ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY

‘Mapping Common Ground’: What I learned this summer in San Diego

New reason to “think globally, and act locally.”

GEOJOURNALISM

Why Story Maps Matter

People understand the world through stories. People absorb their stories in ever-expanding ways. Here is a preview of a powerful, emerging form of digital story-telling, which we’ll be using frequently in this space.

COLLABORATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS

A New Partnership: Community Heart & Soul

Community Heart & Soul and Our Towns Civic Foundation are collaborating to bring national attention to the stories of innovation and renewal in small cities and towns across the United States.

FLYING / AVIATION

Cooperation, Calm, and Competence: This Is How It Sounds

In the skies over Dulles airport last week, pilots and controllers gave an example of grace under pressure.

CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT

Bringing a City Together: How Leaf Blowers Did It

This is the story of how citizens worked together toward a common goal in Washington. The setting is not the District as a seat of national government but rather as the place where some 700,000 people actually live, pay taxes, and vote. The story involves a change on the local level with significant, positive implications for other parts of the country and beyond.

BIG LITTLE IDEAS

Three community leaders come together to tell the stories of American renewal in their towns.

What do Ajo, Arizona; Eastport, Maine; and Charleston, West Virginia have in common? The answer leads down a rural path.

INVENTION & RENEWAL

What Could Go Right?

How do global changes affect us on the local level, and vice versa?

CLIMATE

'Renewal' Webinar Available to Stream On-Demand

What can a conversation about 'Renewal' teach us about climate change?