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Nikki Erskine is the Marketing Manager and Special Projects Assistant at the Worcester Cultural Coalition. As co-host of “Culture Beat” on WICN, she shares tips and insights on the arts and cultural scene throughout Greater Worcester, including ways in which you can participate and support various artists, organizations, and institutions.
Mark Reed-Edwards is Executive Director of The Venture Forum, which is dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with the ingredients they need to bring their ideas to life while growing, thriving, and staying in Central Massachusetts. A seasoned marketer, writer, and content expert, Mark also runs his own consulting firm, Reed-Edwards Global, Inc., where he serves clients […]
Joshua Croke (Pronouns: They/Them)/Present Futurist. Community Innovator. Unquestionably Queer. Josh is a project designer, community building consultant, and creative producer. Their passion lies in eliminating stigma, sharing stories, and designing experiences that enhance people’s lives and connects them to their communities in ways that bring joy, belonging, and success. Josh is the founder of Action! by Design, a project design studio that works with organizations to create impactful projects by working with the communities they serve to lead design and innovation efforts. Josh is also the president and co-founder of nonprofit Love Your Labels that works to eliminate bias, stigma, and shame in society and builds programs for queer and trans youth focused on resiliency building, pride in identity, and economic mobility pathways. They also host and produce Experience This Podcast featuring stories of human experience at the intersection of design and technology. Their client projects have received awards and recognition including Best of Innovation at CES, Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Award, and Oprah’s Favorite Things. Accolades include BEQ Pride Magazine’s LGBT Leaders Under 40 (2020), Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 (2019), Boston Spirit Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Young Trailblazers (2017), Key to the City of Worcester (2016), and Pulse Magazine’s 15 People to Watch (2015) Josh sits on the board of the Worcester Education Collaborative and Living in Freedom Together (LIFT) and is a corporator for the EcoTarium Museum of Science & Nature and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Josh is excited to join WICN as a host and adapt Experience This Podcast for Worcester's only NPR affiliate radio station! Follow Josh on Twitter at @JoshuaCroke and the show on Instagram at @XPThisPod Learn more at JoshuaCroke.com.