 202 Corridor Assessment & Multi-Mobility Plan and Fostering Growth in Emerging Industries. The Regional Center Web site provide user-friendly access to the mission, accomplishments and agenda of the Regional Center Partnership, the organization that serves as the local planning forum for the communities of Bridgewater, Raritan and Somerville. ...
.23 Incumbent Says His Work With the City Is Not Done Yet
The Ledger -
Howard Wiggs wants just one more term on the Lakeland City Commission. ... Wiggs, 62, said he wants to implement and expand a plan that he says will keep a high level of city services during harsh budget times. "I want to increase volunteer programs because of the revenue shortfalls so that we still have lots of people helping the city and keeping services at an acceptable level," he said. ... He at times has been on the losing side of a 6-to-1 or 5-to-2 vote on an issue, including last spring when he opposed the decision of a majority of commissioners to withdraw support for state Sen. Paula Dockery
.24 Williams receives Lakes Region Community Leadership Award
Laconia Citizen –
… second year that the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Lakes Region has teamed up with Leadership Lakes Region [ http://www.leadershiplakesregion.org/ ] to offer an award to an individual who has made a significant impact in his/her community and who has contributed significantly to its quality of life in the Lakes Region. The Charitable Foundation and Leadership Lakes Region decided to offer this award in order to recognize the efforts of our community leaders who have gone above and beyond in creating a better community, and by doing so, hopefully encourage others to become involved. …
.25 BG Area Chamber of Commerce wins economic development award
Bowling Green Daily News -
The chamber won first place for its menu of services program, which helps ensure that every county in the region is served by either its own economic development professional or by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber unveiled the program in July 2008 after it recognized that counties that did not have economic development professionals were behind in terms of readiness for industry projects and economic growth. “Our chamber staff works diligently with our regional partners to provide a top quality menu of services program because the chamber understands the value of the regional approach to economic development,” ...
.26 A for buildings, F for urban community
The Financial Times
These metros have the lowest rates of violent crime, workplace deaths, fatal crashes and natural disasters. ...
.28 Manufacturing expands in
Industrial Distribution -
Manufacturing activity in the central Atlantic region expanded for the sixth straight month but at a more moderate pace in October, according to the Richmond Fed
11. Other Regional Community News for Our Local Planet Contents
As the ASEAN summit wrapped up on Sunday, Asian leaders heard competing plans from
Presenter Sen Lam
Speaker: Malcolm Cook, Director of East Asia program at the Lowy Institute
COOK: Yes, there is one very large difference. The Australian proposal, the Asia-Pacific community focuses a lot of its attention on getting the
LAM: So is there a dire need to alter existing arrangements, just to continue this dialogue with the
.02 Lack of zoning, improper land use blamed for Cordillera tragedy
Manila Bulletin -
The Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC) here blamed the lack of zoning and appropriate land use as the major causes of landslides in the different parts of the region which caused the loss of numerous lives and damage to billions of properties over the onslaught of several typhoons that visited the Cordillera. Because of such pressing concern, the RDC-CAR ordered an investigation on the issues on zoning in the formulation of the appropriate development plans for the Cordillera in the future. ...
.03 Coalition crisis continues to reverberate
... Canadians and their politicians cling to a "first-past-the-post" electoral system that rewards regionalism and sectionalism in an already dangerously regionalized nation. The system routinely elects "false" majority governments that command support from only a minority of Canadians. Russell
.04 Muhith urges swift activation of SAARC food bank
Bangladesh News 24 hours -
Finance minister A M A Muhith on Monday called for immediate activation of the SAARC food bank to guarantee food security in the region in view of the global food crisis. Muhith gave the call from a two-day symposium titled
Leaders from prominent Japanese and
.06 Bye, Caricom & WI cricket
Trinidad & Tobago Express -
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.07 Laurier-based council funds research on governance over the
Exchange Morning Post -
The Laurier-based Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) is funding a research project on sustainable governance over the
.08 Tribalism and regionalism
It is worrying to hear our leaders peddle politics of regionalism and hope to unite a nation. Time is now for us to say enough is enough to this type of archaic and dangerous politics of division because it will never build our nation. None of us chose to belong to the tribes that we belong to. How can anyone in their right senses use tribe as a tool to bring division by preaching tribalism and regionalism? There is only one
.09 Rights body launched
Straits Times -
ASEAN launched a regional human rights commission on Friday, signalling a strong intent towards promoting and protecting human rights in the region, as its leaders gathered in Cha-am for the grouping
.10 Exploitation of unstable regions fuelling
Deutsche Welle -
New figures on the state of the drugs problem in Europe will be released by the
.11 [Silver Prize] Innovative Thinker in Modern History
... Ahn defied the existing extremist views and adopted a more moderate and innovative perspective of combining nationalism with regionalism to fight off Western imperialism. This is in agreement with a recent thought in international relations that a geographical region takes precedence over a single nation-state but is subordinate to the world as a whole. Therefore, collective action across
