It’s not about one dude: my interview on downtown revitalization for Nevada Public Radio

Last week, when  I was in Las Vegas to mentor at the South By Southwest Venture to Venture (SXSWv2v) conference, I was invited to speak on Nevada Public Radio's news show, State of Nevada, about community revitalization and recent business closings in Downtown Las Vegas. I've been studying the Downtown Project and Las Vegas pretty …

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Building a Small Business Ecosystem in Montana

Two weeks ago I had the great opportunity to do an expanded version of my Small Business/Entrepreneurship ecosystem talk for the Montana Economic Development Association and for a selection of business owners and community leaders from Great Falls, Montana and surrounding communities.  With both groups, I had a chance to not only do the talk, …

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Meet and Mentor with EngagingCities Managing Editor (um, that’s me) at SXSWi

I posted this at EngagingCities yesterday.  Right now I have slots available in Austin, so if you're going, come visit me! ___ Are you or someone you know trying to start a civic technology business?  A social enterprise?  Interested in exploring how you might be able to leverage tech to move the needle on big …

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From the Good Ideas File: expanding the model at Better Block Boro

A couple of weeks ago I had a return engagement in Middlesboro, Kentucky for Better Block Boro Part 2.  As I wrote about in this entry, the first Better Block Boro was held last October, and since I had never witnessed a tactical urbanism intervention in person, it was fascinating to me. This time I …

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Spring/Summer speaking gigs forming up

As we trudge through the Midwestern snow and slush toward spring (Dear God, let it be so!) , speaking gigs for the spring and summer are starting to firm up.  Some of these are still a little fuzzy, so I'll update as I know more. If you're near one of these locations and you'd be interested in …

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More from Better Block Boro

As I've mentioned in the last couple of posts here, I had a great time at Better Block Boro last week.  You can watch a video overview of what was going on at http://youtu.be/FlMMpWoPoI4, and you can see interviews with Mike Lydon of The Street Plans Collaborative here and some of the Better Block Boro volunteers here . …

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So…why are you doing this? Note #2 from Better Block Boro

Another little peach for you from my weekend at Better Block Boro in Middlesborough, Kentucky.  You ever known a med student?  They're stressed all the time!  But here's three from the medical school at Lincoln Memorial University  (and there were a lot more) pulling on long underwear and work gloves to help clean up an …

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