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Pushing Forward by Letting Go


The beta test year for OpenYM is now about 3/5th complete, with Boston this weekend and Grand Rapids at the end of the month. Three years ago Open started as a whitepaper. Something I was tentatively calling “YouthMin Camp.” It was forking the very best of WordCamp & some of the flavor of BarCamp, and […]

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The Digital Farmer


Adam’s Weird Dream Last night, I had a vivid funny dream. The vivid part was that I was just going about my normal day-to-day life. Running errands, going to meetings, taking kids to school, going to the bank and post office and all the normal stuff I do every day. That part is not funny. […]

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The Key to Doing is…


This week Marko and I are hosting The Summit for the 2nd time. It’s a TED-talk style event for youth workers, 18 presenters each delivering a 12-15 minute talk on a topic related to an overarching theme. It’s a gathering of a few hundred people looking to have their imaginations sparked, new ideas ignited, and […]

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Team Hustle


Can I share a little secret about being an entrepreneur? You don’t have to have the best idea. You don’t have to have the best team. You don’t have to spend the most money. You don’t even have to be the most popular. So what are my keys to making it? I’m 3-0 in start-ups, […]

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How do you create an environment for innovation?

The Saturday morning session at The Summit last year was the strongest single session of any event I’ve ever attended. (And I’ve been a part of a few events) I remember leaning over to Marko and saying… “I’ve paid way more money to attend events that weren’t nearly this good.” It was that good. Ben […]

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