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Column: Ireland’s rural community is being ignored over wind energy concerns

Column: Ireland’s rural community is being ignored over wind energy concerns | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Ireland’s rural citizens are victims of abusive domestic planning and an externally-driven energy policy from Europe, writes Declan Doyle.
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An interesting read from Ireland on a perspective of wind energy we don't see articulated here.

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Mushrooms for regenrating polluted sites & food production from waste... 

Mushrooms for regenrating polluted sites & food production from waste...  | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Not feeling so connected to current affairs at the moment, but aware that Fukushima issue is kinda global, long term and simultaneously played down/ inflated by "opposing" sources, thanks  Ben Falk...
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Resilience and the Art of Breaking Routine - Thrive: The Kripalu Blog

Resilience and the Art of Breaking Routine - Thrive: The Kripalu Blog | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
#Resilience and the Art of Breaking Routine http://t.co/qrpMlFsyww @MariaSirois #Positivity
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I'm all for breaks in routine.  When I was teaching a lot of workshops it was always those turns of normalcy that excited people to discover and learn.  Saying at a board retreat, "it's time to put your boots on, we're taking a hike in the snow."  Or suddenly giving each team in a formal, suits-only, room a one hour assignment to wander the halls of the conference center looking for innovations.  

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Germany's Walkable Roller Coaster - When On Earth - Places to See, Things to Do, Gear to Get

Germany's Walkable Roller Coaster - When On Earth - Places to See, Things to Do, Gear to Get | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Frightened of speedy roller coaster rides? Hop on this walkable version and enjoy the heights without all that screaming and throwing up.
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They had me at "Walkable Roller Coaster."

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The Michigan Traveler: Good-bye, Agawa Canyon Snow Train

The Michigan Traveler: Good-bye, Agawa Canyon Snow Train | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Famed train gets the ax by CN Railway, which cites economic losses.
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This is one of the saddest pieces of news of 2013. 

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Wairua Tapu, environmental and social justice, and Paul Hawken's "Leaderless Movement"

Wairua Tapu, environmental and social justice, and Paul Hawken's "Leaderless Movement" | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
As I've worked more and more with activists over the last year, I've been asking myself some serious questions about the future of Christianity. In fact, I've been asking whether Christianity is in...
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Paul Hawken was one of my early business heroes. Once again, he's at the epicenter of a social debate.  Are the worlds of christianity and social activism on a collision course, or connected at the hip?

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On the Limits, but Also the Power, of Local Narratives

On the Limits, but Also the Power, of Local Narratives | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The stories cities tell about themselves, and the difference that makes.
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This is a terrific article from The Atlantic about how communities tell stories of themselves simply by their collective actions. It includes demonstrations of data to back up the narratives being created by local communities.

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IBM: In 5 Years, Buying Local Will Beat Buying Online - Mashable

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IBM: In 5 Years, Buying Local Will Beat Buying Online
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In five years, doctors will use your DNA to keep you well.
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Yup, local is the new black.  IBM suggests consumers will wake up in five years and realize that they're sucking their own communities dry by spending money on their computer screens instead downtown.  Boo yah!

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Watch This Soda Exec Get Grilled About Coke's Sugar Content

Watch This Soda Exec Get Grilled About Coke's Sugar Content | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The president of Coca-Cola Europe admits that some soft drinks are too large.
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It's always amazed me that these big bottling companies can sell us a 64 oz monster sized cup of sugar, food-coloring, flavorings, and water, for less than a 12 oz bottle of water on its own.  Fore-head slap anyone?

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Local Leaders Discuss Planning for Climate Change - ClaimsJournal.com

Local Leaders Discuss Planning for Climate Change - ClaimsJournal.com | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
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Local Leaders Discuss Planning for Climate Change
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When it comes to climate change, local officials have a message for Washington: Lead or get out of the way.
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Our local communities seem so far removed from the discussion of climate change.  There's a suggestion that climate change only affects "those people out there."  So we tend to sit on the sidelines and allow the debate to occur in D.C. or on Fox News.  Climate change is here to stay, and it will affect all of us.  So shouldn't our local community leaders be talking about it?  This mayor of a Kansas town that was leveled by a tornado in 2007 thinks so, “Government, whether the White House or Congress, is not there to make you whole after a disaster,” said Bob Dixson, mayor of Greensburg, Kansas.

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Gravity Squeezes 40% More Power From These Solar Panels

Gravity Squeezes 40% More Power From These Solar Panels | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Eden Full's clever invention has radicalized the way the developing world sources power -- and all it takes is gravity and some soda bottles.

Via Jocelyn Stoller, Anita Woodruff
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Cool low-tech solution to a high-tech problem from a young inventor.

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Saving Lives with Sustainable Transport

Saving Lives with Sustainable Transport | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Sustainable transport initiatives have gained traction in recent years in developing world cities.
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Traffic safety implications of mass transit are a critical selling point, though often overlooked in communities.

