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Sustainability Initiatives at the Tribal Colleges

Sustainability Initiatives at the Tribal Colleges.

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what does an economy look like?

there are no shortage of “target sectors” being singled out by economic development organizations (in asheville, the 5×5 campaign used to market and support the following five local job sectors: advanced manufacturing, healthcare, arts and culture, science and technology, and knowledge-based entrepreneurs), accelerators, funders, incubators, networking events, co-working. not  dissing any of that activity, it is good work. there is a world of gifting and bartering and sharing that is not painted into those sectors. a picture, a map, a painting – the art of economy, for lack of better expression for now. in getting there, the artist has an instinct to which it must be true, but wanting it’s selfish vision to be collaborative. staying true to instinct, collaboratively, collectively, and wary of sectoring too soon, siloing shutting off the hive mind. <as soon as you choose a language, and jargon in particular, you leave someone behind>. but staying with insticts – it’s a dance with vision by the artist in a collective realm, which artists are not wont to do. in this dance, it wants to paint a picture, with completion by the collective. the artist realizes she must be clear, because vague-booking the vision has stirred up scorn, directives, arrogance, guidelines, turfism, excitement, honor, and intrigue. so artist, do not feel guilty of your selfish vision, the collective has their own selfish visions as well (as evidenced by their reactions), even as they arc toward collective, it is a bumpy re-programming for this hard-scrabble appalachian-american culture. the instinct wants to see a picture, a complex web and hive of the humanity of gifting, bartering, mentoring, mining, fees, wages, connecting, bridging, pollinating. how huge and beautiful and complex and human is our economy.

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Me, Myself and I – The Role of Ego in Social Entrepreneurship (Part 1)

Me, Myself and I – The Role of Ego in Social Entrepreneurship (Part 1).

filmed onsite in the two poorest and remote WNC counties

made this short film, wnc outdoors, with kurt mann, presented to outdoor industry association, filmed in it’s entirety onsite in graham and clay counties (no stock footage). with former textile and machinists out of work in these areas, they would love to see an outdoor manufacturer set up shop. graham has highest child poverty rate in North Carolina, Clay County has one of highest poverty rates, but their high schools are ranked number one in the state. The film gets better as it moves along, the last two minutes are my favorite. http://vimeo.com/15675233


Cherokee and Caucasian youth in Clay County, nc

clay county, nc, in southwest NC and bordering georgia hosts a wonderful cherokee heritage festival, and is home to the top high school in the state of NC – we interviewed and worked with the students, some would like to stick around but jobs are tough. supposedly a concentration of entrprenuers in the area, broadband connectivity is challenge. i recommended a co-working space in downtown Hayesville. Sparklehorse (Mark Linkhous)http://www.sparklehorse.com/  lived and committed suicide there. how can we support poor, smart, caucasian students and indigenous cultures who live in same county and want to stay there? can they support one another in ways they just don’t yet realize? we provide incentive for their entrepreneurial ideas and link them to examples of world-class social enterprises, and they translate concepts so they can tie their mountain enterprise to their place in a world-class way? and the john c. campbell folk school is there: