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Is Social media social, well not always, is it?

Is social media social? Well.. not always… Several years ago I had no social media profile or presence at all. I wasn’t on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or any of the multitude of platforms that existed. I thought there really was no good reason for me to personally get involved in this 24/7/365 info-fest that so many…

Republican, Democrat, or……..something else!?!

Republican, Democrat, or……..something else!?!

Republican, Democrat, or……..something else!?! Labels are dangerous things. To place a simple label on a place, a person, or worse yet an entire group of people does no good at all! It does not solve anything, it only makes things worse, more polarizing in every way. In light of the seemingly endless challenges our society…

Hannah Weibley

Why music makes me happy

Everyone has something that gives him or her endless joy. Some will find it in coming up with physics theories all day. Some will find it in teaching. People might find it in bringing justice in court. Others can find it in giving patients medicine and healing them.   I happen to have found my…

Play, Learn, Work – The Three Faces of Each Shop

In order for anything to be included in the shops at Zipper Junction™, it must fulfill three components – it must create an opportunity for people to play, learn, and work. Similar to the requirement of cross-pollination-ability, every single inclusion in the outside-in town must be able to fulfill a requirement at the core, front-end, and…

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What do the gears mean?

There will be a lot of moving parts in The ZIPPER JUNCTION Project™, just like the gears of an engine or a bicycle.  I’ve created this handy little infographic to show you the many different working parts of Zipper Junction™ and then we’ll break it all down below. As you can see, each gear represents a different facet of…

the key to happiness

The key to happiness

Do you have the key to happiness? Are you happy going to work or school every day? Do you wake up excited to seize the day? I ask you this because not a lot of people are these days. I received a call recently from a customer of mine at Supreme Zipper Industries who just…

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Cross Pollination: How 2+2=5

The existence of Zipper Junction is very much based on the need for (and benefits of) cross-pollination.  All of the individual areas, programs, and facilities within Zipper Junction work together to form a total that is more than simply the sum of the individual parts.  As a sustainable community, nothing here can happen without it…

An exciting thing happened…

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the first ever live ZIPPER JUNCTION Project™ event. It was a long time in the making, but the result was more than I could have asked for. The energy created within the Wallenpaupack Area High School* auditorium that night – and the explosion of interest afterwards…

Change is coming…

Change is the only constant that we can rely on. Change happens whether you want it or not. Change happens whether you are ready or not. But if you are constantly ready for it, even on the forefront of it, the likelihood is that you can create an optimal situation for yourself. In this post-9/11…

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Taking The Philosophy of Transparency All The Way

Taking The Philosophy of Transparency All The Way What is transparency anyway? This is a fairly new concept in human culture, business, and anywhere else it’s been applied. For our purposes, by definition, transparency is: easy to perceive and open to public scrutiny. At Zipper Junction™, we aim to take this ALL THE WAY. The…