An evolving role for the public library

The role of the public library in our communities is undergoing rapid change. We still find shelves filled with books there, but the underlying mission of the library goes beyond providing a place for reading. Libraries are about the connection of people to knowledge and experiences to which they might not have access if left […]

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Connecting communities

What role does connectivity play in creating sustainable communities? Can we build sustainable communities without connecting them to the wider world?

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Wisconsin communities tell their stories

More than 25 Wisconsin communities have declared themselves to be “ecomunicipalities”, embracing sustainability principles intended to guide them to make decisions which build community, provide for people’s needs, and at the same time, safeguard the natural systems on which we depend. At the level of city, county and region, people have come together to talk about the […]

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DYNAMO Communities

During the introductory session of the Sustainable Sweden Tour last August, Torbjörn Lahti shared a perspective for framing different roles municipalities play: authority, service agency, dynamo.

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Whose job is it, anyway?

It’s funny how things bump into each other. Conversations I’ve had recently took me back to Hällefors, Sweden. A number of these conversations were sparked by a newspaper article in the Wausau Daily Herald. It was not only the content of the article that started some grumbling, also that the newspaper reported on an event that they created.

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