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Governance Matters

Bob RussellExecutive Producer, Bob Russell is in for this discussion. It is clear that break downs in broad governance processes are a significant roadblock to development of resilient strength in our communities. It is especially true when considering possibilities of change being led from the top structures down:from federal or state government. Change will come from localized communities establishing their own leadership on critical issues. Bob and Dave highlight process breakdowns.

Discussion with Gary Howe about Transportation

This edition's discussion sifts to transportation. More specifically, placemaking around design for more than just one transportation mode.

Gary Howe has joined the iCR discussion before. He has taken his voice for Complete Streets design from his own blog site, mywheelsareturning, to a governmental space with his appointment to the Traverse City Planning Commission, last fall. 

Gary talks about the concept of 'intentional design'  and what it means to the places we live.

More Talk About Hands On Education

Pat LambThis discussion follows the previous one with Education as our chosen theme of focus. Pat Lamb, Principal of the Traverse Area Intermediate School District, Career Tech Center joins in with response to challenges raised by in the first discussion with Annette Norris. Lamb reviews the many programs the CTC provides, many of which are right in line with Norris's thinking. Lamb acknowledges there is plenty of room to grow the CTC programs with better understanding, especially amongst parents who may not see the opportunities offered their student children. A resilient community needs a wide range of hands-on educational opportunities.

Challenging The College Model

This edition of iCR focuses on education in a discussion with Annette Norris. Norris is Director of Education at the Academy of Manufacturing Careers in Jackson, Michigan.  Highly skilled manufacturing jobs, like highly technical welding jobs are going unfilled in our state due to a lack of a trained workforce.  Norris has done such things as creating Welding Camp and a series of supportive programs which begin to get Jackson area school children into directed, hands-on, technical education experience as early as fourth grade.  Norris challenges the current system in many schools of delaying any hands-on technical ed. until junior year in high school. She also offers challenges to the Michigan graduation requirements in math and to the single minded idea that college is the only path to future success.

Resources:   www.academy4mfgcareers.org and www.tbaisd.org

Adaption On The  Farm

iCR - Adaption On The  Farm With this edition iCR visits the Orchard & Vineyard Show in Traverse City. This is the annual winter gathering for fruit growers from across the state of Michigan. With two years of nearly totally destructive of weather in one decade, the fruit industry is facing challenges that go beyond marketing.  iCR visits with Dr. Julie Winkler from MSU reporting on climate change threats to cherry production, and with a selection of producers, both experienced and new, on the adaptations they foresee making to continue raising fruit in the face of more frequently occurring weather threats and long term changes in climate.

Taking Care of Our Neighbors In Need

Disability NetworkThis edition of  iCR  focuses on social capital. Dave is joined by representatives from three different different organizations providing services to those in need in the Bay area and across Northern Michigan. Barb Lemcool outlines the 'one stop shopping', navigator services that Help Link  provides. Sue Onan, director of Brick Ways, details the various levels of independent living her organization provides for the developmentally disabled, and Jim Moore director of the Disability Network of Northern Michigan tells us his organization provides a large range of services to the disabled across 17 counties.  The talk turns to the premise that how well a community takes care of its residents and neighbors who are in need, is a large measure of the social capital, or social strength, of a community and therefore its long term resilience.

Resources:
www.brickways.org
disabilitynetwork.org

Energy Efficiency First

Dave Barrons and Ric EvansGarforth argues that efficient use of energy is the first step towards securing energy security and resilience in the future.   Green energy generation, whether from solar panels or wind generators or hydro-electric or any other source can only work if we address the wasteful use our buildings make of current energy supply.  Forty percent of our energy use in this country is in our buildings' electricity and heat demand. We must use it better.    The iCR camera then returns to a private residence to see how well an energy audit we showed months ago has been used to improve energy conservation.

Jackie Victor's Keynote at the Great Lakes Bioneers Conference 2012

Jackie VictorIn Jackie Victor's keynote at the Great Lakes Bioneers Conference in October, 2012, in Traverse City, MI, she addresses the challenges of growing a small business in Detroit. She draws parallels between our two local communities and how importance a strong, viable connected community is in growing a resilient economy. Jackie Victor has been an advocate for social change her whole adult life, beginning with her participation in the Michigan Peace March when she was 19. She went on to direct Sane/Freeze which became Peace Action. Since then, Jackie's work and efforts have focused on the revitalization of Detroit, where she co-founded Avalon International Breads, a socially responsible bakery in 1997 in the Cass Corridor. She spent time at Pleasanton Bakery with our own Gerard Grabowski and Jan Shireman. Jackie is deeply involved in the economic, cultural and spiritual revival of Detroit, where she raises her children and is on the boards of Greening of Detroit, the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue and SheTroit. She is a close friend and collaborator with the longtime activist, Grace Boggs.

Timothy Young's Keynote at the 11th Great Lakes Bioneers Conference

Timothy YoungTimothy Young is the founder and Chef of Food for Thought, Inc., an organic and wild-harvested gourmet specialty foods company with a mission of creating and raising awareness around just and sustainable food systems. This is his keynote address presented Saturday morning at the 11th Great Lakes Bioneers Conference, October 20, 2012.

 

Complete Streets, Connected Communities

Gary HowePlacemaker, Gary Howe returns to discuss the concept complete streets. Gary and local film maker Aaron Dennis have completed two in a series of visual promos for the support of complete streets planning in Northwest Michigan communities. Plus Gary brings along his own set of demonstrative pictures outlining the principals of complete streets.  Complete streets connect neighborhoods and whole communities. Complete streets do not favor one form of transportation over another. Drivers, bikers, runners, walkers and strollers are all served safely. Gary and Dave discuss the connecting value of a complete street vs the separation cause by single use thruways.

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