Creating a Civic Self-Assessment

Thursday October 19, was the application deadline for hopeful North American cities to persuade Amazon to locate their second headquarters, otherwise known as HQ2, to their communities. It is anticipated over the next ten years the Amazon project will result in a $5 billion direct investment and as many as 50,000 job with salaries in … Continue reading Creating a Civic Self-Assessment

Rebuilding Alexandria

About twenty years ago, my daughter Alex and I were living in Marin County above San Francisco. During this time I became addicted to reading. I don't know if I was trying to make up for lost time or what; but a pile of five books (all in various stages of completion) became a permanent … Continue reading Rebuilding Alexandria

The “Kernel,” Your Community’s Cross-Generational Ecosystem

"Beth Jacob is a New Orleans architect and historian whose research specializes in the historic preservation and adaptive reuse of New Orleans’ public markets. Jacob found that these markets and public spaces did more than just offer a space for communities to buy staples. They were true neighborhood places that served as anchors that attracted … Continue reading The “Kernel,” Your Community’s Cross-Generational Ecosystem

Nurture your “Weirdos”

"We have a new bigotry in America. We don't want to be around anyone who disagrees with us about anything."~ Bill Clinton at the 2013 GLAAD Awards We live in world of conformity. Being different, being ... "not like everyone else is or like your supposed to be" - is bad. Because if you're different, then you're … Continue reading Nurture your “Weirdos”

“The Art of Empathy”

Over the years I've been involved in many projects, professionally and personally. Some have been successful and some ... not so much. A friend of mine, Yvette Dubel, posed a question to me in reference to an eBook she's writing. What piece of advice would I share to current and future business leaders? What's the one thing … Continue reading “The Art of Empathy”

Why the George Zimmerman trial wasn’t really about race or even George Zimmerman!

As we all know by now, George Zimmerman was quitted on all counts against him for the murder of Trayvon Martin. A jury of six of his peers (in theory), found that Zimmerman acted in self-defense under the conditions of Florida's "Stand your ground" law. Now if you've been watching television or read the major … Continue reading Why the George Zimmerman trial wasn’t really about race or even George Zimmerman!

The Science of Being Jennifer Lawrence

Update Wednesday, January 15, 2014:  With the 2014 Oscar nominations happening tomorrow morning, it's a good time to revisit some thoughts about a sure-fire nominee ... if not another winner. About a year ago I started down my road of dystopian rant about the dysfunction of government. It was right before the mega-movie The Hunger … Continue reading The Science of Being Jennifer Lawrence