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The Big Idea | October 2017

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The Madinah Project   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 lives in Penin... 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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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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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 »

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The Big Idea: The People’s State of the Union

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  Name: Kenyona “Sunny” Matthews Occupation: Public Speaker and Deputy Service Bailiff Hometown: Greensboro, NC Home Now: Cuyahoga Falls Contact info: kenyonamatthews@ymail.com or Facebook at Kenyona Matthews   What’s your big idea? I want to have a community ... More »

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The Big Idea: Knight Cities Challenge winner Explore-A-Foot

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  Names: Brian and Tracy Davis Occupation/s: Brian, Biomedical Engineer and Chairman, Department of Biomedical Engineering at UA; Tracy, Teacher in Euclid Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa Home Now: Moreland Hills Contact info: explore.afoot@gmail.com and expl... More »

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Big Idea: Hi, Neighbor!

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  Name: Svetla Morrison Occupation: Photographer/creator/educator Hometown: A small town in Bulgaria Home now: Cuyahoga Falls Contact: svetlamorrison.com   What’s your big idea? Hi, Neighbor! is a project that aims to look beyond (and despite) the facts we cou... More »

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The Big Idea | Akron Public Market

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Name: Melissa Olson Age: 29 Hometown/Home now: State College, PA/Kent, OH Occupation: Graphic Designer/Photographer Contact: akronmarket.wordpress.com; akronpublicmarket@gmail.com   Name: Cory Sheldon Age: 38 Hometown/Home now: Stow, OH/Streetsboro, OH Occupat... More »

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Big Idea: The Square Scullery Food Truck

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  Name: Matthew J. Ulichney Age: 29 Occupation: Chef, Catering Chef, Cook, food truck owner operator and everything else in between. Home town: Norton, Ohio Home Now: Akron Ohio, Highland Square, The 330! Contact: 330-760-9123, SquareScullery@gmail.com   Name:... More »

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The Big Idea: R. Shea Brewing

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Why Ron, what’s the Big Idea with R. Shea Brewing?   Name:  Ron Shea, Jr. Age:  40 Hometown/Home now: Akron all my life.   Occupation: Starting a brewery, running a website for triathletes.   Contact: ron@rsheabrewing.com   What’s your Big idea? As corny as it... More »