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Brian Dowling

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I used to work and still live in the San Gabriel Valley of California. My day job was economic development professional for a city government. Through this blog and the related wiki of the same name, I focus on larger questions impacting community development, regional economics and arenas beyond. These efforts have to do with what I learned in government and what I learned through interacting on the web regarding governance and community participation. Previously, I participated online with the effort to get the word out in support of actions being taken to accomplish the UN Millennium Development Goals. The biggest lesson I came away is that people cannot connect with empowering others to find the means of overcoming economic challenges if they don't have or use that ability themselves, even if they have it. Now I am seeking to apply the lessons learned to local governance and community transformation through the creation of new community paradigms