Interview by Danny Rosin, Brand Fuel/Band Together), IR Connecting the Triangle Task Force
Welcome to the Connecting the Triangle blog series! It’s time we really concentrate on connecting our Triangle. To do that, we need to find ways to meet – and listen – to people different than ourselves. We have quite a diverse population. And it’s growing at a rapid pace. So much so that we have the privilege, right now, to build a stronger, inclusive community versus homogenized islands of disconnected, possibly misunderstood citizens.
This series is a lead up to (and needs to grow beyond) the November 9th Innovate Raleigh Summit. And it works like a story chain, where person A interviews person B and blogs about their interaction; then person B interviews person C and blogs on it, and so on. Our team’s hope is that eventually we’ll create both an in-person relationship building trace and a digital trail through the Triangle that speaks to the rich tapestry of our people and our region. Worth mentioning – we’d love to see this continue to infinity and beyond!
There’s one more important rule – to encourage more diversity into these offerings, it is critical that the interviewee interview someone of either a different gender or ethnic background.
When an angel comes walking into your door, you find a place for them to join your team. That’s what happened to John Griffin, Brand Fuel’s now Director of First Impressions. John is a well-traveled, opinionated, passionate liberal voice who is always looking for ways to improve our topsy turvy, twisty turny world.
Every day, he reminds us at Brand Fuel of Max Ehrmann’s “Desiderata” – the part that reads:
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
And in that same vein, his response about connecting The Triangle is a welcomed view.
John Frank Griffin Jr.
Where were you born?
Where do you live now?
Where else have you lived?
Hampton Roads (Norfolk, VA Beach, Newport News, Blackstone), VA; San Diego CA; Anniston, AL; Pirmaseans and Berlin, Germany; El Paso, TX; Rockingham, NC
Where (geographically) do you work?
When you hear the term, “the Triangle,” what do you think of?
Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill
How does your current town fit in that bigger picture?
Right in the center
Looking ahead a few years, what do you see as the biggest challenge we have to overcome in creating a connected and cohesive region?
Traffic and Road Infrastructure.
What is one way we can bring The Triangle region together?
Get an NBA team.
If you had to give the citizens of the Triangle a nickname to unify them, what would it be? DURALEICHAPS…TRICITIANS…
Keep posted here for more Summit previews and interviews and get excited for our 6th Annual event on November 9, 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Register Now!