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Soapbox Speaker Series: Nine Giant, Rhinegeist, Wiedemann's on Craft Beer As Community Development

Soapbox and the University of Cincinnati's Niehoff Urban Studio host a forum March 11 on beer entrepreneurs who are helping drive community development. Leaders of Nine Giant, Rhinegeist and Wiedemann's will talk about their neighborhoods and bring samples.

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My Soapbox: Brad Schnittger, MusicLi

Thanks to my People’s Liberty Haile Fellowship grant, I've begun shaping the details of MusicLi, a licensing and library service for local musicians. Here's where I am so far in the development phase.

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If Not Me, Who?: Social entrepreneur Derrick Braziel answers the call

"Every person has the ability to change the world," says Derrick Braziel, 28, who puts his words into action through MORTAR's mentorship of low-income, minority or other "non-traditional" entrepreneurs.

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Why the arts need to invest in innovation

"Ideas are like commodities," says arts fundraiser and consultant Scott Provancher. "Everyone has them. But, like a commodity, the real value is what you make of it. You need discipline and help." The March 4 smART Summit will prod local arts leaders to embrace innovation to make ideas a reality.

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More Social Innovation: Making lives better, one job at a time

"It's meant a lot to me to find a job where I live," says long-time Over-the-Rhine resident DeShawn Ashley, who works at Holtman's Donuts and Washington Park. "I was down here for the rough times, and now it's the good times."

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Social Innovation: Why some new OTR businesses look to hire neighborhood residents

Some bash Over-the-Rhine redevelopment as "gentrification," others do something about it. See why new OTR businesses are purposefully hiring from the neighborhood, improving the community as they improve their bottom lines.

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Soapdish: A taproom tourist surveys Cincinnati's craft beer options

Shortly after the new year arrives, so do Cincinnati Beer Week, Cincy Winter Beerfest and the almighty Bockfest, which can mean just one thing: It’s Beer Season! To celebrate, I offer a highly subjective sampling of what our region has to offer in the burgeoning world of craft beer and taproom tourism.

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OTR's Latin School for Boys raises the bar, demands high standards

St. Peter Claver Latin School for Boys builds character and provides a rigorous education for 27 students in the Over-the-Rhine community. "There will be no excuses," says Headmaster Jonathan Love.

March 29: Jenny Robb, Curator of Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

Get Smart: Women Helping Women's Sunday Salons are a win for everyone

Women Helping Women is hoping to make you smarter while looking for a little help themselves. Their Sunday Salon series kicks off this weekend, offering amazing speakers in intimate settings in cool private homes — more importantly, it's one of the nonprofit's two annual fundraisers.

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My Soapbox: P.G. Sittenfeld, Cincinnati City Council

If there’s one individual in Cincinnati who embodies the calendar's January transition from past to future, it has to be City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld. Just 30, he has his finger on the pulse of today's defining urban trends while looking to possible statewide (and even national) office.


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Rothenberg garden a source of connection, pride and growth for OTR students, community

Rothenberg Preparatory Academy's roof-top garden serves multiple roles, from educational experience to salad bar provider to community building.


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Ryan Messer: New kind of leader for a new Over-the-Rhine

New leaders have emerged in a changing Over-the-Rhine, but none are as visible and dedicated as Ryan Messer.

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Changing people's careers 3 months at a time

People’s Liberty Residencies are tapping into one of society’s most underutilized resources: young talent. The results could shape careers and even transform Greater Cincinnati.
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