Need to revive hope in the New Year? Here are a few of the New Mexico solutions featured in my new book, Another Way Forward: Grassroots Solutions from New Mexico. I will be talking about others Jan. 13 1-3 at the Los Poblanos Farm Store, 4803 Rio Grande Blvd. in Albuquerque.
Solution #1: A service corps for young people to provide training in outdoor occupations, a sense of stewardship for New Mexico’s public lands and a leg up to further education.
Solution #2: A farmers market located outside a primary health clinic to offer low-income mothers fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms at affordable prices.
Solution #3: A community land trust to provide affordable housing, preserve a traditional neighborhood, and clean up an old industrial wasteland.
Solution #4: Tele-conferencing to bring the expertise of medical specialists to rural areas and address chronic diseases and opiod addictions.
Solution #5: A new type of experiential museum for all ages that is breaking the traditional mold and creating jobs for young artists.
Solution #6: A small factory that provides quality, on-site childcare for its employees at 25 cents per hour.
Solution #7: A civics program that gives kids a real-world opportunity to write a bill and lobby it through the legislature.
Solution #8: A medical residency program that encourages—rather than discourages—budding health care providers to locate in remote rural areas.
Solution #9: A fire department whose EMTs help 911 callers find services and solve problems rather than just taking them to the emergency room.
Solution #10: A program that matches the savings of low-income families if they take a financial literacy course and use the money for school, a small business or a home.
These are only ten reasons to have hope in the New Year —look around your community for the problem solvers, or just read my book, available through me www.dedefeldman.com/another, at Amazon (including Kindle) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999586408, Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/another-way-forward-dede-feldman/1127525590;jsessionid=E807877B1B77494C2FA174B10F926C74.prodny_store02-atgap05?ean=9780999586402 or BookWorks, where I’ll be having an event Feb. 1. at 6 pm.