Designing Creative Communities: Your Town Is Your Canvas. Learn How To Make Your Mark


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My Creative Community
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.8 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Spud Marshall is a serial social entrepreneur, creative community builder, and lover of fog machines. He is the founder of My Creative Community, which supports groups in designing engaging experiences for their communities. He serves as a facilitator, coach, and consultant alongside organizations ranging from the Sullivan Foundation, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to Teach for America, the American Planning Association, and Johnson & Johnson.In addition to his community consultation work, he founded 3 Dots Downtown, a community arts and innovation event center, where he served as the Innovation Director. He is also the founder and chief catalyst for the, a 20-person intentional community for young changemakers, which has been listed as one of the top disruptive innovations to emerge in higher education. Prior to those efforts, Spud founded New Leaf Initiative, which currently serves as a dedicated co-working space and innovation incubator.He has been honored as a Knight Foundation Emerging Cities Champion, listed as one of the top millennial civic leaders in the country, and been featured as one of the Foremost Under 40 Business Leaders in central Pennsylvania. Spud has a Masters in Strategic Sustainability Leadership and a pretty spectacular failure resume (reach out if you're interested). He currently resides in State College, Pennsylvania with his wife, loyal dog, and curious cat. To view his most recent projects and to explore ways to partner with Spud, visit You can also reach him by emailing [email protected]


"A brilliant take on how to design your own creative community! This is a must-read for any emerging leader."

- Erin Krampetz Boyd,

Co-Founder of Ashoka U and Business Operations for Culdesac,

which is building the first car-free neighborhood in the U.S.


"An essential read for anyone in community and economic development professions, or anyone that just wants to make a positive contribution to their community. Spud weaves captivating and highly entertaining stories about success, failure, and overcoming adversity from his own creative practice in dozens of communities, providing powerful tools for creative transformation with humor, humility, and honest self-reflection. This book is hugely relatable and difficult to put down; it is one influential guide that I will be recommending widely to colleagues and communities alike."

- Michael Fortunato,

Founding Partner of Creative Insight Community Development


"Spud is hands down the most creative community builder I've ever met! In his book, he showcases his unique journey step-by-step, the highs and lows he navigated along the way, and how you too can shape the community of your dreams."

- Alexis Taylor,

World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Davos Lab Taskforce Co-Chair


"Spud is what would happen if you took the imagination and creativity of a second grader and paired it with the wisdom of a 90-year-old professor. It is a gift to meet someone with this level of creativity and skill to effectively bring these dreams to life. This book is a terrific read!"

- Dustin Liu,

United Nations, U.S. Youth Observer