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South Dakota Senators and Representative – Support Net Neutrality

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This letter was sent on December 5th, 2017 on behalf of over 100 South Dakotan businesses and individuals asking their senators and representative to maintain current net neutrality protections. Dear Senators Thune, Rounds and Representative...

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Net Neutrality – The FCC Hates Rural America

Take action to preserve net neutrality.Here are a few important ways to take action in preserving and fighting for Net Neutrality. If you’re in South Dakota, sign up to tell our representatives that you support...

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Diversity Makes Communities Vibrant. Immigration Bans Don’t.

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Diversity of ideas, backgrounds and talents make our Midwest communities vibrant. President Donald Trump’s recent executive order restricting immigration and suspending refugee admission hurts our communities. I work with a diverse group of community leaders and...

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Every Day Activism

Every day activism ensures that our rights and dignity are supported, regardless who is president. The protests we are seeing on the streets ensure that society empathizes with the most vulnerable and avoids the trap of moral licensing.

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3 Ways to Support Intrapreneurship

A culture of innovation spurs entrepreneurship and inspires intrapreneurship. Our businesses can and should encourage intrapreneurship to better cannibalize ourselves. Our communities can and should promote an entrepreneurial ecosystem to better push intrapreneurs to innovate. An innovative culture...

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Save Democracy — Create a Mindful Echo Chamber

We live in echo chambers, and it’s killing our republic. As websites increasingly track and customize what we see based on our interests, we are rarely exposed to new and challenging ideas . . ....

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Hiring Women Is Not the Right Thing to Do

Want to listen to this post? Here’s an audio version from the Digital Homestead podcast.   Hiring women is not the right thing to do. Hiring women is the only thing to do for businesses...

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What’s Better: Above-Average Team or Superstar?

A weak-link network is when it is more important to have large number of above average players. Business and community requires this deep bench.

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Want to Charge More? Be a Master

As the world flattens, what you do matters less than how well you do it and what you know. Mastery is what helps you stand out and show up. Mastery is what enables you to charge more and provide more value in the same amount of time. Mastery is the end goal few seek and few achieve.

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The Advice We Don’t Follow: Meditations on Community

There’s been a three-year debate at 9 Clouds about this very blog. We write about both business and community, but we often ask ourselves: Why talk about community? If we followed our own digital marketing advice,...

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