Becoming a Creative Leader

A master’s program in sustainable design? Taught completely online? Led by a biologist? Requiring a course in leadership? What are they thinking? For those comfortable with traditional design programs, these sorts of questions must come to mind when looking at MCAD’s one-of-a-kind MA in Sustainable Design program. When the director of MCAD’s MA in Sustainable

The Time to Reap

Have you ever noticed that there always seems to be a dearth of one commodity in particular? It’s intangible yet the most precious thing we have. TIME. During my recent cycling trip across 4 states (Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Minnesota) to raise money for the students of MCAD’s MA in Sustainable Design, the luxury


AIGA (Re)Design Awards

Pioneers of change, let your story be told Entries for the AIGA (Re)design Awards are due June 14! Be recognized for your commitment to sustainable design, and inspire others by example! Enter the AIGA (Re)design Awards competition, an international graphic design and visual communications competition celebrating the most influential projects that advocate for strong communities,

What Color is Your Cape?

If you were to unleash your inner superhero, what color of cape would you wear? Not into capes? After all, they can be a hazard around escalators and revolving doors, then how about a costume or mask? Like me, you may have noticed that superheroes are back in vogue. A plethora (great word since it’s


Spotlight on Sustainable Design

As designers, we understand that design has the inherent power to transform our behaviors and to shape our culture. It is why we have both a responsibility and a tremendous opportunity to use that power to ignite change and to communicate the importance of sustainability to individuals, corporations, society, the environment and ourselves. In recognition

Creative Leadership for the 21st Century

Henry the Fifth, as characterized by William Shakespeare, is the quintessential heroic leader – bold, manly, inspiring, strong, passionate, ready to bravely battle against all odds, ready to lead all of those that believe — heart and soul — in what he proclaims to be right and true. Phew. That sort of leader is great

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Saving the World with Improv

Michelle Holliday posted a blog recently entitled, Using Improv to Save the World, which was inspired by a workshop presented by Belina Raffy. Holliday does a nice job of explaining how, well, you can use improv to save the world. More specifically, Holliday notes that, “We never really know what’s coming at us next …,”


12 Characteristics of a Natural Leader

We have all used the term “natural born leader” and can recognize one when we see one, but what makes a leader “natural”?  What makes someone a natural leader as opposed to some other sort of leader? A conventional leader might be described as the head of an organization, the person of authority, the one


Going The Extra Mile

Sustainability: the ability to sustain. The capacity to endure. To maintain, regenerate, energize, restore, recoup, go on, last, make it, survive. I know that I couldn’t have even considered sustaining the planning and pedaling required to Ride the Talk without the unwavering support of my unsung heroes. But what I didn’t realize is how much

Unsung Heroes

They keep coming out of the woodwork. Appearing when most needed and least expected. Amazing individuals that are willing to go the extra mile, unprompted and unrecognized. These are my unsung heroes. Who are the heroes in your life? Everyday Heroes My list of heroes has been growing exponentially over the past few weeks of

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