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We're telling the stories of entrepreneurs artists and other creative class warriors making a go of it in cities and small towns all over the country. The Are We Here Yet? Podcast blends topics of economic development, urban planning and arts and culture. We are the official podcast for SMGravesassociates.com.

Are We Here Yet Podcast Scott M. Graves

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We're telling the stories of entrepreneurs artists and other creative class warriors making a go of it in cities and small towns all over the country. The Are We Here Yet? Podcast blends topics of economic development, urban planning and arts and culture. We are the official podcast for SMGravesassociates.com.

    Venture Capital Igniting Rural America? Plus Chelsea Baratz in The Jazz Room

    Venture Capital Igniting Rural America? Plus Chelsea Baratz in The Jazz Room

    Many rural regions of the US appear to be at the vanguard of a de-centralization of venture capital.  Specifically, we are seeing a gradual increase in interest on the part of those controlling venture capital streams to ensure we go beyond Boston, New York, San Francisco and Austin. 
    So can Venture Capital ignite rural economies?  What other critical mass changes are necessary to realize resilient rural economies capable of creating well-paying and meaningful jobs in innovation?  This is the focus of our conversation. 
    Our guest and is Lauren Bass, Executive Director of LaunchVT in Burlington, VT.  LaunchVT is a project of the Lake Champlain Chamber and Lauren is a seasoned and cosmopolitan entrepreneur with experience in multiple innovation sectors. 
    And in The Jazz Room…We met with many artists at the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival. We talked with saxophonist, Chelsea Baratz and her dog King. She talks about growing up in Pittsburgh and the musicians and teachers who encouraged her, and, her CD “In Faith” Find Chelsea on the Web here. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    What do Our Value Systems Say about Our Values? Plus Orrin Evans in The Jazz Room

    What do Our Value Systems Say about Our Values? Plus Orrin Evans in The Jazz Room

    We had the distinct Pleasure to speak with Daniel Parkins with a rather broad question to answer: What does the way we assign value to commerce, global policy, culture and just about everything else in our community tell us about our society.  Does it reflect our weaknesses or our strengths? What does it say about the health of our communities, about the health of our inner self? In an era where most of us question globalization, where students are questioning our values while taking to the streets in protest, just what are we getting right and what are we getting wrong?  That’s next here on the Are We Here Yet? Podcast. 
    Daniel Parkins is founder of Community Wealth Development LLC (CWD), a grassroots consulting firm, dedicated to generating local community ownership over economic initiatives and social programs intended to generate wealth in their community. Through expanding access to justice and creating new economic opportunity for local residents, CWD is committed to building strategic partnerships that foster strength through diversity and that are formed for the sake of equity building within communities and for the benefit of communities.  He helps businesses and local civic leaders work with communities to transform conflicts, launch impact initiatives, and achieve sustainable growth.  Daniel and I spoke with on the subject of Peace in episode 135 of this podcast. 
    And In the Jazz Room…
    We met pianist/composer, Orrin Evans at the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival.
    In part two we talk about the origins of a couple of songs featured on his CD and learn about the musicians who are on this CD with him. Find more on Orrin Evans right here.
     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Is there a Vermont Way? plus Gary Burton Part II in The Jazz Room, STEM Education, Innova802, Emerging Technologies, VT Tech Feature

    Is there a Vermont Way? plus Gary Burton Part II in The Jazz Room, STEM Education, Innova802, Emerging Technologies, VT Tech Feature

    Our Vermont tech team was joined by Joshua Moses.  Josh works with individuals, organizations, and communities to cultivate vision and resourcefulness in the face of uncertainty and socio-ecological transitions.  He is currently on the faculty of Haverford College.  Josh is currently visiting faculty with us in Vermont at UVM.
    He joined our conversation dealing with why and how our tech sector requires the perspective of the fine and performing arts and other, broader disciplines defined as humanities. Is there a Vermont way when it comes to the tech sector?  What of Ryan Munn's contention that rural sectors have never in history worked well for its people and we're perhaps on the cusp of that changing through rural economics rooted in latest technology. (Extractive vs. non-extractive economics). 
    It seems as of late no matter the subset of ideas we're recording about these days the ever-present issue of our changing climate enters the lexicon. So too a discussion towards democracy and what it means to be a valuable citizen.  
    This recording was no different and our guest provided plenty for the group and you, our listeners to consider as we all consider how Vermont and our tech sector could lead with smart, balanced and informed solutions to work within our complex adaptive environment. 
    Big thanks to our friends at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) for hosting our recording session.
    Find the VCET  Podcast, Start Here
    ...And in the Jazz Room  In part two of our interview Gary Burton tells us about his work with George Shearing and Stan Getz.
    He also talks about the "inner player" that is within us all.
    Follow Gary on Facebook
     

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Medtech Innovators at Aprexis plus Orrin Evans in The Jazz Room

    The Medtech Innovators at Aprexis plus Orrin Evans in The Jazz Room

    The folks at Vermont-based medtech startup Aprexis are no strangers to the definition of persistence.  This is the just the start of why the podcast desired to talk with co-founders Mike Howe, Rob Squire and Carrie LeCompte.  
    In this episode you’ll learn the importance for rooting a medtech solutions company from the clinicians perspective.  We spoke at length regarding the challenges unique to medtech software firms, namely the challenge to working in an iterative technology that comes up against regulatory imperatives for launching fully developed.  We defined MTM or medication therapy management and discussed the growing marketplace as professionals in pharmacology work with a growing geriatric population in an ever-expanding pharma-marketplace. 
    And in The Jazz Room… We met pianist/composer, Orrin Evans at the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival. In part one of this interview we talk about his CD “The Red Door”, the meaning of Red, the Jazz Train and Jazz elders. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Artificial Intelligence at Hypersonic Speed: An Ecliptic Capital Report plus Gary Burton in The Jazz Room

    Artificial Intelligence at Hypersonic Speed: An Ecliptic Capital Report plus Gary Burton in The Jazz Room

    David J. Neff serves as Operating Partner at Austin, TX based Ecliptic Capital where he works with portfolio companies on people, process,, marketing, strategy and culture.  he spearheads the fund’s concentration on climate change and energy transition as part of ecliptic Capital’s deep tech thesis. 
    Our conversation is focused on the recent report Ecliptic released offering a comprehensive look at considerations for the consequences of Artificial Intelligence called, ‘How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Our World at Hypersonic Speed’.
    Find David On LinkedIn
    Find Ecliptic on Twitter
    Find David on Twitter
     
    And we talk with Vibraphonist, Gary Burton. We were able to catch up with him at the 60th Newport Jazz Festival.  In the first in our two part interview, Gary tells us about when he started playing the vibes and about his Autobiography that was published in 2013.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    From the Culture Desk: Pianist & Magazine Publisher David Haney

    From the Culture Desk: Pianist & Magazine Publisher David Haney

    It was so interesting to talk with pianist, David Haney. Based in Portland, Oregon David travels often to NYC to perform at Joe’s Pub. Since 2012 he’s been the publisher and contributing editor of Cadence Magazine Online.
    In this two part interview we listen to performances of Improvised compositions featuring David and his friends.  David discusses how he became publisher of Cadence Magazine Online. Learn more about Cadence Magazine

    • 1 hr 5 min

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