I recently read an Inc.com article about the most innovative cities in the United States. Not surprisingly, it contained the usual suspects: San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, New York City, Boston, Chicago and others. In contextualizing innovation, the author of this article focused on the number of utility patents for new inventions or processes issued between […]

Here are some of my favorite quotes on creativity: “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” – Salvador Dali “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great […]

Social entrepreneurship is an emerging trend premised on solving social problems on a large scale. Most people view entrepreneurship as a method of identifying a market flaw and creating a solution that can be scaled in order to address that need. This view is normally limited to a for-profit context. Social entrepreneurship is the intersection […]

We live in an era of limited local financial resources, federal partisan gridlock, growing populations, national re-urbanization, dilapidating and neglected structures, rising income inequality, and aging infrastructure.   It is a time of diminishing financial resources and increasing demand for these diminishing financial resources. And while most people would agree that the terms “local government” and […]

I was unbelievably blessed to have participated in a Mississippi writers class during my junior year of high school. This experience, coupled with my close friendship to the daughter of the owner of Lemuria, provided me “access” to some of the most intriguing individuals I have ever met in person, through the written word, or […]

In December of last year, Governor Bryant announced that 2014 was to be the year of the creative economy in Mississippi. This celebration will feature events and activities throughout the State in an attempt to highlight the depth and breadth of our creative talent here in Mississippi. According to Malcolm White, the tourism director for […]

On March 30, 2014, a conference report was filed on Mississippi House Bill 787 which would extend the Mississippi’s Historic Tax Credit until December 31, 2017. The following link provides linked copies to the bill text, amendments, and conference report. http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2014/pdf/history/HB/HB0787.xml Mississippi has benefited significantly from its Historic Tax Credit program, which effectively expires on December […]

Here is an article I wrote for another online publication: http://bamsouth.com/lets-go-invent-tomorrow/

I have written previous articles on the importance of resilience in individuals and within organizations.  I wanted to share some of my favorite quotes on resilience. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not… nothing is more common than unsuccessful people will talent. Genius will not… unrewarded genius is almost […]

Many people assume, incorrectly, that people are genetically predisposed to creativity; you are either creative or you are not.  While genetics does factor into the creativity equation, many extremely creative people consciously do things different from everyone else.  The following is a list of ten things that highly creative people do that are different from […]

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