Weaving a destination together: Part II lessons from New Zealand rural tourism development

23 Jun

Our recent experience traveling in New Zealand was so unlike anywhere else I’ve been, and, more importantly, so relevant and potentially replicable for rural communities here that it’s worth sharing. The most stunning difference was the strong system of logistical support for independent travelers, from one community to another, one activity to another, something more guided to something less guided. I’ve plucked one week out of our trip to illustrate these dynamics.


Several posts on sustainability, and one on fair play

10 Jun

The saying goes that once you start envisioning something, the universe conspires to feed that vision. And recently, a spate of really interesting sustainability projects have come to my attention.


Fresh crop of ideas for stronger local food systems

19 Apr

From corporate strategy to public policy to hands in the warm spring soil, it’s all about food.


You can’t buy happiness, but can you measure it?

17 Apr

The U.S. Constitution promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as inalienable rights. Now, the nonprofit Sustainable Seattle has launched a new initiative to tackle this third promise head-on.


What do Bill Gates, classical music, hardballs and rural groceries have in common?

5 Apr

These are all topics I’ve covered recently as a new newswire contributor for the Nonprofit Quarterly.
* Bill Gates takes on states’ budgets
* Classical music wielded to fight crime in Oregon
* Hardballs flying around future of historic baseball stadium in Oregon
* Small town puts its eggs in grocery story basket


Rural tourism development: Lessons from New Zealand

2 Mar

Located at roughly the same latitude south as Oregon is north, New Zealand has similar population density and land mass. Both places have volcanic mountains, dramatic shoreline, rich culture, quirky arts, verdant forests, great wine and strong environmental stewardship. This first of what I anticipate to be several posts focuses on tourism development innovations inspired by our recent trip to New Zealand!


Congratulations to the Coburg Community Charter School

24 Feb

The community has a milestone achievement to celebrate!


Five mindsets for nonprofit innovation

30 Dec

Whether or not you consider yourself creative, you’ve undoubtedly contributed to innovation. This is because innovation is largely a social, iterative process of developing, building upon and testing ideas over time. Here are some great examples of mindsets for innovation in the nonprofit arena.


Mindsets for nonprofit innovation- a preview!

23 Dec

I just delivered a new training for nonprofits on “Five Mindsets for Nonprofit Innovation”. It was quite fun! The photo below perfectly illustrates “flipping your concept”, one of the five mindsets featured in the workshop. It’s excerpted from a “you tube” fundraising clip recently created by an Oregon nonprofit.


Mixing it up: Lessons from a Nativity creche and Roller Derby

17 Dec

Last weekend, we set out the Christmas decorations. We laid fresh cedar garlands on the mantel and brought budding paperwhites poised full of sweet peppery scent up from the cool garage. We hauled a lush fragrant Noble fir over the porch railing, then decked it with three generations of ornaments and a big copper star. But first, even before setting out the red wooden train, the cast iron reindeer, or the muslin snowman . . .