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The Startup Squad

By Stephanie Gardner, OCC Durant “When my circle got smaller, my vision got clearer.” For aspiring entrepreneurs, there is no shortage of how-to books or small business seminars from which to learn the mainstream steps to success. A simple Google search will return nearly a million results. In Durant alone, we have at least six

By | 2017-10-25T09:21:34+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Featured|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

When It’s a Good Thing to Burst Your Bubble

By Lucy Swanson, OCC Guthrie As a community, we are constantly engaged in the creative process of finding new, more effective ways to serve the wonderful people that inhabit Guthrie. It isn’t an easy process. It isn’t simple either. It is a journey. And it is an adventure. Finding our way to building our community

By | 2017-10-19T21:31:24+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Featured|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Creative Communities: A State of Mind

By Loran Mayes, OCC - Altus Oklahoma Creative Communities is more than meets the eye. Is it a program? Is it a project? Is it an event?  Well, here in Altus it has become a state of mind. Not only did they come in and take our “but that’s just how we do it” statements

By | 2017-10-04T11:54:28+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Featured|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Locust Grove: The Wonder City

By Shaun Perkins, OCC Locust Grove   Named for a tree whose blossoms have a beautiful smell, Home to great artists, Willard Stone and Bill Glass to name a few, Locust Grove is a small community that we think is swell, A place for tradition and innovation, the old and the new.   The Wonder

By | 2017-09-26T07:59:38+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Featured|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Enid Ecology of Talent, A Creative Communities Initiative

By Traci Layton, OCC Enid   Ecology:  the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment Talent:  people with skills, knowledge, cognitive abilities, and the potential to do well as workforce Enid Ecology of Talent is a method of bringing together organizations and the teens of our community by using technology to demonstrate

By | 2017-09-19T21:37:09+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Featured|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Changing the Outcome of the Game

By Ed Long - Creative Oklahoma & Cross Sector Innovations   At an event hosted recently by Creative Oklahoma, I listened to Thunder general manager Sam Presti, a newly appointed Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador, talk about the creativity that takes place on the basketball court. Men and women are given a ball and have to create something.

Philanthropreneurship | How The Creative Democracy Can Transform Communities

By Susan McCalmont In a growing world of complexity and change, we are all being challenged to imagine new solutions for the collective problems facing us, and even develop new definitions for what it means to be part of a civil society where civic discourse is encouraged and celebrated. A global shift is making space

By | 2017-07-03T15:18:31+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Featured|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Creating Oklahoma’s Future

Another amazing blog post from our collaborator, Ed Long. "By coming together to launch innovative solutions in communities across the state, we can avoid larger challenges in the future and build a stronger state today for all Oklahomans." Ain't that right?! Happy reading! Ed Long ed.long@crosssectorinnovations.org Entrepreneurial leaders anticipate challenges and opportunities ahead of their

By | 2017-01-24T14:57:04+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Feature, Featured, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Finding a Way to Yes – The Power of Creativity and Innovation

I had the opportunity to listen to an amazing individual last night.  Her name is Jill Castilla.  She discussed the challenges of growing up in a midwestern small town and the winding path that led to her current success.  Jill battled her way through her first two years of college before finally enlisting in the

By | 2016-11-30T09:25:29+00:00 November 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Featured, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Why We Need Imagination, Creativity and Innovation in a Test-Driven World

    Why We Need Imagination, Creativity and Innovation in a Test-Driven World Come hear author of Imagination First and former Director of the Lincoln Center Institute, Scott Noppe-Brandon, share his education expertise Education is not rocket science, it is harder! Figuring out how to do all in education that is needed, wanted, desired, required and ordered is

By | 2016-10-19T16:26:18+00:00 December 10th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments