Dispatches From The Heartland

John Creighton — Exploring American life now that the world's gone global.

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  • A visit to Bend, Oregon is a surreal experience. Anywhere, USA plopped down in the middle of unique American beauty. Photo: City of Bend, Ore.

    Bend, Oregon: Anywhere, USA?

    A visit to Bend, Oregon is a surreal experience. Anywhere, USA plopped down in the middle of unique American beauty. Published 6:44 p.m. July 27, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Many Americans feel overwhelmed by technology and media. The Amish can teach us how to cope.

    Technology overload? Amish provide lesson in adaptation

    Many Americans feel overwhelmed by technology and media. The Amish can teach us how to cope. Published 2:00 p.m. July 13, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Can our current definition of the American Dream be revived? Or do we need to redefine the dream?

    Letting go of the American Dream to reclaim it

    Can our current definition of the American Dream be revived? Or do we need to redefine the dream? Published 7:50 a.m. June 28, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Modern warfare lets most Americans off the hook. Is that good for our nation?

    War strikes closer to home

    Modern warfare lets most Americans off the hook. Is that good for our nation? Published 6:04 p.m. June 6, 2011 - Comments

     
  • How will graduates remember their years in school? As a time of strife or the beginning of a new era of opportunity?

    Graduation speeches: The best or worst of times?

    How will graduates remember their years in school? As a time of strife or the beginning of a new era of opportunity? Published 4:31 p.m. May 20, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Remziya Suleyman and her colleagues are speaking out for American Muslims. It's a familiar American saga.

    Muslim in Tennessee

    Remziya Suleyman and her colleagues are speaking out for American Muslims. It's a familiar American saga. Published 2:02 p.m. May 12, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Some measure our national unity by the President's approval ratings. We need to start a lot closer to home.

    M&Ms, Tea Party license plates and national unity

    Some measure our national unity by the President's approval ratings. We need to start a lot closer to home. Published 12:51 p.m. May 5, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Rather than saying shame on Greg Mortenson, we should be saying shame on us.

    Think twice the next time a Greg Mortenson comes along

    Rather than saying shame on Greg Mortenson, we should be saying shame on us. Published 6:19 p.m. April 18, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Colorado leaders working under the state's golden dome have tough questions to answer. How to balance the state's budget is not one of them one.

    Questions for Colorado's leaders

    Colorado leaders working under the state's golden dome have tough questions to answer. How to balance the state's budget is not one of them one. Published 11:40 a.m. March 8, 2011 - Comments

     
  • Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Democrat, deserves credit for proposing a jaw dropping budget. But, like many of the budget cutters across the nation, his prescriptions lack an adequate dose of vision.

    Austerity comes to Colorado

    Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Democrat, deserves credit for proposing a jaw dropping budget. But, like many of the budget cutters across the nation, his prescriptions lack an adequate dose of vision. Published 3:37 p.m. February 18, 2011 - Comments

     
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John Creighton

John Creighton

John is a student of community life and public leadership. He does research, writes, speaks and advises public leaders on strategies to activate citizens to take action.

John's professional journey includes twenty years work with public-oriented organizations including the ...

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John is a student of community life and public leadership. He does research, writes, speaks and advises public leaders on strategies to activate citizens to take action.

John's professional journey includes twenty years work with public-oriented organizations including the U.S. Bureau of Primary Health Care, American Society of Newspaper Editors, Kettering and C.S. Mott Foundations, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Demos Public Works Project and many Pulitzer prize-winning newspapers.  John is the former director and senior fellow with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.  As founder of Conocer, John designed a peer-to-peer learning network for forty-plus primary health care associations around the country.  He began his career working on the staff of two Kansas gubernatorial campaigns.

John is author or more than forty reports and articles. He has been a keynote speaker for groups ranging from the Western Governors Association, Nature Conservancy, National Association of Secretaries of State, Mid America Press Institute, Greater Midwest Association of Primary Health Care Centers, and the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

One of John's joys is the opportunity to interview Americans from all walks of life.  He has had the privilege to sit down with such diverse groups - in such diverse places - as executives in the World Trade Center; community health care workers in South Carolina; AME church members in Atlanta; ranchers in North and South Dakota; union members in Flint, MI; casino workers in Las Vegas; newspaper reporters in Baltimore; media pioneers in California, and countless others in 42 states.

John grew up in a small town on the Great Plains where he learned community is not a concept but a rewarding, and practical, way of life.  John is a graduate of the University of Kansas and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.  He and his wife Joni are raising three children in Longmont, Colorado where John serves on the school board.

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