As publisher of Revitalization News Storm is on top of the latest trends in urban / rural regeneration, nature restoration, and economic resilience.
At his partnership workshops, he helps cities & regions find their best economic growth opportunities, with effective strategies for funding & action.
As a speaker, Storm is a "professional optimist", helping places overcome pessimism, partisanship, lethargy and complexity to achieve revitalization.
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Storm Cunningham: Biography

 

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  • Publisher, Revitalization News The global journal of news, research, and opportunities related to social, economic, and environmental renewal. Published twice monthly.
  • Regional Partnerships Planner for resilient economic, social, and environmental renewal. Facilitates a comprehensive revitalization process, not just a vision, project, or plan.
    Helps places enhance their economy, boost quality of life, and increase climate resilience by repurposing, renewing, and reconnecting their natural, built, and socioeconomic assets.
  • Author, The Restoration Economy (Berrett Koehler, 2002)
  • Author, reWealth (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008)
  • Author, Planetary Renewal (coming November 2017)

About Storm
As publisher of Revitalization News, Storm is abreast of the latest trends, tools, and techniques in urban/rural regeneration, natural resource restoration, and economic resilience worldwide. As a speaker and workshop leader for communities, he often serves as a “public motivator“: raising awareness of local revitalization potential to reduce lethargy, pessimism, partisanship, and professional/organizational “silo thinking”.

Storm has also been called an Community Turnaround Specialist. As a trainer and educator, he helps places and organizations understand and apply the dynamics of creating effective, resilient, holistic revitalization strategies that get well-funded and effectively implemented.

Storm volunteers his time to advise a wide variety of public service efforts, such as serving on the Education & Outreach Committee of the National Working Waterfronts Network (an initiative of the U.S. EDA, NOAA Coastal Management, and NOAA Sea Grant).

Storm has also helped colleges and universities raise millions of public and private dollars to endow new chairs and launch institutes related to community redevelopment, natural resource restoration, and climate adaptation. His Restorative/Revitalizing Careers symposium is tremendously popular with young people seeking meaningful lives. It has been held at many of the world’s top universities, including Harvard, Ryerson, and the Universities of Toronto, Guadalajara, Virginia, Ohio, Roskilde (Denmark), Texas, and many more.

Storm’s upcoming 3rd book, Planetary Renewal (2017), will show students, teachers, tech entrepreneurs, job seekers, and policymakers the myriad opportunities to renew our future for a living. Given the $16 trillion that’s about to be unleashed by the Paris Agreement on climate change, this new book is well-timed. Much of that investment will be focused on redesigning and retrofitting cities, and on restoring green infrastructure.

Storm has been called “the world’s thought leader on community revitalization and natural resource restoration” by George L. Ochs, Managing Director, Global Real Assets, JP Morgan. Ochs calls Cunningham’s 2008 book, reWealth: “The secret weapon…for economic recovery at both local and global scales.” He works worldwide as a strategy and policy consultant to local, regional, and national governments.

Cunningham is the author of 2002’s The Restoration Economy, which has been hailed by government and business leaders around the world as “Extraordinary“, “Remarkable“, “A modern classic“, “A landmark work“, “Required reading“, and “The most important and valuable business book I have read in many years.

His second book, reWealth, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2008. The Foreword was written by legendary 4-term Indianapolis mayor Bill Hudnut, now a Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute. Bill Leary, former Director of Natural Resources, White House Council on Environmental Quality, says of reWealth: “This is the book world leaders should be talking about! In reWealth they will find the path to revitalizing our economy, restoring our environment, and renewing the quality of our lives.

Storm’s third book, Planetary Renewal: A Strategy To Reverse Our Decline will be published in November of 2017.

Storm also writes chapters for the books of other authors, such as Project Management Circa 2025 on the future of the project management profession (Project Management Institute, 2009) and Restorative Redevelopment of Devastated Ecocultural Landscapes (CRC Press, June 2010).

