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Richard Harwood

What Does Public Innovation Mean?

Battle Creek is working with the Harwood Institute to be a Beacon Community. The institute's founder Richard Harwood shares some thoughts on what exactly we mean when we talk about innovation in the public arena.

Tom Small

A revolution that can change the world, one backyard at a time

As the world changes at a pace that is impossible to keep up with, a grassroots movement wants to help communities cope with what's ahead. Zinta Aistars has the story on the Transition Movement. 

Wayne Muller

Thought Leaders: Wayne Muller on what is enough


Josh Haas

A bike, 1,655 miles, 200 birds, one man's 12-month adventure

When Josh Haas sets a goal he doesn't settle for the little stuff. In 2013 he decided to travel all across Barry County on his bike as he spotted birds. Zinta Aistars talks to Haas about how that turned out.

Kalamazoo City Commissioner Jack Urban

The route to a better bus service

A more efficient, more streamlined transit system with more routes and more frequent stops is the goal. Zinta Aistars has the report on how it's coming about.

Amy Cortese

Investing locally: An idea whose time may have come again

Once there were local stock exhanges that invested in the community and were instrumental in the creation of jobs. Is this an idea whose time has come again? George Martin reviews the book "Locavesting" and opens the discussion on the possibilities.

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Playing in the dirt at the Kalamazoo Nature Center's preschool

There is a preschool where children are encouraged to get down in the mud and dirty, jump into puddles, and splash around in the rain barrel that collects rain water from the school’s roof. Zinta Aistars has the story on Nature's Way Preschool.

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Harnessing the Future

When it comes to farming sometimes old is new again. At least it is for Gina Wertz. She tells Donna McClurkan about her reasons for learning one of the oldest ways for tilling the earth. 

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Collective housing is about more than sharing the rent

For those who want to make decisions about the home they rent, collective housing makes sense. As Kalamazoo Housing Collective continues to change and grow it offers more such opportunities. Jane Parikh has the story. 

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Tabitha Farm Urban Homestead and Community Garden grows community ties

Urban agriculture is part of a larger, growing movement with the potential to influence the food-related choices of rich and poor across North America. And gardens are being planted in cities across the region. Zinta Aistars has the story on Katie Pearson's work in Kalamazoo.
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Gone to the Dogs

The first time Mary Vowell's dogs saw a mush team go by they quivered in excitement. She knew they were born to run. Vowell went on to teach them to mush and now takes them out running in the woods all year round.
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