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World’s Coolest Main Street

    How is innovation part of reclaiming an urban core? It may not look like it now, but in not too many years, Little Rock will be home to the world’s coolest Main Street. It’s going to take some creativity. I took these photos, looking north and south from Capitol, the very heart of […]

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Food Trucks on Main Street

  Besides my marketing and strategy work with nonprofits, I volunteer with a few groups. Longest running of these is the effort to revitalize downtown Little Rock. First as a board member of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership; and more narrowly, on the mayor’s task force to revitalize Main Street; and more narrowly still, the […]

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Because a professor was indifferent to his students’ first project idea, many people around the world will have light at night. This week at the Clinton School of Public Service we got to hear Jessica Matthews, co-founder and CEO of Uncharted Play, an organization that mixes fun with solving the world’s problems. She and her colleagues developed a […]

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Hairdressers Cut Skin Cancer?

Winston Churchill said, “The maneuver which brings an ally into the field is as serviceable as that which wins a great battle.” Gaining the support of President Roosevelt and the United States, of course, turned the outcome of World War II. Now the British are looking at a new ally for a different battle: the […]

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Cash Mobs

Today, March 24, is National Cash Mob Day. Begun last year, cash mobs organize flash mob participants to meet and spend $20 at a local store, supporting homegrown businesses. Cash mobs have spread to dozens of cities around the country and are popping up overseas. While a boost of $800 in the lucky cash register […]

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Good Ideas Have Lonely Childhoods

            In his short book, Ignore Everybody, Hugh Macleod says that good ideas have lonely childhoods. Good ideas alter the power balance in relationships. That is why good ideas are always initially resisted. The good news is, creating an idea or brand that fights the Powers That Be can be a lot […]

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Resonate: Presentations to Change the World

At the suggestion of a friend (thanks, Karmelle!), I bought Resonate, one of the best books I read last year. Author Nancy Duarte has worked on thousands of presentations, most notably An Inconvenient Truth. In the book, she draws on the likes of Joseph Campbell, Martin Luther King, Martha Graham, Abraham Lincoln and Steve Jobs to illustrate […]

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Neighborhood and Walls

I don’t know which I’m more excited about, the new website/docu-series named Here Comes the Neighborhood, or their  first offering, Wynwood Walls. Either is the coolest thing I’ve seen in many moons. Here Comes The Neighborhood, is a site of “docuseries” that explore how public art can revitalize urban communities. Their pilot series — already […]

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Declaration of Interdependence

On this holiday, I’m reminded of Martin Luther King’s keen understanding of our interdependence: Before you finish eating breakfast this morning, you’ve depended on more than half of the world. This is the way our universe is structured. We aren’t going to have peace on earth until we recognize this basic fact of interrelated structure of […]

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Saving the Glaciers?

I’ve met farmers who eke a livelihood in the high Andes, and saw how completely dependent they are on water from yet higher. But that water above in many places is drying up from actions of us humans — grazing cattle on the fragile páramo and contributing to global warming. When my son, Eliot, showed […]

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