Listen in on this chat with Kent Kerr and RJ Thompson of Plus Public

based in Bellevue, PA, just north of Pittsburgh. This live, interactive, open-to-the-public call was recorded on June 11, 2020. Guest hosted by Meghan Rutigliano, Burning Man Cultural Ambassador and Founder of Globally Curated. At the time of recording, Kent was a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Radford University, and his thesis was a research project on using design thinking techniques to uncover how a community thinks of itself. He and RJ did their research in Bellevue, a small, rust-belt town that has experienced something of a renaissance after ending prohibition in 2015. They spoke with The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking as part of the organization's Community Coffee Talk program, a series of live, interactive, virtual conversations.

Host: Andrea Orlando  lives, records, and writes from her home in New Jersey. Contact her at


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