The Brainstorming Warehouse Is Now Under Construction

After weeks and weeks of going through hundreds of names for this website, we are proud to launch this first version of The Brainstorming Warehouse and our My Civil Duty project!

The Brainstorming Warehouse provides clients with a signature blend of the Creative Arts (including music, video, audio, etc.) and the Sciences to assist individuals and small businesses during these stressful times.  Our My Civil Duty project houses our passion to perform civic duties for our communities in a civil manner that change lives in a positive and meaningful way.

This site will be going through major changes over the next few months and we apologize in advance for any confusion we may incidentally create. There is a lot of work that happens behind the scenes in a technical sense and of course, quality content is crucial (we can only type so fast!) and we do have client work to take care of as well.

Thank you for your patience as we build The Brainstorming Warehouse!

#BrainstormingWarehouseChallenge 929: What scrap fabric can be hung on walls and from the ceiling to hold what?

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Our Original Point of Inspiration

Remnant of Stair Carpet May Be Easily Made Into Decorative Article

November 5, 1919 | The True Republican | Page 7 | Column 5

The sketch shows a good use to which a remnant of narrow stair carpet may be put, in the way of making a newspaper holder with it for hanging upon the wall. If possible, the carpet should be selected of a color to match or harmonize with the wallpaper upon which it is to hang.

The edges where the carpet has been cut are bound with colored braid, and at each corner a ring is sewn on in the manner shown in sketch B Then nails are driven Into the wall at a distance apart corresponding withe width of the carpet, and they should slant slightly upwards in. the way illustrated in diagram A.

The rings are placed upon the nails so that-the carpet hangs downwards and forms a large loop, into which the papers may be slipped from either side. All tidy housewives like a place to keep papers in, so that they do not litter the room, and this is just the thing needed, as it is strong and practical.

We love participating in brainstorming sessions online, including ones driven by hashtags.  In many ways, that’s exactly what we’re doing each time we attach a hashtag or two to a post.  Whether you are putting out a call for conversation to happen online about your original content or you are adding your voice to an existing conversation, you are participating in a brainstorming session that has no scheduled start or stop times, nor is there a requirement where or when you post your thoughts.

Here at The Brainstorming Warehouse, we like to take ideas from the past and develop a starting point to build other ideas upon.  Whether it comes from a news article, a historic picture or something from a movie, music or a book, we like to create challenges born from our original point of inspiration for others to think about.

June 2020 Warehouse Update

“If you want to be a real community organizer, ask yourself these 15 words: What’s something simple that I can do that’ll have a positive impact on my block?” Jahmal Cole, founder of the nonprofit My Block, My Hood, My City

Here at The Brainstorming Warehouse, we are thrilled to be launching My Civil Duty, an incubator program for community-driven ideas and visions.  We have an ever-growing team of individuals looking for ways to plug themselves into ideas that evolve into actionable solutions.

My Civil Duty is a way for us to team up with people who have the idea and the passion but are lacking skills and resources to get their idea off the ground for free or at a reduced rate.

Click here to learn more about some of the projects we are already working on.

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August 1, 1903 | Urbana Daily Courier | Alderman Scare Negro — Believes Council Comes to Lynch Him — Prominent Leader of Saturday Night Mob is Arrested — Doubt If Jury Will Convict Rioters

Aldermen Scare Negro Believes Council Comes to Lynch HimAldermen Scare Negro — Believes Council Comes to Lynch Him — Prominent Leader of Saturday Night Mob is Arrested — Doubt If Jury Will Convict Rioters

August 1, 1903 | Urbana Daily Courier | Page 1 | Column 2 | #YouWouldBeTerrifiedToo #AnotherTravelingKangarooCourt #OnThePathToJustice

Danville, Ill. July 31. – An amusing incident occurred tonight in connection with the investigation of the lynching of last Saturday night. After a meeting of the city council, where resolutions were passed commending Sheriff Whitlock for his actions in protecting his prisoners from the mob, the members of the council made a trip to the city prison to inspect it and decide on what repairs would be necessary.

When they arrived a negro prisoner became alarmed at the presence of a number of men and thinking that another mob had been formed he became terribly frightened and could not be convinced that his last hours had not come. After spending some time in trying to pacify the prisoner the members of the council finally withdrew and will continue their inspection tomorrow.

Winfred Baker, a man who is said to have been prominent as a leader of the mob last Saturday night, was arrested this afternoon while working in a small coal mine west of this city, he was brought to Danville and locked up in the county jail.

