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Digital Homesteading: Building Rural Business and Community

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Hiring women is not the right thing to do. Hiring women is the only thing to do for businesses and auto dealerships that want to succeed. Gender-diverse companies are more profitable, creative, and attractive places to work. Millennials are att
We live in echo chambers, and it's killing our republic. As websites increasingly track and customize what we see based on our interests, we are rarely exposed to new and challenging ideas . . . unless we mindfully curate our educational cuisin
Let me introduce you to this world-changer: Gary Greff. He was a teacher, with a background in education and physical education. He came home to Regeant, ND, population 125, and he saw something that frightened him. I’ll let him pick up the sto
Greg Tehven has made it his life's mission to make Fargo the greatest city on earth. Rather than build a list of residents to email them about upcoming events, he focuses on building relationships. As he notes, this is a generational project an
Unique experience provides an opportunity for one-of-a-kind creation. As businesses and communities we need to focus on local problems. In looking at local problems we have an "imagination differentiation" that enables us to see solutions other
A few weeks ago we wrote about the importance of having an equal playing field for rural communities. The thrust of the argument is that for the first time we have the opportunity to build businesses right where we are. If we don't have equal a
What makes a community great? Travel across the ocean and learn from Guernsey, where a plan of societal reinvention is underway. Then talk with a community developer to learn what tools we can use in our community to make it great. In this epis
Travel creates knowledge according to our guest today, Manuel Marabese. Manuel changed his career path from philosophy to motorcycle guiding for tourists in his pursuit of knowledge. In today's episode Manuel talks to use how you can take a lea
Finding a job, interviewing and mastering the follow up requires special skills in the digital age. In this brofounder edition of Digital Homesteading, brothers John Meyer (of the responsive infographic design company Lemonly) and Scott Meyer (
The mic is flipped around as I was interviewed by Voice of America's Angela Sharpe. Angela walked through why we created the Digital Homesteading podcast, how to get started on digital media and the most important things businesses in rural are
Becky McCray oozes small town. She runs a small cattle ranch, the local liquor store, writes about Small Biz Survival and even helps with rural tourism. Obviously when it was time to learn what makes some small towns thrive and others fade away
Develop your community with the resources you have. Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation and the forthcoming Body of Work, talks about community developing, working remote and aligning passion with work.
Erik Hersman, also know as White African after his tech blog and twitter handle of the same name, creates local solutions based on exisiting technology. His organization Ushahidi finds new use cases for technology based on omnipresent tools. By
How can a rural business work with large clients around the world? In a word: focus. My brother and brofounder John Meyer joins us today to talk about focusing on your "superpower", the one thing you are most skilled and passionate about. We'll
How do you revive a community?  In today's episode, we look at how one community of 8000 that lost its main manufacturing employer decided not to quietly fade away. Instead of a brain drain, they have experienced a brain gain by encouraging ent
We often think of fear as an indication to be wary. To take care. What if we thought of it a whole new way and actually said yes to whatever scares us? That's what Marcella Chamorro has done. She took the leap to prioritize the things most impo
Chris Guillebeau has inspired travelers and entrepreneurs by pursuing and fulfilling his mission of visiting every country in the world. During his journeys he built a business and helped show others how to find and pursue their passions. His f
Carla White originally thought she would write a quick ebook over the weekend. Months later she published her first ebook: Ideas to Apps. Years later the publishing houses took notice and asked her to create her ebook in to a full-fledged book.
Greg Tehven returned to his home in Fargo, North Dakota and decided he wanted to connect the creative class. By finding the "micro-awesomeness" in his community, he created champions to build around. Today Fargo is an increasingly connected, cr
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