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The other day someone asked me what I do for people. I thought about it for a second as my mind fired up the 2 or 3 typical responses to this question and then the magic happened and i blurted out..

“I’m the steward of possible for my clients, my role is to make them possible.”

The person’s eyes widened while my own brain nodded with a strong, “yeah i like that one..”.

Another subthread, those little things that churn in your mind. It’s happening again.  I’ve collected a number of patterns thru recent events, interactions, observations and the ole noggin has whipped up yet another would be view of looking at the world for me.

Steward of Possible

I like it.  Wait… what is that again?

To be possible for someone.  What could that mean?  You help them realize their vision, or perhaps see the vision they’re actually sitting on, or right next to.  You make them possible through ideation, design, development.  You enable them through common human conversational “yeah, i get it, you could do this”, a recognition that we live in a world of possible, they can be possible.

Being possible isn’t about selling people.  It’s about believing in people.  Believing in what they could do next.  At its core it’s about helping people.  Sometimes you just need to listen, other times you need to brainstorm with them, or tell them they’re headed for a car accident- a pattern you see as fail material.  Being around startups, seeing as many pitches as I do and building things, you see the subtle indicators of trouble fairly early on- you can actually grow this as a skill really, that’s another story.

I think it’s important not to save people from a fate they’re headed towards however. Getting the cliff notes on “love” isn’t the same as experiencing it, same with success, you can read about it all ya want, attaining it, that’s an experience- earned gives it far more meaning.

So back to possible- what’s a framework for the would be stewards of the world?

  1. Listen
  2. Enable, Connect or Amplify
  3. Create
  4. Participate in Accountability
  5. Repeat

1, Listen to who you’re helping, get the context of what they’re doing, why they’re doing it.  Hear them.  Huge skill, massive benefit.  Don’t judge, don’t be too quick to edit, just listen.

2, Enable the person, show them what could help them given the story, the context, the problem they have.  Connect them with people who can help them- remember these are people who are an extension of your reputation at times, sometimes not, but connections matter greatly.  Amplify meaning help them realize the noise they need to make, be seen, heard, find resources.

3, Create, make something for them- obviously this can get involved. Many people don’t realize how easy it can be to make.  Show them that magic, your skillset to manifest for them- you can only promise what you can control, making it isn’t the same as it being successful.

4, Participate in the accountability they face- we all need that kick in the ass reminder, often I see the steward of possible as that ass kick.  Some of my best mentors remind me i’m not doing enough to realize my dreams.  A steward doesn’t just nod at everything, real honesty is worth far more than most people realize- or want to hear at times.  Learn to crave it.

5, Repeat. Stewards are busy people- stay busy.  Keep helping.

Bonus activities for all you would be stewards out there- you need to stay up to date on where tech is, where it’s going, what’s possible (imagine that!).  Stewards don’t really qualify engagement- meaning they don’t regulate access to themselves- anyone can talk to them, and anyone can be possible, so play that role.  Not everyone is cut out for this- even I get busy, but some of my favorite client relationships to people i’ve met and helped have occured thru this basic framework of helping people realize how they, and their idea, concept, business, venture- could be possible.

And yeah helping someone see what’s possible where they didn’t realize it could be- that’s a mad rush.  Same with helping someone see that it’s not impossible, and they too can be possible- good times!

We live in this era.  It’s not always easy- but most things, if not everything, is basically possible.

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On November 7th the people of Ohio decisively shot down contentious Issue 2. However, the lesser-publicized ballot Issue 1 passed with flying colors due in part to the emotional appeals made by celebrity Kelsey Grammer. This ballot issue proposed a type of Marsy’s law that provides many new protections to crime victims that will be written into the state’s constitution.

Sounds pretty good, right? Not so fast.

There are lots of implications to the sweeping changes made by Issue 1’s passage and it was contested by the ACLU, the Ohio public defender, and the state prosecuting attorneys’ association. To learn more about the concerns of the legal community, I spoke with Mark Collins a practicing Columbus defense attorney, graduate of Capital Law School, and member of the Board of Governors of the Columbus Bar Association.

