Opening doors to faster innovation

As we have seen, our culture is on a technological fast track that redefines the way business is done. Ash Roughani believes the innovation process in business can be applied to government through "design thinking." His new non-profit organization called Public Innvovation is set up to bring people together through civic meets and public discussions. Ash launched the resource last August and will present a video called "Design & Thinking" for its third civic meet on February 21 at the Urban Hive. Tickets are available here.  Ash believes that the process known as "design thinking," which has helped many modern companies achieve their goals of pioneering ground-breaking products, can be used to create a better government. The public has the final say on how government is run, right? Assuming that’s the case, the process of people assembling to voice their opinions and learn more about their government sounds like a worthwhile pursuit, especially if it means building a better government. The key will be technology, according to Ash, as well as civic meets that allow pubic voices to be heard. In a series of three SacTV.com interviews, Ash has described his new organization as well as the process of design thinking. The goal of design thinking, a creative problem solving process, is to arrive at the best possible solutions from several sources of input that […]

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Heart and Soul-idarity

More than 300 people attended Thursday night’s Art Mix at the Crocker Art Museum blending the celebration of Black History Month with Valentine’s Day.   Heart and Soul-idarity, was the theme of the evening bringing together the passion of singers, dancers, poets, painters, and art afficionados to an eclectic era in learning. There was something to please everyone. The evening began with a Tour of the museum called Love Stories.  At the same time, some event attendees crafted hands on momentos of the event with African-art-inspired accessories by Betty Davis and Yvonne Warren.  Sol Collective’s Jazz’n Love Lounge featured spoken word, poetry, and music performance in the art of words tradition. The most memorable moment was Bonafide Rojas poem about his daily ritual on the "D train" in New York, which starts in Coney Island in Brooklyn then goes over to 205th Street in the Bronx by way of the western side of Manhattan.  He also shared "Love Letter from the Bronx" before dedicating his last reading to our nation’s teachers, who influence youth to write.  Watch his very inspiring speech here.  Sidomy took the audience further by describing Portland’s landscape in her spoken word tribute.  James Cavern originally from England sang, "Stand by Me" and "Just the Two of us" with guitar accompaniment as tribute to noteworthy African American music artists then featured his own original piece with hip hop artist Courtney Turner. The contemporary open space of the Friedman Court bustled with energetic dancers who danced the wobble and other popular line dances as DJ Rock Bottom spun beats. White linens lined the round tables. Food and refreshments was made available […]

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The Sacramento Press is hiring: Graphics intern

We are seeking a highly motivated Graphics Intern for immediate hire. The successful candidate will assist with various projects that will help them gain real world professional graphic design experience in a fast-paced and deadline driven environment. Job Description: The successful candidate will assist with various web and print projects from concept to completion. Our Graphics Intern will work on a wide range of projects including, but not limited too, web banners, club cards, posters and pamphlets. Will support various departments at Sacramento Press including Sales, Marketing, Advertising and Operations. Requirements: Must be currently studying Graphic Design at an advanced level or have a Graphic Design degree. Must have an advanced knowledge of current graphic design principles and practices. Proficiency with CS3 Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) is required. Strong project management skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must enjoy collaborating, learning from others and working as part of a team. Proficiency with Macs is preferred. Location: Downtown Sacramento Hours: The position is 12 hours a week for 4 months. Flexible schedule available. This position is unpaid but eligible for school credit. How to Apply: Send a cover letter, resume and samples of your work to: dina.neils@sacramentopress.com  

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Creativity Revived

Growing up, sometimes we forget to exercise our creative activities. For some, our creative drive dies right along with the hand-me-down car from Grandma senior year in high school. Sometimes our creative energy is put on the backburner as stresses and responsibilities of being an adult such as finding a job, keeping a job, paying bills, the mortgage and providing for our families take over… or our creative energy fades away completely. Here in Sacramento, we love each other. We support each other. Seriously, we do. Just stop for a moment and think back on how many creative projects, ideas and businesses that have thrived in the last decade or so. Regardless if the doors of any of these ideas or businesses are still open or not, the point is… they made it happen. There is no denying the inspiration of such creative ventures have spread faster than a California wildfire during a dry, hot heat wave. The latest album you’ve had on repeat is your best friend’s band. The last film you watched was your boyfriend’s short film that was screened at the local art collective spot. The earrings you are wearing are handmade from a local designer bought from the boutique your neighbor owns. Within the last few years Sacramento has built a pretty comfortable and welcoming cushion for the our creative class to fall […]

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VIBE hosts Cake Craze Contest for local cake decorating artists and bakeries