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A Death Knell for the McJob?

A Death Knell for the McJob? | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Strikes in 100 cities signal a sea change in attitudes about low-wage work.
Dawn Moore was on “strike” Thursday. It was more a protest than a conventional attempt to stop all work at her job site, but it still packed a punch.
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The most exciting movement in America right now is undoubtedly that of the fast-food workers.  Unlike "occupy" it is focused, understandable, and led by the faces of those actually being marginalized.  

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In the Urban World, Juxtapositions Matter

In the Urban World, Juxtapositions Matter | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Urban juxtapositions align us towards discussion of sudden and gradual change, generational differences, public and private preferences, merger of cultures and business types, and mixing of land uses, transportation modes, and housing approaches.read...
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Juxtaposition as a planning tool.  Fascinating short post.

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Rediscovering Eco-Cities: Is This Possible in the Era of Globalization?

Rediscovering Eco-Cities: Is This Possible in the Era of Globalization? | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Recently I have been to Auroville, an experimental universal township in Tamilnadu and Puduchhery of southern India.
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We talk a lot about this concept of "living with nature."  This article takes a hard look at what we'd really have to commit to make this happen. "The “ecological revolution” is required to go back and live in co-existence with nature."

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Climate Change Could Put One-Fifth Of World’s Population In Severe Water Shortage

Climate Change Could Put One-Fifth Of World’s Population In Severe Water Shortage | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
CREDIT: shutterstockA new study by a diverse group of researchers from twelve countries found that of the human impacts stemming from climate change, the threat it poses to global water supplies may be the most severe.
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Water is trickling its way to becoming the biggest global issue in history.
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How We Can Code Democracy Into the Design Process

How We Can Code Democracy Into the Design Process | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
In this interview with Grasp Magazine Tim Brown, the CEO of IDEO, explains his belief that in order to develop solutions to the complex problems found in cities, the only successful approach is from the bottom-up.
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10 Hopeful Things That Happened in 2013 to Get You Inspired for What’s to Come

10 Hopeful Things That Happened in 2013 to Get You Inspired for What’s to Come | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
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There was something almost apocalyptic about 2013. Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, the strongest storm ever recorded on land. It killed more than 6,000 people and affected millions.
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And on the upside of things.

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San Francisco: A Tourist-Friendly Mix of Iconic Transit Modes

San Francisco: A Tourist-Friendly Mix of Iconic Transit Modes | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The city and county of San Francisco, one of America’s most visited places, is a famous tourist and business destination.
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Is Holiday Shopping the Only Time You "Buy Local?" - WAER

Is Holiday Shopping the Only Time You "Buy Local?" - WAER | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Is Holiday Shopping the Only Time You "Buy Local?"
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WAER's Chris Bolt asks Ted Potrikus of the New York State Retail Council about how retailers can leverage mobile shopping solutions to keep profits up, even during treacherous winter weather.
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A great question posed by WAER in Syracuse, NY.  When do you buy local?  Is it an event or a way of life?

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How 'hygge' can help you get through winter

How 'hygge' can help you get through winter | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The vague cultural concept doesn't translate easily into English, but it has helped Denmark become the 'happiest country on Earth' despite long, dark winters.
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Dark secrets of scandanavian dreams

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AMC urges 'buy local' - Farm Weekly

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AMC urges 'buy local'
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HOT on the heels of General Motors Holden's decision to quit manufacturing in Australia, consumers are being urged to buy local or face losing more jobs.
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Such an urgent message from our friends down under.  Australia's isolation leads to both good and bad economic conditions.  This article shouts loudly that it's time for Australians to understand where they should keep their money... and why.

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7 inspiring biking stories

7 inspiring biking stories | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Through our Community Grants Program, we work with communities big, small, urban and rural to make biking better.
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My hometown isn't on this list, but we're a tiny spot on Lake Michigan.  All of these places/projects are deserved of the accolade.

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Cities show leadership on Roma inclusion - EUobserver.com

Cities show leadership on Roma inclusion - EUobserver.com | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Cities show leadership on Roma inclusion
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This project is one of the ways European cities are taking leadership on Roma inclusion: cities are developing pragmatic tools to address the situation on the ground.
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A fascinating look at a social issue we in the states know little about. Both from the perspective of understanding the Roma culture, and in the concept of borderless EU travel.

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Buses and Trains Are Foundation of Plan to Get Ticket Holders to the Super Bowl - New York Times

Buses and Trains Are Foundation of Plan to Get Ticket Holders to the Super Bowl - New York Times | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Buses and Trains Are Foundation of Plan to Get Ticket Holders to the Super Bowl
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SECAUCUS, N.J. — Next year's Super Bowl will be the first to be played in an uncovered stadium in a cold-weather region.
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"The Super Bowl of mass transit!"  I gotta like that.

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