What is a Sustainable Community?

Many times I find myself in discussions around what a “sustainable” community is, and how it is different from a “normal” community. There really should be no difference when you think it through.  What we mean when we say “sustainable”…

Exploring the Concept of Shared Value

This month, Harvard Business Review's cover article is titled, "The Big Idea: Creating Shared Value". This is a great article. The concept of Shared Value is on the right track and trying to define a needed new paradigm, but it…

Holding Off the Tragedy of the Commons

The very challenging argument of the Tragedy of the Commons misses on a very big note. It lacks a fundamental solution driver called “innovation”.  If we don’t create and adapt we will not make it in the long term. "Tragedy…

Making the Great Plains, Great Again

Two weeks ago I was on a beautiful cattle ranch in the middle of Nebraska.  One man, Chad Peterson, has transformed 4000 acres from a sandy sparse grass land to a lush verdant range land, with springs and creeks and…