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Watching the Growth of Walmart Across America

Margo just sent me this outstanding animated map that displays the viral growth of Walmart across the US from 1962 to 2007. When Walmart threatened to come to my little New Hampshire town, I was adamant that we block the request because I feared for the local businesses and didn’t want a commercial “strip” with stop lights and all that put up (any more than there already was) to replace the farmland that was there. But they built it anyway and caused several Main Street local businesses to shut their doors after generations of family ownership. The farmland (which we will need again someday!) is now being sold off and developed with other chain stores. Beautiful farm houses have been bulldozed to make way for “progress” in the form of parking lots and flat-roofed strip malls. What once was fertile, beautiful farmland is slowly disintegrating into depressing and unsustainable urban blight. But hey! I can buy a blender and shampoo at 11pm! The Walmart ecosystem is ugly and detrimental to local economies and attitudes. I like to think of it as a money funnel—collecting community money and siphoning it directly out of town. Has your town experienced a similar transformation with the coming of Walmart?


The Future Is Hopeless, So Give it Your All

The never-ending national election in the United States, the “surprise” pro-Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, climate change … the list goes on and on about how easy it can be to lose hope in the future.Like many of life’s frustrations, or overwhelmingly large topics, most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the […] Read More

Climate Change & the End of Stationarity

Just as predicting the rise of Donald Trump as a leading presidential candidate stumped even the best of political analysts (looking at you Nate “FiveThirtyEight” Silver), the advent of the Sixth Great Extinction due to climate change and an increasingly potent mix of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has completely upended how we predict the […] Read More

Use Simple Games to Better Understand Climate Change

How is it that emissions keep growing despite rising concern about the climate change they cause? It is possible to identify several reasons for the paradox, most of which lie outside the scope of The Climate Change Playbook. But one important reason is relevant here: people do not understand the behaviors of the climate system.And […] Read More

Author Petra Kuenkel: The Art of Leading Collectively

More than ever before, there is a focus on new, collective forms of leadership—and an urgency to get collective change processes underway, all over the world. What’s behind the recent push to move collective leadership to the fore? Whether we find ourselves in societal or organizational change, it requires collective energy and drive to bring […] Read More

Author David Stroh: First Steps to Becoming a Systems Thinker

Systems thinking is often seen as something relegated to scientific and business analysis – economics, resource depletion, and climate. However, Systems Thinking for Social Change focuses on how to use systems thinking to make breakthrough progress on intransigent social problems. We asked author David Stroh how this approach can make an impact, and how readers […] Read More
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