High Five – 2009 To Do List for the New River Valley

From Bob GilesHigh Five from Handshake 2.0:

  1. Form a new identity (or around an emerging one) with a voice, membership, and structure for potential economic, political, social, and natural resource action.

  2. Get your goals (or objectives) clarified and quantified (such as from this example).

  3. Collect (or catalog) information within your boundaries and at the edges for cost-effective common uses.

  4. Plan new transportation strategies (at least) for schools, hospitals, and major service centers for society re-localizing as fossil energy becomes less available.

  5. Reduce infant deaths, child abuse numbers, and expand caring parenting.

  6. Increase disease prevention, first aid abilities, Valley wellness score, and awards for basic nutrition knowledge.

  7. Reduce broad demand for drugs and substance-abusive behavior.

  8. Plan and begin developing new centers as dispersed living becomes more impractical.

  9. Use optimization processes throughout government and business. (“On average” can be deadly.)

  10. Develop business, education, and church conglomerates; rural system groups; unique unions; neighborhood watches; group tours, conferences, and parties. (Teamwork is now essential.)

  11. Report consistently in one place (as well as others) collective progress.

  12. Report monthly major scores of Valley quality of life based on goals (or objectives). (Teams need self-actualizing messages.)

  13. Move past “monitoring” to feedback – quickly fixing things, strengthening and expanding those that work.

  14. Expand your view of the future through the print media, TV challenges, and student and organizational efforts.  Then get ready now for that in which you feel most confident.

  15. Consider the least costly and most timely and important items as #1 and #2.

  16. Encourage each other through #12 to suggest the roots of the total list and what might be done for the future.

  17. Be good; do good well.


Robert H. Giles, Jr. writes High Five for Handshake 2.0, a technology business news and business blog service venture of Handshake Media, Incorporated, a member company of business acceleration center VT KnowledgeWorks.  The opinions Robert Giles expresses are solely his own and are not necessarily shared by Handshake 2.0 or its sponsors or advertisers. 

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Robert H. Giles, Jr. is a Virginia Tech Professor Emeritus with a vision for a rural land management system.  He writes two blogs, The Survivalists and Faunal Force. 

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