.12 Academe says MEDA to go beyond regionalism, should strengthen research
Philippine Information Agency -
The academic sector in
.13 Ethno-nationalism: theory and practice
The Hindu -
The reorganisation of States on a linguistic basis took the edge off strident regional assertions. However, regionalism has since taken other, more complicated, forms — some deriving and, in turn, contributing to other ideological and theoretical formulations. In
.14 Vojvodina politician "ready to pay price"
Director of the Center for Regionalism Aleksandar Popov was also present at the forum where he was heard saying that centralism “never left the heads” of the political elite in
Georgian Daily -
In order to stop the nations of
.16 Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie Deploys IPv6-Ready Collaboration Technologies to Simplify IT Infrastructure, Increase Operational Efficiency and Stimulate Innovation
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced that the Conseil Régional de Basse-Normandie (CRBN) has deployed Cisco® Unified Communications Manager, running the new version of Internet Protocol (IPv6), to simplify its communications infrastructure. The deployments will facilitate the implementation of new IPv6-based collaboration applications and services and help improve operational efficiency. The new system will operate with the council
La Région Basse-Normandie: http://www.cr-basse-normandie.fr/
Google translation to English of La Région Basse-Normandie:
.17 New Study Show Rise of Regional Marketing
From an agency point of view this draws into question the role and need for regional agency teams and processes. Regional marketers spend three times more time working with their regional agency teams - usually based in Hong Kong or
.18 Calls for regional development blueprint
ABC Regional Online -
The Chamber of Minerals and Energy has called for the drafting of a blueprint to guide development in regional
.19 Promulgation of the outcome of the
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
The Development Bureau and Planning Department, today (October 28), held a joint seminar in
eGov monitor -
Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy today pledged his Department
.21 Brainstorming on Omaheke regional development
New Era -
Young professionals from Omaheke Region have plans to jolt their fellow residents’ minds to identify investment and business opportunities worth exploring within the region. They intend to do this through an economic conference in Gobabis. They also believe that young professionals of other regions could likewise use the idea in their regions, and subsequently bring about a reduction in rural-urban immigration. ... Another objective of the conference is to place the region ahead of Government development plans. Among the many development projects that Government has planned for Gobabis, for instance, is the dry port. ...
Journal of Commerce -
The $1.4 billion Evergreen Line project will connect Coquitlam to
.23 University of
The FINANCIAL - Finchannel.com
.24 Good case for a regional mayor
Yorkshire Evening Post -
THERE is indeed a healthy debate in the Conservative Party about the potential value of elected mayors. Nationally there are some good examples, and others that are less encouraging. My purely personal view is that we should be seeking an elected mayor for the Leeds City Region – the whole of
Yorkshire Evening Post -
... West Yorkshire force is investigating setting up an organised crime unit in conjunction with forces in North Yorkshire,
.26 EuroCloud Gathers
EuroCloud offers the opportunity for cloud players to create a regional community or get involved in existing EuroCloud communities. Candidates can create a new local organisation under the EuroCloud brand. Any company worldwide that has operations in
.27 Most People Use the Web to Talk to People Nearby
Fast Company -
Ever use email to talk to the person sitting one office down? You
28 Google Rides Collaboration Wave
Small Business Computing
Collaborating with co-workers can be challenging enough when you’re all in the same office, but even more so when you’re scattered across the state, the country or the globe. Troy Dreier at Intranetjournal.com takes a look at Wave, a collaboration application and one of the latest innovations from the folks at Google.
12. Blogging about Regional Communities Contents
.01 Where Things Are Made
AFL-CIO Now Blog
To our nation’s peril, the free trade orthodoxy continues to ignore a fundamental economic fact: It matters where things are made. Over the past decade, the
.02 Regional Radio, Where Art Thou?
Daily Yonder - Keep it Rural
A few weeks ago I took a trip across six southern states in as many days. I logged 2,000 miles alone in my rental car, just me and the FM radio. Where I come from in
.03 Community newspapers thrive by offering hyperlocal content
Shaping the Future of the Newspaper Blog
"Our franchise is local information," President and CEO Thomas Shaw was quoted as saying on Nightly Business Report. "Everything else in the electronic age is world news, national news, even regional news has become a commodity and people can get it just about anywhere. But people cannot get the information we provide our community anywhere but from us."
.04 Partnerships Create Wine Incubator for @IdahoWines
Love when various groups come together for a greater good – and for the good of all of us who love wine and
.05 DMOZ: A Solid Directory Or The Great Pumpkin Of Search?
search engine land
When I heard Bob make this comment: “the lion’s share of agency sites are directed and listed in the Regional area of the site, which is where a lot of the editors in this area are spending their time and effort.” The word “regional” caught my ear. I’ve been following Tim Armstrong since he came on board as AOL’s CEO and understand he (and now AOL) have a strong interest in Patch.com. It’s interesting to note Patch.com is a regional, community specific platform showing news and events from specific cities and towns. Seeding Patch.com with regional results from a respected directory would make a lot of sense, so if you’re bricks and mortar based, now might be a good time to submit your business to DMOZ.
