Here is a wonderful example of unconventional and exceptional leadership by Mayor Tom Brown of McPherson, Kansas. (I write about McPherson and Mayor Brown in the book.)
In January 2010, the city was gifted the local golf course. Many thought it a mixed blessing as the golf course had never been profitable. But it was an opportunity for the city and Mayor Brown challenged the staff by saying that if the golf course turned a profit, he would jump in the lake on the first hole. For the first time ever, the golf course turned a profit in 2010 and as you can see here, the Mayor is a man of his word!
This gesture not only created news all over the city and region, it was a simple little “love note” to the community. This small gesture has had an outsized impact on McPherson and is something that people will remember and smile about for a long time.
Recording some segments for the new local TV show "St Pete in Progress" - Coming next month! Thank you Mayor Rick Kriseman and Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin.
I say all the time that relationships with places are like relationships with people. This piece does a great job of articulating that process.
From London, with love
Auckland, New Zealand to experiment with "tiny houses" as a solution to their homeless challenge.
Homelessness has reached an all-time high in Auckland’s Inner City with the Auckland City Mission reporting that 147 people are sleeping rough within a 3km radius of the Sky Tower. The problems have increased in recent years with the closing of the ...
People care enough about their city that the flag has become an issue. Reminds me of New Zealand and the issue of a new flag last year. A new design was proposed and it ultimately went to a public vote with New Zealanders electing to keep their traditional flag. The process made them appreciate something that most people had not thought very much about. This seems like an opportunity for people to actually think about the flag and their city. Regardless of the outcome, the process is very valuable.
No matter how far around the world Jeremy Haun travels, he said he doesn’t leave Joplin far behind.
Finding lovable in the most dismal spots.
"It's generated a new wave of Banksy wannabes."
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