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Small Countries Outpost

The Isle of Man Small Countries Program seeks to address the unique challenges of small countries, with a special focus on the Caribbean. It promotes awareness and discussion about security, political, economic, social and environmental issues. A former Small Countries Fellow, Lucien Charland, now lives and works in a small country, and offered to write about some of these issues from his own perspective. Joining him in authorship is his friend and business partner, Keane Mayer. Together, these two are working to develop sustainable agriculture in the Caribbean through hydroponic, solar-powered shade houses. Read about their adventures every other month in this Small Countries Outpost.


Let Them Eat Kale!

In the last few posts, we’ve described agriculture, government, and politics on our small island, and even some of the nuances of trying to get things done in areas without access to the resources of more industrialized countries. A substantial part of our time and attention that we haven’t mentioned centers on the business of  [Read More]

Small Country Living: The Struggle is Real

Welcome back to the Small Countries Outpost, our attempt at giving a human face to the issues that disproportionately affect small countries. In the last few posts, we highlighted social, governmental and economic issues as we see them as farmers and entrepreneurs on the small island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. For this post,  [Read More]

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About the Authors

Lucien PhotoLucien Charland graduated from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2015. There, he distinguished himself as a National Merit Scholar, a President’s Scholar, a LEAD Scholar, the founder of the International Relations Club, an overseas State Department Intern, an officer of the Theta Chi Fraternity and an active member of The Burnett Honors College (TBHC). He graduated Summa Cum Laude with double degrees in Economics as well as International and Global Studies. At UCF, Charland led the environmental volunteering program at TBHC, participated in a St. Kitts-Nevis (SKN) service-learning program and secured a research fellowship at the Global Perspectives Office, where he studied and presented climate-change impacts research. He is Co-founder of the SKN company Standard Hydro, which is the culmination of his life-long aspiration to confront serious international socio-economic and environmental issues.

linkedin-picKeane Mayer graduated from Indiana University (IU) in 2013, where he studied Economics and Political Science. Outside the classroom, Mayer headed campus sustainability and student safety initiatives, serving as the Chief of Policy and Legislative Affairs at IU’s Student Association. Mayer also led a team that successfully lobbied for the adoption of the Indiana Lifeline Law, which protects underage individuals from being penalized when reporting alcohol-related emergencies. After graduation, Mayer spent a year as a Regional Director with his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, consulting on best practices for chapters and volunteers at universities in four states. He is Co-founder of Standard Hydro. The company is Mayer’s way of making a deep impact on the world around him through the power of enterprise.