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Bob talks with Dave Barrons about Adaptation

Bob Russell returns for a couple of programs as he and Dave draw conceptual boundaries around the many discussions held so far. Bob points out that a four year cycle to change our living habits related to 'resilience' is one that we can all relate to.

Bob Russell joins Dave Barrons

Bob Russell returns for a couple of programs as he and Dave draw conceptual boundaries around the many discussions held so far. Bob points out that the term 'resilience' is becoming more and more mainstream. Google Trends shows a steadily increasing rate of searches using the word, and there is even a web-site on developing resilience set up as part of the Homeland Security Act.  Building resilience into our local communities also builds security into our communities as well, as we will be better prepared to weather future shocks. Bob and Dave review a variety of resilience resources available in print and on the web.

Kay Bond on Outside In with Dave Barrons

Kay Bond, Executive Director of BACN, the Benzie Area Christian Neighbors joins Dave in this discussion of the range and nature of services her organization provides in a county that has a huge disparity of income. Benzie County is the smallest county in Michigan, but has one of the richest townships and one of the very poorest townships in that small space.  Dave and Kay's focuses on building social capital in the Benzie community and beyond through the BACN model where financial supporters, volunteers, and those seeking services are all known as simply neighbors, each with needs and gifts to offer the other.

Outside In with Michael Shuman and Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills returns with another of her colleagues from the Post Carbon Institute, Michael Shuman. Shuman is author of a number of books on the developing local economies, including the SMALL-MART REVOLUTION, and LOCALISM.  The discussion outlines the new economic era we are entering and why it is likely that local economies will win out over the globalized and fragile world economy. The period of transition will not be easy. Here in Michigan especially we need to learn a new way of investment so that local investors can invest in their local economy. As Shuman points out, little help can be expected from Lansing or Washington as government is still looking to the old economic order for answers.

Outside In -- Dave is joined by Sarna Salzma

On this show Dave is joined by Sarna Salzman, Executive Director of the non-profit, SEEDS. The discussion introduces the work of SEEDS, a nine year old organization in NW MIchigan. SEEDS was one of the early partners, along with the Neahtawanta Center, in bringing the BIONEERS Conference to Traverse City and the region. This year's conference is scheduled for next week, Oct. 15th, 16th, and 17th.  Sarna outlines all of the various program choices at this year's event which has an overall theme of Governance. The rest of the discussion covers SEEDS' after-school, and Youth Corp programs. Education is critical to building the social capital necessary in creating community resilience. SEEDS offers a strong educational component in its work.

Jim MacInnes joins Dave Barrons on Outside In

 This week Dave Barrons hosts Jim MacInnes, CEO Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa. They discuss the future of tourism in a carbon constrained world as the effects of climate change become more apparent.

Outside In with Richard Heinberg and Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills, well known author and teacher from Cedar, Michigan returns and brings along a colleague of hers at the Post Carbon Institute, Richard Heinberg. Mr. Heinberg is internationally recognized as one of the foremost authors and lecturers on the subject of Peak Oil. His writings include nine books and numerous articles and lectures. Today's discussion of energy transition begins with the question "Where are we on the time-line of history in this era of energy transition?". You can also watch his presentation entitled “The Truth About Energy, the Economy and You” from his talk on September 17, 2010 at the Oleson Center, Northwestern Michigan College.


Stephaine Mills joins Dave Barrons on Outside In

This week Dave Barrons hosts Stephanie Mills local author and teacher. Stephanie is a fellow at the Post Carbon Institute of Santa Rosa, California, but is a neighbor of ours here in Northwest Michigan, as her long time residence is in Cedar.  Ms. Mills writing includes 7 books and covers the topics of bio-diversity, and developing local economies.

The discussion continues to define 'localism' as opposed to 'globalization', and looks at the critical link between bio-diversity and local communities/economies.

Outside In is joined by Peter Sinclair, climate activist

The feature discussion this week is with Peter Sinclair, well known climate activist and creator of the Climate Denial Crock of The Week on You Tube. Watch Peter Sinclair's video presentation on the fundamentals of climate science that climate deniers try to ignore, and listen to his conversation with Dave. Anne Stanton of Northern Express joins Dave for this week's news review and Mike Cherry is in with Pet Talk.

Outside In - Interviews Russ Soyring, Traverse City, city planner

Dave Barrons interviews Russ Soyring, Traverse City, city planner. They view a tour of city chicken coops and hear from one of the coop owners. The conversation covers the process the city went through in developing its urban chicken ordinance, and some of the components of a resilient governance process. Today's news review segment includes Eric VanDussen with law and court news and Book Talk with Jill Beauchamp from Horizon Books.

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