Marking 20 years
of bold journalism,
reader supported.
Tyee News
Local Economy

The Tyee’s ‘What Works’ Are Business Pages for the Bioregion

We are profiling people inventing the economy we need, from Alaska to California.

David Beers 15 Nov 2023The Tyee

David Beers is the founding editor of The Tyee and serves as current editor-in-chief.

British Columbia lies within a distinct bioregion that extends from Alaska to northern California. The millions of us who live within its boundaries, from Juneau to Burnaby to Sonoma, face a shared challenge. How to create the next economy while preserving the ecological riches, from the glacier-fed watersheds to the coastal wetlands, we all depend upon?

The myriad answers reside in people who are already taking up that challenge every day in what they do for a living. Would you like to meet them? So would we at The Tyee.

So we’ve created What Works, a new section that gives readers a chance to check in on people who are creating and running enterprises — for profit and not for profit — that are low-carbon, locally resilient, humane and attuned to the surrounding environment.

Another way to put this: Story by story, we are building the business pages for a healthy bioregion.

First up, today’s article by Christopher Cheung about the B.C.-based firm StructureCraft and its contributions to the fast-growing mass timber approach to construction, which, when done right, offers greenhouse gas emissions advantages over using concrete and steel.

What Works is funded by Magic Canoe, the non-profit arm of the Salmon Nation Trust. The Tyee retains editorial independence and is excited to partner with these forward-looking organizations.

Here are a few words from our partners at Salmon Nation and Magic Canoe explaining their involvement:

“If we are going to build a future we want to live in and raise our kids in, we need new narratives that emerge from stories about real work in real communities confronting real issues that affect us all.

“So much of our world feels broken. Our hope, perhaps our only hope, is to find out what works, who’s doing it and how, to share their stories, and inspire others. The Tyee What Works project is a great search engine for uncovering people working on solutions that matter.”

What Works stories are fact-based and fact-checked, and adhere to The Tyee’s general high standards. It’s critical that the reporting be rigorous because the aim is to find and document best practices that others might learn from and emulate throughout the bioregion.

We invite other publications to republish these What Works stories free of charge. If you are interested in doing so, don’t hesitate to contact me, the project leader, at dbeers[at]thetyee[dot]ca.

We invite journalists in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and northern California to pitch us stories that fit what we’ve explained is the What Works frame.

And we encourage folks to suggest ideas for further stories that profile makers of the new economy we need.

To inform you further about the aims, methods and support for What Works, we’ve prepared a frequently asked questions page.

Together, let’s map success stories that provide practical hope. Let’s find out What Works and pass it on.  [Tyee]

  • Share:

Get The Tyee's Daily Catch, our free daily newsletter.

Tyee Commenting Guidelines

Comments that violate guidelines risk being deleted, and violations may result in a temporary or permanent user ban. Maintain the spirit of good conversation to stay in the discussion and be patient with moderators. Comments are reviewed regularly but not in real time.


  • Be thoughtful about how your words may affect the communities you are addressing. Language matters
  • Keep comments under 250 words
  • Challenge arguments, not commenters
  • Flag trolls and guideline violations
  • Treat all with respect and curiosity, learn from differences of opinion
  • Verify facts, debunk rumours, point out logical fallacies
  • Add context and background
  • Note typos and reporting blind spots
  • Stay on topic

Do not:

  • Use sexist, classist, racist, homophobic or transphobic language
  • Ridicule, misgender, bully, threaten, name call, troll or wish harm on others or justify violence
  • Personally attack authors, contributors or members of the general public
  • Spread misinformation or perpetuate conspiracies
  • Libel, defame or publish falsehoods
  • Attempt to guess other commenters’ real-life identities
  • Post links without providing context

Most Popular

Most Commented

Most Emailed


The Barometer

Are You Concerned about Your Municipality’s Water Security?

Take this week's poll