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The Smallest Big City



History and innovation were twin topics under discussion at Thursday’s 2010 Innovation Lunch, a benefit for the Museum of History and Industry (also known as MOHAI).

After a welcome from co-chair Maggie Walker, MOHAI executive director Leonard Garfield took the stage to interview Rick Beckett, president and CEO of Global Partnerships, an innovative microfinance organization. Global makes small loans principally to women living in poverty in seven Latin American countries. The micro-loans have made a difference in the lives of more than 800,000 people.

Garfield asked Beckett, a relative newcomer, to contrast Seattle with cities where he’d lived and worked previously.  Garfield probed, “What’s different about Seattle?”

Beckett described Seattle as “a relational city” and “the smallest big city I’ve ever lived in.” He observed that in most cities, there’s six degrees of separation between residents.    “In Seattle,” he said, “It’s only two degrees and, if you know Maggie Walker (luncheon co-chair), there’s only one.”

 He added, “People who want to change the world come here. The city is a magnet for resources and talent.”

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Comment from Bethy Anderson
Time July 23, 2010 at 7:31 am

MOHAI is very excited to be moving to the South Lake Union neighborhood. This central location will certainly enhance our visibility and attendance and we’re looking forward to a greater capacity to serve both the community and out of town visitors