Saturday, VIBE organization will be organizing and hosting a cake-decorating contest where local bakeries will showcase their designs in Midtown for the Second Saturday Art Walk. Cake Craze is a fundraiser and all proceeds will benefit the VIBE Foundation and the new teen center that is being built. VIBE is a youth organization which was founded in 2007 and officially became a nonprofit organization about a year ago. “The VIBE Youth Board was brainstorming ideas and came up with the Cake Craze contest,” said VIBE spokeswoman Mylesha Ramey. Julia Hildago, chairwoman of VIBE, said this is the first time we’ve done an event like this and we’re very excited. The youth organization is made up of a group of teens, including Hildago, who seek to emphasize youth leadership throughout the Sacramento community. Several local bakeries and cake artists will be participating in the Cake Craze contest. Participants include New Roma Bakery, Posh Couture Cakes, Crazy Cake Company, Olivia’s Custom Cakes, the Nugget Market on Florin, Cake Castle Bakery, That’s a Cake, and freelance cake artists Stacy Smith, Sierra Rizing and Rosalie Sarron. The youth board will be judging the contest. All contestants will be judged in four visual categories: best in presentation, most creative, most outrageous, and best depiction of theme. “There are no guidelines or requirements,” Ramey said. “Each bakery must come up with […]

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Global Entrepreneurship Week Sacramento & Sacramento Press

This upcoming Monday, November 15, 2010 a very special guest will be visiting Sacramento State for Global Entrepreneurship Week, Sacramento. The Co-Founder of Sacramento Press Ben Ilfeld! If you don’t know much about Mr. Ilfeld or you’ve always wanted to know how Sacramento Press got started maybe you should come? It’s free and open to all! A little bit of Mr. Ben Ilfeld’s biography, Ben Ilfeld co-founded Sacramento Press and formed a hyperlocal media coalition called Sacramento Local Online Advertising Network. Ben focuses on operations and sets the vision and operational processes for the online media outlet. Ben defines the business and technology road map for the organization and works to continueally refine the “hyperlocal” model to reclaim community. He also develops and implements processes to recruit new writers. Prior to his current position, Ben founded No Snakes Agency and managed Brooklyn-based rapper/producer P.Casso. He previously interned with California State Assembly Member Darrel Steinberg, who is now Senate President pro tem. Ben also grew up in Sacramento and graduated from The University of Rochester with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science.   You can register for the event at: http://gewkickoff2010.eventbrite.com/  

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Nicholas Jeff–Dishwashed Cigarettes

I understand that sometimes a smoker has to smoke, even if it’s on the clock. But does he have to smoke every fifteen minutes–in total disregard of lunch rushes and the “team concept”? And someone please tell me how many smoke breaks do you have to take just to get by? Let me just tell you this story. Two hours into my shift, my fellow busser and the manager on duty walked back into the restaurant, Shelly Sholes, smelling like Newports and Ax Body Spray. The busser, John Christopher, who I called Tar-Lung, was seventeen and walked and talked like he was the love child of Shaggy. The manager, F.J., nineteen, ghost complication with an outdated Eminem hair cut—it makes him feel hardcore. Now normally, I wouldn’t care about smoke breaks, you lungs your problem, but this was the sixth time! Feel like I’m bussing by myself. Anyhow, Tar-Lung came up to me—now mind you, my uniform was every color but white—and asked me, “Do you need any help with anything?” Translation: Can you tell me there nothing to do so I can have an excuse to go outside, suck down more rat poisoning and nicotine, while talk to F.J. about this 300 pound hussy I slept with last night. “Yeah, here’s what you can help me out with,” I said, “unless there’s a table […]

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Stickers and buttons

 Here are few examples of our stickers and buttons. Basic marketing piece but trust me this storyline will get more creative in the next few articles.

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Nicholas Jeff: Iced Tea Man

Hello, my name is Nicholas Jeff. Try not to make too much fun of my name, but I would agree that it’s pretty messed up. And so is my life. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything horribly wrong with me, but I just get into these dumb situations that just drive me crazy. Take today. I woke up with the taste of long island iced-tea on my breath and the sound of beeping from my alarm clock. In the process of turning off the alarm clock, I slipped on a hot wheel and broke my laptop. Cursing the toy, I told myself my daily lie, "It’s going to be a good day," repeatedly. Then I flew to the shower, made a quick sandwich and arrived 33 minutes late for work. “Nick!” my boss Donald yelled, “You’re late!” Where most people say "Hello Nick, how’s everything? How have you been? Nice hair cut," Donald’s double chin, triple stomach, albino rat-looking jerk tells me everything I’m doing wrong, or he says nothing at all. Which is usually fine because the guy has the conversational style of a drill sergeant and the intelligence of my left pinkie. Not to mention he has a cotton backbone when it comes to customer complaints. Ok Nick don’t panic, just tell him a lie based on the truth. “Yeah, I […]

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