CREATIVE TAMPA BAY- 08-08-06, Stan Davis
CREATIVE TAMPA BAY, TUESDAY, 8 AUGUST 2006
About 30 people came together Tuesday night to attend a World CafÃÂ© at the Tampa Museum of Art. The event was sponsored by Creative Tampa Bay as part of their Ã¢â¬ÅThings Look Different HereÃ¢â¬? series of discussions, which they hope will lead to a more exciting community, focused on art, culture, and increased entrepreneurship.
WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Stan Davis was there and filed this report.
[Actuality 1- Montage begins with Melinda ChavezÃ¢â¬Â¦ Ã¢â¬ÅÃ¢â¬Â¦Hooters.Ã¢â¬?]
Wait a minute! Who are Ã¢â¬ÅTHEYÃ¢â¬? and what was that all about. LetÃ¢â¬â¢s go back to the beginningÃ¢â¬Â¦
[Actuality 2- Reverso to MelindaÃ¢â¬Â¦ Ã¢â¬ÅÃ¢â¬Â¦ to make a difference in the community.Ã¢â¬?]
Tuesday evening, Melinda Chavez, of Creative Tampa Bay, moderated a World CafÃÂ© for about 30 participants. A World CafÃÂ© is sort of like an informal focus group where attendees move from table to table and discuss ideas.
The central idea on the table last night was what is the Baby Boomer effect on Tampa Bay.
And, it was all part of an ongoing effort to put Tampa Bay on the map as a vibrant, creative community that will attract world-class professionals to come hereÃ¢â¬Â¦ and then stay here.
But CTBÃ¢â¬â¢s research shows the Bay area has some charactersistics that might work against this vision.
[Actuality 3- Melinda- Ã¢â¬ÅÃ¢â¬Â¦ we donÃ¢â¬â¢t tend to go out very muchÃ¢â¬Â¦ that is changing.Ã¢â¬?]
The people who came Tuesday were asked to figure out what to do about all this, particularly in relation to a high influx of older Northerners calling the Bay area home and how to leverage this as entrepreneurs.
Although CTB stresses diversity in its publications, and talks about it as a way towards dynamic change, the audience was nearly all white, middle-income, and in the arts. This came up in the feedback segmentÃ¢â¬Â¦
[Actuality 4- Ã¢â¬ÅDiversityÃ¢â¬?]
And that highlighted, for some, a concern about the entire process of these World Cafes. The participants are homogeneous and, to a large extent, appeared unfamiliar with the issues they are being tasked to discuss.
While the organizers-- who make no bones about how they hope their corporate underwriters will use this market research Ã¢â¬âseem unable to put together a more representative group for their research.
Nonetheless, the project is ongoing, and may be viewed at www- dot Ã¢â¬âcreative tampa bay Ã¢â¬â dot com (www.creativetampabay.com).
For WMNF, IÃ¢â¬â¢m Stan Davis