The Simple Elegance and Broad Misunderstanding of Nonprofit Governance

The Vermont Nonprofit sector is a major contributor to Vermont’s economy and to the well-being of Vermonters. Its 6000 organizations represent about 20% of Vermont’s overall economy and employ about… Read More

How Can Vermont use Local and Regional Councils to Inform its Strategic Planning?

The Vermont Council on Rural Development(VCRD)’s deep dive into the issues facing Vermont is informed by interviews with and input from thousands of Vermonters. Proposition 8 was of particular interest… Read More

Guns: A River of Blood

Photo of Schubart by Eric Borg I’ve spent my 76 years fighting impulses, impulses to jump into quarries, impulses to ride uninspectable motorcycles, and impulses to binge on food –… Read More

Punt and Study?

House Speaker, Jill Krowinski’s difficult decision to do a punt-and-study of the looming pension crisis, about which we have effectively been advised for almost a decade, forewarns us of some… Read More

Early Childhood Education and Child Health

The institutional and administrative silos that differentiate the care and wellness of children from their progress through the public education system can derail a child’s education and development if he… Read More

Winooski: A pioneer in diversity and learning

On March 15, Governor Scott took a courageous and prescient action. He wrote the U.S. Department of State requesting they triple the number of refugees sent to Vermont next year.… Read More

How To Spend a Windfall

I’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth… …but the $2.7B one-time federal tsunami of cash coming into a state of 624,000 people is a big deal,… Read More

When the State Takes A Child

The most extreme authority Vermonters have accorded their government is the taking of a human life. This ended in 1972, 18 years after the last Vermonter was electrocuted in Windsor… Read More

Vermont: Reactive or Reactionary?

To our detriment, we’re largely a reactive state. Our ship of state is captained from the stern. We scan our wake for bad signs. A corpse floats by… we need… Read More

Do You Have a Book in You?

Apart from speaking and drawing, writing is one of humankind’s earliest forms of communication. The first written words emerged as cuneiform writing in 3200 BC in Mesopotamia – present day… Read More

Vermont State College System and the Headwinds of Privilege

Change is relentless. Humanity’s efforts to understand, accommodate, and survive it are invariably buffeted by the headwinds stirred up by those whose privilege may be curtailed by that change. Reversing… Read More

Draft Vision for a Unified VT State College System 102220

Problem Statement: As is, the current constellation of Vermont’s four State Colleges(VSC) is financially, pedagogically, and demographically unsustainable. What has changed? The sheer financial burden of tenured and administrative personnel… Read More