Thursday, December 29th, 2011
Via www.creativesomething.net, www.designyoutrust.com
Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
I recently watched a thoroughly intriguing documentary about the new age of the arts called PressPausePlay. As someone who works as a self-taught professional in an emerging creative industry like digital design, it hits home, and has made me think twice about the future of technology, culture and society, and how all of these things are going to be effected by this new artistic revolution we are in. We are all creatives now, and this is as much a blessing as it is a problem. But it’s the reality we have, and its time for artists and designers of the world to start developing our craft in entirely new ways.
If you have about a hour and a half, this film is well worth the watch.
Thursday, August 26th, 2010
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Last week I was watching TV, and little did I know, was about to watch something that would alter my perspective on life.
Its the story of Ed Thomas. A man who was much more than just the high school football coach, he was a pillar of strength in the small town of Parkersburg, Iowa. He lived a life of service and leadership and was an inspiration to generations of families.
But this is not just your typical sports story. It is a story of compassion. Community. Faith. Forgiveness. Redemption. Legacy. Courage. And all of it exemplified on an unbelievable scale. This is what loving your neighborhood is truly all about.
Please watch this video. Its a story that needs to be heard.
Thursday, July 1st, 2010
This is a slightly revised version of a blog post from the other wonderful distraction in my life, Love In Stereo, and I wanted to share it here as well. A great group doing awesome things in Chattanooga. Glad to know there are people like this in the world.
You guys are amazing. When Love Your Neighborhood launched we invited you to talk to us. We’re in the discovery phase. We’re trying to find people who are addressing big needs in their towns in unique and creative ways. You’ve sent us some incredible people and places, but we were surprised when someone sent us in the direction of our own backyard just on the other end of the state: Chattanooga, TN.
Meet the good people of CreateHere.
This is a non-profit that has been working to build Chattanooga’s cultural economy through arts, economic and cultural development initiatives. Last year several volunteers from CreateHere set out to survey the entire community with what would become the world’s largest community visioning survey ever: STAND.
This was no small feat. With only 20% of the responses filled out online, this survey took a lot of time and work. These guys had to hit the streets finding out what people wanted to see happen in their community. It invited everyone to pitch in and make their town better and all they had to do was answer 4 questions.
CreateHere also have a great initiative called MakeWork. This serves to provide grants to artists so they can create beautiful things in Chattanooga. Since 2008 the program has awarded $450,000 to 55 artists and artisans. They see it as an investment to the community that will stimulate cultural and economic development across Chattanooga.
Check out this from their website:
We love our city for what it is, has been and could become.
But loving a city is no small task.
They also go on to pose this challenging question: How do you love a city? And what does it mean to work for sustainable progress where you live?
Check out CreateHere and see how they’ve responded to the needs in their community to help make it an inspiring, thriving neighborhood. Chattanooga took a situation of poverty, unemployment, pollution and is working to transform it by empowering people. Get inspired.
Friday, June 4th, 2010
These incredible images are created completely by pencil – yes, pencil – by Hong Kong artist Paul Lung. He doesn’t use an eraser and spends up to 60 hours sketching out his pictures. Crazy beautiful stuff.
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Love this interview with Viktoria Harrison, branding and design director at charity:water, about starting something new and building a non-profit brand. Officially inspired.
Thursday, March 4th, 2010