April 20, 2020

What Can Community Banks and Small Farms Teach Us?

Last week, the (hopefully first) round of small business loans provided by congress were all accounted for–either distributed or earmarked. All along, it seemed clear that community banks acted faster and were more responsive to customers than big banks. We also heard about the closing of major meat packing plants and farmers dumping milk, eggs and vegetables due a supply chain that is breaking down. While big farms and their corresponding distribution systems are buckling, early signs seem to indicate that community supported agriculture programs are seeing increases while small farms and small businesses are pivoting fast to get food directly to customers during this crisis.

What do community banks and small farms have to teach us in this moment?

It may be showing us that smaller organizations–in whatever sphere, or industry you are in–are often more resilient.

It may mean that during this strange season our culture grows more accustom to the smaller, the local, the more-human organization.

What does this mean for you? It means that you need to pay attention to scale as it relates to how human your organization is.

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