New frameworks for entrepreneurial ecosystem building and life.

In January of 2020, before the pandemic lockdown, I was at a gathering of futurists in Charlotte, NC. The assorted disciplines represented included economists, academics, ecosystem builders, entrepreneurs and the simply curious. There, I was introduced to a book by Yancey Strickler, co-founder and former CEO of Kickstarter, “This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World”. I was intrigued by the title, and put it on my ever growing list of books to read.

In the months that followed, like the rest of the world, I sought solace…

Transformative shift towards belonging and inclusion, not just an (Asian) American story.

MARVEL STUDIOS~Ying Nan (Michelle Yeoh) and Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

A few years ago I attended “Black Panther”, the night before the official release at the insistence of a friend. The fact that she is black and had never seen a Marvel superhero movie was significant. It was a compelling experience viewing it with her, as she saw someone who looked like her depicted in a powerful figure on the big screen. I was so moved, I felt the need to write about it publicly, hence my first post on Medium (Shift Happens).

The night before the official…

How a Homeless Man Made Memories for Millions.

Tulsa Jambassadors meet the Mayor

As I have grown older, I have wondered about the impact people have on our lives and the measure of personal worth. What is the sum of someone’s life? Are they measured by accomplishments, credentials, accumulations or the value as determined by others?

It seems we all grapple in some way as we consider our legacy, and if, or how we leave a mark in this world. Here is a profile of someone who may not have considered these things, yet somehow he touched millions. He was not a wealthy man, he…

The Ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. Chronos refers to chronological or sequential time. Karios relates to a proper or opportune time for action. (Thank you Wikipedia)

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There is an interesting convergence of milestones in my purview, some offering hope and others, despair. The good news is organizations and institutions are starting to understand the importance of entrepreneurial ecosystem building. The bad news is, for some of the practitioners, it is too little, too late.

I am inspired to see there is an uptick (albeit small) in entrepreneurship, while the subject is often spoken about, the…

Though we might spend other times doing so

At least once a year everyone gets chance to make a wish

No shooting stars, four leaf clovers, wishbones or dandelions needed.

In childhood, my wishes centered on toys

Better grades, higher status, shiny baubles, indulgent vacations as I aged.

Tangible rewards, peace of mind or global peace depending on how hectic or altruistic I was feeling.

A wish…

A craving…

A need…

A longing…

If that one wish was all that came true, what would you spend it on?


A magic token?

An all access pass?

Golden ticket?

Universal key…

from Maggie Hos McGrane Blog

Hovering in the space between now and next

Pondering life, the universe and everything

Teetering betwixt the known and what’s possible

My mind weaves like a dancer’s arms

Articulating a story


Ebbing and flowing in unheard rhythm

As my hand rises and sways

I can feel a phantom one touching mine

Mirroring like mimes

Anticipating direction

Trusting movement and momentum

Curious where minds go

In this quiet time amidst departure and arrival

Circling in a holding pattern until there’s a signal

Wondering which runway awaits

Comfortable in knowing the sensation of wheels on the ground

Familiar and assuring


As the seasons change and life shifts

There is not a lot of time

as I move about my day

So much to be done

duty calls

But throughout my day, I take pause

And think of a little joy.

The future is hard to configure

and plan

and know

Hope can be challenging

when so much is at stake

Will I do the ‘right’ thing?

Will I keep all the plates spinning?

What if I forget?

What if I screw up?


Think of magic moments created in the past

The ones that turned out right anyway

The scrumptious…

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As I look at more years in the rearview mirror than ahead, I ponder how I ended up here. So many ideas of what I was supposed to do and where I thought I was going. I’m happier with myself and by myself, but it was not always this way…

I had such a blissful young life, oblivious to so much. The “golden child” doted on by everyone in my wake. Life was handed to me in scrumptious bits and the gift of adoration, plentiful and constant. Moving into adolescence in a world not my own, the realization that I…

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Life is truly what happens when you’re busy making plans

Sometimes they go accordingly

Timing precise and in tune

Then there’s a glitch, a hiccup, a pause

At times it’s incidental, others monumental

Just because these happen

Does not mean we are flawed

Not broken, not failed

No blame, no shame

It is not simple or easy or insignificant

It will take time, and effort and grace

To unravel and unwind and find a new pace

Balance patience, self care and settle into the space

Be mindful not to squander precious time nevertheless

Bid some adieu and wish them well

In the solitude of an empty house, my mind wanders to comfortable places far away

I open my Pandora’s Box of stolen moments

Each precious gem held up and examined

Viewing each facet with new admiration

Searching deep for the glimmer that reminds me of bliss

Sometimes my retrospection floods into my conscious mind

Like a river unleashed amidst a rainstorm

Other times like the morning dew accumulating imperceptivity

Emanating into a drop barely detected had it not been anticipated

I let my mind wander at times to the precarious place of imagination

In a world constructed without encumbrance


Cecilia Wessinger

Community & Ecosystem Builder, Collaborator, Catalyst, Speaker/ Facilitator. Lover of words, ideas and people.

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