Jun 11 2009

Local food movement: Come and get it!

by at 3:45 pm

Every other weekend, I look forward to visiting the local farmer’s market. Bright red tomatoes, farm-fresh eggs, and the waft of spice-scented apples – it’s a veritable feast for the senses. I not only feel that I benefit from the visual feast and “local” nature of the food, I know I am supporting families and farms that care deeply about their produce and their standard of living. It’s a luxury that I can (mostly) afford; I continue to frequent farmers markets because my bounded rationality is low – I know almost everything about the products and the people.

Italy Picture © James Martin, Europe for Visitors

Italy Picture © James Martin, Europe for Visitors

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May 28 2009

CONFIDENTIAL: Live and Let Eat

by at 2:06 pm

Your mission (should you choose to accept): Engage food markets of underdeveloped countries enmeshed in global food crisis into regional market economies at nationally (or perhaps globally-sponsored) subsidized rates, potentially outsourcing goods to international firms at higher transactional costs.

James Bond Lego by Dunechaser

James Bond Lego by Dunechaser

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May 26 2009

Pace and Place

by at 1:53 pm

Scott Storper and Michael Storper explore the ways in which a node can be affected by its geographical place in the world. The externalities that can occur from neighboring nations’ networks can affect a country’s economic and social status. This may be one more reason that Collier’s theory about the precarious situation of land-locked countries has validity. Scott Storper asserts that agglomeration based on the role of the “region” allows for positive effects of urbanization. He speaks directly to complexity theory in that the more tightly-drawn the network, the better chance of connectivity through weak links to a greater market.

As an example of the node/language of a network, I found that the professional networking site “LinkedIn” has their own “Network Statistics” tab, in which they show “Your Network of Trusted Professionals.” Continue Reading »

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