Sharing Economy

Mar 19, 2013

Thursday, March 21 at 7 pm

Sharing Economy
   Does sharing really cut down on waste? New technologies and innovative business models are changing the way people consume and invest. From cleaning out garages to making spare bedrooms available to thrifty travelers to funding community solar projects—crowdfunding may be the future of investment.

Robert Reich Critiques Wal-Mart

Feb 24, 2013

Wal-Mart says expanding into a Superstore in Rohnert Park, essentially adding a grocery outlet, will create 85 new jobs. But at what cost, asks a prominent critic of the corporation. Bruce Robinson spoke with him.

Professor Reich will speak at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa at 7 pm  on Monday, Feb. 25. Ticket and event information here. He also contends that Wal-Mart has a history that demonstrates they are not a desirable community neighbor, nor a good corporate citizen.

Battling Bottled Water

Feb 10, 2013

Civic and national freshwater advocates are reminding us not to take tap water for granted. Instead, they say, we should take it as our drink of choice.

Foreign Trade Zone Expands

Feb 5, 2013

The Bay Area's federally sanctioned Foreign Trade Zone is expanding to include Sonoma, Napa and Marin Counties. It's meant to expedite parts importing and exporting of finished products, but the biggest local benefit is jobs.

Employment, business optimism up for Sonoma County

Jan 28, 2013
Sonoma County Economic Development Board

Sonoma County leads the state in job growth right now, but will need to make adjustments as much of the current labor force turns toward retirement. Bruce Robinson summarizes the news from the 2013 State of the County breakfast presentations.

"Shift Change" documentary examines coops worldwide

Jan 28, 2013

  A new documentary examines worker-owned cooperative businesses, from a huge complex in Spain to small start-ups here in the Bay Area.