What Does Issue 1 Promise?

Issue 1 replaces the previously existing victim notification laws in Ohio.

It amends the Ohio constitution to afford the following guarantees to victims of crimes in the state:

  • The right to be notified about and present at all proceedings
  • The right to the prompt conclusion of the case (for the victim)
  • The right to reasonable protection from the accused
  • The right to be notified about release or escape of the accused
  • The right to refuse an interview or deposition at the request of the accused
  • The right to receive restitution from the individual who committed the criminal offense

That all sounds pretty good in theory, so…

What’s Wrong With Issue 1?

The main concern seems to be the shortsightedness of the law. The full impacts weren’t necessarily taken into consideration before it passed, so there is some confusion among the legal community about how these changes will be implemented once the law goes into effect in mid-January. The potential problems with the law are manifold. First being the idea of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” Mr. Collins doesn’t doubt that there are places that could definitely benefit from a Marsy’s law: “ You know it is a good cause. In the states where it evolved and how it evolved, they didn’t have a victim’s bill in place like we did ours. This wasn’t necessary for the state of Ohio.

Not Broken, Don’t fix it

Unlike the laws that let Kelsey Grammer’s father’s killer back out on the streets without notifying the family, Ohio’s notification laws were functioning quite well before this initiative was raised.

Mr. Collins explained: “They sell it as a natural extension of the law that we already have. But it’s not, the law we had prior to this […] it worked. The notification aspect worked. […] Victims could get information 24 hours a day seven days a week.”

Who is the Victim?

Furthermore, the law guarantees lots of new or extended protections to victims without clarifying exactly who qualifies as a victim. Since victims now have rights, it is important to know exactly who the victims are so that each of those people can obtain representation, be appropriately notified, etc. This opens the door quite wide, Mr. Collins explained it to me this way: “ a victim means either a victim or another person who’s been harmed as a proximate result of the action. So that means if the victim is deceased it could be their family members. So again take it to the next level. Does that mean mom and dad each get their own attorney does another relative get an attorney? You know, who are the actual victims in that situation?”

Additionally, Mr. Collins explained that unlike the right to a lawyer, of which you’re informed of when you’re Mirandized as an accused person, there is no funding attached to this legislation to provide representation for the victims: “So now the victims and their families have due process rights. So what that means is A: they have the right to a lawful representative. But the reality is, unless they’re going to provide funding for that, that means that wealthy people or affluent people who are victims can have a lawful representative with them. However if you’re poor or indigent. There’s no provision for you.”

Impact on Discovery

Discovery is the process through which defense attorneys work to uncover potentially exculpatory evidence. Sometimes this requires requesting or subpoenaing information, documents, or other materials from the victim or prosecution team. Under the new law, the victim can refuse to release information to the defense team — thereby inhibiting discovery. And now that the law is in place, they’re theoretically free to take that action– without a judge’s review.  Mr. Collins explains it like this:

“Before this election, if I subpoenaed a victim’s, let’s say phone or computer, and the prosecutor felt it was infringement or invasion of privacy. What would happen is the prosecutor would file a motion to quash the subpoena. We would then have a hearing and the judge would decide what to do. That’s a proper forum to protect my client’s due process rights. Instead, this allows the victim or victim’s lawful representatives to say ‘no’. They’re not going to comply they’re not going to turn stuff over.”

 

Impact on Speedy Trial

Introducing these provisions also has the legal community worried about the defendant’s right to a speedy trial, because the timing impact here is hard to estimate. First, you’re increasing the number of people who are entitled to representation in the case, as we discussed earlier with victim identification. So now there could be many people involved in the process. Additionally, you’re interjecting the victim’s right to a swift resolution of the case… but which right gets priority? The victim’s right to a swift resolution or the defendant’s right to a speedy trial?

