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Papy: A labor of love, looking back on 2017

We have this rule at The Creative Coast — we don’t brag about us. It’s about you — you who make up the community and are hustling and grinding to better themselves and better Savannah. But today, we are throwing that out the window and taking a moment to brag — a year-end brag.

Papy: We the people create the solutions

Grassroots movements have always shifted and changed power. But they have also provided solutions.

Papy: Want to be an equalizer? Get coding

“Access to technology is the great economic equalizer of this century.” - Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls Code

Papy: Want to be a social entrepreneur? Throw a party

“The most innovative and radical thing you can do sometimes is throw a damn good party.” Those wise words come from DeAmon Harges, aka “The Roving Listener,” an Indianapolis community organizer who has spent some quality time in Savannah working with groups like Mixed Greens and Emergent Savannah building on the idea of what innovative community mapping looks like.

Papy: Innovation must be part of community culture

“So…Creative Coast…that’s tech stuff right?”

Papy: Open Savannah makes civic life accessible

One of the few silver linings of the current presidential administration is that is has pushed regular people to want to become more involved or learn more about civic life.

Papy: How do you pave a new path? Help light the way

“People, actual persons like you and me, are viable when they can stand on their own feet,” says E. F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered. This book, despite being published in 1973 when the world looked very different, still sits on my desk as a consistent problem solving reference and a reminder to figure out ways to create accessibility to viability.

Papy: #MadeinSAV showcases Savannah’s ferocious spirit

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Papy: Use your social media power for good

“Magic is neither good nor evil. It is a tool, like a knife,” says Rick Riordan, fantasy writer and author of kid-favored book series Percy Jackson &The Olympians series. This sage wisdom of the fantasy-dystopian YA type applies for all things social media.

Papy: Bull Street Labs becomes home to magical mix

Maybe you’ve heard this one before: A web startup, a marketing consultant and a social entrepreneur walk into a bar. Oh, wait … maybe it was a game-makers group, a mural policy workshop, and a self-driving car coalition walk into a bar. No, that wasn’t it. Anyway, all these different people walk into the bar and wonderful things happen. That’s essentially what’s happening in Bull Street Labs.