Monday Thoughts: Crossroads

By Matt Ross / April 15, 2013

Crossroads Before you think I am going to write about some heavy crossroad I have faced in my life, you’re wrong.   The “Crossroads” I want to tell you about was this amazing two-day music event featuring the top blues guitarists in the world that I had the pleasure of seeing on Saturday night at MSG.…

ADHD

By Matt Ross / April 1, 2013

ADHD As reported in today’s NY Times, according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of five high school boys in America have ADHD.  For those of us with kids in high school, I don’t think this surprises any of us.  While it clearly creates challenges for society, my “cup half full”…

Monday Thoughts: March Madness

By Matt Ross / March 25, 2013

March Madness Yesterday I visited my mother to celebrate her birthday and during lunch she turned to me and asked, “When are all these damn basketball games over?”   Her concern was that “March Madness” was pre-empting her regular shows and she couldn’t understand why there were so many games. Of course my 77 year-old mother…

Spring Fever

By Matt Ross / March 18, 2013

Spring Fever Raise your hand in the air if you are ready for spring!  No matter what happens in winter, whether it is freezing or not, by the time February comes around I am done.  By mid-March I feel like I haven’t been outside in years and my prison furlough is on the horizon. Not everyone feels…

Exit Sandman

By Matt Ross / March 11, 2013

Exit Sandman Mo is leaving us.  During the last 18 years, Mariano Rivera became the greatest relief pitcher in baseball history and he did it with the kind of poise, grace and simplicity that most often accompanies the best of the best.   You may ask why I’m writing about a baseball player when I usually…

Silver Linings

By Matt Ross / February 25, 2013

I saw Silver Linings Playbook on Friday and loved every minute of it.  While I haven’t seen all of the award nominees, I can say that all of the films I did see had a really nice flavor about them.  My motivation to go to the movies is starting to grow again.  Perhaps it’s also…

Your Elevator Pitch

By Matt Ross / February 18, 2013

What is One River? People often ask me: “what is One River?”  At that moment I think about what I was taught early on in sales training about an “elevator pitch”.  In essence, an elevator pitch is how you would describe your service during the duration of one elevator ride with someone.  The problem is…

Creative Destruction

By Matt Ross / February 12, 2013

One of the cool things about running a school that teaches visual arts is you get to think about what creative processes people want to study and what they need to study.  From a pure economic perspective it is plainly obvious that digital skills are the required core competencies for today and tomorrow.  So, does…

The Digital Age Rocks!

By Matt Ross / February 4, 2013

It’s just that simple.  Think about what you were doing 10/20/30 years ago (if you are old like me you can go back longer).  Now, think about how things get done today.  The efficiency and speed at which we move is staggering.  The tools at our disposal are unbelievable. When I was a kid, I…

Lifelong Creative Learning

By Matt Ross / January 21, 2013

I am not sure what motivates everyone but I can tell you that most people are motivated to get smarter.  They just don’t carve out the time and they can’t always conceptualize the benefits. Think about where we have come in such a short period of time.  Remember when the fax machine changed our lives…now…