The Honorable Christopher C. Rosenquest: What Does a City Mayor Do?

Trump, Clinton, Biden… curiously, when citizens in Western countries go into “voting season,” the elected positions farthest removed from voters’ daily lives are usually the most fervently contested.  Yet it is the local elected officials who are responsible for making sure the streets are paved, the police force and fire brigades are responsive and well managed,Continue reading “The Honorable Christopher C. Rosenquest: What Does a City Mayor Do?”

Marc Martorana: Education in Motion: Reimagined Learning Spaces

Metal Desks and chairs, white concrete block walls, loud bells announcing the end of the “learning period;” has the classroom based on the last century’s industrial education model lost its charm? Marc Martorana, a New York City teacher, has adopted an alternative approach. With “Walk and Talk Learning,” Marc is providing tutoring across academic subjectsContinue reading “Marc Martorana: Education in Motion: Reimagined Learning Spaces”

Gino Cattani & Simone Ferriani: Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you your chances of entrepreneurial success.

Was it because she was a born a genius?  Or did World War I. kill off all the men she competed with?  Or maybe after a cabaret performance, she kissed the right aristocrat?  Entrepreneurship is a perilous endeavor and it’s hard to determine why someone succeeds where someone else fails.  Coco Chanel is a case in point.  She seemed toContinue reading “Gino Cattani & Simone Ferriani: Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you your chances of entrepreneurial success.”

Wah Keung Chan: Montreal’s La Scena Musicale

Around Montreal, as you walk by the entrances to cafés, you will find stands with free tabloid papers of the kind found in any other city in the world.  But Montreal has a secret for those passersby who care to look closely: they will notice that, next to the tabloid papers, lies a monthly periodical exclusivelyContinue reading “Wah Keung Chan: Montreal’s La Scena Musicale”

David Murray: Communicating Means Listening to Others – and to Yourself

Most communication professionals will tell you that communication means getting what’s in your head into the head of somebody else. David Murray, author and executive director of the Professional Speechwriters Association, says, not so. Communication means listening to your audience’s version of the story—with great care, and with imagination. Only after taking the other’s pointContinue reading “David Murray: Communicating Means Listening to Others – and to Yourself”