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Through Heat and Storm

BY AMY SELIKOFF AND NATHAN SELIKOFF
@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

Amy Selikoff and Nathan Selikoff spontaneously decided to take a bike ride from Florida to Canada. They planned for months and took time off from their jobs. The actual journey was fraught with accidents, detours, and bad weather. They found that it was similar to marriage. Every marriage is a different journey filled with its own special joys and obstacles that need to be solved in their own ways.

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Surprisingly Simple Ways to be Healthy and Happy

BY PUJA MADAN
@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

Puja Madan shares the secrets to health and happiness. They include things like water, breathing, relationships, passion, sex, pets, organization, a lack of news, gratitude, careful word usage, humor, living in the now, meditation, and taking baby steps. 

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Phil, the Quest

BY PHIL ZOSHAK
@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

Before high school, Phil Zoshak was a socially-awkward student with below-average reading skills taking remedial classes. Video games changed his life for the better. In college he got overly addicted to a game called World of Warcraft and threw away four years of his life. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Phil escaped and soon found his dream job. Now he is launching a program called Play 15 which will utilize the good points about gaming to teach reading, writing, and problem-solving to kids who are in the situation he was once in.

"Presentation of the Day" on December 14, 2013.

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The Awe of Awesome

BY JILL SHARGAA
@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

Jill Shargaa argues that the word 'awesome' is being used incorrectly. It is being used to describe things that are not awesome. The word is losing its value. Here she gives us some examples of things that are awesome and some things that are not awesome.

"Presentation of the Day" on December 16, 2013.

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Business as a Force for Good

BY EVAN KELLER
@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

After realizing what a force for good business could be and serving on humanitarian missions to New Orleans and Haiti, Evan Keller decided to start a non-profit which leverages business to fight poverty. They send experienced businessmen to Honduras and Haiti to teach, mentor, and hold seminars. Their first year was extremely successful. Watch to see the amazing things they accomplished.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 22, 2014.

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Water Scarcity in Florida

BY ERIC HOFFMAN
@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

Eric Hoffman blows the cap off the hydrant regarding Florida's worsening water shortage. By next year (2014) Orlando water demand will exceed its water supply. Where is the water going? How is it being used? What can we do about it? Watch to find the answers to these questions and more.

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The Opportunity of Crisis

BY CHRIS CASTRO
@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

Chris Castro, a co-founder of an NGO called IDEAS, talks about how the organization was formed, how it has changed over the years, what they have done, and what they are trying to do. Since IDEAS founding only a few years ago, the things it has accomplished are amazing.

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The Audacity of Play

BY DARREN MCDANIEL
@ VOL 11 ON SEP 20, 2013

Darren McDaniel, the founder of Urban Rethink, tells a story about how its mascot, Googly Ann, was born. It was drawn by his then 5-year-old niece. Urban Rethink strives to spur intellectual, economic, and community vitality through empowering independent-minded, community-spirited doers.

 

ORLANDO Blog

Focus on Orlando

Via Eddie Selover:"Last night, a special “Powered by PechaKucha” event was help at the Orlando Science Center. Over 400 people came to two sold-out shows to watch seven presenters talk about the wonders of space exploration, the benefits of yoga, about juggling, puns, theme park design, the future of brain research, and the beautiful effects of music on the brain. As always, the crowd was enthusiastic and the laughter and applause for this event went on and on. At the same time, only four miles away, other Orlando people were dancing and celebrating at the city’s Pulse nightclub. This following morning we learned that 50 of them had been senselessly killed, in the worst mass shooting in American history. A lone gunman, motivated solely by hate, was able to spread fear and grief and sadness among thousands of people. We are feeling that grief right now, and struggling to find answers. But we will find them—as we always do—in our connection with each other, in our shared humanity, in the love in our hearts. Love is stronger than hate; love will always win out over hate. We've read comments that Orlando is now “home” to this latest record-breaking atrocity. That’s wrong. Orlando is home to millions of wonderful people, home to a thriving arts community, home to a renaissance of culture and inclusivity. That’s what it was yesterday, and that’s what it will still be tomorrow."

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About the City's Organizers

  • Eddie Selover

    I create effective communications for individuals, groups, and Fortune 500 companies. I've created speeches for senior executives, large-scale conferences and events, social media and website platforms, printed marketing materials including annual reports, merger & acquisition communications, and promotional videos. As a writer and communicator, I help people express their business and personal stories in ways that are more relevant, credible, and impactful.