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  • Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: Looking Back, Looking Ahead—the work of Maine Community Foundation

    Key Discussion Points:
    1. What is a community foundation, what is the brief history of community foundations and of Maine Community Foundation (MCF) in particular?
    2. What is the array of services that MCF provides to non-profits and community groups, and to donors?
    3. What led you to your work with MCF… you were with Maine Development Foundation… what of that work with MDF helped you as you took on your work at MCF
    4. How is MCF organized and staffed?
    5. Role of “county funds” and advisors (examples from Hancock, Waldo, Washington Counties)
    6. How does Maine stack up in terms of chartable giving? (is there a difference between charitable giving and philanthropy?)
    7. What are some of the changes you have led or encouraged at MCF, and how do these relate to the wider world of philanthropy? What is the balance between MCF responding to community needs and a kind of leadership- fostering longer-term strategies, including collaboration? Where and with whom is MCF collaborating these days?
    8. What are some of the trends that you see in how community groups and non-profits see themselves, and how others see them… is there more of a sense of these groups serving as safety-nets as local, state and federal government contracts? What does this mean for some of the aspirations of groups in the arts, education, conservation to lift our spirits and intellect?
    9. What are some of the trends that you see in the donor community? We see forecasts of a major transfer of wealth ahead… how philanthropy play out in that trend?
    10. Practical details—how do both donors and community groups find out more about potential partnerships with MCF?
    11. You have a year left at the helm… what will you be working on?

    Guests:

    Meredith Jones, President, Maine Community Foundation

    Karen Stanley, Board Member, Maine Community Foundation

    Jo Cooper, Executive Director, Friends in Action, Ellsworth

    Todd West, Principal, Deer Isle-Stonington High School

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  • Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: Cleaner Elections in Maine

    Key Discussion Points:

    What is the current picture of what it takes to run for legislative and state-wide offices in Maine?
    What led to Maine’s original Clean Election Law? What has been the track record?
    What rulings by the US Supreme Court affected Maine’s Law?
    What has happened since the Citizens United ruling… what trends have we seen nationally and here in Maine? (PACs and other players)
    If sections of Maine’s Clean Election Law have been put in question by decisions by the Supreme Court, what is the possible fix? What is Maine Citizens for Clean Elections proposing?
    What do you hope Maine’s election scene look like if this change is put in place?
    These changes seem good and beneficial… who might be opposed to an updated clean elections laws in Maine? Not all candidates will choose the clean election option… under what circumstances might that be the case?
    What are the steps in making these changes… what’s on the ballot in November, and assuming you are successful, what would happen after that?
    How would citizens learn more or get involved?

    Guests:

    Ann Luther, Maine League of Women Voters (in studio)
    Senator Edward Youngblood, Brewer
    Jamie McGowan, Professor, College of the Atlantic
    Andrew Bossie, Executive Director, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections

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  • Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Studio Engineer: John Greenman

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: The Present and Future of Community Newspapers

    Key Discussion Points:
    What traditional roles do local newspapers fulfill? (News, Public Notice, Editorial, Access to Customers, role of “free press” in a democracy, etc)
    How do different sectors of the community relate to local newspapers?
    How is your news function structured… how does it work week to week? How do you decide what to cover? What is the reporters role, the editors role?
    How do you decide what editorials to write… how do you encourage readers to share their opinions? Does reader input influence what news you cover?
    What is the traditional business model… advertising revenue, subscription/news stand sales?
    How are the traditional roles changing and what is forcing those changes?
    (digital media, changing demographics and reader preferences, etc)
    How are local newspapers adapting/leading? (any differences with daily and national newspapers? Trends in on-line journalism?)
    In an ideal future world, how do you wish to interact with readers, citizens, local officials, business owners… what is the business model, what is the emerging role for newspapers role in a democracy?
    What are your hopes for the future of local newspapers?

