Chris Mitchell to speak at American Independent Business Alliance Conference, May 8 – 11

The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) brings the 2014 Go Local, Grow Local Conference to downtown Minneapolis May 8 – 11. Christopher Mitchell will speak at the conference on Friday, May 9, at 3:45 central. Chris will speak on creating local environments that help entrepreneurs thrive, including community networks. Continue Reading

Locally owned networks protect privacy and limit consumer surveillance

Since the story broke about the NSA domestic spying practices, debate among concerned citizens has revolved around the Big Brother surveillance model. Most of us shudder at the thought of our federal agencies from DC watching, noting, and recording our actions. However, there is another type of Internet surveillance that largely escapes notice and likewise threatens our liberty. Continue Reading

Strong leadership missing from Star Tribune

Reluctantly, I have been captured by the stadium debate. With a little past experience in state policy and the places where those decisions are made, the personalities, processes, and strategies interest me. I find the floor debates unpredictable and engaging and I usually root for what I think is my favorite team. I admit that I am not a fan of football, nor do I hate it. Continue Reading