Besides living in a post-Ferguson, post-Rams, digital, post-modern, polarized, and globalized world...what separates St. Louis Strong's effort to bring St. Louis City and St. Louis County together from past attempts? It is not what we say we are nor is it necessarily why. The separation from past attempts arises from how we define ourselves.Read more
Originally published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch April 19, 2016.
Neighborhoods and local accessibility are arguably the largest assets that St. Louis has to offer. Folks who live around you are also the same folks whom you see at school events, the grocery store and on the street. That tight-knit feeling is why so many people love St. Louis. Yet, our largest strength is, at times, also our largest weakness.Read more
The St. Louis Strong Guest Blog Series asks community voices, business executives, and political leaders, "What makes St. Louis Strong?"
Strength… It’s a common word, one that has been known to exist in various forms. Much like its meaning defines, strength is so capable that it has transcended into both the mental and physical realms – a verb and a noun, something that is shown and possessed. It is a state of mind and a state of being.
This piece was originally published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on January 14, 2016
We have all heard that there is too much fragmentation in St. Louis. Duplication, waste and inefficiency abound, and there is no way to bring about change because the kings and kingdoms are firmly entrenched.Read more
In our previous post we outlined a revitalized spirit of St. Louis. By embracing this conviction, residents can unite under the creation of a stronger region and improve their individual St. Louis experiences.
- Kindness, ingenuity, and tenacious spirit drive growth and prosperity.
- Empathetically bring private lives together.
- Inventively collaborate on our toughest projects.
- The gateway to a stronger future that innovates off the roots of its past.
- We are St. Louis Strong.
To put it all together—Read more
“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” ~ Mark Twain
Human instinct separates people into in-groups and out-groups. We categorize by the degree we perceive others as a friend or foe. In modern times, politics clearly model this type of behavior. Political parties (and the fractures within them) have become a form of cultural unity. Yet, this unity arises from a resistance to what people fear rather than what they support. Politics has devolved into a zero-sum game in which people are told if the party they identify with loses, then their belief system—which is the basis of identity—will wither away.Read more
When tragic events occur, the first question posed by those trying to make sense of the fallout is, “how could this happen?” The question typically holds a tone of disbelief. How could the shooting of an unarmed teenager by an officer occur, ignite a media firestorm, and set a region on fire? How did an American city come to look like a war zone?
Yet, the answer has been sitting right under our nose for years.Read more
“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” ~ Goethe
At St. Louis Strong we approach unification as cynical idealists. What does that mean though? We set lofty goals and expect that unforeseen complications will stunt the height and prolong the time it takes to climb to where we desire. Others might just call this acting realistically.Read more
All parents attempt to choose what is best for their children. Each parent’s checklist typically includes: strong schools, safe neighborhoods, and comfortable housing. My grandparents on my dad’s side moved to the Parkway School District to raise their six children. My mom’s parents lived in North. She and my aunt attended Normandy, which even then was in decline. Both sets of grandparents made the decision they thought best for their family based on what they could afford.
Little did my family know that they were part of a trend that would later devastate the City and County. Regional politics de jure (according to law) and de facto (in fact) effectively segregated Black and White citizens of the region--first by block, then by neighborhood, then by city.Read more
As the president of one of my old college groups, I often joked, “we succeed as a team and we fail as me.” While I was more expressing bitterness towards the fickle nature of group politics, like all jokes, a bit a truth made it stick. At the time I hadn’t completely embraced the sentiment. I was still too focused on trying to change the minds of others or changing our circumstances.Read more