Breath of Fresh Air: Lost and Found in Houston, 03.10.2013

Last month, we told you that we're making it a priority in 2013 to get out of the office and seek inspiration around the city. We'll be taking turns planning these field trips, so we could end up anywhere from a mountain bike trail (Patrick) to a punk rock show (Amy), but we're certain there will be curious wonders found lurking in Houston's nooks and crannies. For our March adventure, Courtenay thought our Houston newbies should learn some local and cultural history at Project Row Houses, a nonprofit arts organization established by African-American artists and community activists in the city's Third Ward. Alas, Courtenay did not pay attention to the difference between office hours and exhibition hours. (For the record, exhibition hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m.). But we're a PR agency. We're used to figuring out bigger and better solutions on the fly, and we like adventure. A quick Google search later, we found ourselves at the fabled The Flower Man House. For decades, Cleveland Turner has turned his Third Ward home (2305 Francis St.) into a carefully-arranged milieu of found junk. This folk art explosion feels like a secret discovery, as if only true Houston explorers (and neighbors, of course) know of its existence - and that may, in fact, be true.

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Business and the Do-Gooder Complex, 11.28.2011

This blog is more than a little delayed, but the information is still at the front of our minds. Two months ago, Chris Valdez of the web design and marketing agency Primer Grey invited me to speak with him at SchipulCon, a conference on community, technology and creativity. Our topic guidelines were broadly defined, so we went with where our passion lie. Like many members of Gen X and Gen Y, we’ve made it a key tenet of our professional goals to marry business with do-gooding.

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To some, do-gooding can seem self-indulgent or naïve, but 61% of 13- to 25-year-olds feel personally responsible for making a difference in the world. That means that 61% of your current and future workforce is likely to want a career that contributes to the common good and helps to fulfill their need to make the world a better place. From a human resources perspective alone, that statistic should be enough to make you stand up and take notice. Still not convinced? Here are five reasons why we think you should care about integrating social good into your business plan and culture: read more »