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Monday, December 31, 2012

Third Way | Fresh Thinking 01/01/2013 (a.m.)

  • Too often, our national debates are defined by the rigid or outdated orthodoxies of both the left and right. This polarization leads to ideologically driven policies and political gridlock, and it drowns out the voices of millions of Americans in the forgotten middle. We believe there is a better way, a “third way”—one that discards the false choices presented by both sides. This third way philosophy is ideal for fostering the most effective and emergent approaches to major problems—ones that can attract the plurality of citizens who represent the political center and whose support is crucial to effective and credible governance.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

IMPLAN Analysis Site | NRCS Economics | NRCS 12/31/2012 (a.m.)

  • This Website contains information on the NRCS uses of the IMPLAN data and model for regional economic, program and project analysis. IMPLAN is a PC based regional economic analysis system. Unlike other economic analysis products, IMPLAN constructs a complete set of regional social accounts. The 'Region' can be any combination of US Counties. For more information see NRCS IMPLAN Basics. For additional materials, see www.implan.com. Please contact David Buland for assistance.

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Economic Development Administration 12/30/2012 (p.m.)

  • The U.S. Economic Development Administration's investment policy is designed to establish a foundation for sustainable job growth and the building of durable regional economies throughout the United States. This foundation builds upon two key economic drivers - innovation and regional collaboration. Innovation is key to global competitiveness, new and better jobs, a resilient economy, and the attainment of national economic goals. Regional collaboration is essential for economic recovery because regions are the centers of competition in the new global economy and those that work together to leverage resources and use their strengths to overcome weaknesses will fare better than those that do not. EDA encourages its partners around the country to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sustainable Housing Communities/U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 12/05/2012 (a.m.)


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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Safe Routes To School - FHWA Safety Program 12/02/2012 (a.m.)

  • Many of us remember a time when walking and bicycling to school was a part of everyday life. In 1969, about half of all students walked or bicycled to school.1 Today, however, the story is very different. Fewer than 15 percent of all school trips are made by walking or bicycling, one-quarter are made on a school bus, and over half of all children arrive at school in private automobiles.2


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Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Street Plans Collaborative - Better Streets, Better Places. New York Miami and Open Streets Project | Opening Streets to People, Sharing Resources, Transforming Communities 11/25/2012 (a.m.)

  • The Street Plans Collaborative is an urban planning, design, and research-advocacy firm. We strive to create high-quality public spaces, and believe that the key to reversing the harmfulmn effects of suburban sprawl is to promote compact, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. We thrive on working with our clients, partners, and other likeminded organizations to improve the quality and function of the built environment. We seek to increase the effectiveness of multi-modal transportation as a means to creating more competitive and sustainable 21st century towns and cities.


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Friday, November 23, 2012

Sustainable Economies Law Center 11/24/2012 (a.m.)


  • The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) provides essential legal tools -- education, research, advice, and advocacy -- to support a transition to localized, resilient economies. Our work focuses on practices that promote justice and sharing, including barter, local currencies, cooperatives, community enterprises, local investing, cohousing, urban agriculture, and other innovative economic stra...See More

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Not your usual OpenPlans toolkit | OpenPlans 11/23/2012 (p.m.)


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Los Angeles Economic Roundtable - 11/20/2012 (p.m.)

  • The Economic Roundtable is a non-profit, public benefit corporation organized to conduct economic, social and environmental research that contributes to the sustainability of individuals and communities. The Economic Roundtable seeks to respect the needs and goals of all neighborhoods and communities of interest affected by its work. Research findings are made readily available to public policy makers, affected communities, and the general public.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Collective Action Toolkit | frog 11/16/2012 (a.m.)

  • The Collective Action Toolkit (CAT) is a package of resources and activities that enable groups of people anywhere to organize, build trust, and collaboratively create solutions for problems impacting their community. The toolkit provides a dynamic framework that integrates knowledge and action to solve challenges. Designed to harness the benefits of group action and the power of open sharing, the activities draw on each participant’s strengths and perspectives as the group works to accomplish a common goal.

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Presencing Institute 11/15/2012 (p.m.)


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Friday, November 9, 2012

The American Dream Composite Index and Rethinking the Automobile 11/09/2012 (p.m.)



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Monday, October 29, 2012

The Institute of Cultural Affairs International - Advancing Human Development 10/29/2012 (p.m.)


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

BREAKTHROUGH CAPITALISM 10/23/2012 (p.m.)

