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The Big Idea | October 2017

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The Madinah Project 10/18/2017   Name: Ivana Zajkovska Occupation: Co-founder of The Madinah Project, educator, youth professional and community organizer Hometown: Bitola, the Republic of Macedonia Current Neighborhood: moved to Canton at 15 and currently liv... More »

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What’s the Big Idea with Akron Craft + Social Club?

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Name: Karen Starr Occupation: Shop Owner at Hazel Tree Interiors, Interior Designer, Community Dreamer Hometown: Stow, Ohio Current Neighborhood: West Hill   Name: Mary Oliver Bethel Occupation: Artist, Instructor, Yarn Bomber Hometown: East Liverpool, Ohio Cu... More »

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What’s the Big Idea with Akron ArtWorks?

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Name: Karin Coifman Occupation: Psychologist Hometown: New Haven, CT Current neighborhood: West Akron Name: Micah Beree Occupation: Artist Hometown: Tulsa, OK Current neighborhood: West Akron   What is your big idea? Our hope is to create a space where people ... More »

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8 Questions with Chuck Auerbach

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How to raise a rock star in one easy step… by Liz Tyran NOTE: This Q&A was originally printed in Volume 1, Issue 2 of The Devil Strip. How do you raise a rock star? You don’t.  At least not with the intention to—not if you want them to be natural in their proc... More »

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What’s the BIG IDEA behind Radio Free Akron?

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  Kenneth Averiett, 28 Occupation: Freelance Writer & Content Marketer Hometown: Akron Current neighborhood: Highland Square   What is your big idea? Radio Free Akron. It’s non-profit, non-commercial radio for low power communities. RFA isn’t my idea actually.... More »

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When Our Akron Family Has a Loss

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Remembering Duncan Unternaher by Douglas “Dr. Doug” Hausknecht   “Hi, I’m Duncan.” Hundreds of conversations and dozens of friendships in and around The University of Akron started this way during the last four years. Duncan Unternaher began his career at the ... More »

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Akron loses Elender Meinecke, a great teacher and a super lady

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  by Karen Starr   Elender Meinecke was one of those woman in the world that, if you called her a “force of nature” in describing her, everyone who knew her would nod their head in grateful appreciation of the fitting description. She was, simply put, an extra... More »

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Wherever…You Are: Remembering Jim Chenot

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by Matt Sedmock   “Hey, man….” It was his customary conversation-starter for phone calls and voicemails. I’ve been listening to it for over 25 years. Those two words were not so much enunciated as they were propelled, like a missile, into the phone or the answ... More »

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Where to find ‘The Next Akron’

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Ed. note: Mark gave this as a talk at the most recent PechaKucha Night in Akron. It’s not just an excellent example of the reason PK has become my favorite local event, but it perfectly sets the tone for this issue. We who love Akron and its people have a lot ... More »