TEDxKC 2012: Straining for Transcendence

  This year, TEDxKC reached critical mass. Almost. After three years of spilling over in the Nelson-Atkins’ auditorium, our little discount TED took the big stage. On Tuesday, August 28, nearly 1,600 people piled into the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for a three-hour production that alternated between lavish and clunky, inspiring and awkward. Presentation-software blues beset the proceedings, leading to an ongoing sparring … Continue reading TEDxKC 2012: Straining for Transcendence

Where to Get the Latest News on Google Fiber in Kansas City

I’ve recently begun contributing to Google Connects KC, a site that collects and comments on the latest news regarding Google Fiber’s ever-impending arrival in Kansas City. The blog is a project of several technologically inclined groups: the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship, the Social Media Club of KC, and the Mayors’ Bistate Innovation Team (which recently stepped out of the picture), along with help from folks … Continue reading Where to Get the Latest News on Google Fiber in Kansas City

How to Make KC a Better Place to Live? #1changeKC

What’s one thing you would change about your community? I’m currently running for the Advocacy Chair of the Social Media Club of Kansas City, and as I was brainstorming ideas for what I would do if elected, I came up with an idea. To get YOUR ideas. So whether you’re an SMCKC member or not, I wanna ask you something: What’s one thing you would … Continue reading How to Make KC a Better Place to Live? #1changeKC

How to Get Your Organization Enrolled in the YouTube Nonprofit Program

If you’re a nonprofit dabbling in video, good on you. Online video is quite possibly the most powerful medium for delivering a message, and — as everyone from Invisible Children to the South Australian government’s rail safety program has demonstrated — it’s especially effective for nonprofits with a good story to tell. YouTube recently rolled out a powerful, free suite of tools geared especially for … Continue reading How to Get Your Organization Enrolled in the YouTube Nonprofit Program

A Writer’s Room: Whitney Terrell

I’ve always been fascinated with writers’ rooms. The most important space a writer deals with is the distance from the mind to the blank page. But what surrounds that conduit, providing a physical platform for the connection, is the room the writer fixes around it. It cannot help but reflect the writer’s personality. On the austere end, you’ve got E.B. White at his rustic desk … Continue reading A Writer’s Room: Whitney Terrell

The Elegant Storyverse of Small Demons

It’s a common occurrence — if you’re lucky. You’re wrapped up in an amazing book, and you come across a reference to a song, a work of art, a place, or (perhaps most often) another book, and you think, “I gotta Google that later.” Or maybe you’re the type who tweets that reference immediately. Or perhaps you make a note in your Kindle, or ask … Continue reading The Elegant Storyverse of Small Demons

Remembering the Storm

On May 22, 2011, a category EF-5 tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri. Thousands of residents lost their homes, hundreds were injured, and some 190 were killed. Kansas City sent money, food, and help in the ensuing weeks and months. Journalists were sent, too. Two of those reporters were Laura Bauer and Eric Adler of the Kansas City Star. I recently had the pleasure of filming interviews … Continue reading Remembering the Storm

A Death in the Family

When I was a kid, I used to let my pet hamster Ginger have free but monitored run of the living room. One night, I wasn’t watching closely, and a slamming screen door on the back porch cut short Ginger’s little gemlike existence. I was responsible for the death of something I cherished; I was crushed. A passage I recently encountered in the novel Couples … Continue reading A Death in the Family

To Have And Have Not

My mom asked me over the phone what I’d been reading. “To Have and Have Not,” I said. “It’s not very good.” My dad sprang into range of the speakerphone, his English-professor gears kicking in, “But it’s an important novel in the development of the Hemingway hero. Hemingway, you see, believed that a man alone hasn’t got a chance.” Dad was paraphrasing the main message … Continue reading To Have And Have Not