Local Actions Can Shift Obesity Trends    by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. My futurists' "keeps me awake at night" list is led by the explosion of obesity, the rapidly rising rate of children born with damaged brains leading to conditions like autism, and the rapidly growing federal and states debts. In my mind they …

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 Micro Lending for Macro Jobs by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Right around 9% of workers are unemployed.i This does not tell the entire story, as only 4.2% of college graduates are unemployed, compared to 14% who did not finish high school. North Carolina has the 7th highest rate of unemployment in the country, at 10.5%.ii Simultaneously, Banks …

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 Small Loans to the Poor Yield 99% Payback Rate Micro-Credit Institution Offers “High Risk,” Job Creating, by Jon Kennedy Grameen America has developed a system that successfully creates small business entrepreneurs within impoverished United States neighborhoods. Although the borrowers often lack prior business knowledge before entering the program, of those participating, 99% pay back their …

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  Internet System Links Small Farmers and Restaurants - Creates Jobs (Content modified from an article in Parade January 24, 2010)[i], and the Farmers Fresh website.) Centralization and the apparent need for large economy of scale have led to the disappearance of the small farm. In 1959, the U.S. was home to 4.1 million farms. …

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