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Tom Barrett is featured in BizVoice Magazine

Chan•nel: |ˈ ch anl|*


– a length of water wider than a strait, joining two larger areas of water, especially two seas.

– a medium for communication or the passage of information.

– a navigable passage in a stretch of water otherwise unsafe for vessels.



– direct towards a particular end.

– cause to pass along or through a specified route or medium.

*excerpted from the Oxford University Press Dictionary


Global Water Infrastructure’s Tom Barrett is featured in the current issue of BizVoice (the Indiana Chamber of Commerce magazine), one of several dynamic business leaders serving as a vital “channel.”


Just like the enduring importance of water infrastructure, businesses are beginning to recognize the enduring importance of knowledge held by veteran workers and looking for ways to pay …or, channel…. that knowledge forward.


And, whether channeling their knowledge by way of mentoring, consulting or entrepreneurial initiatives, seasoned workers are helping businesses transition into the future.


You can read more about Tom and this forward looking process at:


Majora Carter Talks About Community Sustainability

At a recent TEDxMidwest presentationMajora Carter (@MajoraCarter) talks about three individual who made a difference in their communities. These three individual who implemented practical solutions to community improverishment issues.

It is time to work together to embrace and repair our land, repair our power systems and repair ourselves. It’s time to stop building the shopping malls, the prisons, the stadiums and other tributes to all of our collective failures. It is time that we start building living monuments to hope and possibility.”

Majora Carter

Charity Does Not Equal Sustainability


Brenda Palms-Farber was hired to help ex-convicts reenter society and keep them from going back into prison. Currently, taxpayers spend about $60,000 per year sending a person to jail. We know that two-thirds of them are going to go back. I find it interesting that, for every one dollar we spend, however, on early childhood education, like Head Start, we save $17 on stuff like incarceration in the future. Or — think about it — that $60,000 is more than what it costs to send one person to Harvard as well . . .

Los Angeles

Water is a big issue for Los Angeles. On most day Los Angeles does not have enough water and too much to handle when it rains. Currently, 20 percent of California’s energy consumption is used to pump water into mostly Southern California. Their spending loads, loads, to channel that rainwater out into the ocean when it rains and floods as well. Now Andy Lipkis is working to help L.A. cut infrastructure costs associated with water management and urban heat island — linking trees, people and technology to create a more livable city. All that green stuff actually naturally absorbs storm water, also helps cool our cities. Because, come to think about it, do you really want air-conditioning, or is it a cooler room that you want? How you get it shouldn’t make that much of a difference . . .

West Virginia

Judy Bonds is a coal miner’s daughter. Her family has eight generations in a town called Whitesville, West Virginia. If anyone should be clinging to the former glory of the coal mining history, and of the town, it should be Judy. But the way coal is mined right now is different from the deep mines that her father and her father’s father would go down into and that employed essentially thousands and thousands of people. Now, two-dozen men can tear down a mountain in several months, and only for about a few years-worth of coal. That kind of technology is called mountaintop removal. It can make a mountain go from this to this in a few short months. Just imagine that the air surrounding these places — it’s filled with the residue of explosives and coal. When we visited, it gave some of the people we were with this strange little cough after being only there for just a few hours or so — not just miners, but everybody . . .

Women as Change Agents in the Emerging Green Economy

What is going on?

Wealthy Women – In the United Kingdom there are 72,000 female multimillionaires – up 40 per cent from 2004 (Financial Times, March 27,2010).

Working Women – From 2000 to 2005 of all new jobs created in America over the median income level ($48,000), 89 per cent were filled by women.

College Educated Women – Although men go to college at the same rate as women, more woman graduate college than men. Two out of every three undergraduate degrees are earned by women. Women exceed men in the attaining advanced degrees, i.e. masters and doctoral degrees.

Professional Women – Seventy-five per cent of all professionals in America are women.

Employed Women – Of the 5.1 million jobs lost in America, almost 80 per cent have been lost by men.  Women are at parity in the percentage of the employed population.

Women have come a long way. It was only eighty years ago women earned the right to vote.

What is going on?

Why women? Why Now?

The opportunity is great.  The opportunity for change is greater.  The need for change is greatest.

In the last twenty years the poorest people in the United States became poorer. The richest people made the most mistakes with the least amount of accountability.  What is going on?  The need for change has never been greater.

Women have never had a greater opportunity to create change, to have an impact on society, than today.