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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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UPDATED Soapbox Speaker Series: Craft Beer As Community Development

UPDATED WITH PANELISTS AND RSVP. Soapbox is partnering again with the University of Cincinnati's Niehoff Urban Studio to host a forum on urban development trends, this time focusing on beer entrepreneurs who are helping drive community development. The March 11 event will also feature samples of their newest products.

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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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The Road to Development: Three more neighborhood residential projects

What are older buildings blossoming into? This installment of Soapbox's redevelopment series focuses on the unique reuse of an old Northside factory and new residential buildings cropping up in the little-known downtown Brighton neighborhood.

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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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Artistic Placemaking: Madcap Puppets play major role in Westwood's revitalization

Cincinnati's largest neighborhood aims to transform its historic business district into a “Family Arts District” anchored by Madcap Puppets' new theater, classrooms and exhibit hall, set to open in 2016. Even now, the project is fueling new investment and energy as the result of what Mayor John Cranley calls "art-onomics."

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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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Why Minneapolis is the new capital of "The North"

Minneapolis leaders want their city be the first non-coastal area that knowledge workers and business leaders think of after Chicago. Here are some lessons for Cincinnati.



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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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The Art of Ordinary Life: Why storytelling nights are suddenly everywhere

In our hyperconnected, digital age, people hunger for real stories. In Cincinnati, Cleveland and elsewhere, storytelling nights are growing thanks to the popularity of The Moth, This American Life and other programs that elevate life to art.

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My Soapbox: Chris Bergman, Choremonster

OTR-based startup Choremonster is riding a huge wave of momentum following a four-month stint in the Disney Accelerator. We recently caught up with CEO Chris Bergman.
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