Mr. Collins explained this confusing situation with the following scenario:

“They want the victims to be free from unreasonable delay in a prompt conclusion of the case. OK. If you asked a hundred criminal defense attorneys and 100 prosecutors in the state of Ohio what a prompt conclusion of the cases you would get nine million different answers based on the type of case the type of evidence where the witnesses are whether or not it’s you know there’s a DNA testing blood testing. So what this allows is the victim and their lawful representative can object to a continuance. OK. Now the way the law is written is then it gives the victim an appellate right immediately. And what I mean by that is if the judge says no I’m going to continue this, like the defense or the prosecution wants […] and the victim disagrees, they now can go to the appellate court. And then the appellate court has to rule. So what do we do with the criminal case? Are we on hold? Is my defendant’s right to a speedy trial on hold?”

No Actual Recourse and No Funding

As you can see there are lots of interesting scenarios that people in the legal community are worried about. Overall, Mr. Collins understands that the victim’s rights causes are important, but disagrees that Ohio needed new legislation. Besides the lack of funding for the law, the kicker seems to be that there is no actual recourse for the victims if these laws are not adhered to. The state has immunity– if someone forgets to notify the victim, or neglects to inform the victim of the proceedings, or to follow any of these new rules… there’s nothing the victim can do. So the law “has no teeth” as Mr. Collins described it.

Overall, Mr. Collins described his concerns this way “the version that was passed in Ohio interjects the victim’s bill of rights, so to speak, into every process of the criminal justice system in every stage. And what that will do is that will create higher costs. It will create delays in the system and it will create more injustice for those accused than it will help the victim and the victim’s families because again there’s no remedy for the victim’s families.”

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We’re ready for the holidays. It’s December.  We got past Halloween and Thanksgiving without cranking up the Christmas tunes too early. It is finally appropriate to spread some holiday cheer. Here are some spots to help you get all sparkly this month:

BYOB Holiday Trolley

Every friend you have has already marked themselves “interested” in this event on Facebook… and with good reason. This 4 hour tour has it all. Kick it off at Pint House and then visit the Scioto Mile lights, Statehouse and Capitol Square, the Columbus Zoo Wildlights, and more. Plus. you get to BYOB.

Wild Lights at the Zoo

This is an obvious one, but not to be overlooked. AEP provides power to 3 million twinkling lights adorning the 200 acres throughout the month of December.

Zoo Lights with Family 🎄🐫🎅🏼🦍🎁🐅

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Franklin Park Conservatory Gardens Aglow

The prettiest place in Columbus gets a holiday makeover. “View elegant displays of poinsettias, seasonal foliage and twinkling lights enhanced by sleek and bold mid-century modern design elements.”

Oakland Nursery

Between the Christmas trees on the lot, weekend visits with Santa, horse-drawn sleigh rides around the 10 acre property, and the magically decorated Christmas shop… you’re running out of reasons not to visit the original Oakland Nursery location before Christmas arrives.

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Columbus Commons Holiday Lights + Scioto Mile Holiday Lights

Stop right in the heart of downtown to see 320K LED lights bling out the Columbus Commons or walk along the Scioto Mile to see another  250,000 lights (from Bicentennial Park in the south all the way up to Broad Street).

The Polar Express on COSI’s Giant Screen

Bring the kids out to enjoy The Polar Express in “COSI’s National Geographic Giant Screen Theater with hot chocolate, cookies, and other surprises. Pajamas are welcome!”

Gateway Film Center Holiday Movie Classics

Every year GFC plays classic holiday films– this year they’re doing a Naughty and Nice theme. All your favorites are in the mix, along with some surprises and old-school gems.

Where do you go to get into the Holiday spirit?

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Last week we shared #GivingTuesday with you, presenting opportunities to get involved locally by donating to various charities and service organizations. But money isn’t the only way to lend a helping hand this holiday season. There are plenty of opportunities to support causes you care about with your time and effort.

Lutheran Social Services is presenting one of these opportunities with their Decorating and Wrapping Days at Faith Mission this holiday season. The Decorating Day this past Saturday brought 80 volunteers to decorate Faith Mission for the community.

Faith Mission has provided more than 90,000 nights of shelter and three meals a day to anyone who is experiencing homelessness locally. No matter their situation, when a person arrives at Faith Mission, they are treated fairly, with dignity and without judgment. And the volunteers who showed up to decorate are helping create an atmosphere of holiday cheer and spirit.

