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Kelly Ryan Blog: ‘Sharing’ Ideas

Wed. Apr 3, 2013

Earlier this month, my staff participated in a conference call by Community Matters, a national organization that hosts conference calls and other training exercises for workers in the field of community development. The call, entitled “The Sharing Economy,” presented some interesting ideas about how to foster communication and cooperation in a local economy. The topics in the call seemed to add emphasis to a recent blog post I read.

In an Orton Family Blog piece entitled “Relationships: The Key to the New Economy,” Ariana McBride writes about how relationships build a stronger economy.

“The common thread running through much of this work is the power of relationships — the relationships we have with each other and to the communities in which we live and work,” writes McBride.

She highlights some innovative efforts by local communities to harvest their relationships for the good of everyone. Check out her blog post here:  http://www.orton.org/blog/relationships_key_to_the_new_economy.

Let me know what you think or how this might apply to our community.


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