Sam Hester works on a graphic recording| Photo: Dave Palmer

Sam Hester

Sam Hester is so creative, she can transform a concussion into an imagination opportunity. An unfortunate bump on the head gave her a chance to focus on her own creative projects.

Rick Thomas is an unabashed believer in the transformative power of local life | Photo: Courtesy of Rick Thomas

Rick Thomas

According to Rick Thomas, one of a city’s greatest strengths lies in the collective ideas of its residents—and great cities find innovative ways to tap into that.

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Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson has a ritual she observes every time she visits a city. “When I travel the first thing I do is take a food tour to orientate myself…”