The Story of a Story

*Originally posted on my website, The Talk Exchange, a facilitation resource for discussion and deliberation. The Void “What even is language, guys?” I recall posing this question to my friends, as we were hanging around one of our apartments getting ready to embark on whatever social endeavor we were undertaking that night.  As usual, I … More The Story of a Story

Building a Community

“So who will be there?” This is an important question.  Why? Because the people are New Leaf.  Yes, we are creating a new physical space, but what we are really building is a community – a collective of individuals who are seeking to do work better, together. Through their work, they are seeking positive change … More Building a Community

The value of mistakes

“Anyway, the point is, almost every startup makes mistakes. The hard part is recognizing and learning from them and then making your company better. Mistakes are allowed. Not learning from them is not.” Those were the last lines in an article I read recently on Forbes about a social enterprise that was continually making mistakes.  … More The value of mistakes

Creating an ecosystem

Traditional neoclassical economics looks at an economic system and in theory, predicts that inputs of land, labor, capital, and technology will result in value outputs.  Solid theory, yes, but we all know it is not that simple.  In reality, the presence of those inputs does not just equal the output.  A + b does not … More Creating an ecosystem

The next phase

Someone reminded me recently that there are thinkers and doers in this world.  I have identified with both categories during different parts of my life, but have recently grown tired of the former and am ready to focus on the latter. My goal: to build connections in my region and increase the level of collaboration … More The next phase