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Tim -- exactly.  Jordan is alone on this. 
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Read it.
There's a big transition going on. Lawns are being replaced by food gardens. Everywhere. People are casting aside the non-productive lawn and replacing it with a productive asset.  Smart. For intrepid people stuck with a house that only gets good sunlight in the front yard, there's a problem. If you plant a front yard garden, you might run afoul of stuck-in-the-past zoning laws and homeowner associations. In most cases, you'll win the contest.  I...
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I believe that every community needs a makerspace. It's a place that: has lots of different tools for making things.   helps and teaches you to make things.   has other people that are making things too (from mentorship to collaboration). Despite the obvious benefits, most communities don't have a makerspace. Why? They still believe, wrongly, that the ONLY way for their kids to become prosperous is through an academic education. That's clearly ...
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The problem is that everywhere I see fablabs, hackerspaces, makerspaces I don't really see an economic platform. The economic benefits come as a secondary effect. What I hear is: build it, have people come acquire new skills, collaborate, and somehow something will translate into local economic growth. Yes, OK, but how? Usually people take their ideas and bring them to the market in a classical way. This is fine for the local economy, but we are still playing the same old game that got us into this mess. I still don't see people acting outside of the box when it comes to production and exchange of value. Fine, these new spaces give us something new when it comes to local innovation, but what about the other part... In my opinion SENSORICA is offering the complete model. We are an open lab that acts as a makerspace but we also offer a platform for production and distribution that remains p2p, i.e. that departs from classical models. 
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Spot on Scott!  I removed it.  It tends to crowd out productive plants in the late season.  I can see why..  The leaves are huge!
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Wheelchair parade.  The future of everywhere.
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IS THIS OLD PEOPLES HOME
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Beyond makerspaces.  Unleashing food creatives.
Most of know what a makerspace is. For those of us who don't, a makerspace is the local place people can go to get access to tools/expertise/collaboration to make things. One of the big benefits of a makerspace, is that it makes it easier for local inventors/tinkerers to build something that they can sell (often online).  Some of these products will become successful, and not only will that bring wealth into the community, it will serve as an exa...
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What independence really means today.
It's been a hot, muggy Independence holiday in my corner of the US. As a result, I've spent more of it inside, hiding from the heat, than I'd like. That's OK though. It gave me a chance to think deeply about what independence means. Independence is an interesting word. In a political context, it's used to describe self-governance. In a personal context, it's usually used to describe someone who is self-sufficient. These two concepts are also entw...
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Building resilience. One page at a time.
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I'm John Robb.  I run resilientcommunities.com  

I'm an author, a serial entrepreneur, a technology analyst, a conflict theorist, and a former USAF pilot in Tier 1 special operations. 

I'm currently the editor and owner of Resilient Communities.  A newsletter that helps people live healthier, fuller, safer, and more abundant lives. 

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Lived a good life so far. Built a great family. Helped make the world a bit safer while I was in Tier One Spec ops. Helped launch blogging/social software at UserLand. Founded a company that employed hundreds and sold for $295 million. I was the first professional Internet analyst.
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  • US Air Force Academy
    Astronautical Engineering, 1985
  • Yale School of Management
    MPPM, 1995
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