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Madeline Turnipseed

Registered Nurse, CHI St. Joseph Health Center in Bryan

Have you ever heard of NaNoWriMo? Madeline Turnipseed goes indepth on what that is. Even if you've never written a story, there is a story in you, and we want to help you tell it. National Novel Writing Month is an event that occurs every November when thousands of people across the globe write novels. Bryan-College Station has our own local region with over 150 novelists. Come write with us!

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How to Write a Memoir

BY TERI METCALF
@ VOL 12 ON SEP 26, 2017

Based on her own writing experiences, Teri Metcalf provides some basic tips on how you can write your memoir.

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Recovering from a Long Stay in the ICU -- (I)ntensive (C)reativity (U)ntapped

BY DORIAN MARTIN
@ VOL 12 ON SEP 26, 2017

What happens when you suffer from burnout and lose your creative spark? Can that imaginative spirit ever return? Dorian Martin shares lessons learned from her own extended stay in the ICU on how you can successfully regain your creativity.

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Creativity Found

BY PAM WILEY
@ VOL 12 ON SEP 26, 2017

Is creativity only for the Shakespeares? The Michaelangelos? The Mozarts? A miniscule slice of humanity? No! It’s for each of us, in each of us. Pam Wiley explores creativity in the ordinary.

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A Year on the Shelf

BY CHRISTINE BROWN
@ VOL 12 ON SEP 26, 2017

What goes on at a publishing house? What separates an academic press from a commercial one? Christine Brown explores how books get published and why university presses are vital to a college community by examining a year in the life of Texas A&M University Press.

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Lean-Integrated Project Delivery: A story of How

BY ZOFIA RYBKOWSKI
@ VOL 11 ON JUN 06, 2017

Zofia discusses methods of group project success.

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What the Viz?

BY WILLIAM JENKS
@ VOL 11 ON JUN 06, 2017

Visualization is a term that seems to pop up every spring around the Brazos Valley. Why do we hear it so often and what does it mean? Many people have a view of a part of the puzzle. Come along on a short journey beyond Webster’s to our creative universe and get all the answers to the question: What the Viz?

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Designing a Future

BY BAILEY MULLENS
@ VOL 11 ON JUN 06, 2017

The Power of decision making 

How technology is changing the Job market for current college students- Thinking in an exponential manner 

Difference between Generation X social interactions and Millennial (Facebook vs. Twitter) 

Lost art of conversation

Nutrition- Genetic testing  

Podcasting/ Self Education- Time to be feeding your brain while doing other activities: Driving, working out, walking to class.

(Power of echoic retention)

Passion meets your skill set

Constant learning 

IQ, EQ, and SQ 

Plans to solve homeless population issues in Austin Texas

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Incremental Development and the Future of the City

BY RYAN TERRY
@ VOL 11 ON JUN 06, 2017

So much of the real estate industry is extractive, where far-away investors mine the value from properties that line our streets. We are working toward a more generative real estate model, where local people can invest in their own neighborhoods and in that process, create new life and value that benefits their community. The kind of places we want to live in are built and maintained by people who really love them.

 

However, even beloved and successful places are at risk. We all know stories of boom and bust. Buildings, neighborhoods, cities are all put under great stress in times of fast economic change, whether growth or decline. At the local level, the best way we know to protect against the negative impacts of both growth and decline is this: spread the risk and the reward. We need more neighborhood-based small developers creating buildings that can adapt in times of trouble.

 

Scale makes all the difference. The small-scale developer is limited by their size to a certain scope of project. They don’t have the team or the resources for mega-developments; they need to stick with small, simple buildings in a fairly concentrated area so they can easily keep an eye on things. Instead of large apartment blocks or a subdivision of single-family homes, small developers are more likely to build duplexes, triplexes, quadplexes, live-work buildings, backyard cottages etc.—perfect for adapting neighborhoods on a lot-by-lot basis.These buildings are too small for a conventional developer whose profits depend on an economy of scale. Small developers depend on economies of resourcefulness and relationships, and that economic model is what makes small developers so adaptable in times of trouble.

 

This country is covered with inspiring precedents of buildings that punch above their weight, giving back to the city through taxes, to the neighborhood through street appeal, and to the owner through a positive cash flow. Across the country, communities are realizing that big developers cannot be induced to come build the neighborhoods they want. No one is coming to save them from the status quo. They’ve got to do it themselves.

 

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About the City's Organizers

  • Carol LaFayette

    Carol LaFayette is Director of the Texas A&M Institute for Applied Creativity, a forum for collaborators across domains and disciplines intent on creating a radiant future. She's an artist who works with scientists to invent unique ways to experience interconnections of flora, fauna, and phenomena in rural areas. She leads the NSF-supported Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design (SEAD), that has also been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Smithsonian Institution. Her artwork is in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. She has exhibited her work worldwide, including LAB '11, Sweden; SIGGRAPH '02, '08 and '09; Zebra Poetry on Film, Berlin; Filmstock, UK; and Solomon Projects, Atlanta. Reviews of her artwork have been published in "BBC Technology News," "Chronicle of Higher Education" and "Wired."

  • Jennifer Robertson

    Coordinator at Institute for Applied Creativity, Texas A&M University; Writer, director, actor, classic film blogger, jewelry designer, nail art addict, mother.

  • Marie Marchand

    Marie works for Advent GX, a Community and Economic Development company in Downtown Bryan. She supports entrepreneurship and innovation. She is from Belgium; she loves traveling, meeting new friends, going for walks and listening to great stories.