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Acknowledgments * % 1 N othing more underscores the reality of the near endless web of interactions among my friends and colleagues than when the time comes to list my intellectual debts. That debt load is now huge, and the intellectual interest compounds more than semiannually. I have no choice, therefore, but to hereby declare all such debts as gifts. The gift of deepest insight into most of the issues and proposed solutions discussed here came from my friend Wendell Berry. As a small statement of appreciation, I dedicate this book to him. There are other friends who have been of immense importance for their intellectual contribution, their living example , or both, including: Tanya Berry, David Ehrenfeld, Terry Evans, Rick and Joyce Fent, Leland Lorenzen, Steve Marglin, Gary Nabhan, Conn Nugent, David Orr, J. Stan Rowe, Arnold Schultz, Charlie Sing, Douglas Sloan, John Todd, Charles Washburn, Don Worster, Angus Wright, and Arthur Zajonc. Colleagues at The Land Institute Jon Piper, Peter Kulakow , and Marty Bender, one way or another before and during xii Acknowledgments the preparation of this effort have helped give shape to these ideas. Eight to ten interns come through The Land Institute each year to spend forty-three weeks in reading, thinking, discussing , and doing the necessary physical work around the place. These smart, idealistic college graduates are indispensable in the energy and inspiration as well as the thinking they provide. They are at once a barometer of where the culture has gone and a source of ideas as to where it should go. The core of the book was the 1991 Blazer Lecture at the University of Kentucky Sam Hileman made numerous valuable improvements. Linda Okeson at The Land Institute typed various versions of the manuscript more times than the word processor can remember, and now and then would say, "Do you want to say this?" The Pew Charitable Trust, through its Conservation Scholars program, provided funding that has made it possible to begin implementation of some of these ideas in a small Kansas town. By being able to enact these ideals in a real physical place, more ideas have emerged which have informed much of the content of this book. ...


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