For decades, we've seen attempts to reconcile community redevelopment and revitalization with social, economic and environmental justice issues. We've seen an endless variety of slogans and tools: "Revitalization Without Gentrification" "Equitable Development" "Inclusive Development" "Placemaking" "Stakeholder Engagement' "Design Charrettes" "Visioning Workshops," etc. All are wonderful, yet none have solved the problem.
They usually assume that their agenda is at odds with the redevelopment agenda. In this inspiring talk, Storm shows that the opposite can be true: inclusive, equitable revitalization can be the fastest, most profitable form of community and regional economic renewal.
In 2002, The Restoration Economy advanced today's resilience trends. Praised globally. Learn More!
In 2008, reWealth (McGraw-Hill) revealed restorative development's revitalizing secrets. Learn More!
In 2020, RECONOMICS: The Path to Resilient Prosperity showed how to achieve economic growth, crisis recovery and community resilience together. A crucial guide for public and private leaders! Learn More!
Based in Washington DC for the past 30 years, Storm primarily focuses on the 3 roles listed to the right, in addition to writing books.
But he also does inspirational talks and how-to workshops for non-profits & governments worldwide.
A former Green Beret, his hard-hitting, humorous, silo-busting talks can focus on water, housing, job growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, natural resources, downtowns, brownfields, heritage, climate, social justice or education.
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"Storm Cunningham's RECONOMICS Process raises the bar for community and regional revitalization.
It's a powerful package, succinctly capturing the process that we have doggedly tried to identify over time, not always knowing the next step.
The RECONOMICS Process brings a holistic dimension to redevelopment, inextricably linking vision and task. "
– Eric Bonham (quote date: May 2019), Board member, Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia.
Former Director, British Columbia Ministry of Environment. Former Director, British Columbia Ministry of Municipal Affairs.
"Most professionals specialize in only part of the complex community revitalization process. Incomplete efforts usually create messy, expensive, demoralizing failures. Few specialists understand how to bring a place back to life with a holistic approach. If anyone understands the complete revitalization process, it's Storm Cunningham. He's spent over a decade rigorously studying successes and failures worldwide. He can look at a community, regional, or organizational regeneration or redevelopment process, and quickly spot what's wrong...what's missing."
"Storm is the world’s Economic Medic: the planner, trainer, and guru for resilient, revitalized urban and regional futures. And who knows more about creating effective strategies and local “A-Teams” than a former Green Beret?"