[CAF Note: I am republishing this post – originally published in March 2009 of a taxonomy made in the 1990’s – as a subscriber asked for guidance on the important areas of data collection for mapping a local economy]
One of the greatest opportunities before us is aligning our financial systems with our local living systems — with our people, our culture and our natural environment. Currently, if you map out and make visible our “financial ecosystems” you will find that the incentives in those systems are often at odds with what optimizes the living systems and build wealths locally. Bringing transparency to our financial systems and living systems within a place and finding opportunities to realign is an activity worth considering.
Data in your local area is typically collected by enterprises and agencies responsible for public and private operations and investment. Many years ago, I created a taxonomy of local investment categories to describe the basic areas of data collection.
“I can hire one-half of the working class to kill the other half“.
~ Jay Gould – 19th century railroad robber baron
The Island of California refers to a long-held European misconception,dating from the 16th century, that California was not part of mainland North America but rather a large island separated from the continent by a strait now known instead as the Gulf of California.
One of the most famous cartographic errors in history, it was propagated on many maps during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, despite contradictory evidence from various explorers.