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Brooklyn-based Brilliance

by Trina Morris

Its always a delight to see and learn more about the awesomeness of my borough. While I am a transplanted New Yorker, Brooklyn has been my home for 10 years, so yes… I feel earnestly justified in representing its creativity and quintessential cool.

Its no wonder that many fashion and lifestyle innovations have ignited on this side of the Bridge, particularly over the last decade. Below are just a few examples of why I am one proud Brooklynite…

1)   In 2006, a Bay Ridge resident/mother felt that dining should be social for everyone, including nursing infants. Therefore, instead of covering them from the world, she invented a nursing sash that appropriately conceals; yet keeps ‘mother and child’ connected while feeding in public. Today, Baby Bond (originally named ‘Slurp & Burp’ by her husband, part of FDNY) has gained loads of press (Brooklyn News 12, Urban Baby, Mom Finds, etc.) and garnered nationwide retail acceptance.

2)   And what about that Red Hook resident/ designer who insisted on giving beach babes ‘something to do’ this summer, as they were undoubtedly ‘something to see’??? LOL He handcrafted a solar-powered bikini that charges iPods, mp3s, digital cameras and even cell phones!!! Lined with paper-thin panels that convert the sun’s radiation into electricity, the suit is completely safe on its owner and can still get wet!!! This hand-made marvel is definitely a high-end fashion item ($1000 retail), but can totally make any techy-eco-fashionista’s summer one to remember!!

3)   Beyond a distinct look, Brooklyn has an undeniable feel. More appropriately, Brooklyn’s got SOUL!! All of last week, MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art) celebrated the Soul of Brooklyn with fabulous events, exhibits and, of course, the infamous Fort Greene Festival (which happened this past Saturday)- headlined by Bed Stuy’s own, Rapper-turned-Actor, Mos Def.

Trust there’s much more COOL to experience in Brooklyn. Each neighborhood truly dances to its own beat. So do you wanna rock? Join me on a tour ; ) Welcome to Brooklyn, baby!

Trina Morris teaches SXT 320: Trend Track Alert – Greenpoint, Brooklyn and SXT 600: The Lower East Side – Mecca for Fashion.

NYEBN Business Networking Mixer/Trade Show 52 @ 404 NYC

Here’s an interesting group for small businesses. It’s the largest networking group in the city. Called New York Entrepreneurs Business Network (NYEBN) they are having a networking/business trade show on June 30th. Check it out here: http://www.ny-entrepreneur-network.com/events/19362851/?eventId=19362851&action=detail

 

Is There Something Beautiful in Finance?

I love beautiful! I love being in the presence of beauty.  One of the reasons I love teaching at The Enterprise Center is that I get to work with very creative people who most often times are focused on creating beauty or bringing beauty to the forefront of our lives.  I find that a very honorable pursuit.  After teaching my course “FutureLab’ earlier this month, I realized just how many people do not have a relationship between the  beautiful and the monetary costs and rewards of their relationship to bringing beauty into the world. I feel rather  certain that  this is part of the bigger cultural conversation that many of us have about money–we fear it because we don’t know how to deal with it or we push away the topic because we don’t want to be responsible for it.  It seems like it’s very easy to spend money but we have the perception that its difficult to make money.  I’d like to suggest that our pursuit of beauty may be filled with bumps and learnings  along the way–and somehow we think that’s expected.   However, when we encounter this with our monetary positions, we think that there’s something wrong and that its a huge mistake that has to be fixed.  We place a deep significance on the “what happens” instead of focusing on the learning.  Perhaps we can treat our adventures in finance in regards to our products as part of the learning in creating something beautiful.

 

Lisa Hendrickson teaches CEO 200 FutureLab and The Sustainable Organization.