Community structure can influence our ability to achieve our aspirations. We explore how barriers to personal, ecological, and social well-being affect our ability to create community and achieve our needs.
An interesting read on the origins and usage of the word ‘custom’. Interesting implications for those working in community and economic development.
The word “custom” gets stuck on virtually anything these days, often as little more than a marketing device. Sometimes it means personalized, as with the socks in the illustration above; sometimes it’s intended to connote exclusivity, as a result of which the object in question will seem more desirable (at least, to those who want to feel special). But when you consider some of the stuff that’s sold as “custom,” you may find yourself questioning the meaning of the word.
What, for example, is custom drywall? Sure, drywall can be finished in a variety of textures, but that variety has been part of the mudder’s art for most of the six-plus decades during which drywall has been North America’s go-to covering for interior walls and ceilings. This historical fact has not kept drywall businesses around the country from incorporating “custom” into their names. Custom vans? I thought…
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Sometimes long hours and many road miles aren't as bad as they might seem. Building the future is energizing work, if we choose to let it be.
Embracing the gray can help us navigate and overcome conflict within our communities. Learn about one way to frame shared needs and interests in addressing polarizing conflicts.
Working across social, political, and geographical boundaries to address issues can be a difficult, frustrating, and time consuming process. Community and well being are two of the ways we can foster regional collaboration.
With an increasingly mobile workforce, the quality of a place becomes an important factor in where people chose to reside. We highlight a recent article by Jeff Yost as an exploration in abundance thinking and development of community.
The Tradition Trap can lead to unquestioning action which often leads to wasteful activities, can prevent innovation, or can create communities where entrepreneurs and new residents are not welcome. Breaking out of The Tradition Trap takes time and effort (and a lot of questions) but it's critical to evolve and grow.
Action is the cure for coffee shop cancer - a form of scarcity mentality. A short presentation from David Toland highlights how one county in Kansas has shifted toward an abundance mentality.
This short and light-hearted post from Fair Woodworking reminds us that even if you have the right tools to do the job, sometimes a gentler approach yields far more than a “Ham Fisted” one. Enjoy!
One of my favorite terms in blogging is “Ham Fisted Woodworker”. To me it has many meanings, but for today it refers to how we all can just turn off our brains in hopes of achieving fine woodwork by way of brute force.
Using a mallet of any kind paired with a chisel is a complex algorithm of weight/force/mass/and powdered unicorn dust. I won’t pretend to understand it, and I’m also not going to allow any “It’s simple physics” talk either.
What I can simplify it down to is this. When you hit something, it will either collapse and absorb the energy, or it will resist collapsing and transfer the energy into forward motion.
I’m not a Physics Major so relax! I’m close enough to get through this post.
Chisel handles dent or split when more force is applied to the handle than the wood the handle is made of…
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Manufactured controversy - whether from the right or left - perpetuates myths, stereotypes, and controversies which ultimately tear communities apart. It can't survive without YOU - so what are you going to do about it?