Mayor A C Wharton will step into the digital town square Thursday by asking people to share what skills they'd "love to develop professionally or put to use" as part of an online initiative called "Give a Minute" for Memphis. Chicago is the only other city where the online exchange of ideas has taken place.
The mayor and members of his staff will respond to citizens who text their ideas to 296-0123 or submit them to giveaminute.info, said Mary Cashiola, the city's new brand marketing specialist. Anyone interested in sharing their thoughts may do so through the end of February, she said.
"We're looking at asking, 'How do you feel you could reach your full potential in Memphis?'" Cashiola said.
Responses will be used in conjunction with an "Opportunity Challenge" conference to be held next month at the Memphis Bioworks Foundation, at which Bruce Mau, author of The Third Teacher, will speak about best practices in education. Other speakers are still being lined up.
Citizens who respond to "Give a Minute" will get answers from Wharton and Cashiola, along with Eric Mathews, founder of LaunchMemphis, and Douglas Scarboro, education liaison for the city and executive director of its Office of Talent & Human Capital.