Knowing when to leave: the fine art of hitting the road

20 Jun, 2018
June 29th will be my last day at the Edward Lowe Foundation. This marks the end of a three-year succession plan...

Learning to compete: the nonprofit’s answer to living in a world of silos

8 May, 2018
The number of ESOs is growing exponentially. On the surface this sounds wonderful. But when the space becomes overcrowded, things get messy...

The importance of outside voices in our communities

3 Apr, 2018
There’s a new book on the market that presents a practical and comprehensive view of how to build an entrepreneurial infrastructure in our communities...

The unexpected success: How narrowly focusing on specific goals could harm your community

16 Jan, 2018
During my trip to Tuscany I looked forward to seeing beautiful gardens and window boxes. But the sight of flowers growing straight out of a brick wall was unexpected...

Move over buffalos, there’s a new kid in town

1 Nov, 2017
Supporting and growing a community’s existing business base may not sound as powerful as hunting buffalo, but it results in real, not promised, jobs.

Why can’t we all just NOT get along?

29 Aug, 2017
From my experience, one of the most challenging parts of building an entrepreneurial community is dealing with people who dislike change, block progress, and fear anything new...

Once upon a time: How compelling stories communicate success

3 Aug, 2017
Telling compelling stories is an art anyone can learn. And it's the single most powerful way to communicate success and rally the troops...

The perils of counting: Is the pressure to measure hurting our ecosystems?

23 Jun, 2017
If we always feel so pressured to measure, I fear there’s a risk we will focus primarily on the aspects of our ecosystem that can be easily counted...

The importance of community celebrations

31 May, 2017
There are times when communities need just the good parts — those times when we celebrate the joy of what we are and the hope of what we will become...

Things that go bump in the night

2 Mar, 2017
New ideas are often viewed as scary. They challenge the status quo, make people nervous, cause us to dig our heels in, and have the power...