    Guests:
    Stephen Fay, Managing Editor, The Ellsworth American
    Tim Archembalt, Director of Reach Marketing, Ellsworth American
    Ben Barrows, General Manager, Penobscot Bay Press
    Earl Brechlin, Editor, Mount Desert Islander (by phone)

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  • Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Employee owned Cooperatives retain local businesses and jobs

    Key Discussion Points:
    Background on Cooperatives from Rob and Mark
    Orient listeners to variety of cooperatives (producers, consumers, employee-ownership)
    There are various forms of ownership for businesses… what is different about cooperative ownership and operation? Examples at different scales?
    What are key advantages of cooperative ownership… for employee/owners, for the communities in which cooperatives live?
    What are some of the challenges to setting up and operating cooperatives, including financing, decision-making?
    There is a long history of cooperatives… why aren’t there more of them?
    What is the role of the Cooperative Development Institute and your program (Business Ownership Solutions
    Introduce the story of Island Employee Cooperative and the role of various partners
    Background, status of and vision for Island Employee Cooperative — Alan
    Background on the three individual businesses and the employees who came together to explore the ownership option(Burnt Cove Market, V&S Variety and Pharmacy and The Galley) and their place in the communities of Stonington and Deer Isle.
    Trace the path from when workers heard the owners wanted to retire, to creating Maine’s largest worker owned cooperative… what were some of the excitements and challenges?
    What is the status now, what sorts of decisions have owner/employees made about the day to day operation of the businesses? What changes have been made and what do you envision for the future?
    Who are the various organizations that made it all work?
    What have been some of the community response/reactions?
    What have you learned about owning and operating your businesses?
    Looking ahead
    What are some factors that tend to make employee owned cooperatives work?
    How can individuals and groups support the creation of cooperatives of all sorts?
    Where can listeners learn more?
    What are your hopes for cooperatives and local communities in Maine?

    Guests:
    Rob Brown, Director, Business Ownership Solutions, Cooperative Development Institute
    Alan White, President Island Employee Cooperative, Deer Isle
    Mark Sprackland, Executive Director, Independent Retailers Shared Services Cooperative by phone: 603 642 6911)
    Jonah Fertig, one of the founders of Local Sprouts, employee cooperative Portland restaurant and entertainment space, by phone 967 4735

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  • Guest host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: Conversation with William Irvine, painter, and Carl Little, writer

    Key Discussion Points:
    Bill grew up in the village of Troon, where it could be said he looked west, the sun setting over the Isle of Arran, and now he lives in Brooklin Maine, where it could be said that he looks east, with the sun rising over Tinker Island, in Blue Hill Bay. Bill tells a little about growing up in Scotland, eventually attending the Glasgow School of Art, and the world he encountered upon graduation.
    Those of us who love the sea can be very thankful that Bill didn’t end up painting farms in Skowhegan… how did he come to Maine, and eventually to the Blue Hill area.
    The sea seems to both inspire Bill and ground him: waves, boats, fishermen…
    Some of Bill’s paintings set a place for us at the table… how does he decide what to serve up?
    Small white houses, whether in Scotland, Cornwall or Maine… who lives in those houses?
    Some background on the connection Carl made when reviewing Bill’s solo show at the University of Maine Museum of art in 2000—an approach to landscape that he shares with Marsden Hartley, John Marin and others.
    Pick two or three paintings of Bill’s from your new book, and introduce them to listeners… what do we see, what do you see, what makes this painting one you would like in your home?
    What was it like for Carl to research and write this book? Tell us about the publisher, Karin Marshall Wilkes and the Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth.
    Sometimes the world of art and artists seems removed from everyday life, though in paintings like Bills, everyday life is at the very core of his art. How do we help “everyman-everywoman” enjoy art, as producer and “consumer”?

    Guests:

    William Irvine, Painter, Brooklin, Maine
    Carl Little, writer, Somesville Maine, author of
    William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey, published by Marshall Wilkes, Ellsworth Maine

    See also: : www.courthousegallery.com/_artists/irvine_william/_pdf/irvine_2014.pdf.

