In the best of my community, I see neighbors looking out for neighbors. I see people finding dignity not just in their job but in being a good friend, growing a garden, or making art in their back yard. I see cooperation like I never thought was possible. I see government employees working together across borders of cities, counties and even states. I see local lawyers offering to volunteer their time to any entrepreneurs with ideas for patents. I see local colleges with a renewed interest in adding value to the communities they serve.
I’ve Seen The Future. It Looks Like Appalachia.
Travis Lowe

Thanks for the article, Travis! It’s fascinating to hear how you and your community have responded to hard times. I grew up in the small town Midwest and have been thinking a lot about what lead to creativity and flourishing in that community.

My hometown and your both demonstrate the importance of local culture and institutions in creating vibrant communities.

From the post below:

Building this culture requires investing in what Alexis De Tocqueville identified as the key strength of America- mediating institutions. These freely formed organizations — houses of worship, schools, fraternal organizations, professional associations, and clubs — are vital for a free society. Focusing on these over the Federal bureaucracy is a shocking bi-partisan tradition in America.
Mediating Institutions are part of the answer to the problem of unemployed truck drivers. They’ll help drivers deal with the psychological trauma of being labeled “redundant” in a way that no other counseling program ever could.

Also, I’ve been thinking about how technology can help and hurt local communities. What tech is most helpful to you and your community of entrepreneurs?

Thanks again for sharing your experience!