Rural Innovation — How It Happens, How To Inspire More

Rural innovation — how does it happen and how can it be encouraged? A researcher in the USA has received funding to zero in on these questions, as reported in the following article by Matt Swayne, originally published in the Penn State News.    “When we think about innovation, we tend to think about big…

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Innovation In Small Town BC

There seems to be general agreement that innovation — the embracing of fresh new ideas and revolutionary new technologies — is crucial to the growth and health of urban economies. But what about our small towns, rural areas, and First Nations? As described in a recent BC Rural Centre Success Story, the Cowichan Valley is…

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Rural Renewal Contest a Rousing Success!

  When the BC Rural Centre launched its Escape the City contest in the early Spring, the provincial non-profit focused on helping rural communities and First Nations identify ways of tackling their most vexing challenges & seize their opportunities, held its organizational breath. Were there really any big city Millennials out there actually interested in…

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Healthy Food for Everyone — Is It Possible?

Healthy Food for All? Healthy food for everyone — is it possible? On October 16, World Food Day, BC-based environment organization Wildsight’s Elk Valley Branch presented FOOD for THOUGHT: Food Security For Our Communities – an online event designed to educate, connect & inspire anyone interested in food security. The web-based event brought together thought leaders,…

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Rural Bandwidth + Creative Entrepreneurs = Kootenay Business TV

MOST SMALL towns — let alone tiny villages and rural regions — lack daily newspapers, or radio and television stations. News tends to flow in only one direction in BC — from Vancouver & Victoria out to the rest of us! Well, two new media pioneers — Kerry McArthur and Mark Wolfe — are changing that,…

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Rural Broadband — Kaslo Style

Rural Broadband — Kaslo Style. If rural BC is to prosper in the 21st century, access to affordable, reliable high-speed Internet is essential. Kaslo InfoNet (KiN)’s Don Scarlett and Tim Ryan talk about fibre optic broadband  in Kaslo & the North Kootenay Lake region — how a small-town, community-controlled non-profit has managed to bring big city…

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