Articles by: Michael Shank

The Future of Global Affairs: Managing Discontinuity, Disruption and Destruction

The Future of Global Affairs: Managing Discontinuity, Disruption and Destruction

November 14, 2020 at 11:46 am

The Future of Climate Action: From Systems Change to Behavior Change 2021 By Michael Shank Editors: Ankersen, Christopher, Singh Sidhu, Waheguru Pal (Eds.) Explores agency beyond the nation state in Global Affairs, focusing on the role of coalitions, alliances and international organizations Imagines the future of Global Affairs in a […]

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Drone photo during summer of Rutland, Vermont and the Green Mountains.

Working Toward Thriving Communities

November 5, 2020 at 10:49 am

VTDIGGER 11/04/20 By Michael Shank  Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, who is vice chair of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission and the chair of the Brandon Planning Commission. He was an independent candidate for a Rutland District seat in the Vermont State Senate. When the […]

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Free Conflict Training for Rutland County Leaders

Free Conflict Training for Rutland County Leaders

October 28, 2020 at 9:51 am

RUTLAND HERALD 10/28/20 By Keith Whitcomb Jr.  Two local leaders are offering to teach Rutland County board chairs some conflict resolution skills for free. Michael Shank, of Brandon, and Lisa Ryan, of Rutland City, said Tuesday they got the idea to offer this free training after learning about each other’s […]

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FERC Commissioner: Listen to the Scientists

FERC Commissioner: Listen to the Scientists

October 27, 2020 at 6:08 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 10/21/20 By Keith Whitcomb Jr.  A federal energy regulator, nominated to his position by President Donald Trump, told those attending a virtual renewable energy conference Wednesday that America needs to listen to scientists on man-made climate change. “We’ve got to stop having these disagreements as to whether greenhouse […]

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Questionnaire: Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Housing Finance Agency, and Let’s Grow Kids Vermont

Questionnaire: Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Housing Finance Agency, and Let’s Grow Kids Vermont

October 8, 2020 at 9:37 pm

LET’S GROW KIDS 10/08/20 1. What steps would you take to quickly address the immediate emergency need facing households without sufficient internet access, while also planning for a future that will require increasingly faster internet speeds? We need broadband for all. At the Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRPC), where I […]

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The Herald Candidate Questionnaires: Vt. Senate, Rutland District

The Herald Candidate Questionnaires: Vt. Senate, Rutland District

October 8, 2020 at 1:58 pm

THE HERALD 10/01/20 Rutland County District (Three Seats) The Rutland Senate District covers the White River Valley town of Pittsfield. The Herald sent out questionnaires to area candidates running for state representative and state senator. Each was given space to respond to the following questions: As a result of the […]

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Rutland County Needs to Band Together for Broadband

Rutland County Needs to Band Together for Broadband

October 8, 2020 at 9:10 am

VTDIGGER 10/07/20 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, who is vice chair of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission and the chair of the Brandon Planning Commission. Many things in life are easier when done together. Whether it’s education, economic development, everyday chores or […]

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Band Together for Broadband

Band Together for Broadband

October 7, 2020 at 5:12 pm

MOUNTAIN TIMES 10/07/20 By Dr. Michael Shank Many things in life are easier when done together. Whether it’s education, economic development, everyday chores or even emergency response, when you have more hands and more help, the work is more efficiently executed and more effectively implemented. It takes a village to […]

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Broadband for All

Broadband for All

October 7, 2020 at 3:34 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 10/07/20 By Michael Shank Many things in life are easier when done together. Whether it’s education, economic development, everyday chores or even emergency response, when you have more hands and more help, the work is more efficiently executed and more effectively implemented. It takes a village to lighten […]

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Rutland Herald’s General Election Guide

Rutland Herald’s General Election Guide

October 7, 2020 at 8:49 am

RUTLAND HERALD 10/07/20 Michael Shank Independent, Brandon Why are you running this year? I love this community and I want to give back and serve the community in every way I can. I see a need to strengthen our ties and bonds so that we’re more resilient and more protected […]

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