Rob got my attention this past week with the very interesting consulting work he is doing with KETC, Channel 9 in St. Lois to reduce the impact of the mortgage/housing/credit crisis that it hitting this area. This is a very innovative project that has huge potential to save not only individual family homes but the social fabric of the very communities that this crisis is hitting hard. Have a look…a very cool combination of the use of social media tools, community resource mapping, good ideas and public television leadership. I look forward to hearing more as this project unfolds.
As my regular readers know, (Context in the link) I am working with KETC, Channel 9 in St Louis on a project funded by CPB, to see how a Public TV station could use its position as a Trusted Space, rather than simply as a broadcaster, to make a difference in the "economic forest fire" that is the mortgage/housing /credit crisis that is sweeping through America.
It is the hope of CPB that Public Media can do more to serve its country than offer great content alone. It is our collective hope that by learning how to do what we are doing now well, that Public TV and Radio can serve the public by acting as a convener of Trust for the community – so that we can draw on the great and latent power that resides in all local communities to take action themselves to solve the great problems that confront us.
Our hope is that our one station in one city can offer enough experience that in the fall many more can join in the work and that soon we may have a national effort underway.
On April 28, British Columbia and Alberta signed the British Columbia – Alberta Trade, Investment, and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) at the 4th annual joint British Columbia – Alberta Cabinet meeting in Edmonton.
British Columbia and Alberta businesses and workers will enjoy new market access. This innovative agreement gives businesses and workers in both provinces seamless access to a larger range of opportunities across all sectors including energy, transportation, labour mobility, business registration, and government procurement.
Earlier this year I became very interested in what the impact of this agreement will be on Early Childhood Educators in both BC and Alberta. I consulted the BC Ministry of Economic development to better understand if Early Childhood Educators would be included in the list of professions that are being covered by this agreement. After some delays, I was recently advised that “Yes they will be added to the list”. I actually think that this is a fascinating development for the child care field in Canada and that it will have major implications regarding the mobilty of workers between our two Provinces. Surprisingly though, it seems that very few people in the child care field seem to be aware of this interesting development.