Social Enterprise, say what?!

Anyone who knows me knows that I am all about social and environmental justice. Seriously. Talk to me about any social or environmental issue, and I won’t stop talking. While brainstorming grand solutions to these issues, I quickly learned that economics matter. You can’t separate the economy from society and the environment. The three need...
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? say it out loud ?

Neely Seams is used to standing in front of a crowd. A longtime performer at Greenbrier Valley Theater, Neely has entered a stage many times, dressed in character, to perform her role acting as someone else. But when she stood in front of the judges of the West Virginia Poetry Outloud Competition to recite Toi...
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2017 Legislative Update

Get these updates and more in your inbox – subscribe now! March 28th is the 48th day of the 2017 WV Legislative Session and I am happy to report that there has been substantial movement on several pieces of key legislation that we have identified as important to young West Virginians. Want to learn more about how we identify...
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? ? ? how sweet it is ? ? ?

March madness is upon us and while the team at UpThink is busy getting psyched to watch the Mountaineers take on Gonzaga for a spot in the elite eight we thought highlighting a few outstanding athletes from the pantheons of WV hall-of-fame sports history would be a great way to get in the mood. Jerry...
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? There’s no growth in comfort ?

The mountains began to glow a reddish hue as the sun made its slow farewell over the Red River Gorge. The day, our weekend camping trip in Kentucky, was coming to a gradual end, but I needed to keep climbing. It wasn’t that I was scared I’d hit darkness by the time I made it...
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Do You Know Sean Hornbuckle?

Sean Hornbuckle is a young member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing Cabell County in the 16th district. A graduate of Huntington High School, Hornbuckle received a bachelor’s degree in sports management and marketing as well as an MBA from Marshall University. “I was 26 when I decide to run for office for...
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? West Virginia Eye Candy ?

  On Valentine’s Day, I ate dinner with my husband using pieces of West Virginia-made artwork. As part of the team at the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts, I make it my business to keep in-the-know about the top artists and makers from around the state. But I wasn’t eating a fancy, four-course meal. I...
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?Have you heard the curious chatter??

Dan Davis and Hillary Harrison contemplated renting a theater. If they were going to start a speaker series, they would need plenty of seating, maybe a projector, and definitely a good sound system. But renting a theater or conference room, they decided, wouldn’t be the Curious Chatter way. Curious Chatter is about real life. It’s...
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? WV = bae ?

Roses are red, violets are blue… Yo West Virginia, we sure love you! In honor of Valentine’s Day we had some of our favorite UpThinkers write sweet nothings to our favorite gal, number 35 in your history books but number one in our hearts, the often wild and always wonderful, state of West Virginia. Summer...
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? Nerd Alert! Nerd Alert! ?

Guys, today is the first day of the 2017 Legislative Session! Now, I’ll happily admit that I am a policy nerd. But I really only became a policy nerd because I’ve seen firsthand how important policy is as a tool for making progress on the things I care about. In college, I fell in love...
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