7 Things Small Towns Do Better
I live in Carlyle, SK. Canada. It is a very pretty little town in the southeast corner. I was raised just a few kilometers down the road in the village of Manor. The combined population of both communities and all the surrounding farms might be around three thousand, with several hundred more once you add in the population of White Bear, just down the road a bit. I have only lived in the city in short bursts. I enjoy my stays when I visit. One of the best nights of my life happened in the...
Who is 'the Town'?
I heard it again, just the other day, the phrase "the town should". Generally speaking, it leads to identifying a community need, but it usually floats away on the wind...left without feet. This happens partly because the wish for the service the person thinks is lacking in their community never gets to the ears it needs to get to in order to make it happen. Posting the suggestion on Facebook can work if that is what the community is in to, but most are not yet. Putting the information in a f...
Are We Sustainable?
Last month I attended a conference in London, Ontario about sustainable communities. Since then, I've put a lot of thought into what sustainability means for our 'tiny towns'. These are my thoughts, I would love to hear yours: 1. Many of the people who live in small towns make a lot of assumptions about how much money is brought in through their taxes, and how far their tax dollars really go. Show me a person who bellers "I pay taxes!!" at any town meeting or at any administration office,...
Volunteer Recruitment 2015
Every where I go I hear how our volunteer bases are dwindling down to nothing. That is true to a point, except we need to consider that our populations in many cases are the same as they were twenty years ago, and in many others the population is actually growing. So where did the volunteers go? What's changed? I think, in many ways, communities and the people in them changed. If we intend to keep our volunteer bases we are going to have to adapt to these changes, and consider these circumsta...
I am just starting to get the value of "linked in". It is, as I understand it, a sort of a 'facebook' for those who are serious about business. There are rules...never would I post what I am making for supper on the linked in site...(but in case you are curious I have a meaty soup bone simmering on the stove, and will set the bread to rise sometime after dinner...), but by joining the groups that interest me, I'm finding all kinds of reading material to help me in my business and reconnecting...
Council One On One
The people who make up Council and Administration of a community have one of the toughest jobs going. Many people who live in the community count on Council to do things that are really the job of the whole community. They are kind of like a group of goalies in a local rink hockey game. If the goalie plays great, the team gets the credit. If the team loses, the goalie gets the blame. If you live in small-town Saskatchewan and you want to see changes in the community, you need to change this. ...
Getting Everything Ready
Well, Christmas is almost here, and I'm probably as excited counting down the days as the wee pajama-clad munchkins are, but for an entirely different reason. You see, January 1st for me marks a new beginning in my life. I'm going for it, and launching Solomon Matthewson Consulting. I consider this the next step in the continuum. I think I have something to offer. I've had a lot of help learning community development stuff. Aside from work in some of our southeastern communities I most ...
- YAY Carlyle Fun Daze Committee
- 7 Things Small Towns Do Better
- Down the rabbit holes of historical research
- Writing the ARP--a little history
- 10 Things Councils Can Do to Support Sustainability
- When Christmas Came to Our House
- The Number One Reason Why Small Towns Deserve Your Tax Dollars
- Weird things people believe about their local governments
- A Rising Tide Lifts All The Boats...