In this episode I want to do a thought exercise as I am curious what people think about the topic of technology and creativity.
So, my wife just got back from South by Southwest the film, media, and music festival in Austin, TX and she came home with a hat, part of the swag she collected, that featured a message that essentially offered the thought that advancements in tech will help open opportunities for creativity. This got me thinking and led me to do some research where I found an article from Forbes written by Greg Satell titled “How Technology Enhances Creativity.” In the article, he argues
Technology does not quell creativity, in fact, there’s a great deal of evidence that suggests that technology enhances creativity. Certainly, we are expected to be more creative in our working lives than a generation ago. The truth is that by expanding possibilities and automating part of the creative process, we can all be more creative and productive. (Satell, 2014)
This is a presentation that I originally created in 2014 to present to students of a Masters of Public Administration Program at Northern Kentucky University.
I am an urbanist at heart, but my day job is as an Economic Development Director for a suburban community. With that in mind I want to make the case for co-working space being located in suburban areas.
According to a report by the Pew Research Center, roughly 55% of Americans live in suburban areas compared to 31% in urban, and 14% in rural areas.
Additionally, American Community Survey (ACS, 2017 5-year estimate) data shows, that approximately 38% of the population commutes at least 30 minutes to work and 17% commute at least 45 minutes. Long commutes and congested roadways mean higher personal transportation costs (such as gas and vehicle maintenance), loss of leisure/family time opportunities from having to spend additional time on the road, greater amounts of vehicle pollution, and higher public service costs to maintain roads.
These slides are associated with Ep. 6 of the blogcast.
These slides are associated with Ep. 5 of the blogcast.
These slides are associated with Ep. 4 of the blogcast.
The idea for the topic of being OK with being an expert came to me a few months ago while I was attending economic development sales training. This training was about closing the economic development deal. Que up the Glengarry Glen Ross Reference - Always be closing...
Anyway, as an economic developer, my job is to sell my community to stakeholders, site selectors, businesses, and future residents.
It is also communicating with existing residents about programs and selling projects to them, because they may not think a project is good for the community or want it to do more.
For example, at my previous job in a city. There was a lot of activity going on in a historic neighborhood. That are had seen a huge upswing in development activity since 1990 and some of the residents think that enough is enough.
Yesterday was Election Day and I wanted to bring some additional perspective to the votes that you cast and the politicians that you elected at all levels of government.
I work for a township government, which means my day to day boss is the Township Administrator; however, the highest level of authority for the Township is the Board of Trustees. Previously I worked for a city, where my boss was the Economic Development Director, who reported to the City Manager, who worked for City Council. This means the top of the food chain at my public sector jobs have been elected officials and by proxy, the voting public (HOPEFULLY YOU).
Governments across America operate this way. The officials elected by the public have the authority to pass laws, appoint/remove administrative professionals, etc. Administrative professionals execute the laws that are passed and report back to the elected officials.
This is a transcript from Ep.1 of the blogcast
Hey everyone and welcome to the first episode of the Suburban-Urbanist blogcast, my name is Jim and I like to think of myself as the Suburban Urbanist. In this episode I will get into what that means, a little more about me, and what to expect moving forward. Thank you for joining me.
But first I want to say that I am very excited to launch this blogcast. It is something I have wanted to do for some time, but just never did it. I have been a huge fan of podcasts for some time, I have blogged a bit here and there, and I feel that I have some level of expertise that I want to share so finally, I just decided to do this thing and put something together. I hope you enjoy and subscribe to it through. I can also be reached by email at email@example.com and I am working on a website, that at the time of this recording is not quite ready, but look for suburbanurbanist.com to launch soon.
With that said, let's get started.