Archive for May, 2011

by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 30th, 2011 2:02pm CDT | Comments Off on Fostering an Innovation Culture in Government

Stephen Goldsmith is deputy mayor of operations for the City of New York. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has consistently declared that his third term is to be a time of progress and innovation. To his credit, Bloomberg isn’t willing to allow the tyranny of the status quo to obstruct change. Several months ago, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 28th, 2011 2:27pm CDT | Comments Off on European Companies Slumming in America

The newest slumlord in Los Angeles is a pillar of German capitalism. Earlier this month, the city attorney’s office filed suit against Deutsche Bank, the world’s fourth-largest bank, for letting many of the more than 2,000 L.A. homes it has foreclosed on descend into squalor and decay. A yearlong city investigation of the properties on […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 27th, 2011 9:59pm CDT | Comments Off on Washington Post Story Follows Up BTW Job Challenges

Feeling inspired but not getting hired IN MEMPHIS — His week had begun with a graduation ceremony, a standing ovation and a walk across the stage to meet the president of the United States. Kenneth Roberson was a top-ranked student at the high school President Obama had selected as the country’s most “inspiring,” and the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 27th, 2011 7:04pm CDT | Comments Off on Job Available: No Experience Preferred

And here’s the perfect followup to yesterday’s post by Gwyn Fisher.  We should remember this the next time we’re telling some young professional that they aren’t “ready” to serve on a board or run a project or take their seat at the table. From Harvard Business Review: Have you ever tried to get a job […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 26th, 2011 12:21am CDT | Comments Off on The Creative Ecosystem: Save Odessa and Celebrate Bikesploitation

There are great ideas in Memphis that die for lack of a few thousand dollars while we chase multi-million dollar magic answers. We were thinking about this as we read about Odessa’s financial challenges.  The inventive young people – Ashle Bailey, and Adam Gilreath – who took it over are doing their best to keep […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 25th, 2011 7:57pm CDT | 8 Comments

I don’t care who slept with your ex-wife five years ago.  It’s not my problem if you can’t get along with your former business partner.  And no, I will not feel sorry for you because you lost an election while I was in elementary school.  None of those items are on today’s agenda, and hanging […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 25th, 2011 12:03am CDT | 17 Comments

It’s official. At the Tennessee Legislature this year, the inmates took over the asylum. Never have so many half-assed legislative ideas been enacted into law in the history of Tennessee, and the fact that this many maleficient kooks could arrive in our state’s capitol at the same time defies even Murphy’s Law. At a time […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 24th, 2011 2:21pm CDT | 4 Comments

From Inside School Research blog: As the needs of global labor change and college readiness standards increase, American boys have been slower to adapt than girls, according to a report set to be released this morning. Thomas Mortenson, a senior scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, in Washington, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 23rd, 2011 1:34pm CDT | 1 Comment

Editor’s note: Sam Chaltain is a Washington-based writer and educator and author of “We Must Not Be Afraid to be Free: Stories of Free Expression in America” and “Faces of Learning: 50 Powerful Stories of Defining Moments in Education.” (CNN) — Should your ZIP code determine your access to the American dream? Or is the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 23rd, 2011 12:27am CDT | 9 Comments

  Memphis City Council Budget Chairman Shea Flinn nailed it. And every Memphis taxpayer should remember it. “You can’t be against a tax increase and reductions in services,” he said. To his point, if you’re against a tax increase, you are de facto for reductions in services, or if you are for maintaining or increasing […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 20th, 2011 2:51pm CDT | Comments Off on Create a Culture of Public Transit

From Atlantic magazine: An exurban office park in California shows that we don’t have to spend long commutes alone in our cars if we don’t want to Today’s national average gas price is $3.77 for regular, which means we’ll spend about $1.428 billion dollars on gasoline today. But what if we decided not to? Instead […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 19th, 2011 2:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Ms. Dominique: Definition of High Quality Early Childhood Education

This issue of The Urban Child Institute’s Research to Policy links the quality of early childhood care and education to the developmental well-being of children. The first few years of life are a period of intense brain development. This period is vital, for example, in early language development, in the formation of pre-reading and pre-math […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 19th, 2011 2:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Fighting the Flood Threatening Memphis

Perceptions from The Urban Child Institute There is a flood in Memphis.  Every year. It may not be as dramatic as the rising of the Mississippi River but it’s much more serious in the long run. It’s the stress flooding the lives of too many of our youngest children every day. There is of course the stress […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 18th, 2011 12:47pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Placemakers:  Over a decade ago Andres Duany of DPZ taught me that, more times than not, NIMBY opposition stems from a sense that proposed development is not of equal or greater value to what would be lost. Tony Nelessen, the inventor of the Visual Preference Survey, confirmed this lesson a few years later when […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 18th, 2011 12:08am CDT | 10 Comments

This hardly classifies as news, since it’s already widely known that we have one of the nation’s poorest public transit systems. It’s now been documented by Brookings Institution which concluded that among the 100 largest metros in the U.S., we are #69.  Or put another way, we are in the bottom third. If there’s any […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 17th, 2011 1:53pm CDT | 6 Comments

From Financial Times: Vancouver is Hollywood’s urban body double. It is famously the stand-in for New York, LA, Seattle and Chicago, employed when those cities just get too tough, too traffic-clogged, too murderous or too bureaucratic to film in. It is almost never filmed as itself. That is because, lovely as it is, it is […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 16th, 2011 2:03pm CDT | 6 Comments

From ESPN: MEMPHIS — For those of us who do not call Memphis home, President Obama’s upcoming visit to Booker T. Washington High School on Monday seems like just a kind gesture for a city that’s been a bit under water, literally and figuratively. We’ve all seen the pictures of submerged neighborhoods and lost farmland […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 16th, 2011 12:42am CDT | Comments Off on Inspiration About Talent From NOLA; More Than PeopleFirst

  There’s never been much question that the U.S.’s only European city is New Orleans. And it seems to becoming even more so with the city’s new campaign adding bike lanes to many major roads.  It’s a trend made even more remarkable by New Orleans’ long-time lack of interest in paving the roads themselves, but […]

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