One week from tonight Leon County, the City of Tallahassee, KCCI and the Village Square will be hosting author Peter Kageyama for an inspiring conversation about the big idea of the city. What’s so big about the idea of a city, you wonder? If you haven’t heard Peter speak, you’ve missed an experience that will change the way you see what’s around you everyday. Peter has spoken all over the world about what can happen in hometowns when people love their city. The program is free and open to the public at the Challenger Center downtown, though a reservation is required (you’ll be sent a link for a printable ticket after you RSVP). Get more information and reserve your seat online by clicking here. Space is limited so just do it.
Part of the reason we’re excited about Peter Kageyama coming to Tallahassee on Thursday, January 24th is that he has an exceptional capacity to think creatively about what to most of us can be somewhat mundane. Here’s one example… have you ever thought about which citizens are really engaged with government and over what?
Peter has a Bell-shaped curve that is a continuum of engagement, from the small number of angry people who marshall an incredible amount of time, energy and resources to the vast majority of citizens who don’t think about their city – per se – all that much… to the people who have a unique love and affection for where they live. In most cities, there is little real engagement on the love side of the continuum and a lot on the angry side. Kageyama thinks cities need to change that. It’s not that they shouldn’t deal with angry citizens as that’s certainly in the job description, it’s that they need to pay special attention to the people who love their city – something usually lost in the shuffle. The January 24th events (there are two, check it out here) are an effort by our local government to pay special attention to the love. Thumbs way up.
And you’ll be simply amazed to hear from Peter what can be done with even 1% of a population who’ve decided they really care. Register now, space is limited.
During the 2012 presidential election cycle, candidates fell all over themselves to earn the women’s vote. There was talk about “The War on Women” and “binders of women” as we jumped back headlong into a national debate about abortion rights, equal pay for women and even birth control.
For many women, it seemed like re-litigating the last 50 years.
But author Suzanne Venker answered all the campaign talk about the “War on Women” with an op-ed titled “The War on Men.” She immediately found herself swept up in a firestorm like nothing she’d experienced. Americans clearly don’t see eye-to-eye on this topic. (more…)
Lucy Morgan didn’t aspire to a career in journalism. Like many women of her generation, she married as a teenager and planned to live happily ever after.
Not too long later, she was a single mother in Middle of Nowhere, Florida with a high school education and three small children. Her entertainment budget consisted entirely of a public library card.
That card would be her ticket to the storied career which Suncoast Tiger Bay Club will honor at a banquet on January 30.
It was 1966 and the Ocala Star-Banner was looking to hire a reporter. Asked by an editor if she had any suggestions, the librarian told him about a young woman “who reads more books than anyone I have ever seen.” (more…)
When the Grim Reaper finally came for Eugene Corbett Patterson, the 89 year old Pulitzer Prize winner surely did not blink. Fear was not in his character and anyway, he had seen death before.
Patterson had always been a man of great ambition, and as he prepared to meet his Maker at his St. Petersburg home, the dying editor started and brilliantly finished condensing the King James Bible. It was an old newsman’s last service to seekers of truth in an attention deficit disordered world.
In the decade from 1978-1988 when Patterson called the shots at the St. Petersburg Times, Florida journalism was widely recognized as the best in the world, and the St. Petersburg Times was recognized as Florida’s best newspaper by everybody who didn’t work for the Miami Herald.
Death had tried and failed to claim Patterson when he was a 20 year old tank commander at the Battle of the Bulge. In General Patton’s 10th Armored Division, Patterson learned verbal, sartorial and blood and guts elements of style that would inform how he led by example from the Ardennes Forest to the hour of his death. (more…)
Spend an afternoon with citymaking guru Peter Kageyama, courtesy of Leon County and the City of Tallahassee
You probably already know that Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities, will be joining us for an evening event on January 24th that is free and open to the public. But did you know that Leon County and the City of Tallahassee are offering a limited number of opportunities to attend a three-hour experience with Peter that same day? The workshop titled “For the Love of Tallahassee + Leon County” is from 1 to 4 pm at the FSU Alumni Center. If you’d like to be considered for this opportunity, you must complete an application online here.
The City of Tallahassee Ethics Advisory Panel will hold a Town Hall Discussion on Thursday, Jan. 10. The discussion will take place following the panel’s meeting, which begins at 5 p.m. in the second floor conference room at the Frenchtown Renaissance Center, 435 N. Macomb Street. It is anticipated that the public speaking portion will begin around 5:30 p.m.
The purpose of the discussion is to receive citizen input on possible amendments to the City of Tallahassee policies and procedures related to ethics, transparency of the government and financial disclosure requirements.
Tick tock. Today is the last day before “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: The Politics of the Feminine” prices go up. Got til midnight…
Get more information about our panel, the menu and make your reservation today by clicking here. Where else can you find a conversation featuring anti-feminist activist Phyllis Schlafly’s niece and a President and CEO of Planned Parenthood? And civil discourse, possibly even a bit of laughter? Yep, nowhere.
For Immediate Release January 8, 2013
VILLAGE SQUARE HOSTS FORUM ON RECENT CONTROVERSIES IN WOMEN’S ISSUES
Conservative author Suzanne Venker joins diverse panel of women leaders
(TALLAHASSEE, FL) – January 8, 2013 – During the 2012 presidential election cycle, candidates fell all over themselves to earn the women’s vote. There was talk about “The War on Women” and “binders of women,” as we jumped back headlong into a national debate about abortion rights, equal pay for women and even birth control. Nearly 100 years since women gained the right to vote and 50 since the feminist movement of the 1960s, it seems that Americans are still deeply divided on this issue.
Conservative author Suzanne Venker answered all the campaign talk about the “War on Women” with an op-ed for Fox News titled “The War on Men.” She immediately found herself swept up in a firestorm like nothing she’d experienced. She became the subject of satire on The Colbert Report and made a visit to the women of The View to explain herself. (more…)
In his book For the Love of Cities, author Peter Kageyama (coming to Tallahassee on Thursday, January 24th) quotes Charles Landry, author of The Creative city: “We experience cities emotionally, yet we talk about them technically.” Cities tend to focus their energy on the basic services, the things that have to be done.
Kageyama writes that particularly in tough economic times like these…
City leaders worry about being seen as frivolous. As budgets tighten and hard choices must be made, programs that seem frivolous are the first cut. No one votes for arts programs when streets need fixing.
But according to Kageyama it’s a mistake for city leaders to give in to this understandable dynamic, as the things that are most critical to the ultimate economic success of the city are the small things that affect us emotionally, or what he calls “love notes.” In contrast “fixing potholes is like giving your wife a fire extinguisher for her birthday.” Sure the house has got to have a fire extinguisher, but your wife needs more.
On Thursday, January 24th, Kageyama will share his wealth of knowledge about helping us love our city more, something that actually has been show to affect local economic growth (good for fixing potholes too).
For more information about the program and to reserve your seat CLICK HERE.