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Now displaying: April, 2017
Apr 25, 2017

Why do we miss potentially dangerous trends, “a series of warnings and visible evidence"? It might be climate change, water scarcity, an infrastructure that is falling apart beneath our feet, terrorist threats, or an approaching business competitor or trend we had ignored, for example. How do we train ourselves to see potential dangers we're missing early enough to address them?

Listen to author and global business strategy leader Michele Wucker with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson in this enlightening interview to learn how to see potential threats in your world – business, romance, family, finances – in time to manage them better.

  • What gray rhinos are and how to avoid them.
  • How to see things you don’t want to see.
  • Decision-making structures that incentivize seeing more threats – and opportunities.
  • Be the “Challenger-in-Chief” in your own world and invite opposite points of view.
  • How our short-term focused society puts us at risk for missing huge threats

To learn more about Michele Wucker and her book “The Gray Rhino,” and about Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Apr 21, 2017

“The (proposed Trump budget) cuts are a gut-punch to the community.” Beth Gibbons

Every community has to cope with climate change as a reality regardless of politicians’ political ideologies. Federal funds support many of these efforts, directly or indirectly – such as through the data supplied by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for severe weather monitoring – yet the Trump administration has proposed draconian budget cuts expecting the states to pick up the slack. So, how will communities cope with not having this support and still protect their communities?

Two of the organizations helping communities do this are the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP). Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s enlightening conversation with one of the top leaders helping communities with this challenge: Beth Gibbons, Senior Officer at the ISC and Managing Director of the ASAP discuss the following:

  • What NOAA does for us every day - A to Z
  • How communities are coping with climate change today
  • The potential impact of the proposed Trump budget cuts, job loss, economic hit
  • The climate change realities facing communities, regardless of political ideology
  • The role and options for insurance companies in climate change
  • Top three things community leaders can do today

Note: The audio quality on this one is not as good as GCR usually is.

To learn more about Beth Gibbons and the ISC and ASAP, and about Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Apr 18, 2017

With so much innovation in the energy sector, the rapid expansion of renewable energy, development of a “smart grid” and the Internet of Things technologies, the utilities have to evolve too. And, without dropping any service to anyone, ever.

So, what’s a utility to do to survive – and to thrive?

Enter Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power in Vermont, who was chosen as one of Fast Company’s most innovative people. She’s turning the business model of a utility on its head, and retains the support of her board because she’s succeeding in every way – customer service ratings in the 90%s and generating sold financial results. How?

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s fascinating conversion with Mary Poweell about:

  • What being an “un-utility” means.
  • How Green Mountain Power is innovating a legacy industry – and one on which we all depend.
  • Being truly customer-focused
  • Making money by selling less.
  • Why and how she made a ground-breaking deal with Tesla.

To learn more about Mary Powell and Green Mountain Power and about Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Apr 14, 2017

The U.S. infrastructure is literally crumbling beneath our feet and wheels. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave it a D+ in 2017. Cars are falling into sink holes from roads that literally sink, or falling into the water when a bridge collapses. Water pipes are breaking and leaking toxins into our drinking water. Subways are coming to a halt for urgent, potentially life-threatening repairs.

Donald Trump as a candidate talked constantly about rebuilding our infrastructure and continues to do so as president, so there’s hope that, despite years of attempts in Washington by both Democrats and Republicans to do so, that maybe this year our fragile infrastructure will finally be fixed.

But...What kind of infrastructure do we need to support a 21st century economy?

Kelly Carnes, CEO of business strategy firm TechVision21 and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy describes how the new economy requires us to look at infrastructure differently. In this episode, Part 2 of this two-part interview series with Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson, you’ll hear about:

  • What a 21st century economy needs in its infrastructure.
  • How to support a new manufacturing model – and the government’s role.
  • Creating jobs with infrastructure - including clean energy-related jobs that can’t be outsourced.
  • Where the funding opportunities might be in infrastructure spending.

To learn more about Kelly Carnes, TechVision21 and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Apr 11, 2017

Every new presidential administration brings a transition to new priorities - this time, it's a radical shift into uncertainty.

Clean energy and climate-related spending is being cut across the board in the new president's budget. But Congress has yet to finalize it and advocates for clean energy and climate issues are flexing their muscles. What to do?

Listen to master of government contracting, Kelly Carnes, CEO of business strategy firm TechVision21 -- and former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy -- explain how, when and what to advocate for today. This is Part 1 of a two-part interview, and includes:

  • How uncertainty creates opportunities.
  • Identifying and reaching the "real" decision makers.
  • Reading the tea leaves on where funding opportunities might be.
  • How to seize - or create - those funding opportunities before the budget is final.
  • Why this particular budget could have a more profound economic impact on the U.S. over time than most any in recent history.

To learn more about Kelly Carnes, TechVision21 and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Apr 7, 2017

We hear about the ravages of climate change, but how exactly does the climate change and why? It’s good to go back to the basics, especially for those of us who don’t remember our first physics class…..so we went to a master of physics…

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s engaging discussion with renowned, award-winning physicist, best-selling author and speaker, Dr. Lawrence Krauss, who also teaches at Arizona State University.

We also talk about his new book, “The Greatest Story Ever Told…So far…”

You’ll hear about:

  • The physics of climate change – how the climate changes, why and when.
  • Which aspects of climate change are “normal” cycles of nature and which are mankind-induced.
  • Why understanding physics matters.
  • How to talk to climate deniers – including those who eschew science.

To learn more about Dr. Lawrence Krauss and his remarkable body of work, and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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Apr 4, 2017

When we see the menu in an oyster bar, we see a list of sources of oysters from across the globe. Usually we order a couple each from different sources. But Florida oyster farms are not likely on the menu – yet. Where restaurants and markets obtain their oysters from matters – in taste, price, access, and economic development.

Listen to Green Connections Radio host Joan Michelson’s fascinating discussion with oyster farming entrepreneur (and former long-time radio industry executive) Kay Olin, who moved back to Florida with her husband after leaving radio and discovered the joys and economic development benefits of oyster farming.

You’ll learn a lot about oysters and farming them that is a business lesson, as well as a lesson in one of the world’s favorite delicacies:

  • Where oysters you find today come from – and why it matters.
  • How this innovative oyster farming technique works to breed better tasting, cheaper oysters – and zillions of them.
  • How oysters clean the water they live in, almost magically.
  • The business model for oyster farming and how its bringing economic development back to the Florida gulf.

To learn more about Kay Olin, Panacea Oyster Cooperative and Green Connections Radio, go to www.greenconnectionsradio.com.

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