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Doing More By Saying Nothing

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet with a public official in a local community to discuss the city’s strategic plan. Before the meeting, I had written down a few notes and done some research to better prepare. I had also written down a few objectives for the meeting; bullet points for how I could measure the ‘effectiveness’ of my conversation. About half way through the meeting, I put my notes away... 

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Categories: advocacy, advocacy training, arts and culture, Best Practices, Connecting with Policy Makers, Listening, Policy Makers, research, Roundtable | comments

The November Line-Up

Soon, we will head to the voting booth to choose elected offices and decide on community issues. There are nearly one hundred ballot issues in Cuyahoga County, and fifty-four federal, state and local elected offices to vote on. 

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Building Momentum, Step by Step

At a recent family event, I was watching my now 15-month old nephew explore the world around him. It had been over 6 months since I saw him last and I was astonished by how much he had changed in just a short time. He was walking, running, climbing (against his mother’s will), and exploring almost everything. The simplest things kept him intrigued for the longest time. It was hard not to smile at his contagious grin as he mastered...

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Take the Leap

It’s the time of year when summer slowly comes to a close and the pace of our routine seems to accelerate. For students it’s a time to wind down the summer and begin on a new journey for the academic year ahead. Many go back having new experiences to draw upon, whether they were summer jobs, internships, camps or classes. For others, the moments of refreshment during these months have allowed the chance to step back and approach the time ahead with clearer insights.

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Categories: internship, Jobs, network | comments

"Super Storm Sandy" Spurs Savvy Solutions

It’s been three weeks since ‘Super storm Sandy’ hit and communities all along the east coast are regaining power and rebuilding their communities. Here in Cleveland, we saw record breaking winds resulting in fallen trees, damaged houses and downed power lines.  CPAC, we are still catching up after our office closed for almost a week due to power outages. Now, one presidential election later, many of us are back in business as usual. But what is going on with the many artists and arts organizations in our community whose work was impacted by floods, power outages and wind damage?

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Categories: Artists, Best Practices, Emergency Prep, experience, management, plan | comments

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