By donating your time and effort to causes like this, you have the opportunity to meet the people you’re serving face to face. For some, a service situation like this might be stepping outside of their comfort zone. But that’s what it takes to create meaningful connections among residents of our community.

Faith Mission’s Executive Director, Sue Villilo, says, “ I think for folks that you know volunteer or donate to us to be able to bring their kids to let them see it makes it just more real”.

It’s a beautiful thing.

If you missed Decorating day this past Saturday, you can still get involved! Saturday, December 16th from 2pm — 4pm, Faith Mission is hosting a Wrapping Day to wrap all of the donated holiday gifts they’ve received. If you’d like to donate a gift, please deliver it to Faith Mission by December 11th. For more information check out the Lutheran Social Services website.

It is apparently National Cookie Day, which we believe is worth both acknowledging and celebrating. Here are our staff votes for favorite cookies in town:

Acre’s Sweet Corn or Ginger Chew

These cookies are big and soft and packed with flavor. The ginger is a traditional, zingy delight and the sweet corn is a slightly unusual take on your classic soft sugar cookie.

Northstar Cafe’s Peanut Butter

Official state cookies? #startthepetition (via @marrymecincy)

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Everyone knew this place was going to be on here… for sheer size alone, they can’t be rivaled. We especially like the peanut butter one because of the tons of peanuts on top for crunch and salty/sugary topping.

Laughlin’s Bakery Lemon Madeleines

These cookies are decadent and delicate and make you feel like you’re doing something very indulgent by eating them. Not to mention the beautiful packaging and presentation… v fancy.

Pattycake Bakery Iced Cutout or Classic Tollhouse

This dang snow person sure is excited to be a cookie. #cookies #vegan #whatveganseat #pattycakebakery

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Columbus standards. We love the seasonal rotation of iced cutouts that are always decorated so cute, but the Classic Tollhouse chocolate chip is soft and chewy and hard to beat. Plus, it’s all vegan.

Fox in the Snow Raspberry Crumb Bar

Happy Monday friends! Have you tried our raspberry crumb bars yet? 😍❤️

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Not teeeechnically a cookie, but are you really gonna fight us on this? Shortbread base, sticky caramelized raspberry jam and a streusel topping… this is one crumbly confection.

Pistacia Vera’s Macarons

‘Tis the season . . . perfect $21 gift.

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These are classics. Pick a flavor you like best –we’ve been in love with both the caramel and pistachio ones– and you can’t go wrong. Plus they’re ever so pretty.

We’re sure we must have missed at least one Columbus favorite… What cookies do you love?

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I am not a fan of the minimalism trend.  The actual origins at the core of the minimalist movement are different from the minimalism trend (aesthetic and supposed philosophy) that are sweeping the culture right now.  

To be clear: I am totally on board with reducing America’s insane consumerism and unnecessary waste. And I agree that when things are organized and visually simplified I feel more psychologically at ease. But the trending culture that has built up around minimalism bums me out.

One of the main reasons I’m not a fan is because it is not an accessible (or even very realistic) lifestyle goal. If you’re not a young, unattached, well-off person who wants to be unfettered and just travel the world all the time, then the minimalism trend isn’t talking to you. If you have a realistic view of your life and what you’d like it to be– not an Instagram-inspired delusion about perfection and simplicity and freedom and beauty– then you probably also think minimalism is useless. 

Minimalism all looks the same.

This Insta-worthy life you’re crafting, full of stark whites and beiges, raw wood and stainless steel… it looks exactly like everyone else’s. There’s very little individuality to the minimalism trend, which is what makes me so suspicious of it. If minimalism is meant to be a way of life, how can it all look the same? How does sucking all the flavor from your life somehow make it better?

Minimalism criminalises sentimentality.

To become a minimalist, I have to get rid of every worn book I have read and loved and written notes in the margin. I have to  take down all the beautiful photos of my family hanging on the walls and pinned to the bulletin board and stuck to the fridge. I have to throw away the shoebox full of love notes my mama wrote me over the years. Then I’m supposed to replace everything with greige walls and cool, stainless steel racks sparsely covered with 400 thread count sustainably harvested linen sheets and hand-thrown pottery.

