Building Grassroots Organizations in Cook County

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On Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, WTIP’s First Thursday Community Conversations program highlighted the building of grassroots organizations in Cook County. Judy Peterson of the Whole Foods Coop, Jack McDonnell of Boreal Access, George Wilkes of the Cook County Local Energy Project and Patty Nordahl from the Cooperation Station discussed their involvement in helping to form organizations important to our community.

This conversation marked the beginning of a new community initiative, “Better Together: The Great Community Book Read,” based on the book “Better Together: Restoring the American Community” by Robert D. Putnam and Lewis M. Feldstein. WTIP North Shore Community Radio, the Grand Marais Public Library and Cook County Extension cooperated on the community-wide program, built around the shared experiences of people reading and talking about the same book. Through community events as well as public and private discussions, the program encourages communities to come together and work together to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.

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