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Crossing Cultural & Language Divides

Della Rucker, AICP, CEcD, is the Principal of Wise Economy Workshop, a consulting firm that assists local governments and nonprofit organizations with the information and processes for making wise planning and economic development decisions. Rucker

The Local Economy Revolution

Introduction to The Local Economy Revolution

…and our communities are different now. by Della Rucker, AICP, CEcD Change sucks. None of us want to live in a world where the basic assumptions that we framed our lives and work around are…

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Dog Sleds and Little Bets

Della Rucker looks at how — within an environment of rapid change — businesses are increasingly making “little bets.” Is this a model that would also work for local government planning and economic development?…

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Talent & Uniqueness

See the previous section of The Local Economy Revolution: Design Arrogance Today, Della Rucker looks at the challenges communities face in dealing with talent, and the importance of uniqueness. Talent Talent Talent talent-talent-talent-talent-talent Shut up…

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How to Fix Incentives

See the previous section of The Local Economy Revolution, Systemic Incentives Illness. Editor’s Note: This concludes our serialization of the first two parts of Della Rucker‘s The Local Economy Revolution. If you’re interested in reading…