Minimalism is not mindfulness.

This is where I think people get confused. There is no moral factor associated with minimalism. Having fewer things does not somehow make you better, humbler, simpler, more pure. That’s bullshit. Spending real time and effort thinking about people outside of yourself and how you can improve yourself and the world for the people around you… that might make you better or more pure. Thinking about how your actions (not your STUFF) affects others (not yourself), is how you improve the world and how you improve your own mental health. That’s mindfulness. I just find the whole premise of the minimalism trend, like many other aspects of trending culture (wtf is with selfies?!) to be incredibly self-centered.

Minimalism is a privilege.

Here’s the big one. Minimalism is a privilege. It is a fad for wealthy people to get on board with and for others to lust after. Step one of minimalism is to clear out all of your stuff and getting rid of things is only easy when you have lots of things to begin with. Then you’re supposed to replace some of your normal things with very high-quality, luxury, or unnecessarily expensive versions of those things. Minimalism is not attainable for many people– I would argue for most people– it is just another picture of perfection that you’re supposed to consume and internalize. In the 90’s it was maximalism you were supposed to lust after– the lifestyles of the rich and famous were full of excess and things.

If you’re looking for the supposed mental benefits of minimalism, I don’t think that getting rid of your extra wine glasses is going to get you there. Try looking inward, to determine why you’re unhappy or unfulfilled. Try mindfulness. If you’re looking to reduce the impact that consumerism has on the world, think about scrutinizing the companies and products you consume. Try learning about sustainability or becoming involved in environmental activism.  

Just remember that there is no one right way to live.  Cheers to whatever you determine is right for you.

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You hear that?

It’s the sound of millions of people sleeping in that food coma left over from the Thanksgiving holiday.  Sure sure you’re acting like you’re fine but really you’re easing into that “hello Christmas”, “bring on another food coma” trajectory.

Over the years I’ve been better at mitigating that food coma effect. Portion control and ice water have been my antidotes.  Of course the wine and beer can counter any control you might muster… but pace yourself and you too can achieve an optimum balance of coma and cognition.

In my family the after dinner talk — the one where the Rockwell brothers gather around the fireplace to ramble — is one of most cherished memories I have in life.  Tonight’s topic: my favorite, the financial market… where it’s headed, stocks to buy, gains achieved, woeful losses, and the bits of wisdom achieved in between.

“Compound interest” one of my brothers says with a smile. And spiked eggnog takes over the conversation and we talk about the varied businesses we’re all building.

Compound interest is one of the cornerstones to a successful investment schema. This makes me think, whatever you’re doing, make sure you’re doing something.  It actually starts a sub thread in my head: Compound attention.

Compound attention… I like the way that sounds.  Attention is everything these days.  Everyone’s concept, business, app, thing, experience, fights for attention.  What’s your overall Compound Attention Score?  Are you meeting your metrics for Compound Attention in your startup?

These sub threads are fun for me.  I think of them as yet another measure of traction.  Course you need to define them, and then measure them, and then relate them to something that matters… but hey this is my post-Thanksgiving coma and cognition ramble, so let’s have some fun.  

Let’s define it first and let’s model it after compound interest:

Compound interest (or compounding interest) is interest calculated on the initial principal and also on the accumulated interest of previous periods of a deposit or loan.

Hmmm let’s modify that…

Compound attention (or compounding attention) is attention calculated on the initial hype and also on the accumulated attraction of previous periods of a start or inception.

Ok, sure, it looks like we’re just having word fun, but fun is important.  I go back to the glee my brother expressed talking about the magic of compound interest.  He put money in, and over time there was more and it was effortless. Whereas everything else in life, especially business, can be a struggle.  Here was this investment mechanism that just worked.  Of course it’s backed by the financial markets.

Is there a “market mechanic” that can work in compound attention’s favor?  Net presence?  Clarity in value prop and communication?  Percentage of time you wake up and keep caring?  Number of dollars you throw on the fire to stay relevant in the eyes of your audience?  

