USA | Dayton
I'm chairman of the Startup Societies Foundation and president and cofounder of Openworld, Inc, a nonprofit research group specializing in land value appreciation as a means of privately funding public goods. My projects help communities and entrepreneurs awaken real estate assets through policy reforms, learning innovations, and challenge offers for inclusive, self-funding growth. Over the past 30 years, I've had project experience in more than 50 countries on free economic zones and information technology-enabled development. Prime areas of interest have included pre-investment studies and business climate reforms to remove barriers to investment and entrepreneurship. Among the overseas initiatives I have assisted are Zonamerica (http://Zonamerica.com) in Uruguay, the Montego Bay Free Zone (Jamaica), and dozens of free zones and business and technology parks in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Israel, Bulgaria, Mauritius, and other emerging economies. For the World Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, USAID, and the Organization of American States, I have also advised on export competitiveness and workforce strategies in Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean. I've also had an abiding interest in strategies to include residents and community groups as beneficiaries of the rise in real estate values generated by market-based reforms. I have assisted enterprise zone, land trust, and self-help ventures at local, state, and federal levels in the United States. I also served as principal investigator for a Sabre Foundation and Whitehead Foundation-funded research project on New Catalysts for Sustainability, identifying ways for philanthropies to catalyze self-funding community land trusts through challenge grant offers (highlights at http://is.gd/seedsofchange). With support from the Paul F. Glenn Foundation, I have also researched opportunities for creation of World Cities, Singapore- and Hong Kong style havens for economic migrants and refugees. As part of a new Openworld project, I am now working on sustainable ways for students of all ages to access free lifelong learning resources, and to apply their skills in projects that help awaken assets in community land trusts. The essence of the opportunity is to integrate microscholarship, online work-study, and land grant experiences in a self-sustaining “Next College” package for personal and community growth. The venture draws upon my prior work to help entrepreneurial schools and telecenter operators in obtaining microvouchers and land grants (Kyrgyzstan), creating online work-study projects for students (Somaliland), and crowdfunding microscholarships and peer learning (Sri Lanka). A key aspect of the Next College initiative will be to link certifications and credentials to the progress of actual or virtual work-study and service learning projects for the benefit of existing residents, as well as enterprise zones, community land trusts, and related “Endowment Zone” and World Cities ventures. Participants active in service learning projects may earn shares in land trusts/Endowment Zones in partnering communities. Highlights of digitally-recorded service learning projects are anticipated to enrich Next College’s online course offerings. An open source system for Next College’s student-generated content will draw upon my eLearning design work with Openworld Learning (a U.S.-Russian eLearning venture), the Center for Advanced Engineering Studies at MIT, and Digiperfect in India. Earlier in my career, I was principal researcher and author of studies on targeted economic revitalization strategies for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. I also was an early publisher and managing editor of Reason magazine, and cofounder of the Local Government Center, springboard for Reason Foundation's consulting practice on infrastructure and local service delivery. As executive director of the Center, I specialized in education-related policy reforms and innovations. I've also had a long-standing interest in civil society and business roles in expanding access to space resources, including an extended effort during the late 1970s on behalf of the Earthport Project, a global venture to establish an international free port near the equator for commercial launch operations. My articles on privatization, market-based learning alternatives, and global markets for telework and online learning have appeared in Policy Review, the Freeman, Reason Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and the IEA's Journal of Economic Affairs. I'm a graduate of Harvard University and a former Visiting Fellow of the Lehrman Institute, where I specialized in divestiture of municipal services to residential community associations.
My personal interests include kayaking, flying, architectural design, and square foot gardening.