‘You’re Just Less Orderly’: A Letter to Stuart Lester

Stuart Lester was the recipient of an unwritten letter of gratitude I had been carrying in my thoughts. Today was Stuart’s funeral. I can’t give him that letter any more. So the following is my way of writing that letter.  And, as most letters of gratitude are, it is (uncomfortably) as much a letter aboutContinue reading “‘You’re Just Less Orderly’: A Letter to Stuart Lester”

Reflections on the Vanguard

Last Tuesday, the 40 members of the Next City Vanguard 2013 class introduced themselves through the telling of 60-second stories. They talked about bringing mass transit to Honolulu. They shared vignettes about using street art as transformative youth development. They touched on the challenges of working in cities where you want to walk, but you’reContinue reading “Reflections on the Vanguard”

People I Love

Kenny Bailey is a social innovation rockstar. Many people in Boston know this, but apparently now it’s official: BOLD has added Kenny to its list of SIRs (Social Innovation Rockstars): http://welovebold.com/people/entry/kenneth-bailey What I love about Kenny, in addition to his maniacal laugh, is his “let’s just do it” attitude. At the end of the day,Continue reading “People I Love”