Let’s go back to our definition:

Compound attention (or compounding attention) is attention calculated on the initial hype and also on the accumulated attraction of previous periods of a start or inception.

Every startup or business is based around an initial hype or projection of the value proposition. This is a formula of understanding for the customer on how well you’ve made them aware of the problem you’re solving. They understand the value you’re giving them with the promise of your said solution.  That hype is real.  They feel it.  Emotion, that’s a good thing.  That’s a marketers dream drug.

Searching the internet I see that a few folks do talk about “compound marketing” and it’s essentially the same concept… but less cool. I mean Compound Attention, dude that is hot.

Maybe I need to think of a real world example. When I think about my own business, I feel it’s kind of low in the Compound Attention category. It has been a growth year with heads down doing the work and less talking about the work or marketing it. Maybe not the best example. 2018 will be a better year for that rolling attention theory.  

Spotify comes to mind. This is a product I use daily, if not hourly. Its overall compound attention to me– or the time I give it–  is overwhelmingly obvious.  Come to think of it, Spotify is a natural magnet to Compound Attention, the signal (the music) never stops. And we all love music.

Maybe the takeaway here is to try not to think too much after Thanksgiving dinner and booze. Maybe just give your brain a moment to relax by that fireplace glow.  Or better yet, enjoy that compound attention of family time with friends and loved ones.

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Since 2012, Americans have gotten behind the movement of #GivingTuesday in response to the commercialization that has taken over much of the holidays. Falling on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this cause raised over $168 million in charitable donations last year alone.

This holiday season, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with local causes in support of the #GivingTuesday movement. So here is a list of just a few charities you can support today:

Besa

Besa connects people with local charities – from food pantries and community gardens to homeless shelters and senior homes. Besa allows volunteers to choose opportunities across the community that speak to them and to get involved in tangible ways. Your donation supports the coordination of many volunteer opportunities throughout Columbus.

The Women’s Fund

The Women’s Fund works to promote leadership and economic opportunities for women and girls in Central Ohio. They do this work through events, grants, research, and advocacy.

Columbus Metropolitan Library

The CML’s mission is “is a thriving community where wisdom prevails.” The Library foundation provides support for its programs and facilities around the city– like homework help centers and summer reading clubs. And this year, Library Champions Jeff and Cathy Lyttle have generously offered to match every dollar donated to Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation up to a total of $5,000

Columbus Literacy Council  

The Columbus Literacy Council was founded in 1970 and has since grown to provide training in “basic literacy, English for Speakers of Other Languages, family literacy, youth literacy, digital literacy, workplace literacy and workforce development.” Their mission is to “increase employability, enable future education, encourage civic involvement & promote family stability and support.”

Gladden House

Gladden Community House is a settlement house serving Franklinton and its surrounding neighborhoods. Gladden House is a United Way affiliated non-profit agency providing education and recreation programs, emergency assistance, and advocacy and support for individuals, families, and groups.

Faith Mission 

Each year, Faith Mission provides more than 90,000 nights of shelter to men, women, and veterans and serves three meals a day to anyone who is experiencing homelessness. No matter their situation, when a person arrives at Faith Mission, they are treated fairly, with dignity and without judgment.

Columbus Foundation 

The Columbus Foundation’s mission is to assist donors and others in strengthening and improving our community for the benefit of all its residents. The “Better Together” program raises up current high-need causes for Columbus community members to pitch in.

Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS)

This independent non-profit organization has been working to support refugee families in the Columbus area for more than 20 years. As a refugee resettlement agency, this group has “a contract with the Department of State to directly receive and place refugees in our community.” CRIS helps new Columbus residents get settled with housing, English language training, job training, transportation support, and everything down to forks and knives.

Where do you plan to donate this year?

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Did you know that your Columbus Metropolitan Library system just partnered with a video streaming service to offer you access to more than 26,000 movies? That means that while Netflix is jacking their prices up again, your 100% free CML card is opening up the world of fine film from the comfort of your home.