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  • Guest host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Employee owned Cooperatives retain local businesses and jobs

    Key Discussion Points:
    Background on Cooperatives from Rob and Mark
    Orient listeners to variety of cooperatives (producers, consumers, employee-ownership)
    There are various forms of ownership for businesses… what is different about cooperative ownership and operation? Examples at different scales?
    What are key advantages of cooperative ownership… for employee/owners, for the communities in which cooperatives live?
    What are some of the challenges to setting up and operating cooperatives, including financing, decision-making?
    There is a long history of cooperatives… why aren’t there more of them?
    What is the role of the Cooperative Development Institute and your program (Business Ownership Solutions
    Introduce the story of Island Employee Cooperative and the role of various partners
    Background, status of and vision for Island Employee Cooperative — Alan
    Background on the three individual businesses and the employees who came together to explore the ownership option(Burnt Cove Market, V&S Variety and Pharmacy and The Galley) and their place in the communities of Stonington and Deer Isle.
    Trace the path from when workers heard the owners wanted to retire, to creating Maine’s largest worker owned cooperative… what were some of the excitements and challenges?
    What is the status now, what sorts of decisions have owner/employees made about the day to day operation of the businesses? What changes have been made and what do you envision for the future?
    Who are the various organizations that made it all work?
    What have been some of the community response/reactions?
    What have you learned about owning and operating your businesses?
    Looking ahead
    What are some factors that tend to make employee owned cooperatives work?
    How can individuals and groups support the creation of cooperatives of all sorts?
    Where can listeners learn more?
    What are your hopes for cooperatives and local communities in Maine?

    Guests:
    Rob Brown, Director, Business Ownership Solutions, Cooperative Development Institute
    Alan White, President Island Employee Cooperative, Deer Isle
    Mark Sprackland, Executive Director, Independent Retailers Shared Services Cooperative by phone: 603 642 6911)
    Jonah Fertig, one of the founders of Local Sprouts, employee cooperative Portland restaurant and entertainment space, by phone 967 4735

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  • Guest host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: Sharing the Landscape: People and Wildlife

    Key Discussion Points:

    Jim tells a a bit about his career and connection to Maine…and what factors led to his interest in the increasingly fractious interactions between people and wildlife, leading him to write Nature Wars

    Jim explains some of the roots of the modern-day problem of people encroaching on wildlife and wildlife encroaching on people

    Landscape—cutting colonial era forests to forests re-growing since the Civil War- present day eastern forest, land conservation
    Where people lived and worked– rural to urban and suburban, outdoors- indoors
    How we have “managed” wildlife—abundance, slaughter, scarcity, protection, benign neglect, over abundance
    How people relate to wildlife—hunting source of food, threats to agriculture, slaughter for fashion, hunting for sport, romantic portrayals in literature and film, observing nature from indoors, wildlife as pets
    The current commercialization of wildlife – feeding birds and other wildlife

    Jim tells the story of how fictional “East Burbia” approaches its deer situation

    Reporters are charged with finding the story, laying out all the dimensions… where do you see this story leading us… what are our responsibilities in relation to wildlife?

    Are there any bright spots that give you hope for a shared landscape?

    Guests by name and affiliation:

    Jim Sterba, foreign correspondent and national reporter for the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, author of Nature Wars, published by Crown Publishers, 2012, and Frankie’s Place: A Love Story
    See also www.JIMSTERBA.com

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  • Guest host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: Community Support for Local Libraries

    Key Discussion Points:
    What are some of the roles that “your” libraries play in the life of your communities?
    With yours as example, what difference does a local public library mean for its patrons?
    How do community members let you know of the importance of their local library?
    How are your libraries structured and supported? What is your annual operating budget and what kinds of expenditures are supported? What are your sources of income, including endowment?
    Do you have any sort of strategic plan, and what elements are included?
    Each of your library boards are preparing for capital campaigns, in the case of the Moore Library, primarily to build endowment, and at the Jesup, for building improvements and expansion. In each case, what thinking went into the decision to mount these campaigns now?
    Both libraries are a century or more old… has the notion of raising significant funds changed over that time? What strategies are you using to reach out to those who have capacity? How will you include those who value their library but have less capacity to give?

    Guests:
    Keith Goldfarb, Treasurer, Henry D. Moore Parish House and Library, Steuben, Maine
    Lavon Bartel, Endowment Campaign, Moore Library, Steuben
    Jill Weber, Vice President of Board of Directors, Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor

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