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Coffee Grind Conundrum

One of the things I have struggled with over the past few months is building community partnerships with existing entities.  Most of those organizations tend to be government-led in the city.  Having to partner with a faith-based organization tends to be something most governments shy away from so to say Read more…

By Brian, ago
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Self-Leadership

I’ve been reading through a book called “How to Lead When You’re Not In Charge” as I try to read through 25 books in a year.  I am halfway through it and so far it has been filled with the typical “leadership” topics.  I came across the gratis “Lead Yourself” Read more…

By Brian, ago
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What is Coworking? (Part2)

In THIS POST, we started discussing what coworking is all about.  We started to dissect if a coworking space was a place designed for people who don’t have an office.  After examining some data, we discovered how the community (at the space) was more important than the office amenities offered.  Read more…

By Brian, ago
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What Is Coworking?

I am a firm believer in the axiom “If you can’t explain it to an 6-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”  This quote is attributed to Albert Einstein. Whether or not he actually said it is highly debated, however, it still ring true for me.  I believe it is our Read more…

By Brian, ago
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Life Sentence

You’re gonna die.  It’s that simple.  No one is getting out of life alive.  Being alive is a death sentence and at the end of your life, it will all be summarized by one sentence written on your tombstone.  What will yours say? We all have a prize we are Read more…

By Brian, ago
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Invite Only

I have wanted to do a speak-easy style event at The Oak House for a while now.  Nothing big or fancy; just a dozen or so people who come together for a taste testing of the drinks we will be featuring.  One of the obstacles to getting these started is Read more…

By Brian, ago
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Imposter

“They are going to find out you tricked them and you aren’t who you say you are.” As I walked into my home at 9:30 last night, this phrase was playing over and over in my head.  It played over and over as I kissed my wife for the first Read more…

By Brian, ago
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Coffee Rebel

Can I be honest for a minute about coffee?  It’s a little boring.  The world has figured out every way imaginable to add hot (or cold) water to coffee beans.  Drip, pour over, french press, aeropress, american press, siphon, Turkish, Vietnamese, espresso, percolator, cold brew, cowboy, and moka pot.  Just Read more…

By Brian, ago
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Clouds and Dirt

I spent some time yesterday up in Chattanooga.  I love that city.  While I was there, I spent some time thinking about my role at The Oak House once the build out was complete.  Right now my entire world is consumed with “what if” and “how about if we” but Read more…

By Brian, ago