Beyond the Valley: A look inside a Food Enterprise Center that is cultivating community beyond its walls. —by Lisa Frank

This can-do spirit fosters the desire to move beyond the mere revival of “what once was”, and towards a community that’s healthy, sustainable and a strong influence on the greater economy.

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Island Housing Trust -How one small town addressed a crisis of affordable housing —by Kendra Rand

Island Housing Trust’s mission is to preserve the viability of the year-round community on Mount Desert Island (MDI) by encouraging and providing housing opportunities affordable to the island’s workforce. To ensure that the island communities remain viable year-round villages and towns, IHT seeks to create a stock of permanently affordable year-round housing that is available to those who work on MDI.

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Choosing To See The Unshakeable Goodness —by Diana Oestreich

Civic courage means striking first with love, and asking questions later. It’s building a bridge by trusting someone who doesn’t already trust you. It’s choosing to listen to someone who is across the trenches from you.

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Action Removes Doubt: A Drive Towards Community Health in Allen County Kansas —by David Toland

Now, the voices that dominate in Allen County are the voices of action. Voices of progress. Voices that say “HOW should we do this?” instead of “WHY should we do this?” The negativity does not go unchallenged.

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Using Art to Facilitate Social Cohesion in the North Fork Valley of Colorado —by Deirdre Morrison

Can art remind us there is a place for everyone, for all voices? Can art be a tool that helps demonstrate the ways in which we are intrinsically connected to each other and the natural world? Can art bring us together so that we might jointly create our sense of place? This summer in Paonia, we will take steps to find out.

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Island Housing Trust -How one small town addressed a crisis of affordable housing —by Kendra Rand

Island Housing Trust’s mission is to preserve the viability of the year-round community on Mount Desert Island (MDI) by encouraging and providing housing opportunities affordable to the island’s workforce. To ensure that the island communities remain viable year-round villages and towns, IHT seeks to create a stock of permanently affordable year-round housing that is available to those who work on MDI.

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