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Creative Communities: A State of Mind

By Loran Mayes, OCC – Altus Oklahoma Creative Communities is more than meets the eye. Is it a program? Is it a project? Is it an event?  Well, here in Altus it has become a state of mind. Not only did they come in and take our “but that’s just how we do it” statements…

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Enid Ecology of Talent, A Creative Communities Initiative

By Traci Layton, OCC Enid   Ecology:  the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment Talent:  people with skills, knowledge, cognitive abilities, and the potential to do well as workforce Enid Ecology of Talent is a method of bringing together organizations and the teens of our community by using technology to demonstrate…

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Opening New Doors

By Chelsea McConnell, OCC Ponca City “Old ways won’t open new doors.” I’m not sure who said this originally but when I came across this quote, I immediately identified with the point it makes. Much of the creativity we enjoy at Ponca City Main Street (PCMS) is centered on creative problem solving, finding new ways to…

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Creative Thinking in Small Communities

By Bruce Carter, OCC Pawhuska As a community leader in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, I see the daily triumphs and struggles of a community that is experiencing the most growth it has seen since the oil boom of the 1920s. Pawhuska is not unique, even with the growth we now see in our downtown and business sectors.…

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Changing the Outcome of the Game

By Ed Long – Creative Oklahoma & Cross Sector Innovations   At an event hosted recently by Creative Oklahoma, I listened to Thunder general manager Sam Presti, a newly appointed Oklahoma Creativity Ambassador, talk about the creativity that takes place on the basketball court. Men and women are given a ball and have to create something.…

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