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April 27th, 2016

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

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

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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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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