July 21, 2009

The Boy Who Cried Idea

I have plenty of ideas. Tons of 'em.

I also have a propensity to share them with friends, family, and anybody who happens to be within shouting distance. And I'm torn on whether or not that's a good thing.

On one hand, there is something to be said about throwing spaghetti on the wall to see what sticks. On the other hand, there are five fingers. Seriously, though, the flip side to this is that "idea people" have the tendency to be seen as flaky or lacking follow through.

It's not that I lack follow through, it's that I never intended to move forward on that idea. I am an external processor and need some verbal space to work out my ideas, thoughts, and crazy plans.

Anybody relate? Anybody disagree?

July 17, 2009

Weird, I Wrote Something

I know, I know. It's been awhile. Leave me alone - I've been working on transitioning over to samuelrichard.org.

In the meantime, check out a piece I wrote for the Downtown Phoenix Journal. Excerpt below, full post here. Enjoy:

If I Go, There Will Be Trouble

Things happen in threes, right?

Veni, Vidi, and Vici. Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, then Michael Jackson. You get the point.

I often say that we are experiencing something special in Phoenix. A tipping point. That when we look back on the turn of the 21st Century we will see a time of unbridled innovation and leading edge creativity coupled with disciplined growth in infrastructure and sound policy-making. My friend thinks I’m crazy. He says that Phoenix has always been, and will always be, at that tipping point.

I disagreed, until this week.

In three different conversations this week, three different people said they were going to be leaving Phoenix in the near future. Things happen in threes, so I guess it’s time to write about it. One was going to Austin, Texas. Another to Seattle, Washington. And another to Denver, Colorado. All had different reasons for where they were landing, but everyone had the same reason for leaving:

“There’s nothing for me in Phoenix.”

Go here to read the rest. And be on the look out for a feed reader and address change in the near future.

"What may be done at any time will be done at no time."
Scottish Proverb

June 24, 2009

NCVS Blog - Wednesday 10AM


I'm marinating in all the ideas, conversations, and thoughts flowing around here at NCVS - and I want to take a moment to share one with you that emerged yesterday.

I attended a workshop focusing on encouraging youth to engage in service learning and other leadership opportunities. There was an awesome panel of rockstars who admitted that they were rockstars largely because they were offered leadership roles and service opportunities at a young age. It reminded me of my time with Ann and Laura of Youth Resources - young people who could outshine myself and many of my peers any day of the week.

After hearing from the youth, and going over a little process, the attendees of the session had a chance to respond through small group discussions and report-outs. As a part of the Policy Small Group, we dreamed of ways to empower the voice of youth across the nation and provide opportunities young people to have their voices heard.

We lamented the fact that most people start working (and paying taxes) well before they are 18, yet they have no voice in how their tax dollars are spent. We discussed the injustice of being tried as an adult, but not being able to sit on a jury. All over the board, young people are affected by laws, rules, and taxes that they have no voice in changing or supporting.

So, we are proposing something crazy. Except that it makes so much sense.

We are advocating for lowering the voting age to 14

I would love to hear your thoughts, there's a long road ahead to make this happen and we need your help to make our case the strongest possible. Looking forward to instilling civic behavior at an earlier point in an adult's development!

"Republicans are accused of abandoning the poor. It's the other way around - they never vote for us."
Dan Quayle