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Not My Job: Creeping Customer Exploitation

Are you old enough to remember when it was not your job to pump your own gasoline? If not, let me share the world I grew up in. Gas stations were staffed with gas attendants. Those attendants were real…

Shanna's Recent Watercolor Paintings

Now that I am no longer working full-time, I have time to pursue some of my other interests including watercolor painting. I hope you enjoy these recent works, based on a technique I learned last summer…

International Applications of WealthWorks

Action Aid, an international NGO, has used the Handbook on Gender Sensitive Access to Markets written by Shanna Ratner and Barbara Wyckoff in trainings in Gambia, Rwanda, and Indiia. Stepdown trainings…

A Flexible Framework for Evaluating Community Conservation for Land Trusts

The Land Trust Alliance has just published A Flexible Framework for Evaluating Community Conservation that provides draft goals, indicators, and sample measures of impact for nine common community…

The Kindness of Strangers

I just got back from two weeks in England and Scotland and the thing I will remember most is the kindness of strangers. Not one stranger and not one act of kindness, but many on an almost daily basis.…

A (very) short introduction to wealth and a sustainable economy

Some of you may be interested in this 5 minute Ignite Talk on

Wealth and a Sustainable Economy that I gave at my 45th high

school reunion at Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring…

New Member of Artist in Residence

I have become a member of a local artists' cooperative called Artist in Residence.

We have a retail store on Main Street in St. Albans, Vermont. This photo is of the recent

installation…

Community Forests as a Wealth Creation Strategy for Rural Communities

Community Forests are forests that are owned and/or managed by and on behalf of communities. They are created and maintained through participatory and collaborative processes and provide multiple benefits…

Vermont Forest Sector Systems Analysis

Vermont’s Working Lands Enterprise Board has released the final report of the Forest Sector Systems Analysis conducted by Yellow Wood Associates. The year-long project brought together hundreds of members…

Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox and You Get What You Measure

The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox by Robert M. Penna features You Get What You Measure developed by Yellow Wood Associates as a tool that is "exceptionally well-suited" to helping organizations collectively…

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