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Your 2018 Advocacy Toolkit. Dear Rural America Advocate, Do you know what happens in September 2018? The entire federal farm bill expires. That means the end of critical programs that support beginning farmers, conservation, and small town development, unless we act now to urge Congress to renew them with a new farm bill this year. This action kit outlines critical priorities for farm bill renewal. Included are fact sheets on the Center’s priorities for the 2018 farm bill: top priorities, then broken down into crop insurance and conservation. Advocacy 101, another fact sheet, explains how you can get involved. As you’ll read in the fact sheets, we have important priorities to tackle this year. Are you willing to take action today? Make your voice heard – Call, email, or write your elected officials. Will you take action today to support our work in Washington?

Thank you. P.S. P.P.S. Csi social franchise guide. TCWCC INC Activate Westfield Info Sheet. About Empty Spaces | Empty Spaces. Empty Spaces Project at the University of Technology, Sydney, promotes the short-term, low cost 'meanwhile' use of empty sites for creative and community development. Here you'll find: tools to help you start-up an empty space project; stories on what others have done; tips on looking for a space; and information for landlords and local government to get engaged. Content includes: Bloomberglive. The concept of good business can stimulate productivity and attract talent, customers and investors but the effects of greenwash can be devastating. Good business drives innovation, creativity, growth and long-term success but it requires a different way of doing things.

The Bloomberg Good Business conference will bring together leaders looking to grasp the vast opportunities that focusing on people, planet and profit can bring. As a delegate you will hear from progressive companies already benefiting from doing business better as they share their insights, evidence and success stories. Discover the alternative business models that can lead to increased efficiency and profit. Who attends? This event is specially designed for business leaders; CEOs, CFOs and COOs who want to go beyond mainstream thinking and grasp the vast opportunities presented by the concept of good business. Featured Speakers Livia Firth Creative Director, Eco Age and Founder, The Green Carpet Challenge. The predictable consumer no longer exists - our desires are too random | Guardian Sustainable Business. Consumers today are often cast as god-like figures before whom markets and politicians bow.

Everywhere, it seems, consumers are triumphant. Consumers drive production; they fuel innovation; they dictate modern politics; they have it in their power to save the environment or to destroy the planet. The word consumer describes people as having certain experiences and taking certain actions individually or collectively (similar to worker, employee, manager).

Never before have these actions been so closely scrutinised. In a consumer society, choice reigns supreme. Yet, few people today act in response to a simple logic of consumption. Increasingly the consumer merges with the worker, in what futurologist Alvin Toffler called the prosumer. Instead of a single face, consumers today are truly protean figures of many faces – now ethical, now victims, now identity-seekers, now hedonists, now spendthrifts, now explorers, now activists. It has not always been the case. Bristol pound is just one example of what local currencies can achieve | Local Leaders Network. The budgets of local authorities are being cut while the needs of their populations remain the same. In this difficult financial environment, borrowing is rising. UK local authorities owed £81.8bn in the financial year 2011-12, costing hundreds of millions in interest on repayments.

However, borrowing on the money market is not going to do anything for the local economy. Faced with this reality, some councils are discovering that the use of local currencies offers an alternative to more cuts or debt. Mayor Georg Moosbrugger from the Austrian village of Langenegg, which issues its own Talente currency, puts it best when he says: "Wherever the money rolls, there it has an effect. Local money doesn't roll very far and so it can get to work in my area. " The community council can decide which local taxes may be paid in local currency to subsidise the rural economy, keep purchasing power in the region and support cultural and educational organisations as well as solar energy generation. A GREEN, SOCIALLY-INCLUSIVE AND CREATIVE SOCIETY. Who we are - Renewing the Countryside. Mission Renewing the Countryside strengthens rural areas by championing and supporting rural communities, farmers, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, activists and other people who are renewing the countryside through sustainable and innovative initiatives, businesses, and projects.

We do this by sharing stories of rural renewal, building awareness and support for sustainable endeavors, connecting people interested in sustainable rural development to each other, providing practical assistance and networking opportunities for those working to improve rural America, and fostering connections between urban and rural people. History The Renewing the Countryside Project (RTC Project) began in 1998 as a partnership of a few individuals and organizations who, inspired by a publications from the Netherlands that showcased rural renewal across the Dutch countryside, set out to develop a similar project in Minnesota. YouthfulCities. Inside Autodesk Pier 9. For an overview before you get lost… The Instructables mascot carved from a chainsaw welcomes you to Pier 9. The DMS 5-Axis Enclosed Router is a huge machine that can mill materials up to 5’x5’x3’. Above the 5-axis CNC there are waterjet cut steel octopi used as counterweights - one is for for the dust collector tube that sucks out the milled material.

To the right of the CNC - the Omax Waterjet is one of the most used tools on the pier and cuts materials as large as 10’x 5’x8”. Every cabinet and desktop is filled with tools and examples of what is possible to make. So organized! The woodshop is also insanely well organized. A table saw with a view! An artist went around illustrating what’s inside everything from the kitchen cabinets to the tool drawers! Moving into the next room it just keeps getting better. There’s that view again. The welding corner. Of course there is a Shopbot tucked away in the back.

So tempting to hop onto these WETA vehicles. Top view! A huge laser cutter for metal! Food waste cafes and urban orchards: five ways people are building a new economy | Guardian Sustainable Business. A new economy is coming into play. No longer wielded as a weapon to legitimise austerity, this is an economy where the community and the environment, not the corporate shareholder, benefits.

Beneath its ruthless, business-as-usual veneer, Britain hosts a colourful array of grassroots enterprises. Some of these are sparked into action by artists or dynamic working groups, many are crowdfunded, and all of them foster more friendly relations between people. In the Food Assembly model, for example, where customers order from local producers online, a farmer typically gets an 80% return on their produce as opposed to 7% from national supermarkets.

The weekly face-to-face exchanges when customers go to collect their produce are a far cry from the supermarket experience. A wave of initiatives are emerging to support these grassroots enterprises. Five ways to recognise the new economy 1. These businesses are owned and supported by the community in which they are situated. 2. 3. 4. 5. Community Shops/Plunkett Fdn. SEGUIDE_Web_Chapter_Four_0.