Regional Projects

A Plan For The Economic Development Of Khabarovsk Krai

Authors: Ronald Logan and Carla Dickstein

In 1990, Ronald Logan gave a two-day seminar on the PROUT model of development to leading progressive intellectuals of the Russian Far East. Those attending saw in PROUT what they had been seeking: a coherent theory of development that stressed regional autonomy, cooperative enterprise, and economic democracy. This led to an invitation by the Governor of Khabarovsk Krai for the PROUT Institute to participate in a competition among leading economic institutes of the region to conceptualize a vision for the economic future of Khabarovsk Krai. Logan and Carla Dickstein, then professor of economics at West Virginia University, collaborated on the drafting of this PROUT Institute report.

By |2016-01-19T03:16:31+0000December 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Energy Planning for Oregon’s Willamette Valley

The combined effects of peak oil and climate change will require dramatic changes in the sources and use of energy in Oregon’s South Willamette Valley. If such changes are not made, economic vitality and the quality of community life will be severely diminished. The task of reconfiguring energy sources and uses will require committed leadership, community support, mobilization of capital, and clarity of vision. This policy paper gives brief outline to a coherent vision for securing sustainable, renewable energy for the South Willamette Valley.


By |2016-01-19T04:49:51+0000November 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Sustainable Agriculture in the Willamette Valley

Author: Dan Armstrong

The world currently faces unprecedented challenges due to long-term resource mismanagement and environmental degradation. This is particularly true in the realm of agriculture, where monoculture and industrial farming techniques have proven to be unsustainable. Topsoil loss, water shortages, and petrochemical dependency are stressing global grain production. Food security has progressed from a Third World concern to the forefront of First World issues. Agriculture in Oregon’s Willamette Valley provides a useful case study for both illustrating the existing problem and applying PROUT strategies as a possible solution.

By |2016-01-19T04:08:34+0000November 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Sustainable Economy in Lane County

A Solution-Oriented Vision And Practical Recommendations

To ensure a viable future, Lane County must turn from a pathway of economic development linked to the increasingly unstable, unsustainable and crisis prone global economy. It must instead develop a new economy that meet two broad conditions: (1) be local and regional in its control, in its resource base, in its markets, in its capital flow, and in its labor force, and (2) focus development around enterprises that are inherently sustainable.

By |2016-01-14T05:17:46+0000November 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Envisioning A Cascadian Ethnobotany

Transition to a sustainable economy in the Cascadia bioregion will benefit from re-envisioning the region’s ethnobotany. This would entail reassessing the potential uses of plants and conceptualizing the research, infrastructure development, and marketing initiatives required for these potential uses to be economically viable. This paper proposes a pilot study to initiate discussion of a new silviculture and agro-industry base in Cascadia and to identify promising new plants, products, processes, and markets that could emerge based on a new ethnobotany.

By |2016-01-19T04:31:55+0000November 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Lane County Fairgrounds Repair Proposal

Authors: Dan Armstrong and Eric Myers, with Ronald Logan, Rob Bolman, and Joshua Smith. 
This report proposes a way to save the Lane County Fairgrounds. It describes a plan to transform the fairgrounds into a zero waste and zero net carbon, zero net energy community and agricultural resource center—a plan that will make the fairgrounds profitable, sustainable, and attractive. Should this vision be realized the Lane County Fairgrounds would become a gem in the crown of Oregon’s greenest city, and a major eco-destination site.

By |2016-01-19T04:00:27+0000November 11th, 2015|0 Comments