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July 26th, 2016
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MWB Spark-O-Matic: Let the multimedia mentoring and marvelous mayhem begin!

Do you have the digital skills to pay the bills? And are you ready, by chance, for the opportunity to share those skills with middle school students as a multimedia mentor? Because there is a real need. Yes, scads of middle schoolers have already reached PhD level on Pokemon Go, but research shows that, by and large, they’re not getting the digital and creative literacy know-how...
 

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June 23rd, 2016
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How “The HAM” is Taking the Country by Storm: Storytelling’s Modern Creative Genius

About a year ago, I stumbled across a recording on YouTube of Lin Manuel’s “Hamilton Mixtape” from a May 2009 “Evening of Poetry at the White House.” Suppress your yawns, for on that innocuous night, poetry got stood on its head in a magnificent way. Truly, it's pure magic to watch. In that moment, it was blatantly evident that I was watching someone extraordinary. Who was...
 

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June 22nd, 2016
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Building the Next Silicon Valley

My friend Joe Stradinger of Edge Theory has often spoken of the idea of a "Silicon Delta." Tech companies and a knowledge-based workforce in Mississippi. I think we all realize that the way Mississippi can "win the future" is through being highly competitive in the knowledge economy and growing/retaining/attracting more of these leading edge companies. The idea of a "Silicon Delta" is definitely exciting. As it turns...
 

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June 15th, 2016
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Creativity: Drop everything & strike while the iron is hot!

(Originally posted to Medium... but this is especially applicable to today). I have a ton of stuff to do today. Since I awoke the list has gotten twice as long. Then I began thinking about how manic I was becoming (a good thing for me) and I needed for follow the proverbial Anglo-Saxon advice to “strike while the iron is hot”… which is why I dropped...
 

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June 13th, 2016
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Modern MS #MWBeer30

Friday, June 17th at MWB's World Headquaters, we're hosting the next #MWBeer30.   Our guest speaker is Anik Kurkjian, Director of the Mapping a Modern Mississippi campaign via the Mississippi Museum of Art. Anik will discuss the groundbreaking project and share some of the most memorable encounters from traveling Mississippi, collecting stories from amazing, innovative, and creative people who define what it means to be a...
 

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May 5th, 2016
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Find It In Fondren: Paul & Sophie tell the world about the cool place they call home

On this MWB Spark-O-Creativity: When Paul Wolf started Find It In Fondren six years ago, he was "a lone wolf"—referring to the fact that he had yet to meet Sophie, the smart, savvy editor who would become his partner at FIIF, and perhaps more importantly (at least outside the scope of this story), his wife. Paul decided to launch the magazine in 2010 because of the...
 

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April 27th, 2016
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Spark-O-Creativity: A cool music school, rockin’ students—and a live Prince tribute

We have got a jam-packed episode of Spark-O-Creativity—-the stories behind the ideas that spark creative change. For this one, we talk to Patrick Harkins, the tuneful entrepreneur behind Fondren Guitars. Patrick recently expanded FG's School of Music (which I Jack Blackish-ly refer to numerous times in the podcast as the School of Rock. (In my defense, the place literally vibrates with the rumble of rock sounds)....
 

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April 26th, 2016
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Who says beer helps you forget? Another #MWBeer30 begs to differ!

Friday, April 29th at the Global HQ and Brewhouse of Maris, West & Baker, we're hosting the next #MWBeer30 .   Our special speaker is UMMC medical student Alex Mullen, a Mississippian who just happens to be the 2015 world memory champion. Alex is not only reigning World Memory Champion but also the current Guinness World Record holder for the most digits memorized in one hour...
 

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March 15th, 2016
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Bytes & Bites… but Why?

  Monday, 3/14 (yes, Pi Day), MWB partners Randy Lynn and myself hosted a session to brief lawmakers and leaders on the future of computer science education and related workforce opportunities in Mississippi. The event was held in partnership with the Fast Forward Mississippi and Kids Code Mississippi initiatives and co-sponsor, C Spire. Speakers included Governor Phil Bryant, Deuce McAllister, Senator Brice Wiggins and representatives from...
 

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March 10th, 2016

Bytes and Bites: Interactive Code Education Briefing for Legislators

We want to ensure that Mississippi kids become technology creators, not just technology consumers. - Randy Lynn, MWB/Kids Code Mississippi The US Department of Labor forecasts that there will be the need for an additional 1 million jobs in coding and computer science by the year 2020. We believe that Mississippi can play a pivotal role in leading the developing innovation economy. To promote awareness of...
 

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