The service is called Kanopy and it is like Netflix for people who seriously love film– think foreign films, documentaries, indie films, the ones that win awards. The ones that make you think. Plus some of the Blockbusters too. Furthermore, you can access Kanopy from your iPhone, Android, AppleTV, Roku, or Chromecast.

Here are 5 of the thousands of movies available on the service:

The Witness

You may remember learning about Kitty Genovese in your high school psychology class, more specifically about the phenomenon of many people witnessing a crime and assuming that everyone else is doing something about it. This documentary, lead by Kitty’s younger brother, explores the facts behind the mythologized murder and  gets to the bottom of the real story.

Watch the trailer for The Witness

 

Claire in Motion

This film, set in Athens, OH, follows the wife of an OU academic who goes missing in the Hocking Hills region. After police abandon the search, Claire takes it up and starts to uncover clues that make everything fuzzier. (Their son is played by Athens native Zev Haworth, whom I used to babysit.)

Watch the trailer for Claire in Motion

Dogtooth

This is, without a doubt, one of the weirdest movies I’ve ever seen. Definitely not for the faint of heart. This Greek dark comedy (emphasis on the dark) earned an Oscar Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. A controlling father tells outlandish lies in order to keep his adult children from leaving their family compound. The resulting behavior is as jarring, occasionally comical, and deeply disturbing as you can expect.  (If you liked The Lobster, this is up your alley. )

Watch the trailer for Dogtooth (or maybe don’t)

House on Haunted Hill

This 1959 classic “horror” film is based on the book by Shirley Jackson. An eccentric millionaire invites five people to stay the night in his haunted mansion– whoever makes it through will win $10,000. Starring Vincent Price, the patron saint of horror camp, tons of XL cobwebs, at least one clearly-made-of-wax decapitated head, and all the shrieking ladies you can handle.  

Watch the trailer for  House on Haunted Hill

 

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

A French musical masterpiece presented in dazzling colors as only possible in 1960’s celluloid. Catherine Deneuve works in an umbrella shop where she meets her love. The rest is beautiful, cult, history.

Watch the trailer for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

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The passion for #savethecrew will reach a crescendo this evening for the playoff game at MAPFRE Stadium.  The community has mobilized to demonstrate their support for the franchise. I have found it interesting how  devoted Columbus has become  since Precourt announced the potential move.  I wonder if the owners are asking themselves where this widespread team loyalty has been on a weekly basis  for the last couple years.

For those of us who grew up in Columbus it’s no surprise to see the community rally behind a cause,  in this case a sports team. That’s a signature Columbus move.  Doug Kridler, CEO of The Columbus Foundation, published a ‘Spirit Park’ Proposal designed to  provide a framework for building a new Crew SC stadium. A move that Precourt has implied would save the team from moving to Austin.  The love for team oozes out of his message. This part really stood out to me:

We are a smart and open community, and, when challenged, it is best if we show ourselves at our best, our most creative, our most understanding. In addition to the necessary frank and tough talk that is happening right now, I believe progress on this issue will be aided through positive idea generation and the invitation for many hands to help build a sustainable solution. Like we do with issues we are working on every day at The Columbus Foundation – hugely difficult issues ranging from the opioid crisis to family homelessness – we simply must be committed to find opportunities in the challenges we face.

Kridler’s message is a powerful call to action and the track record of the Columbus Foundation proves it’s not just talk.  It’s interesting to observe how much energy and community engagement has been generated around saving a sports team.  There is no doubt that there’s an economic impact to having the Crew SC in town. Other metrics like general city happiness are harder to measure.

It has been inspiring to see people advocate so fervently.People love sports and they’re willing to pour their hearts and efforts into them. There’s nothing bad about that.  But it also makes me wonder what that energy and passion could accomplish if funneled in other directions. What if we were all buying scarves and painting banners and touting bumper stickers that lobbied for the Columbus public school system? (There’s myriad other issues you could insert as examples here.)

Whether the Crew SC stay in Columbus or not, it’s great to know we have a community that can rally around a cause with innovation and speed.

For now: Go Crew!

For tomorrow: let’s keep rallying around things that are important to us.