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Giving Yourself Margin

I’m in one of those seasons of life where my schedule feels three notches beyond packed.  We enjoy staying active in our church, our community, and family.  My wife and I believe in the concept of going above and beyond in our professional lives too.   We, however, recognize that packing our lives with more activities

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Civic Hacking: Why does it matter?

Civic hacking has become a potent movement for engaging coders, designers, and technology professionals in challenges that matter to the community.   Computer hacking tends to have a negative connotation.  Some call civic hacking “hacking gone good” since it’s really about community service and place making. I had the good fortune to participate in the

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“CITIZENSHIP IN A REPUBLIC” – Theodore Roosevelt

Published on May 8, 2015 by in leadership, making

During my morning reading, I encountered this powerful quote from Theodore Roosevelt from his “CITIZENSHIP IN A REPUBLIC” speech.  I just had to share it.  Life is a gift.  Life is short.  Are we “daring greatly?”   “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where

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FireSarter: Entrepreneur & Innovation Community

      Are you looking for a place in Warner Robins, GA to rapidly prototype a product or test a business concept?   Are you looking for a community to learn technical skills and grow your business concept?  Are you interested in learning more about the makers movement in Warner Robins, GA?   If

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Why Does the Makers Movement Matter?

As I woke up to attend the Atlanta Makerfaire 2014, I started to reflect upon why I personally get excited about growing the SparkMacon MakerSpace community. Why is building a makerspace community important? Why is growing a community of art and technology creatives worthy of investment and time? Highlights from Atlanta Maker Faire 2014 Growing Innovative Culture

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SparkMacon MakerSpace CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN HAS LAUNCHED! Contribute now and tell your friends!

  SparkMacon is a community innovation space equipped with the tools, equipment, and grass-roots education required to convert your idea into a reality. Think of us as a gym membership to exercise your creativity, hands and brain. We aspire to blend the best of art and technology. Learn more about our SparkMacon campaign at IndieGogo.com

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Beyond the Obvious by @PhilMckinney [Review]

Are you a leader, entrepreneur, or researcher looking for a system for making your organization more innovative?  In our economy, creativity has become critical skill.   In a music context, the artists that continue to re-invent themselves find ways to remain relevant, fresh, and attractive to the market.   Organizations take huge risks when they

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Trends You Need To Know from #OSCON 2014

The culture of open source continues to make an impact beyond software and programming. The ethos of open source has helped fuel the makers movement.   In the open source convention(#OSCON 2014), speakers reviewed the impact of open source in government, education, manufacturing, and making.  The OSCON event is one of the most popular forums

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#InventToLearn #ISTE2014 Workshop: Projects and Inspiration

Inspiring and fun day of reflection, making and tinkering. Check out the project ideas, blog posts, and resources. Thanks Sylvia and Gary for the great day!  You guys are my inspiration.   [View the story “#InventToLearn #ISTE2014 Workshop: Projects and Inspiration” on Storify]   Posts From InspiredToEducate.NET 10+ Lessons To Help You Grow Your Skills

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10 Community Service Challenge Ideas for Civic Hackers

As I have started to share the story of the National Day of Civic Hacking with my friends, local designers, programmers and family, I commonly receive the following question:  What kinds of projects can I do? I wrote this post so that you’re not stuck with “blank paper” syndrome.   Innovation is sparked by context,

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