KB Home's Fisher Plantation in Apopka will be the first community in the area to include solar power systems as standard. The systems are expected to help homeowners reduce monthly energy bills by as much as 50 percent compared to regular homes.
Orlando just had the right mix of founders, investors, and partners that we could plug our support, mentors and application pipeline into.”
The Orlando program will be led by Allen Kupetz, executive-in-residence, Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College ; Richard Licursi, chairman, Spectrum Bridge Inc.; Pete McAlindon, chief executive officer, Blue Orb Inc.; and Pat McNair, interim chief financial officer, RowShamBow.
If you can't tell, this is a bit of a theme on my blog this year. Ever since I started listening to Tummelvision, I have really started to identify with this label.
Edit: If you're interested in hearing more about the practice of Tummeling, definitely watch Heather Gold's Tech Talk at Google about Designing for Conversation (How to be a Tummeler).
This is something I have been trying to articulate since the first BarCamp Orlando almost 4 years ago. The whole idea behind FooCamp and its bastard offspring BarCamp was to use Open Space Technology to create order in chaos. Our events have had both order and chaos, but the order is not ordered toward much of anything productive. Some people have started new events to achieve this: I think our BarCamp can be better on its own, but these other purposeful events wouldn't be bad either.
A few weeks ago, I was visiting Cocoa Village, working out of the Ossorio coffee shop with Mike, when I got a phone call from Orlando Business Journal reporter Anjali Fluker. She asked me several questions about Coworking and what I do working out of home, coffee shops and other spaces. I told her some of the benefits of coworking, and a bit about the Urban ReThink project.
One year ago, I was approached by Julia Young, the President of a local nonprofit organization called the Urban Think! Foundation. She was charged with transforming a soon-to-be out of business local bookstore into a Coworking space, event space, and a program to support local creatives. There were hazy thoughts about having a cafe, putting in a loft, and creating a versatile space. She found me because of my numerous blogs posts about Coworking, and my involvement in the local community.
It has been a long time "maybe someday" project for me to build a blog aggregation website for Orlando content, as well as a Podcast site akin to the old ODEO, but again, featuring locally produced podcasts. In the last few months, I finally scratched those two off my list.
I'm a regular reader of the Orlando Business Journal's blogs. As far as I know, they don't post all of their articles online. I get a lot of great info from the blogs though, and they help me keep in touch with my city in ways that I don't get from other publications.
UPDATE: This training has been rescheduled for October 13-15th.
At the end of this month, I'll be presenting a 3-day long intensive Drupal workshop intended for themers, graphic designers, front-end developers, UX people, or whatever combination of those words you use to describe yourself.
Back at BarCampOrlando this year, I gave a (mostly finished) version of this presentation, about the fall of the local bookstore, and a strategy for saving such establishments. As BarCamp is filled with programmers, I then tried to give them a relevant example: how to make your app better. (read: website, product, video, etc.) My argument is to focus on storytelling, and think like a Boutique. Credit goes to Tara Hunt for the idea of boutique stores.