Strength in Others

Our Community - Our rebellious friends over at the Black Sheep Agency wrote a thoughtful and passionate blog post about Houston’s thriving creative scene.  When local corporations look to outsource their creative needs to cities perceived as more “forward-thinking,” they miss an opportunity to support the vibrant creative economy and extraordinary talent right here at home.  In my favorite blog post of 2010, the Black Sheep make the case for why Houston doesn’t “have a problem.” - Case in point?  We just found out about two regular and very cool spoken word events.  Grown Up Storytime crowdsources stories from their fans to be performed by their “rotating crack squad of highly skilled story readers.  And Word Around Town seeks to create “a worldwide platform to unify poets and their community,” but their website is all about local talent: Borders Poetry Reading Series on the second Tuesday of every month, open mic nights every Monday at Te House of Tea, and creative festivals and fairs galore.  Lovers of words unite! Social Media - What do a psychedelic rock show and social media have in common?  David Rosen of the B2B Formula has created the perfect musical metaphor for social media through the lens of The Wall—Pink Floyd’s magnum opus. - If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you are as addicted as we are to the digital world.  But just in case you haven’t been monitoring Twitter and your RSS feeds religiously, AdAge offers a quick take on Facebook’s announcement of their new email service.  Known as the “Gmail Killer,” we’re anxious to see how the social network’s entre into email plays out and if they can get a handle on the public’s mistrust of Facebook’s privacy issues. Communications Olio - The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported that a third of donors plan to give less in late 2010 that in 2009, according to a Fidelity® Charitable Gift Fund national survey.  The survey also found that tax deductions were not an influential factor in giving, except for those making more than $100,000—and even then, only 42% cited deductions as a significant influence.  If you can't afford to give this holiday season, there are many other ways of giving back...volunteer your time, spread a message through social media channels or just perform an act of kindness...just do something.

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