Saturday, February 04, 2012


Community Thursday: What’s More Precious than Gold?

February 2, 2012
Gold is zooooming again.  On this run it may hit $2000. Why?  An increasing number of smart people think/believe that the world’s economic and financial system is in deep trouble. What kind of trouble?   You know the list:  Global economic depression.  Financial contagion.  Sovereign bankruptcy.  Hyper-inflation.  Financial collapse. So, why are people buying gold?  Personal [...]
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Why We Need Resilient Communities

February 1, 2012
Here’s a basic (no frills) reason for why we should build resilient communities.   Do you have another simple reason?  If so, please share it. _________ It should be clear, as we watch the gyrations and excesses of global markets, that no organization/state/group has any meaningful control over its direction. The same is true for [...]
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January 31, 2012
When starting a new venture, every entrepreneur goes through the same process. You look at your assets.  What you have on hand.    You then make estimates of what you need to accomplish your goal.  The difference between what you have and what you need is the gap you need to bridge. When we’re building [...]
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Maker Monday: Rebuilding rich soil with HugelKulture

January 30, 2012
Maker Monday is about people pioneering ways to produce locally.  Here’s something I wrote last year, but I wanted to share with all of my new friends on Reclaiming Dead Soil We have a problem.  Most of the land we live on (even in rural communities) is barren.  Dead. What does this mean?   [...]
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Community Thursday: Local motors and Resilient Manufacturing

January 26, 2012
The great part of doing original research on resilience, is that I get to hang out with amazing people both online and off.   You know, the smart people that are actually making a better, resilient future that’s worth living in. Here’s an example of someone doing exactly that.  I recently had high energy lunch [...]
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Should I get an education or a degree?

January 25, 2012
I’m often asked by young people either on the cusp or already in college:  should I get a degree?   What’s the resilient choice? That’s a tough question. In 2008 some economists demonstrated that a college degree was typically worth $300,000 over a lifetime of work. Unfortunately, 2008 was a lifetime ago.  In 2012, the [...]
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3 Global Disruptions to Watch and a Tip

January 24, 2012
I’m going to give you a tip on how to think about disruptions at the end of this article.  First, here are three disruptions — events that can cause cascade failures in global networks — that are at the top of this month’s scan: A war between the US/Israel and Iran that can disrupt oil [...]
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Maker Monday: The Printrbot $830 k Success Story

January 23, 2012
This week, I’m going to be talking about Printrbot, a DIY personal fabrication company that has a pretty amazing story.  It’s part of a new series I’m running called Maker Monday.  A series on the people (makers) who are pioneering methods and technologies needed to manufacture things locally. However, before I start that Maker Monday [...]
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Take Control. But what does “Control” Really Mean?

January 20, 2012
One of things I strongly advocate, if you want to thrive during the turbulent teens, is to take control. It shouldn’t matter what the global economy or your government is doing (even though in most cases, their dysfunctional behavior is working against you 24×7).   All that really matters is that you are in control. [...]
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Heavy weather and the new normal

January 16, 2012
I often tell people that the mid-century will be about “old people in big cities who are afraid of the sky.”  Bruce Sterling, the science fiction author, on how global demographic trends, climate change, and urbanization will define our future. I live in New England. I’ve lived there for most of my life (I come from [...]
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