Getting to the root cause of the issue – I’ve found it!

The Answers Can Only Be Found Within Our Youth Years ago (hard to imagine saying that), when the first inklings of The ZIPPER JUNCTION Project™ started rattling around in my head, I really had no idea what I was contemplating. There were several forces at play – from personal trials and tribulations to my observances…

Adulting – What the heck does that mean??

Have you seen or heard this word on the internet (or God forbid) in real life? Adulting Apparently the younger generation of adults have coined this term to refer to doing things they see as “adult” activities, like going to the doctor to get something checked out, investing in a 401k, or something as simple…

Volunteerism – or the lack thereof… What the heck is going on?!

I recently shared a post regarding a Northeastern Pennsylvania  school PTA that was looking for people to volunteer for concession stand duty, but they were having a heck of a time getting folks to help. Comments ensued and the general topic of volunteerism surfaced, or should I say the general lack of volunteerism surfaced.  The…

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An Information RE-Boot

America’s Problem: No Towns Being Built (or old ones rebuilt) When was the last time you heard of a new town being built? Seriously, when? Decades ago in some history class describing the American Frontier, maybe? Now that’s not the ONLY problem the US has, in fact, the US has a lot of problems –…

Some Common Questions We Still Get (Part 3 of 4)

We’re currently in the midst of addressing some questions that had come up on one of our social media channels. The conversation went like this… “I have seen this before, it is a nice thing but…….a few things that jump out are: 1 – Does that area have the tourism numbers to cover the expenses as the taxes will…

Top Ten Reasons to Build ZIPPER JUNCTION

This is really simple, a list of the top ten most compelling reasons to build (and operate) ZIPPER JUNCTION™. Let’s see your feedback on the list in the comments! Have at it!!! 1 – Bring honor back to “the trades” a.k.a. blue collar work and workers. Over the past several decades “the trades” have gotten…

Our Schools Are Failing Our Nation

Today’s guest blogger is one of our Senior Advisors, Meagan Ruppert. Our schools are failing our nation and the evidence is everywhere. I was a terrible student growing up. I was a C average student, spent 3 out of 4 years in high school in summer school, and my bachelors degree took a whopping 7 years and…

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Do schools suppress creativity?

There is a hot debate today in the world of education: do schools suppress creativity? From what I’ve seen, students are encouraged to go into “plausible” careers and taught to score high on standardized tests so they can be shipped off to a good college. Nowhere do I see creativity as something that is encouraged….

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…