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March 8th, 2016

An Interview with Alex Mullen, 2015 World Memory Champion

Alex Mullen at the MWB office. Photo by Tate Nations. Alex Mullen is a medical student at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine who, in 2015, became the first American to win the World Memory Championships, ranking as the highest point scorer in the competition's 24-year history. Alex holds the Guinness World Record for most digits memorized in one hour (3,029), and he can memorize the...
 

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February 18th, 2016

Guess what’s back…

...ziggy zaggy ziggy zaggy hoy hoy hoy! After a football-induced hiatus, #MWBeer30 is back! On Friday, 2/26 at 3:30(ish) our inaugural gathering of 2016 brings together two of things that make the creative economy hum: Good craft beer, and locally sourced cuisine. Our very special guests are uber-famous Jacksonians Terry Sullivan, Jeff Good, David Watkins, Jr., and Nick Wallace. They will be discussing the concept and...
 

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February 15th, 2016

Spark-o-Creativity: Tribe 3 • An MWB Podcast

We have launched another MWB Podcast - Spark-o-Creativity - hosted by MWB Creative Savant Marc Leffler (that's me). The new podcast joins MWB Creative Fire as another in the agency's line of content focused on the mission of #Create4Good. Specifically, Spark-O-Creativity revolves around an endeavor to increase digital and creative literacy among young people in Mississippi - particularly those in under-served communities (more on this at...
 

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February 10th, 2016

Shooting the Golden Lobster in the Head

I’m the “Fast Casual” guy around here. And not just because of the way I dress. I’ve spent the better part of a decade supervising advertising and marketing campaigns for fast casual style restaurant chains. So when something big happens in the restaurant business, fast-casual or no, I’m all ears. This past Sunday all the talk was about Super Bowl 50. Peyton’s last game. Cam’s cockiness....
 

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February 9th, 2016

Improving College and Career Readiness: An Interview with Bud Kroll of Yonkers Partners in Education

Downtown Yonkers, New York. Photo by Flickr user samsebeskazal. Public education in Mississippi has been and will continue to be a hot topic for discussion in our state. Clearly, improving the college and career readiness of Mississippi students is a critical factor for improving our state’s economy. But how exactly do we get there? In 2014, Bud Kroll, a retired Wall Street veteran and volunteer for...
 

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February 2nd, 2016

Meet Jana Bell, The Lady Behind the Landmass

If you were in Mississippi during late August 2012, there’s a good chance you were watching The Weather Channel and killing time on Facebook. For MWB’s Jana Bell, those two worlds came together in a unique and memorable way when a Facebook page she created, The Landmass Between NOLA and Mobile, to make light of a Weather Channel gaffe that suddenly went viral. Set the stage...
 

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January 19th, 2016

Like I'm sure so many Americans have done by now, this weekend witnessed the final usage of one of the Christmas gift cards I received. Ok actually it was an Amazon gift card I received as a thank-you from FNC for being the kickoff speaker for their Forge hackathon event in December. So with purchases complete, we had $1.05 remaining on the card. I wondered what...
 

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January 13th, 2016

We’re very proud of all Kids Code Mississippi Contest Participants

We power the Fast Forward Mississippi initiative and are a sponsor of it's Kids Code Mississippi special project. With the support and patronage of C Spire, the Mississippi State Extension Service Tech Outreach/Intelligent Communities Institute, Visit Mississippi/MS Creative Economy Bureau, and several private citizens, we helped produce the first statewide student-based coding contest as part of Mississippi Innovation Month in November, 2015. Winners of this contest...
 

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October 8th, 2015

#ReThinkHighSchool can start here in JXN!

Ok folks, this is a big deal. If you're not familiar with the XQ Super School Project, please check it out. October 15-16, the XQ Roadshow WE THINK Booth will be in JXN at the Mississippi Children's Museum. The project is looking for "audacious" ideas for improving public high schools across America. Specifically: XQ is a nationwide project that calls on students, teachers, administrators, community leaders,...
 

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August 24th, 2015

MWB CreativeFire Podcast featuring HOPE Policy Institute

Host Tim Mask talks with Dr. Corey Wiggins about the work of the HOPE Policy Institute (formerly Mississippi Economic Policy Center). Discussion ranges from education to public health to workforce development. Tim also talks about the newest Kids Code Mississippi project with the Springboard to Opportunities organization.
 

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