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Councils, Common Purpose, and Collaboration

April 8, 2014

I read a terrific blog post at Harvard Business Review (HBR) the other day about collaboration. The author explained that “purpose is collaboration’s most unacknowledged determinant.” Community collaboration has never been more important as today’s challenges are too complex and interconnected for a … Read more

Local Foods as Community Development, Some Questions and Answers

December 10, 2013

Earlier in this Fall I reported on a webinar co-sponsored by the UNC School of Government and the Center for Environmental Farming System (CEFS) on local food and local government. The purpose of the webinar was to educate local government officials about how the local food movement can be an import … Read more

Countervailing Trends

June 9, 2010

Rick Morse is a School of Government faculty member. “Practical futurist” Michael Rogers recently gave a keynote speech at a Triangle J forum in Durham about how technological innovations are transforming society. It was an excellent and thought provoking speech. At the same time, I’ve also been rea … Read more

Resources for Rural Grocery Stores

December 10, 2009

Will Lambe is the Director of the Community-Campus Partnership and Associate Director for the Community & Economic Development Program. The Center for Rural Affairs has a newsletter series on “Sustaining Small Town Grocery Stores” (see here, here and here). The articles are short and sweet. Ther … Read more