Sharing as a Value for an Emerging Economy

Kelley Rajala prepared a presentation to help us understand the sharing economy – “a sustainable economic system built around the sharing of human and physical assets”. As you view the presentation at the following link consider the potential for this strategy as part of a community-wide agile caring network.

The Sharing Economy by Kelly Rajala


CEO’s for Cities identifies potential Dividend Benefits – Talent, Opportunity & Green

The following is an excerpt and presentation from the CEO’s for Cities web site:

The City Dividends calculates the monetary value to cities and the nation of increasing college attainment rates by one percentage point (Talent Dividend); reducing vehicle miles traveled by one mile per person per day (Green Dividend); and reducing poverty rates by one percentage point (Opportunity Dividend).
If each of the top 51 metros achieved these modest improvements in each of the three dividends, there would be a combined national dividend of $218 billion each year.

Steve Danzansky address to CRI Cornerstone Banquet 2013


Steve Danzansky, President Reagan’s Economic Policy Sherpa and Director of President H.W. Bush’s cabinet, addresses the 2013 CRI Cornerstone Banquet. Approximately 500 CRI supporters were in attendance to hear Steve explain why the U.S. is in desperate need of the CRI model at work in every community across the nation, “from sea to shining sea”.

Steve Danzansky. CRI 11.14.2013 Cornerston Banquet Address

The City – A 1939 view of Developing American Cities with Insights for the Future


Here are two videos published in 1939 that show the development of American cities into the industrial age. Beginning with villages where relationships between people and their relationships with the earth were connected; then moving through the ever faster industrial age of cities with manufactured consumption lifestyles. The second video reveals some Utopian thinking of reinventing cities. It is interesting to use hindsight to see how some of these ideas got us where we are today. Other ideals are so intuitively logical it’s hard to understand how we strayed from thinking. Schools as centers of neighborhood life is one of the ideals we left behind with a deteriorating and ever-sprawling infrastructure. There is a message in these videos that reveals our current challenges as we embark on new directions for renewing cities for the 21st century. Understanding our relationships to each other and our relationship to the earth can become the top priority in redefining prosperity for ever-renewing communities. Enjoy this message of caution and optimism for the future from our grandfather’s generation.

The City (Part 1) 1939 – 16 minutes

The City (Part 2) 1939 – 16 minutes

 A 1939 production. The Regional Planning Association of America’s plea for community in chaotic cities and urban sprawl. Directors: Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke. Script: Henwar Rodakiewicz, from an outline by Pare Lorentz. Commentary written by Lewis Mumford. Narrator: Morris Carnovsky. Photography: Ralph Steiner, Willard Van Dyke, Jules V.D. Bucher, Edward Anhalt, Roger Barlow and Rudolph Bretz. Editor: Theodore Lawrence. Music: Aaron Copland.

“Solving the World’s Problems Differently”

This is an interesting presentation to RSA that was posted on March 20, 2013 with the following description”

Don Tapscott, one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation and the economic and social impact of technology, shows how new global non-state networks are offering powerful new solutions for cooperation, problem solving and governance.

Our Thirty-Year Inequality Experiment

Stewart Lansley posted an article at RSA, The Inequality Crisis, provides some history of how the world has grown inequailty in the past 30 years. He provides information about how more economist are seeing inequailty as an obstacle to growth. The gap between rich and poor is growing and the increase in the number of low paying jobs is one of the unsustainable characteristics of the current inequality economy.  Here is anothe post with additional characteristics, Inequality – Health & Social Costs