Rob Snyder is the president of the Island Institute. His monthly column explores the issues, ideas, and people that motivate the Institute's work.

  • gavel
    April 17

    Town meeting is a celebration at best, or a tense endurance test at worst. Sometimes, it's both. It really depends on what seat you're in.

    Community Development

  • Susan Margaret photo
    March 26

    If you ask a lobsterman if he works from a business plan, the response might be something like, "I'm trying to get through next week," or "I take it year by year." Some will say that they used to have one, but they stopped when the timing of the shed became so unpredictable.

  • Sitka, Alaska.
    March 9

    Sitka, Alaska is firmly anchored to the western shore of snow-capped Baranof Island. At just under 9,000 people, it is the fifth largest city in a state of 750,000. Alaska's rural libertarian character echoes Maine's.

    Community Development, Energy