Category: Community

Be Amazing Because You Are Beautiful

I stumbled across this story set to stills and music. Its a great way to deliver a message of kindness, openness and beauty. You’ve noticed talking with someone that after a few minutes they become more and more beautiful? They…

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Electric Vehicles: X-Prize the Local Economy

X-Prize for local economic innovations in energy. Using entrenched old-school world of economics to determine ‘market viability’ of a new breed of transportation is like saying MRIs will never prove cost-effective to the developers of it before the first 1/10…

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Orcas Beauty: Music and Grace McCune

Orcas Island is beautiful in so many ways. Beyond the turquoise blue seas, deep forests and fresh water lakes Orcas island’s human treasure include a wonderful artist, Grace McCune. Attending one of Grace’s performances is something every Islander should plan…

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San Juan Islands: Smart Guide – Free Listing

Visitors to the San Juan Islands will enjoy the iPhone app, a guide to the San Juan Island region. Includes everything you need to rest easy and enjoy your visit to the Islands.

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San Juan Islands: Access is a Broadband Right?

Is Internet access a right? Is a Broadband Right even a human right? Do we live fundamentally better lives by communicating? Switzerland, Finland think so. Google offers 1 megabit free service. What will our local Broadband organization offer? If we…

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Google Glass FTC and Freedom of Speech

“The Citizens United ruling did however remove the previous ban on corporations and organizations using their treasury funds for direct advocacy. These groups were freed to expressly endorse or call to vote for or against specific candidates, actions that were previously prohibited”.…

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OPALCO Broadband Preliminary Wireless Tower Map

OPALCO recently published a map showing where they are placing cellular towers around the islands. These cellular antenna arrays could be the size of a electric ‘telephone pole’ – possibly much taller. OPALCO notes… “Map shows preliminary coverage (purple) estimates…

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San Juan Islands iOS Guide Features Video

The San Juan Islands Smart Guide for visitors and islanders helps promote a socially conscience experience in the San Juan Islands, Washington State. This Spring, the San Juan Islands premier Guide, the San Juan Smart Guide now features: Locating Emergency…

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Port Townsend Small Business Sustainability

Port Townsend Small Business Sustainability is a model for other communities. Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County, Washington, United States. The population was 9,113 at the 2010 census, an increase of 9.3% over the 2000 census. It is…

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San Juan Islands Broadband Without Debt?

“The Institute for Local Self-Reliance has just released a new case study on community broadband — this one examines how Chanute, Kansas, built its own broadband network over a period of many years without borrowing.” The OPALCO Plan calls for…

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