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G-Sync: Words, like “I’m sorry,” still matter in this modern world

In Grand Rapids, a group of mothers whose unarmed sons were stopped at gunpoint by police are seeking an apology, and it is Rapid Growth Publisher Tommy Allen's hope that they get it. Here, Allen explains why he believes an "I'm sorry" is not only possible, but necessary.

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Wizards of the digital age: West Michigan tech leaders change the world with the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is pushing the boundaries of technology, and West Michigan leaders have keen insights on a frontier that is revolutionizing the way the world interacts.

Hippie Modernism

G-Sync: The counterculture effect and embracing hippie ideals in Grand Rapids

A recent visit to the "Hippie Modernism" exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum has Rapid Growth's Tommy Allen considering the role of the counterculture on the future of Grand Rapids — and all of society.

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Championing women's voices & inclusion: Survey aims to empower leaders of color in West Michigan

How do we open the professional doors that are rarely, or never, open to women of color who aspire to be leaders in West Michigan? Two fellows from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Shannon Cohen and Pat Sosa VerDuin, aim to break down these barriers and dismantle racism with data from a new survey of women of color in Kent and Ottawa Counties.

Playbook of Pee

G-Sync: The playbook of pee fears

Publisher and Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen tackles the real cost to Michigan if legislators enact bills that would prohibit residents who are transgender from using bathrooms that match their gender identity. If these bills get Lansing's stamp of approval, every business and citizen would be on the hook to pay for the misguided legislation.
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