  • Breakthrough Capitalism Our financial, environmental and social systems are heading towards breakdown. But some visionary organisations in the corporate and investment communities are stepping beyond traditional corporate social responsibility (CSR) and socially responsible investment (SRI) and driving systemic change with breakthrough ventures. This is the focus of Phase II of the Breakthrough Capitalism program: see Progress Report. To contribute to the upcoming report Betting on Breakthrough: Top Team Agendas for Transformative Change, or to get involved with a Breakthrough Labs, please contact breakthrough@volans.com

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Positive Deviance Initiative 10/22/2012 (a.m.)

  • Positive Deviance is based on the observation that in every community there are certain individuals or groups whose uncommon behaviors and strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems than their peers, while having access to the same resources and facing similar or worse challenges. The Positive Deviance approach is an asset-based, problem-solving, and community-driven approach that enables the community to discover these successful behaviors and strategies and develop a plan of action to promote their adoption by all concerned.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Federal-aid Essentials for Local Public Agencies 10/13/2012 (p.m.)

  • Federal-aid Simplified. Understanding the Essentials. More and more, transportation agencies must pursue better, faster and smarter ways of doing business. Federal-aid Essentials offers a central online library of informational videos and resources, designed specifically for local public agencies. Each video addresses a single topic-condensing the complex regulations and requirements of the Federal-aid Highway Program into easy-to-understand concepts and illustrated examples.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Home | the Original Green 10/12/2012 (a.m.)

  • Many people now agree that achieving sustainability is a bigger challenge than just buying more efficient devices. Steve Mouzon coined the phrase “Original Green” several years ago to describe the sustainability that existed before the Thermostat Age. The Original Green is the most important initiative being pushed forward by Steve Mouzon and Wanda Mouzon.

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Home | Civil Politics.org 10/11/2012 (p.m.)

  • Directors: This website is run by Jonathan Haidt at NYU-Stern, Matt Motyl at the University of Virginia, and Ravi Iyer at the University of Southern California. We exercise some light editorial oversight, but the content here is provided by a network of contributors who, we can assume, do not all agree with everything that the other contributors have written. We selected the initial contributors for the excellence of their research and the diversity of their perspectives. The content on each page can be assumed to reflect the views of the editor listed at the bottom of that page, unless the content is specifically signed by another contributor. In 2012 we will gradually develop a set of policy recommendations that are supported by the large majority of the contributors.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Half in Ten 09/20/2012 (p.m.)

  • The problem of povertyMore than 46 million Americans live below the official poverty line—which is now approximately $22,314 for a family of four—and 16.4 million children are poor in this country. Inequality of wealth has reached record highs—it is greater than at any time since 1929. Growing portions of the nation’s wealth are concentrated in the possession of a small fraction of households, while more than one third of the U.S. population is trying to get by on incomes less than 200 percent of the federal poverty line—or about $44,000 for a family of four. Well before the current economic crisis, 6 million low-income households were paying more than half their income on rent and utilities, or lived in severely substandard housing. And the most recent data for 2010 revealed that 48.8 million people, including 16.2 million children, lived in a household struggling against hunger.


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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Public Laboratory | publiclaboratory.org 09/05/2012 (p.m.)

  • The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (PLOTS) is a community which develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible “Do-It-Yourself” techniques, Public Laboratory creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively re-imagine the human relationship with the environment.The core PLOTS program is focused on “civic science” in which we research open source hardware and software tools and methods to generate knowledge and share data about community environmental health. Our goal is to increase the ability of underserved communities to identify, redress, remediate, and create awareness and accountability around environmental concerns. PLOTS achieves this by providing online and offline training, education and support, and by focusing on locally-relevant outcomes that emphasize human capacity and understanding.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Democracy Is For People 09/05/2012 (a.m.)

  • In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case called Citizens United v. FEC that corporations have a “right” to spend unlimited money influencing elections. Corporations are not people. Democracy is for people.
  • Government Reform The government should serve voters, not corporate special interests. Public Citizen works to empower ordinary citizens, reduce the influence of big corporations on government, open the government to public scrutiny, and hold public officials accountable for their misdeeds.
  • AboutPublic Citizen has been standing up to corporate power and holding government accountable since 1971. Visit our website at http://www.citizen.org/MissionWe represent you in the halls of power. Your support funds multiple public interest research and advocacy efforts: safe and effective health care, auto safety, good government, safe and sustainable energy, consumer safety, and fair, equitable trade and globalization. Why focus on a single issue? We do it all!Company OverviewSince 1971, Public Citizen has been a national, nonprofit public interest organization representing consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. Website: www.Citizen.org Blog: www.CitizenVox.org Twitter: @Public_Citizen

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Governors' Institute on Community Design — 08/25/2012 (p.m.)


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