.06 What Comes After The Cloud?
ElasticVapor-Life in the Cloud
... there is a disconnect between the highly connected western world and highly socially interconnected emerging economies. In looking at the opportunities for technology in the coming decades and beyond, stop focusing on the specific features & functions within technology. Look to the opportunities for social change on an individual basis. The enablement of those who previously were not enabled. I believe that the biggest opportunities will be for enabling those with the least. So my prediction is simple, Want to Get Rich? Sell to the Poor. Places like
13. Announcements and Regional Links. Contents
The Core Cities Group is a network of
The Core Cities Group is a strong cross-city and cross-party collaboration with a track record of more than 10 years. Leadership across the Cities takes in all three major political parties. It is a self-selected and self funded group. The work of the Core Cities Group has demonstrated the critical economic role of these Cities . They are major centres of business and wealth creation that in turn power the economy of the surrounding region. They sit at the heart of travel networks, surrounded by towns and rural areas that are economically dependant on each other and across which people travel to and from work; functional economic areas that have developed city region partnerships to work across boundaries.
.02 Open Days: European Week of Regions and Cities – Regional Studies Association
2009 Open Days presentations for Regional responses to the global economic crisis and Understanding and promoting territorial cohesion - addressing the challenges of the Green Paper plus video clips.
.03 Governing The Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action -
Summary of: Governing The Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action – Ostrom, Elinor
Any group that attempts to manage a common resource (e.g., aquifers, judicial systems, pastures) for optimal sustainable production must solve a set of problems in order to create institutions for collective action; there is some evidence that following a small set of design principles in creating these institutions can overcome these problems.
2009 Nobel Prize for Economics Prof. Elinor Ostrom http://www.iss.nl/About-ISS/History/Elinor-Ostrom and http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economics/laureates/2009/index.html
.04 “Green” Policy and Regional Development - EMSI - economicmodeling.com
Over the past year, EMSI has been fielding questions from local planners (workforce boards, community colleges, and economic developers) on how to look at green jobs, particularly at the regional level. To respond, we’ve been doing our best to link labor market information (LMI) to potential green sectors (e.g., renewable energy, energy efficiency, green construction, etc.) so people can gain an understanding of trends, earnings, education levels, and even things like skills associated with “green occupation clusters” in their own economies. In doing so, we have made three general observations:
1. Many of these jobs are going to fall within the construction and manufacturing sectors (e.g., welders, roofers, HVAC installers, etc.),
2. Based on a lack of understanding, concrete information, and large scale demand, “green jobs” can be a very difficult development mission for local planners, and
3. It is vital to speak “from the data” as much as possible for the basic reason that if plans are being made on tenuous assumptions that cannot be supported, real people’s lives, careers, and families could be harmed.
Our purpose in this piece is to examine these observations at a little more length—especially with regard to regional economic and workforce development. ...
... power is shifting to the developing world, where 5 out of 6 people live, where the bulk of humanity is getting out of poverty by moving to cities and creating their own jobs and communities (slums, for now). He noted that history has always been driven by the world
's largest cities, and these years they are places like Mumbai, Lagos, Dhaka, Sao Paulo, Karachi, and Mexico City, which are growing 3 times faster and 9 times bigger than cities in the currently developed world ever did. The people in those cities are unstoppably moving up the "energy ladder" to high quality grid electricity and up the "food ladder" toward better nutrition, including meat. The second dominant global fact is climate change. Brand emphasized that climate is a severely nonlinear system packed with tipping points and positive feedbacks such as the unpredicted rapid melting of Arctic ice.
.06 Trendsmap - Real-Time Local Twitter Trends
Trendsmap.com is a real-time mapping of Twitter trends across the world. See what the global, collective mass of humanity are discussing right now. To get started, move/zoom around the map and click on topics for additional information. To see an overview of Trendsmaps
.07 Looking ahead: scenarios – Shell Energy Scenarios to 2050
Shell uses scenarios to explore the future. Our scenarios are not mechanical forecasts. They recognise that people hold beliefs and make choices that can lead down different paths. They reveal different possible futures that are plausible and challenging. Our latest energy scenarios look at the world in the next half century, linking the uncertainties we hold about the future to the decisions we must make today.
14. Financial Crisis. Contents
.01 David Cameron in Conversation with
At this breakfast event chaired by Danny Finkelstein, Comment Editor of the Times,
.02 What In The World Is Going On? -Australian Broadcasting Corporation - FORA.TV
With a new administration in the
Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) is concerned with global security, prosperity, and is a source of independent analysis and ideas for decision makers in government and the private sector. Professor Stephen King and The Age
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