Archive for June, 2008

love is a circular transaction

June 26, 2008

(thought and well-turned phrase courtesy of brains on fire.)

doing my best not to sound like a blathering fan boy with a crush… but we got a little love from advertising’s red-stilettoed superhero, advergirl, today.

“fantastic execution.”

it’s GREAT to hear feedback like that — especially when you’re navigating with little else besides your gut.

amyd seems to feel the same way

i think it works because:

(a) we’re genuinely passionate about it;

(b) it helps us connect with people over something BIGGER than ourselves (jeez, guess that’s a brains on fire thought, too);

(c) it fuels collaborative partnerships; and

(d) it shows people there’s another way.

that you can be a not-only-for-profit.  and do well by doing good.

which is how i got the idea for brilliant in the first place: working with inspiring clients who have larger purposes at the heart of their organizations other than just profit.

all of which is roughly the equivalent of our five-step recipe for how to change the world.

so, thanks advergirl and amyd.

we you both.

[note: an old thought, had many times before by countless other people, but the real story here is how marvelous technology is. how it’s levelled the playing field. and enabled someone like me, here, to have access to some of the brightest minds in whatever biz, wherever they are. to listen and learn. to converse. and their willingness to share, rather than hoard. all part of the aforesaid circular transaction. isn’t it great?]


greener grocer: a new CSA

June 23, 2008

couple weeks ago i had the chance to sit down with michael jones of local matters and the greener grocer for a bit.

sharp guy.  doing all sorts of wonderful stuff.

we talked about connecting the dots in columbus.

e.g., a bunch of us are working towards the same common-good goals — albeit within different, but interconnected, building blocks, in some instances — why not do it together?

the sum is greater than its parts.  etc.

there’s already a proven international model for this in the form of BALLE networks, so there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.

whether it’s jennie, daniel, michelle, adam, jen, etc etc [insert the names of, like, 50 other people making it happen right now], i can’t tell you how many times i’ve had conversations with people interested in something like this.

a business alliance for a local living economy — an economy that sustains itself, our communities, and a healthy environment.

the time is right, no?

wherever these conversations lead, if we’re successful in pulling something together, no doubt local matters will play a major part. they’re doing inspired work.

on saturday, we were a bit late getting down to the grillmaster’s festival at the north market but we managed to catch part of michael’s presentation.

here he is slicing and dicing.

(jami says he looks like steven keaton, a high compliment…)

served up a beautiful salad with grilled pears and a nice vinaigrette that you can get inside the market at the greener grocer.

accessible and informative.

then we went inside to poke around a bit and found out about their urban CSA.

(for an intro into CSAs, check out lisa’s great post from last year.)

sign up, and starting next monday, june 30th, here’s what you get:

…weekly boxes of beautiful, tasty produce from various local growers who follow sustainable farming practices, including minimal or no use of chemical-based pesticides or herbicides….

Weekly food boxes will contain a bag of our house salad mix plus 5-7 different kinds of produce, with seasonal variation based on availability. Included in each weekly box will be information about the growers, their farming practices, and a delicious recipe for preparing the food.

As an extra incentive, The Greener Grocer will donate two food boxes for every ten paid boxes to the Clintonville Resource Center’s food pantry program.

the cost of a share for the 20-week program is $600 ($30 a week).  you can pay in full, up front, or (like us), using a credit card as a guarantee, purchase a share using their payment plan.

  • $150.00 at the time when you submit your application
  • $150.00 by July 15th
  • $150.00 by August 15th
  • Final payment of $150.00 by September 15th

there are two sites where you can pick up your weekly food box:

  • Clintonville Resource Center
  • The Greener Grocer (curb side pick-up available between 4PM-6PM. Just call ahead and identify your vehicle!)

and memberships can be pro-rated, too, if you’re late getting in.

[note: the website has 6/24 as the start date, but all the material at the market said 6/30.]

been wanting to try something like this for a while, so it should be a great learning experience. plus it’s the perfect chance to support an organization that’s making things better.

[ps. identity design by element.]

la caprichosa

June 22, 2008

caught the annual student show of flamenco del corazon today.

two words:

hot fun.

WAY better than mowing the grass.


June 18, 2008

checked out giorgio last night for a late-ish dinner.

jami mis-ordered for us both and we each ended up with our own agro dolce instead of the di rucola… (our fault, not theirs).

good, though, and big enough that next time we’ll split the insalate.

the butter is delicious…

we shared a plate of fontina & hazelnut ravioli, substituting for a vegetarian marinara.

and i had glass of wine.

the bill was $38 — more than we’d ideally spend on a weeknight dinner, but, then again, it’s in clintonville and we can bike there.

plus, having been in the r bar before, my wife tells me the interior’s unrecognizable.

music was great…

vibe was good…

looking forward to spending more $ there.

whatever your version of a planner is, get it out

June 16, 2008

two events coming up in the not-too-distant future we’re happy to be a part of:

on july 5th, from 2pm until midnight, is the 3rd annual here comes your weekend parking lot blowout at, you guessed it, the surly girl parking lot (next to goody boy).

this is the annual fundraiser for the columbus music co-op and helps fund some important initiatives i wish i would’ve thought of myself, like the columbus musician’s assistance program (cmap).

admission is, well, there is no admission — it’s FREE.

plenty of food and beer available to purchase; last time i checked there were ten bands (and counting) on the schedule…

100% volunteer run. and a certifiable blast.

stay tuned for more…

then, further on down the road a bit, september 12-14, you’ve got scoot-a-que 11.

(see the process behind this year’s design here.)

don’t be fooled by the website — the agenda isn’t up and registration isn’t open (yet).

if you have a scoot, this is a can’t-miss. and, even if you don’t, it’s fun watching everybody take off on saturday from the north market.

plus — not coincidentally — that saturday also doubles as the columbus microbrew festival at the market, too.

good times, people.


June 15, 2008

had a good first brunch this morning at sage.

chorizo, black bean and sweet potato hash; creme brulee french toast; eggs and such; plus some variatel mimosas.

lisa was there, so hopefully there’s a proper review forthcoming…

until then, you can read a little about it here and here.

meanwhile, i’m giving it my full, unequivocal endorsement. can’t wait to go back soon for dinner.

dinner: tuesday – saturday, 5pm – 10pm; closed monday.

brunch: sunday, 10am – 2pm.

menus below.

go show some love, eh?

[note: lisa’s review here.]

the collective emotional temperature of the web

June 13, 2008

we feel fine.

could mess around with this for hours — there’s A LOT to digest here — but i’m liking the mumurs and montage setting.


June 2, 2008

new day, new clients collaborative partnership…

met the folks from original columbus last week.

they’ve taken over the old tigertree spot at 17 e brickel — next to the art exchange and catty corner to tasi.

good peoples.

they’ve signed on to build and develop — and they’re doing it pro bono.

why? because they believe. and rock. literally (ryan stolte-sawa is a member of flotation walls).

if ANYBODY — individual, business, non-profit, whatever — wants to work collaboratively on a community project for the common good, get in touch.

if you’ve been seeing these stickers around town (or received one) and are wondering what they’re about, get in touch.

if you want to help pass them out to your favorite neighborhood businesses (or just slap one on your scoot), get in touch.

if you have a scoot and want to ride with me, get in touch.

if you work at a media outlet like alive or cd101, and want to donate some ad space/time, get in touch.

if you work at a creative agency and want to lend some expertise…

nobody owns it. everybody can use it. anybody can improve it (thanks doc).

meeting with folks from the columbus music co-op and local matters later this week.

anybody else want to pitch in?