Posts Tagged ‘grassroots’

City Trends – 2013 Part One

December 27th, 2012 by admin

City Trends for 2013 – Part One: Positive Trends A few weeks ago I was speaking at the New York Conference of Mayors.   As part of the gig I was asked to partake in a panel discussion at the end of the event and the topic was  urban trends we had been seeing over the

From Wichita With Love

July 2nd, 2012 by admin

Here is a project that was born in the workshop we did in Wichita in April. They just recently launched it and the website. Well done Wichita! http://fromwichitawithlove.com/

Grande Prairie, Alberta – $500 Project Launches

June 22nd, 2012 by admin

One of the $500 prize winners from my Grande Prairie, Alberta workshop made their project happen. Congratulations! http://www.williamvavrekphotography.com/blog/2012/06/03/the-grande-fondo-love-for-cities-worksho-grande-prairie-ab/

South Bend Declares Its Love

September 30th, 2011 by admin

In June I wrote a piece called “The Surprising Life in America’s Dying Cities” for Infrastructurist.com.  The piece highlighted the amazing things that were happening in the cities designated by Newsweek Magazine in January as the 10 most “dying” places.  Needless to say, the cities on that list were not happy with the tag placed

For the Love of Akron

September 1st, 2011 by admin

On August 23, 2011 we conducted the “For the Love of Akron” workshop at the University of Akron. The event was sponsored by the Akron office of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation and drew over 200 participants. The event also featured Knight Soul of the Community lead consultant Katherine Loflin, the team from The

The Ripple Effect in Wayne, Michigan

May 10th, 2011 by admin

After I spoke at the Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference in Detroit, a group from Wayne, Michigan decided to start a blog called “For the Love of Wayne.”  The blog “lets local people share their personal stories about why they love Wayne.” They write:  This blog is a project of the Wayne Ripple Effect,

Coverage in St. Petersburg Times

April 27th, 2011 by admin

It is often hard to get coverage, let alone love from your local newspaper.  But that changed last week when the Business Editor for the Times, Bob Trigaux and I got together for an in depth interview and discussion about our cities. St. Petersburg Times – 4/19/2011

Interview from Detroit – April 7, 2011

April 14th, 2011 by admin

While in Detroit to speak at the Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference, the Detroit Regional News Hub interviewed me.  The News Hub is a not for profit, grass roots news agency that is helping to bring the unheard stories about Detroit to the forefront.  I sat down with Jeremiah Staes and we discussed Detroit, talent

Can Robocop Save Detroit? YES!

February 19th, 2011 by admin

Can a proposed statue of Robocop really make a difference in the city of Detroit. Yes – far more than people might think!