It was my honor to be part of TEDx Tampa Bay for the second year in a row. As part of the team that produces the event, I have been able to work with people who are passionate about the community and the spirit of ideas and engagement represented by TED. This year I was also privileged to be one of the speakers at the event.
I have spoken around the world but I will say that TEDx was one the most pressure packed presentations I have ever given. The tight format is part of it but mostly it is the pressure of knowing you are part of the global TED community. The global audience for these talks is an amazing array of people who are also doing extraordinary things. This is a group that you want to impress and I hope the ideas contained in it are worthy to be part of that global conversation!
A fun city ritual and tradition - UFOs in Exeter!
EXETER, N.H. (AP) — They say a lightning strike started a fire in the Exeter, New Hampshire, town hall that caused the cancellation of a UFO festival the first year it was hosted by the local Kiwanis Club.
Apparently my home town is not too friendly. I would strongly disagree. Interesting thing about the list is that all of the 'unfriendly' cities are tourist heavy cities. Part of the challenge with tourist based experiences is that one grumpy local can completely taint a visitor's experience. Yet the fact that all of these cities remain tourist destinations indicates that the vast majority of people have positive experiences when they visit.
Travel + Leisure put together their 2015 list of the World's Unfriendliest Cities and THREE Florida cities make the list.
Positive trend for the Rust Belt. I think it has a lot to do with a sense of opportunity in these cities and feeling like you can make a difference.
Cities like Pittsburgh and Detroit are attracting more highly educated people.
Last week's look back at Hurricane Katrina got me thinking about the unique role that we as citizens play in making and rebuilding our cities.
Congratulations to my friends in Richmond, Indiana for being named the best small city in Indiana by 101 USA.http://101usa.com/top-20-small-cities-in-indiana/20/
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