(this is a cross-post from my blog, emergent by design. i drove by the old craig house hospital a few weeks ago, and it inspired me to write this. i've been working with innovators/entrepreneurs in the tech space around the world…
I'd like to know if there are people in Beacon who are interested in local currencies & new economic infrastructures. At the moment, I'm organizing an event that will be held in NYC this Fall called the Contact Summit, and its purpose is to bring together people from around the world who are using/building social technologies in ways that enhance humanity.
i've just launched a project on kickstarter yesterday that i wanted to share with the community. though this specific project is about the future of facebook, the bigger picture is the 'Open Foresight' model and how we could use that to understand specific complex issues, create a vision for their future, and then develop roadmaps for what we can do right now to achieve those visions. combine that premise with the kickstarter platform for fundraising,…
hello fellow beaconites. i wrote this recently after digging very deeply into what the web is really all about and what it empowers us to do. since i moved to beacon, i thought that because of our manageable size and the seeming intentions of a few well meaning individuals, we could make change happen fast and become a national (international?) example of what a resilient city looks like. i have been trying to put into words why and how i think this is possible and important. here is what i… Continue
hi everyone, i'm just doing a bit of ethnographic research, and would appreciate your input. as most of you have probably heard, apple unveiled their newest toy on Wednesday, the iPad. i'm in the middle of writing a piece on its potential societal impacts, and was interested in the opinions out there.
so, based on the information you have so far, do you intend to buy this product? (you can watch the keynote and the video… Continue
Looking for a new construction in Beacon? Look no further. This post is highlighting a 4 bedroom new construction at 94 Delavan, but will also cover all new constructions currently for sale in Beacon, NY. I'm going to briefly go over the home's features, give an overview of other comparable homes that have sold in Beacon recently, and the other new constructions that are currently on the market. Here are some images to get us started. (click to enlarge):…
Well, the ladies at Manor House Realty are pulling out the stops for a *flurry* of Open Houses around Beacon this Sunday, January 24, from 1:00 - 4:00pm. Visit and sign in to just 4 of the homes and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gas card. How bad could THAT be? (oh, and there will be snacks and desserts, too). Here's a quick overview of the where, what, and how much. Shoot me an email for more detailed info.… Continue
There's a lot of confusion about how the real estate industry works, who's best interests are being served when dealing with an agent, what questions you should be asking, and where the money goes. One of my main goals with this blog is to demystify the industry and provide quality information so that you can make information decisions when buying or selling a home. I'm going to try and give a… Continue
In the spirit of transparency and contextual information, I'm thinking about new ways to present listings so a potential buyer has a better sense of the big picture. Here's a new listing for a 1 bedroom condo in Colonial Springs in Beacon. Please offer any comments at the end of the post!
3 Colonial Road, unit #71 (click to enlarge)
Similar to the How to Build Community poster, this poster (available for purchase or downloadable as a PDF), offers 31 suggestions for "how to make it with less, share more, and put people and the planet first."
There's quite a few on the list that we're already doing well as a community, and others that were inspirational. Here's a few… Continue
Local First, a Grand Rapids. Michigan based organization that encourages sustainable, locally-based economies has made a simple but effective illustration of how money flows if it’s spent at a locally owned business versus a non-local business.
They explain their top ten reasons to shop local first.
Old photo of the Car Barns facing Main Street with two Fishkill Electric Railway trolleys parked in front. The barns were located off Main Street, just east of South Chestnut Street
...Trolley Barns on Main Street for 38 Years
The Fishkill Electric Railway Company, which had operated electric streetcars in Beacon from 1892 to 1930, announced on April 30, 1931 that it was no longer interested in leasing the car barns… Continue
I came across this non-profit organization the other day - Do Something - that may be a good resource for any of you with children (under 25 y/o) wanting to do some social action project.
They're an organization committed to empowering teens by providing tools and resources so they can take their ideas and turn them into action. They have lists of different causes that students may be interested in (education, environment, violence &… Continue