Archive for May, 2014

Mondragons in Appalachia

Sixty years later, the global industrial worker cooperative phenomenon, Mondragon, inspired by a village priest, proves that a transformational solidarity economic vision backed up by decades of persevering sweat equity can make all the difference between endemic poverty and a sustaining middle class.

Yesterday at the Franciscan University at Steubenville, Ohio, I witnessed the privilege of seeing my niece graduate from the Buckeye Online School for Success (BOSS).  The ample auditorium hosted over 150 online, home-schooled, high school graduates, filled to capacity with beaming, cheering parents, neighbors and friends fully participating in a program reminiscent of a capacity attended “Mega Church” Sunday service for the faithful with Judson Laipply (“The Evolution of Dance”) as the commencement speaker. A good portion of the graduates received over $450,000 in scholarships for higher education studies and even though most of these students had never met each other before this ceremony, one could sense the strength and reinvention potential in this new kind of virtually bonding academic community in the middle of Appalachia. America transforming for the better right before its own eyes. (more…)

Achieving a Resilient and Agile Grid | NRECA

MAPA’s Craig Miller has published a new white paper, Achieving a Resilient and Agile Gridwith the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association:

The grid is changing in response to new requirements, and also in response to the increasing potential of advanced sensors, controls, and analytics. This paper looks at what a potential future grid could achieve and the technologies that could make such achievements possible. Rather than focusing on the simple, the near term, and the readily achieved, it projects broadly and long term in order to identify areas of research that could will yield long-term benefits.

Download the paper from NRECA’s website.

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