If someone asked you to name the community you live in, how would you respond? While it may seem simple to define your community, there are more issues to be considered than most likely first come to mind.
Jobs seem to be on the mind of many people today. For those who have a job, there is a real concern about keeping the job. For those who are looking for employment, it is a tough time to try and secure a decent paying job.
There’s a lot of resistance to strategic planning: people often think of it as something to be endured that will have little value in the long run. They bemoan the time and energy it diverts from the ‘important work’ of the organization. But done right, strategic planning may be the most important work your organization can do.
Local food production and use is a many-faceted topic. One issue that is addressed less often is the fact that a growing number of people do not cook. Is it lack of time or lack of confidence or other factors that hinder use of local food in home kitchens?
Last month in this space my colleague Bill Shuffstall outlined some factors leading to successful local economies and communities. Let's explore these a little further.
Where will you be on Tuesday November 5? If you live in Pennsylvania, I hope your day includes a stop at your local polling place to vote in this year’s elections.
Autumn is a good time to learn more about an important economic sector of our communities. In some Pennsylvania counties farms open their gates to the public at this time of year.
Local leaders in communities with vibrant local economies and commercial districts work together to improve the economic situation of local residents and businesses and enhance their community’s quality of life.
People are becoming more aware of how important plants, trees, and green spaces are to their quality of life. Community trees and forests provide much more than beauty to our urban and suburban landscapes.
"It is not always about the money, honey."
Succession planning is often overlooked: who has time to think about the future when we’re all up to our ears trying to keep the organization running from day to day?
Community issues deserve to have all points of view considered before action is taken.
Communities often face large problems. Communities where leaders and organizations work together for collective impact are able to make greater positive change around these problems.
Today, many non farm residents are interested in raising backyard chickens in urban and suburban settings for a variety of reasons including having fresh eggs to eat, a hobby or teaching their kids the responsibility of caring for an animal.
Local governments have been working together for decades, usually informally. But just as often, longstanding disagreements keep municipalities from cooperating long after anyone can remember what the argument was about, or even who was involved.
How can communities possibly develop when there is a shortage of resources?
When citizens speak up in public meetings, they bring more information to the table, enrich the community through sharing, and, hopefully, help to craft a stronger decision.
You may remember these words from the Fifth Dimension hit from the late 1960’s. The sun is probably the most important source of renewable energy available today and many homeowners and businesses are using it. The sun has provided energy for practically all living creatures on earth, through the process of photosynthesis, in which plants absorb solar radiation and convert it into stored energy for growth and development.
Difficult issues are everywhere. In local government, community organizations, houses of worship, sports leagues, youth groups . . . just about anywhere that people come together to share a passion can also be a place where differences threaten to split them apart.
As a follow-up to the blog about youth and adults working together, here's an example of a school community planning for the future together.