Month: June 2004

American versus Canadian Sensibilities: The Entrepreneurial Spirit On the Remote Frontier (1)

American versus Canadian Sensibilities: The Entrepreneurial Spirit On the Remote Frontier [Editor’s Note: This article is based on notes from a talk by Dr. Judith Kleinfeld, author of Go For It!, to Publishers Marketing Association University in Chicago, June 2004. I don’t necessarily agree with her conclusions, and I think studying border towns in more mainstream locations may create very different results. But it’s certainly interesting. -Shel Horowitz] You exemplify what’s best about America: daring, dreaming, risk taking Why are we so rich and powerful [as a nation]? It’s because of your frontier spirit. It’s not just about our natural resources—Brazil has natural resources. We have geography, no enemies along our borders—but what about Argentina? While writing the book, I found myself surrounded by Canadians. Canadians don’t think they’re like Americans at all. A Canadian anthropologist told me, if you want to understand the difference, go to these twin towns on the border: Hyder, Alaska and Stewart, British Columbia. So I called up the town authorities. I called the Canadian town, Stewart: How are you governed? He could answer no questions except in writing, and I should fax them and he’d respond in a week or two. Then I called Hyder. It had never incorporated as a municipality. It had a community organization. She was ready to tell me all, right on the phone, but I faxed my questions,...

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American versus Canadian Sensibilities: The Entrepreneurial Spirit On the Remote Frontier

American versus Canadian Sensibilities: The Entrepreneurial Spirit On the Remote Frontier [Editor’s Note: This article is based on notes from a talk by Dr. Judith Kleinfeld, author of Go For It!, to Publishers Marketing Association University in Chicago, June 2004. I don’t necessarily agree with her conclusions, and I think studying border towns in more mainstream locations may create very different results. But it’s certainly interesting. -Shel Horowitz] You exemplify what’s best about America: daring, dreaming, risk taking Why are we so rich and powerful [as a nation]? It’s because of your frontier spirit. It’s not just about our natural resources—Brazil has natural resources. We have geography, no enemies along our borders—but what about Argentina? While writing the book, I found myself surrounded by Canadians. Canadians don’t think they’re like Americans at all. A Canadian anthropologist told me, if you want to understand the difference, go to these twin towns on the border: Hyder, Alaska and Stewart, British Columbia. So I called up the town authorities. I called the Canadian town, Stewart: How are you governed? He could answer no questions except in writing, and I should fax them and he’d respond in a week or two. Then I called Hyder. It had never incorporated as a municipality. It had a community organization. She was ready to tell me all, right on the phone, but I faxed my questions,...

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