Category Archives: Books & Movies

Attracting Talent vs. Attracting Jobs

In 2000, Indianapolis established a goal to double the number of downtown Indianapolis residence by 2020. How do you think we’re doing? I was referred a book that had some compelling points and if you are passionate about cities and economic development. This is a great quick read to add to your list: Live First,Work Second by Rebecca Ryan, printed in 2007. This book discusses how to reach and retain the next generation. When surveyed, “3 out of 4 Americans under the age of 28 said a cool city is more important than a good job.” What comes to mind when you read this statement? Ryan points out, then why is the measurement of economic development/stability based on ‘number of jobs’? Is it time to establish new measurement matrix? What would that look like?

My job in the coming years will not be to attract companies. 100 percent of my job will be to attract talent. — Janet Miller, Nashville Area Chamber

Our economic development goals should include increasing the incomes of all people in the region. Resulting in better education, better health, more sustainable economies and increase of environmental protection. (We have a project happening in Fountain Square to attempt at taking a stab at this very thing.) Should we be measuring the number of patents in the area? Did you know that according to the US Small Business Administration, 4 out of 5 new businesses are started by women, Gen X’ers and minorities?

This is the first time I was introduced to the idea that we are now in a knowledge based economy where knowledge workers create market value.

Knowledge is the new basis for wealth. In the future when capitalists talk about their wealth they will be talking about their control of knowledge. Exactly how one controls knowledge is in fact a central issue in a knowledge-based economy.
—Lester Thurow (1999)

What questions does Develop Indy get when a company is looking at Indianapolis as a city to bring their business to? They are getting more questions on livability. What does your city look like…online?

A city (or company for that matter) is three times more likely to retain young talent if they feel that their voices are being heard and valued. The more young talent are engaged in their community, the longer they plan to stay.

I would like to close with a story Ryan re-introduced. Atlanta, 1962: All of the cities leaders/investors/stakeholders/influencers were on a plane to Paris. The plane crashed and everyone died. Not only do we ask, will your city be able to continue to operate efficiently, but Ryan poses the question: Would Atlanta be what it is today, incredibly diverse, full of young energy, incredibly dense, livable if the group on the plane had survived? Is your city run by the PMS group (Pale, Male & Stale)? Is your city open to the new generation of do’ers that look to take on a role (or responsibility) in their neighborhood?


Oh the internets.

A girlfriend of mine sent a message out to a group of us inquiring as to what blogs/sites we follow on a regular basis. I found a lot of new greats. This could be a great topic to utilize Pinterest. It seemed based on viewing these blogs, the gals would make a great friend set to share cool things with one another.
I follow everything GOOD, I get the Daily GOOD, follow the GOOD Tumblr and can spend hours stumbling upon items on their website.
Chris Guillebeau, The Art of Non-Conformity
Aaron Renn, Urbanophile
Rider By My Side Tumblr
I have recently stumbled on Blanco Pop
Other than that I’m on TED
and reading President Jimmy Carter Trip Reports
Oh, I’m going to Guatemala in August…I’ve just started following this guy to prepare myself.
What blogs are you excited to recommend?

“I Am of Weak Character”

‘These men and women remind us that heroism is found not only on the fields of battle. They remind us that heroism does not require special training or physical strength. Heroism is here, in the hearts of so many of our fellow citizens, all around us, just waiting to be summoned — as it was on Saturday morning. Their actions, their selflessness poses a challenge to each of us…’

In listening to President Obama’s Memorial Speech in Tuscon, I was prompted to watch the movie Brokedown Palace for a second time. Have you seen it?

‘I am of Weak Character.’ Do you remember that line? Spoken by Claire Danes (as Alice) on her knees and begging the emissary of King of Thailand to allow her to do the her friend’s time in addition to her own in exchange for her friends release from prison. There is so much more going on here than I write today, it is a must see movie in my opinion. Alice is diplomatic in her choosing of this line based on what she had learned through her experiences in Brokedown Palace. This movie is one of my favorites. Definitely one that has stayed with me and I think of it often.

What’s different about my second time watching this movie is that I have since read Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning. How do you find meaning of life while being detained in a concentration camp?

“It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life – daily and hourly. Our answer must consist not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual.”

It’s interesting how all things come together because finally from this, I was drawn to look up Character:

‘Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.’ Romans 5: 3-4

You really see Alice (Claire Danes) move through these three stages throughout her time in Brokedown Palace. I also won’t forget the look on her face at the end, hope.