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Chapter 7
Background Readings 

Three essential subscriptions:

(1) Scientific American  A monthly science journal covering the leading topics of our time: anthropology, artificial intelligence, astronomy, genetics, solar energy, and quantum math. 

(2) The Wall Street Journal  A Monday through Saturday newspaper covering the business world as it impacts our daily lives.

(3) The World Economic Forum  The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business, cultural, and other society leaders to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. It is independent, impartial, and not tied to any special interests.. Sign-up for the email notices.


Hassenzahl, David (2021, May 8). Creating a Learning Community for Solutions to Climate Change. National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). Retrieved from #1

Retrieved from #2

Makridis, Christos A. (2020, February 27). Don’t fear a ‘robot apocalypse’ – tomorrow’s digital jobs will be more satisfying and higher-paid. The Conversation. Retrieved from


Mattila, Anna (2021, May 7). Taste alone won’t persuade Americans to swap out animal meat for plant-based burgers. The Conversation. Retrieved from


Schumacher, Russ and Bolinger, Becky (2021, May 7). Warming is clearly visible in new US ‘climate normal’ datasets.  The Conversation. Retrieved from


2019 Town Survey

3 Lessons from a Very Small Town

Agricultural & Resource Economics (multiple lists of resources)


City of Faribault Vision 2040


Climate Change and Human Health in Montana


Community Visioning


Helena College, University of Montana  (2021, May 11) Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Montana Climate Assessment


Montana Dept of Environmental Quality, DEQ (1921). Solar Energy in Montana Retrieved May 11, 2021, from

Montana Institute on Ecosystems

Montana PBS 

Artificial Intelligence Crash Course

One minute guide to economic development for rural small towns

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) 

   PPS is a source for multiple articles on local community visioning, planning, and follow-through of community development. Below are a few links, beginning with the home site for PPS.


A sample of PPS links:

   (a) Small-Town Secrets: Five Ideas for Rural            Design


  (b) Citizens' Institute on Rural Design


   (c) Our Top 10 Articles of 2020


   (d) Our Top 10 Articles of 2019

Research Project Guidelines


Richlands Community Vision Survey


Smart Growth in Small Rural Towns


South Wood County Vision Survey


Temple Planning Board Survey


University of Montana Climate Office


University of Montana Rural Institute


USDA Rural Development


USDA Rural Development Grants in Montana

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