Baker came to this city from Kentucky several weeks ago and is said to have been urging the men who have been working with him to form a mob and lynch Wilson, the alleged rapist. He was seen by Sheriff Whitlock Saturday night at the front of the mob which held the battering ram and is known as a desperate character. When arrested he was heavily armed but made no resistance.

Three other arrests were made in addition to that of Baker, making a total of seventeen men arrested for participation in the raid. Warrants have been issued for several more and by Saturday night there will be twenty-five men in the county jail with the charge of murder to face.

Will the state be able to procure a jury in this county which will convict the men Of the charges of murder for lynching a negro murderer? This question is at present on every lip, and the consensus of opinion is to the contrary, most people inclining to the belief that it will be necessary to take a change of venue and remove the trial of the case to an adjoining county.

September 19, 1889 | Aspen Daily Chronicle | A Brutal Murder — A Detective Cuts off a Negro’s Ear, and Then Kills Him

A Brutal Murder — A Detective Cuts off a Negro’s Ear, and Then Kills Him

September 19, 1889 | Aspen Daily Chronicle | Page 1 | Column 4 | #ThisIsNoVanGogh #NegroMutilation #MurderByHangYourselfOrBeHung

Birmingham, Ala., Sept. 18. One of the most remarkable murder cases ever recorded in this state is on trial in the Fayette county criminal court.

L. R. Smith, while employed last spring as a detective, arrested Jackson, a negro, thinking he was a murderer. He afterward learned that he was mistaken in his man but, in order to secure his reward, Smith told the negro he would release him if he (Jackson) would allow him to cut off one of his ears; Jackson’s ears were marked similarly to those of the negro wanted.

The negro agreed and the ear was cut off. Smith then feared that Jackson would betray him and determined to kill him, he gave him the choice of hanging himself or being hanged, and the negro chose the former.

While pretending to search for a suitable place he made a break for liberty. Smith fired and the negro fell, and Smith left, believing him dead. The negro lived, however, to tell the tale, and his dying statement is the principal evidence.

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January 9, 1861 | Montgomery Weekly Advertiser | Alabama Will Secede

Alabama Will Secede

January 9, 1861 | Montgomery Weekly Advertiser | #OneLaunchPadForTheLostCause #LetsTalkAboutFakeNews

We can now confidently state that the majority in the Convention in favor of immediate secession will be at least fifteen, and it cannot be denied that many of those elected as co-operationists will vote for secession.

The Florida Convention meets on the 3d inst., and that of Mississippi on the 7th, so that in all probability these two States will be out of the Union before Alabama.

A large majority of the members of our Convention will not hesitate a moment to co-operate with South Carolina, Florida and Mississippi in the formation of a Southern confederacy on the basis of the Constitution of the late United States as construed in the Dred Scott case.

The Union is already dissolved, and we will at once set about the work of preserving our liberties and honor by uniting with those gallant Southern States that are determined not to live under the free negro rule of Lincoln.

June 29, 1833 | Sangamo Journal/Illinois State Journal | Slavery


June 29, 1833 | Sangamo Journal/Illinois State Journal | Page 2 | Column 4 | #AChangeOfHearts #CallsForAChangeOfMind

Slavery….The editor of the Portland Advertiser, who has lately traveled through the western country, thus writes: If I were a citizen of Ohio, Indiana, or a Yankee, without heart or soul, I would say to Kentucky as I would to the whole south, Go on now: keep your slaves.

Talk of liberty and hold men in bondage! We glory in the spectacle. We are rich, and you must be fed, when you have many slaves on an old country. We are increasing, and if you increase, it is slower than ours. Look at yourselves and look at us. See us doubling and quadrupling our population, when you are yet older than we are and have had more years for growth.

Make what laws you please and we will do better than you under them: we will be thriftier, have better farms, better houses, a better educated population, generally speaking. But go on; what do we care? It is for our interest for you to hold slaves….you must eat and wear out what we produce, for we are the producers and you are the consumers.

Keep your slaves then; we make money by it. We draw your population…. We enjoy the spectacle. You are our colonies and cost us nothing, but pity for your vices. You are our colonies, without our population, without holding further inducements to our emigrants. If you are unwise enough to keep yourselves forever in such a situation, it is our interest to keep you there.

Such are the arguments a man, without the sympathies of a man, from any slaveholding state, can fairly use. But to do justice to the Kentuckians, let me say, I believe they feel the vice, and anxiously desire to be rid of it. They are unlike many with whom I have conversed in the south, who in their words deprecate slavery; but in their hearts resolve never to make an effort to do justice to their slaves or their posterity, by making them free .