Storm addresses all aspects of renewal; natural and cultural resources, urban and rural communities, industrialized and lesser-developed countries, etc. On any given day, he might be working with educators, fishery biologists, city planners, agronomists, watershed managers, transportation engineers, economic development agencies, environmentalists, real estate developers, GIS software firms, project managers, mayors, ecosystem restorers, brownfields experts, historic preservationists, or catastrophe recovery agencies.

He is retained on a regular basis to speak or consult with federal agencies (such as Environment Canada), state/provincial governments, metropolitan areas & rural communities, and Fortune 500 companies. Just two examples: The American Embassy in Warsaw sponsored Storm’s Polish speaking tour (and series of meetings with mayors). Storm keynoted (as did Bill Clinton) the Ontario Economic Summit, an invitation-only event for the province’s most influential public and private leaders. Storm regularly lectures at academic institutions worldwide.

Storm has been contracted by the U.S. State Department to provide sustainability training for public leaders of dozens of countries. He provided regional revitalization training for Danish regional governments. He has done revitalization talks and workshops in Australia, Italy, Belgium, UK, Mexico, Canada, and more. From 2006-2009 Storm was Distinguished Visiting Professor at Seneca College (Canada’s largest college) in Toronto.

Storm Cunningham was—from 1996 to 2002—Director, Strategic Initiatives at the Construction Specifications Institute, a 50+ year-old association of 16,000 architects, engineers, contractors, and manufacturers. They provide training and certification for construction specifiers and document specialists, and their formats are the standard for quality commercial construction in the U.S., Canada, and several other countries. During this time, he was CSI’s staff liaison to the U.S. Green Building Council.

He was previously CEO of a small manufacturing company that developed aquaculture systems based on a pioneering water purification technology invented at the Smithsonian Institution.

A former Green Beret SCUBA medic with the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group, he is an avid SCUBA diver, motorcyclist, and amateur herpetologist. His passion for integrating economics and nature goes back to his undergraduate business major and biology minor at Windham College in Vermont. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Abbreviated Bio

Storm Cunningham is publisher of Revitalization News, the global journal of news, research, and original articles related to urban/rural revitalization, environmental restoration, and economic/social resilience.

As a community resilience author and speaker—and as a Regional Partnerships Planner for government agencies, mayors, governors, BIDs, CDCs, CDFIs, Chambers, universities, non-profits, and foundations—Storm helps places worldwide revitalize with the natural, built, social, and economic assets they have today, to attract the resources they’ll need tomorrow.

Storm is the author of 2002’s The Restoration Economy, which has been hailed by government and business leaders around the world as “Extraordinary”, “Remarkable”, “A modern classic”, “A landmark work”, “Required reading”, and “The most important and valuable business book I have read in many years.”

His second book, reWealth, was published by McGraw-Hill in 2008. George Ochs, Director of Real Asset Investment at JP Morgan calls Storm “the world’s thought leader on community revitalization and natural resource restoration” and calls reWealth: “The secret weapon…for economic recovery at both local and global scales.”

Storm’s third book, Planetary Renewal: A Strategy To Reverse Our Decline will be published in November of 2017. It shows how repurposing, renewing, and reconnecting has become the strategy for the Anthropocene Epoch. We have been adapting the world to our needs for some 12,000 years. Now, our continued health and prosperity will be based on adapting to those adaptations, and to their unintended consequences (such as climate change).

From 2006-2009 Storm was Distinguished Visiting Professor at Seneca College (Canada’s largest college) in Toronto. From 1996 to 2002, he was Director, Strategic Initiatives at the Construction Specifications Institute, a 60+ year-old association of 18,000 architects, engineers, contractors, and manufacturers.

A former Green Beret SCUBA medic with the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group, he is an avid SCUBA diver, motorcyclist, and amateur herpetologist. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, USA.

"Storm is the world's Renewal Process Planner, helping places revitalize and regenerate their economic, social, heritage, built, and natural realms together."