WANTED: a nuanced Driftless narrative

“Authenticity is a rare and valuable commodity, and people will travel far to find it,”writes editor-at-large Bobby Ghosh in Time’s Fall 2012 issue of Style and Design. And authenticity is about integrity. What does this tell us about developing a narrative for the Driftless that shelters the region’s integrity while inviting people into the region to taste of its bounty? Ghosh goes on to say, “When everyone wants a piece of paradise, can paradise stay intact?”

2 thoughts on “WANTED: a nuanced Driftless narrative

  1. Nancy North

    We’ve bought into the myth that wherever prosperity and people exist, destruction is inevitable—that we can live well only if we ravage the land.

    This is a cultural habit of thought, not reality.

    If we pay attention and learn to understand the patterns of nature, we can find ways of living that work with it, not against it. It’s even possible to improve the places that support us! Organic farmers know this; so do many others.

    Our future lies in continuing to find authentic ways of living that sustain us and honor this place. We can draw on all the skills and tools our culture offers, but live from a different set of values, modeling a different, more integrated life for visitors, showing them how it works.

    1. Michelle Miller Post author

      We missed you at the meeting in Soldiers Grove, Nancy. Thanks for your comment. Communicating ways to be a sustainable tourist (maybe an etiquette book?) is something we just barely touched at the meeting. I bet this has been done elsewhere…sort of the “pack it in, pack it out” message.

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