Posted in September 2012

Energy Democracy in Boston

Energy Democracy in Boston

Check out a new case study from Center for Social Inclusion on energy democracy efforts in Boston. This report features the efforts of 3 Boston groups to launch a community-owned energy efficiency company. I was involved in planning for this initiative while with ACE, working with folks from Boston Workers Alliance and Chinese Progressive Association. … Continue reading

Solidarity and Green Economy Conference Oct 13 in Worcester

Solidarity and Green Economy Conference Oct 13 in Worcester

The Worcester Solidarity and Green Economy Alliance (SAGE) is hosting a day-long conference on Saturday, October 13, 2012: Another World is Possible. I’ll be speaking on a plenary panel. This event will bring together activists, organizers, community leaders, entrepreneurs, academics, local government, non-profits, and other individuals and organizations committed to forging more equitable and sustainable … Continue reading

Alternatives to Walmart?

Alternatives to Walmart?

Having harvested rural and suburban retail markets, Walmart is now ploughing new ground in cities with their smaller urban groceries. From Los Angeles to Chicago and now in Boston, communities are debating over Walmart. On the one hand, residents of economically struggling neighborhoods (often also food deserts) want jobs and access to affordable groceries. On … Continue reading

Sharing Space for Practical Visionaries

Sharing Space for Practical Visionaries

Welcome to my new site: Practical Visionaries! Here you’ll find posts and updates on the projects, writing, and teaching that I’m involved in. I will also share the work of my fellow practical visionary partners in this space. Please follow and visit often.

Spring 2012 Practical Visionaries Field Project

Spring 2012 Practical Visionaries Field Project

In summer 2011, Walmart announced it was trying to site its urban grocery stores in both Roxbury and Somerville. These plans ignited controversy over whether Walmart would be positive or negative for community development and how it might impact local businesses, workers, and the environment. The community partners in Tufts Practical Visionaries Workshop took this … Continue reading

Justice + Sustainability = “Justainability”

This piece summarizes how I started using the term “justainability”. I have spent my entire professional career since the early 1990s working at the links between “sustainability” and “justice”. Sustainability defined in only environmental, non-human terms seemed too narrow. Social justice absent an ecological view was likewise unsatisfying. For me, “environmental justice” was where these … Continue reading