Difference Maker Gerard and Beatrice Barras reopened a wool mill and helped save a town

They spun their interest in an old wool mill into an unconventional business that revived a French village.

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JERRY LANSON

Gerard Barras scribbles as he talks. On yellow sticky notes, he draws an organizational chart outlining the tasks the 47 workers at his wool cooperative, Ardelaine, carry out in the mountainous countryside two hours south of Lyon, France.