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Open Bench Project
Jake Ryan founded the OBP with a mind toward providing a place for people to gather around the idea of sharing skills, knowledge, and resources concerning the maker movement, about the process of identifying, collecting and fostering the OBP community, about what makes it “community”. He shares some of the struggles he had to endure for that distinction.
He speaks about what he is doing there, why he advocates for it and why it is both constructive and creative.
A Reason for Optimism: Good People Doing Great Work
Bob Keyes is an award winning arts reporter for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. In his work, he sees cause for optimism in many of the places he casts his eyes. People doing heroic things to help others. Arts organizations and other community non-profits devising plans and projects to lift their neighbors and neighborhoods. Playwrights and novelists and other big-idea thinkers presenting issues, ideas and solutions to some of the most vexing conundrums of our times.
BY ABBETH RUSSELL
@ VOL 41
ON MAY 24, 2018
Abbeth Russell is an artist, performer and teacher. She strives to connect with all living things and other realms. Her natural habitat is downtown Portland where she can be found selling her art, juggling or playing harmonica with her band the Bumbling Woo hahs! When not performing or selling her art on the street, she might be touring with the artists of the Hidden Ladder Collective or making art and teaching.
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David is a partner at the Food and Wellness Group, a Portland, Maine-based, specialized, brand development and strategic marketing firm focused on the food industry. He also manages Greater Good Works, a brand development consultancy. Focused on sustainable brands, corporate social responsibility, higher education and the not-for-profit sector, the firm’s mission is to help purpose-driven organizations achieve great things. Previously, David headed a marketing agency that, for more than 25 years, produced high-visibility programs to promote Maine tourism and economic development, and developed national marketing campaigns for consumer brands, commodity groups, as well as universities and colleges. In addition to his business activities, David is a long-standing member of the board of the Maine Center for Creativity, a nonprofit organization whose mission is: To create alliances between arts and industry to help make Maine more vibrant economically and culturally, and to build Maine’s visibility as a place where creativity and innovation thrive. David graduated from Colby College with a BA in Art, and earned his masters degree in Media and Technology at Boston University.