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April 7th, 2014

TEDxJackson: Coming November, 2014

Mississippi has never hosted a TEDx event before. As of 2014, that's all about to change. MWB is among a small group of organizations and individuals that have worked to make TEDxJackson a reality. With our application granted this month, the stage is set for TEDxJackson to happen November 6th in the Fondren neighborhood. The spirit of TED is all about "ideas worth spreading." TEDxJackson will...

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February 24th, 2014

MWB Innovation in Education Series – Media Literacy at Operation Shoestring

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yDkYyCljwE Media literacy makes for smart kids at Operation Shoestring There’s no doubt that Star Pool’s children are growing more media savvy by the day. And not just the two grade school-age boys she has at home who already do homework on the computer and have assignments requiring a good deal of Internet-based research. As Assistant Coordinator of Project Rise at Operation Shoestring, Pool has many...

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February 14th, 2014

Interview: Jon Mattingly

Jon Mattingly is the co-founder of Kodable, an iOS app that teaches basic computer programming concepts to young children. We talked about the Kodable app, why kids should learn to code, and the potential computer science education offers for economic development in Mississippi. Tell me about your background. How did you get interested in programming computers? MATTINGLY: I actually learned BASIC, an old programming language, when I was...

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February 8th, 2014
Mitchel Resnick

Interview: Mitchel Resnick

Mitchel Resnick, PhD, is a LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and director of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT Media Lab. His research group developed the "programmable brick" technology that inspired LEGO MindStorms robotics kits. More recently, the group developed Scratch, a popular programming environment for kids. Dr. Resnick received the 2011 McGraw Prize in Education and was listed by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most...

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February 5th, 2014

Helping raise the tide

Tim Mask, Vice President of Brand Planning & Development at MWB, has published an article at his blog discussing some of the special projects MWB staff are spearheading with support from the agency. These projects revolve around promoting innovation and creativity as economic drivers for Mississippi. Creative Directors Randy Lynn and Marc Leffler are leading efforts advocating the adoption of digital skill instruction (coding) within our...

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January 28th, 2014

Interview: Cameron Wilson of Code.org

Cameron Wilson is the COO and VP of government affairs at Code.org. We spoke about Code.org's work to expand computer science education in the U.S., including their wildly successful Hour of Code initiative. Currently more than 24 million students have participated in the Hour of Code's online tutorials. We also talked about the prospects for expanding computer science education in Mississippi. Interested in joining the movement? Be sure...

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January 27th, 2014
MWB Magazine cover

MWB Launches Digital Magazine

We've launched a new digital magazine focusing on creativity and innovation in the world of marketing. MWB staff Tim Mask, Randy Lynn, and Marc Leffler are the magazine's primary content wranglers. The magazine is created via a platform allowing for optimized viewing via tablet or smart phone. New editions will be available every 7 - 10 days, and will chronicle the innovation happens that make advertising...

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January 9th, 2014

Expert Twitter Forums

Interested to know what business leaders, policy makers, and other experts think about innovation and creativity in Mississippi's economy? Do you follow concerns such as energy, health care, education and public health? Throughout 2014, Maris, West & Baker is sponsoring a series of Twitter forums focusing on various topics focused on important aspects of the 21st century economy. Each forum will feature a guest expert and...

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December 12th, 2013
Highland Coding

Digital Skills Set Stage for Mississippi’s New Creative Economy

We understand the importance that innovation and creativity play in creating an expanding and thriving economy. As 2014 has been proclaimed the Year of the Creative Economy, we want to emphasize how important creativity and creative thinking will be beyond what is traditionally thought of as "creative" jobs. Mississippi is rich in art and architecture, music, writing, and fine art compositions of all sorts. We are...

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December 11th, 2013

Creativity making Mississippi a leader in the new economy.

A few years ago, a study was commissioned to explore the existing and potential economic impact of the "Creative Economy" in Mississippi. The study uncovered that over 60,000 jobs in Mississippi, and millions of dollars in tourism revenue, are directly related to "creative" industry jobs. This set Mississippi along a path of thinking about the impact of "creativity" and the creative economy differently compared to years...

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