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  • September 4, 2017 to present
    Writer, blogger, editor. To avoid environmental catastrophe? Not person-by-person; rather via institutions changing.
    How do we change institutions? Well, how do they really work?
    A: Exchanging Information.
    Well, how does that work?
    A: That's what I'm exploring. Come along and see: algorithms and paradoxes in layers.
  • Board of DirectorsPortland, Oregon
    Developing organizational capability for community-based groups and helping them at low or now cost to design, finance, and build structures that serve their members, increase efficiency, and reduce overhead costs.
    • Transition PDX
      I helped start the movement in neighborhoods and with city-wide working groups to achieve a new kind of society based on local community resilience.
      Anticipating new conditions in the world arising as a result of financial breakdown, global warming and dwindling oil, water and food, I am committed to resilience and optimism.
      Transition Initiatives around the world are designing our own futures from the bottom up, community by community, seeking to create joy, families, local businesses, and revived acquaintance with our neighbors.

      See the web sites and follow the conversations:
      www.transitionnrtwork.org, and www.transitionpdx.org

  • Former Partner, Business Advisor2015 to 2017Portland, Oregon
    Advising local businesses on business plan, financing, operations
  • Former Adjunct Professor2012 to 2013West Linn, Oregon
    Teaching Sustainable Business and Leadership in the Sustainable MBA Program
  • Class of 1997MAOrganizational Systems Renewal, Class 8Leadership Team DevelopmentLarge Group Processes - Creating Our Own FutureYellow Springs, Ohio
    now a part of Bainbridge Graduate Institute
  • Class of 1976PhDInternational Politics, Politics of Policy-MakingPublic administrationStanford, California
  • 1960 to 1962East Asian Studies (Chinese)Manhattan, New York
  • Class of 1957English and American Literature- Captain, Lightweight Crew: EARC and Henley ChampionsHead Cheerleader, Cast of Triangle ShowPrinceton, New Jersey
  • Class of 1953Portland, Oregon
About Jim
  • I spend a lot of my time looking at how climate change, fossil fuel usage, and dwindling water, soil, and other resources may show up in our future - like financial crises and a recession that won't recover?
    I'm writing a blog that I will turn into a book that begins with the question: Who will make the effective changes necessary for survival in future - the Great Turning as Joanna Macy put it? It continues to examine information as it determines life and organizations - and how we might use that knowledge to avoid catastrophe.
    I'm also looking at an innovative approach to local government, which is a contradiction in terms - and will nevertheless be required before the Great Turning is over.
    What else? Read my web page and blog. I'll post the URLs as soon as I'm on line.
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