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Lucas St. Clair of Elliotsville Plantation

Lucas St. Clair with Ryan Zinke

Lucas St. Clair of Elliotsville Plantation is one of Maine’s most remarkable entrepreneurs. He’s taking on a different problem than most entrepreneurs – he wants to create a national park in Maine’s north woods. We explore how he did it, and the decisions he made along the way.

Whatever you may think of the idea (which I support), Lucas’ efforts and approach are a model for taking on a big challenge. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did, and if you want to support a fund for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument operations, be sure to have a bottle of Maine Beer Co Woods and Waters IPA!


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Sara Whalen Shifrin of the IDEAS Center

Sara Shifrin in treehouse

Got an intractable problem you need to break loose? Looking for some fresh ideas and new approaches? Design thinking could be the tool you need. My good friend Sara Whalen Shifrin, Director of the IDEAS Center, is your guide and expert. Rather than the solution you think might work, get to the innovation that your customers actually want.

Sara’s design thinking camp, known as Field Guide, is coming up. You can arrive on Tuesday morning June 27 with a formless, empty darkness of an idea moving upon the surface of the waters, and on the fourth day, you’ll have created something that is good for all mankind.

That’s the potential.

This June, take four days to unplug and connect with creative leaders at Field Guide: A Design Thinking Experience. Register at fieldguide.gouldacademy.org.

And please subscribe – next episode will feature Lucas St. Clair. I dunno, something about a national park. Thinking big is a beautiful thing.





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