Last night at the Creative Cities Summit, author and MacArthur Fellow Bill Strickland delivered one of the boldest and bluntest talks about what can and should be done to re-energize our cities and nation. The video below offers a little taste of Bill – you can get more at his web site.
As the video implies, he is helping to get a project going in Grand Rapids (can’t find anything about it online – if you have information, please share it in the comments!). There’s a great feature on Bill in Pop City and another from Pittsburgh Magazine that talks about Strickland and his book Making the Impossible Possible:
His “how-to” book on achieving success is no ordinary 10-steps-to-your-Mercedes and summering in Mykonos. It’s a definition of success that anyone can achieve. It requires “owning up to our responsibilities as citizens of the planet, even in modest ways, [which] generates a sense of purpose and power in our life that is the real engine behind genuine success.”
For Strickland “true success” comes from “the point where your passions, values, talents and dreams fall into alignment with the genuine desire to make the world a better place to live for all of its inhabitants.”
As founder and head of Manchester Bidwell Corp., Strickland describes himself as “a guy who never forgot where he came from, and who knows first-hand how the realities of race and circumstance, and poverty and lowered expectations, can crush human dreams.” His job is to rekindle those dreams and allow people to lead successful lives.