This is the story of how Unbound, one of the midwest's largest non-profits, was formed from the vision of a man with a very different take on charity and giving.
In November of 1981 in Kansas City Missouri, Bob Hentzen his siblings, and friend Jerry Tolle, founded Unbound. 15 years later, the 60-year-old Hentzen walked four thousand miles from Kansas City to San Lucas Toliman Guatemala. Then, in 2009, at age 73, he walked eight thousand miles from Guatemala to Chile, traversing the Atacama desert.
Big Box retail may have spurred some innovative manufacturing and selling techniques. Automation, robotics, structured floor-planning; all of it means machines can make guitars faster and cheaper than a human can. But are automation and warehouse retail spurred by Private Equity sustainable substitutes for innovation in an industry that caters to creatives? These boutique guitar builders are bringing innovative offerings to customers without the mass-production and deafening warehouse selling.
Harrison Street DIY
For years a crew of volunteers have been building the Harrison Street DIY skate park in an abandoned cul de sac in Kansas City’s Columbus Park Neighborhood. What started out as a few bags of Quickcrete mixed with shovels and formed into ramps on a few jersey barriers turned into yard after yard of truck-pumped commercial concrete. This is the story of how this privately-funded, volunteer amenity earned the social capital to affect development plans for one of the city’s hippest areas and laid down the marker for other neighborhoods to affect development (and gentrification) in their own community.