Because, science: Go screw up.

What do you need to convince you to read this article from Fast Company, other than this lead? Science Confirms It: If You Want To Succeed, You Have To Screw Up  The book told you to do that, now science says so to.  So go tell your boss that it's time to go make those …

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From the Good Ideas File: More on People’s Liberty

I had the great fortune of taking my 16 year old to the launch of People's Liberty, the very ground-breaking Cincinnati philanthropy that I wrote about last week.  The great thing about taking the kid was that...he's already over 6 foot, so he could actually see what's was going on in a sea of 350 …

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From…well, me: Asking for your Support to Test a Way to Get More Tech People Involved in Making Communities Better

I posted this last week at EngagingCities.  We've got a potential to demonstrate to a lot of tech people how they could actually make a difference in their communities.  But to get that chance, we need help.  As in, your help. Here's the lowdown:   Special to EngagingCities Hi. I usually try to keep a relatively …

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From the Good Ideas File: People’s Liberty turns community philanthropy inside out

One of the big questions underpinning the Local Economy Revolution book and a lot of other current thinking about urban and community revitalization might be summed up like this: We have been doing X for Y years. We can point to some improvements, but fundamentally, the problems that we started doing X to fix...haven't been …

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From the Good Ideas File: Make your community a MakerSpace

One very interesting emerging approach to growing entrepreneurship (and perhaps some of that can-do empowerment that I mentioned yesterday) are makerspaces -- collections of tools and maker resources that people can access to work on projects of interest.  The benefits of a makerspace include access to equipment that a person with an idea might not …

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From the Good Ideas File: Developing the Community Can Do attitude

This interesting piece from the Sustainability Collective talks about issues relating to shifting residents' and leaders' perspectives, and gets at one of the toughest issues embedded in the Local Economy Revolution book: the need to not just get public feedback, but to crowdsource wisdom from members of the community.  One of the impacts, and perhaps …

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From the Good Ideas file: Overview of Downtown Project (at least the northernish part of it)

I've been on a bit of a Las Vegas Downtown Project tear lately, in part because it embodies a whole new approach to a lot of the issues I raised in the book.  One of the big challenges with talking about the Downtown Project as a model, though, is that there are a whole hell …

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