Tin Soldiers and Millenials Coming…

Tin Soldiers and Millenials Coming…

I speak quite often of my generation’s long journey—of their 40 years lost in the “wilderness of self” that began the 1970’s. In his seminal book, ”Bowling Alone” , Robert Putnum wondered what happened to our society–and my generational peers–that made them wander away from a commitment to a broader community and seek solace in partitioned lives, all but cut off from the joys and responsibilities that come from being part of something bigger than yourself. I believe its roots lie in the untreated wounds of the preceding decades deaths. First came John Kennedy, then… Continue reading »

VOTE for (Silence)

VOTE for (Silence)

As I walk thru the Mount Pleasant neighborhood, where we live in DC, I cannot help but notice the virtually every business in our neighborhood is sporting signs that endorse a candidate for office. That is their right. It is also in their interest, as they no doubt want to encourage votes for the candidate whom they feel is most in touch with their neighborhood, or who has ideas that they believe would champion their cause, protect their interests or help their business to thrive. This is the American way. In turn, candidates seek them… Continue reading »

TEDxUVM / A ROI for Supporting Community

TEDxUVM / A ROI for Supporting Community

On a previous blog, I reported on a trip up to Burlington, VT (one of my favorite towns). It’s been the birthspot of numerous GREAT American ideas, the least of which was the vision for Land Grant Colleges, which opened up the door to higher educations for the sons and daughters of farmers. I think it’s one of America’s most impressive accomplishments—and we all owe a debt of gratitude to VT Senator Justin Morrill for making it happen. That’s why I was honored to be asked to kick-off a TED talk event at UVM, held… Continue reading »

Bull City Forward

Bull City Forward

For a guy who enjoys history, I’m always ½ excited to hear stories that make the American experience richer, but also ½ pissed that I was so lame in not knowing about it earlier. Case in point—Durham, NC…the home of Parrish Street, the Black Wall Street. Of course, like most of you, I leaned most of what I know about Durham from the Kevin Costner movie, Bull Durham—a point that I’m sure drives the locals mad (second only to getting second billing to Raleigh). Anyway…I went down there to speak at the annual training of… Continue reading »

The Super Green Intervale Center

The Super Green Intervale Center

I tell you what….I’ve visited hundreds of cities, and been blown away by many, but Burlington, VT is so way up on the list….and the reasons are legion. There’s a super bad Campus Kitchen at UVM (that partners with our friends at FeelGood). The Vermont Food Bank has a superior community kitchen that trains folks and feeds the soul of their city. BOTH Magic Hat and Switchback breweries continue to demonstrate the social enterprise ethos by paying good wages, promoting green practices and re-investing profit back into the community. City government and particularly Bruce Seifer,… Continue reading »