Leaving a legacy

It seems like there’s a few people in small towns that kind of make their mark on things, and the there’s a lot of people that do a very good job and, you know, ten years after they’re gone, you may or may not remember them. And then there’s a lot of people that don’t do anything. They just could come and go, and that’s that. But I guess I wanted to be one of those people that kind of made a mark a little bit.

David Ausberger

Canadian author Chris Turner has written two books on the environmental state of our world and more imporantly of the ways that people around the world make a difference. These people range from low to high socio-economic statuses, from developed and developing countries, and from professional to hobbyist. Together, everyone does their part to make the work a better place.

David Ausberger is quoted in Turner’s latest book, The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy. Turner tells the story of Ausberger and how he came to own a wind turbine in rural Iowa. Small communities are often home to the start of any large-scale change for two reasons according to Turner: an abundance of social capital; small scale to test the feasibility of a larger concept; and a cautious nature that means that projects are well thought out and have community buy-in.

Our communities are built through the collective vision of everyone who as lived, learned, worked and played there. We don’t often plan to leave a mark on our communities. We plan to fix a problem and make the world a better place. Sometimes it starts with something as simple as tree.

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