Loving Issues, Hating People

We are a country built upon issues: Freedom, slavery, racism, poverty, abortion, religion, homosexuality, greed, divorce, adultery, obesity, (insert-your-favorite-issue-to-talk-about), and on and on we can go. The image of our humanity has been made to resemble an amalgamation of the issues we are composed of. If I look at you and see nothing but issues,… Continue reading Loving Issues, Hating People

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Revitalizing Downtown Vancouver

What would it take to revitalize downtown Vancouver? This question has been asked by consultants and downtown organizations for a few years now. While progress seems to be occurring at a dismal pace, I continue to hear from friends, “Give me a reason to go downtown.” In a recent article in The Columbian–Consultant gauges progress… Continue reading Revitalizing Downtown Vancouver

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Tis The Season For Littered Political Signage

It’s that time of the year where every available space on the roads of Clark County is littered with political signage containing poorly conceived slogans, horrible logos, awful color schemes, and the mind-numbing consistency of waterboarding. Yes, political signage is a reality. But it is just another sign that politics have stumbled upon the status… Continue reading Tis The Season For Littered Political Signage

The Art of Conceptual Blending

I’m taking a class for the next 8 months called┬áRelax Into Success and in yesterday’s session I was asked what I do and what I am interested in. It’s a tough question to answer, but this was my response: “I’m interested in everything.” Now, it’s scientifically and humanly impossible to be interested in everything because… Continue reading The Art of Conceptual Blending

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Changing My Workflow

Nothing emphasizes gaps in knowledge and inadequacies in workflow quite like stepping into someone else’s business world for a brief moment. For the next two weeks, I’m filling in at a local sign shop while their designer is away on his honeymoon. This is forcing me to step outside of the comfort zone that I… Continue reading Changing My Workflow

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Diversification is Innovation

I like the idea and practice of innovation. Yes, I realize that innovate is the buzzword of the century, but there is something intriguing about growing, learning, finding new ways and products, with the intent to make money, spread a message and hopefully change the world. Recently, I came across a new book by Stephen… Continue reading Diversification is Innovation

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On Authority

As I have been in the process of editing hours of interview footage, I have come across a very potent and powerful idea regarding two differing types of authority: Conversational Authority Informational Authority With conversational authority, story is paramount to an acceptance of a particular message. Specifically, how a person tells their story, how they… Continue reading On Authority

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Paradox of Change

Change is in the air, it is so thick you can smell it. It even sounds a lot like Bob Dylan singing about The Times They Are a-Changin’. Who’s Bob Dylan? He introduced electric guitar to the music scene in the mid-1960s. He was a man who lived in the moment of change. Much like… Continue reading Paradox of Change

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The Motivated Bucket List

As I sit in the stifling heat waiting for the house to cool down, I can’t help but think: what do I really want to do with my life? I remember the days when I would do things out of pure curiosity and intrigue, but those days are long replaced with the “ought” and “have”… Continue reading The Motivated Bucket List

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