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Going Mobile (and first published Android App)

Hello dear readers, It has been about a month since I last wrote you, but that seems par for the course. A lot has changed in the last month; Shannon and I got married (I still need to update the “about me” on my main page), have moved to Flint, and both gotten jobs! It’s been a whirlwind ride but oh so satisfying.

One of the relatively minor changes I’ve made in the past month is getting a data plan and Android phone (and getting rid of the trusty Palm Treo 700wx). This has been awesome (although never as awesome as getting married) and the relatively constant plug into the internet has been a good thing but has definitely needed to be moderated a couple of times. The motivation to get a data plan was two-fold: Continue reading

How to save a dying city

The following is a research paper that I wrote for my Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues course this term. This topic is something that I am very passionate for; I am moving to Flint with my bride-to-be after the wedding! This is primarily driven by a calling to ministry, but I also see Flint as a city ripe with opportunity.

I hope you enjoy the Seminar Paper, please feel free to leave comments or questions and I’ll do my best to address them. Enjoy!


How to save a dying city: an analysis of leadership styles in cities

The world we live in is constantly changing and at a much faster pace than the world of our grandparents’ generation or even our parents’ generation. This is the view of Pulitzer-prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman as he describes in his book, The World is Flat, globalization has taken place in 3 different stages: the era until 1800 was dominated by countries globalizing, the era from 1800-2000 was dominated by companies globalizing, and the era since 2000 (what Friedman calls “Globalization 3.0“) is about individuals globalizing (2006, p. 10). The key factor in this change is almost certainly the advance of technology and communications which have allowed individuals to communicate with one another just as easily across the room as across the world.

While this is an interesting and exciting topic, the subject of this study is a specific consequence of this “flattening” of the world: the current state and potential future of post-industrial cities. Continue reading


I am currently setting up my new front page and blog on A potential client mentioned to me that he went to my site (which he got from the domain on my email address, a very common occurrence) and found nothing…. Thus, the expanding and refining of my web presence and, in the long term, my personal brand.
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