6 Questions with Craig Ustler & Thad Seymour
A one-hour conversation in which Dr. Case Thorp asks our guests 6 questions exploring the Creative Village and its impact on Orlando's future.

6 Questions with Mayor Buddy Dyer
A conversation on work, culture, leadership and life, as Dr. Case Thorp puts 6 Questions before the Honorable Buddy Dyer, mayor of the City of Orlando.


Seriously, Our Work Does Matter
A conversation with Caleb Lawson, Price Concrete Studio.

Guided By Faith, Not Culture
A conversation with Patti Rader, Avancent.

Working Beyond the Paycheck
A conversation with Katie Dunn, Geneva School.

Connecting Values and Capital
A conversation with Jeff Shafer of Common Good Capital.

Music as Hope
A conversation with Kellie Haddock.

Working for the Call, Not the Returns
A conversation with Kevin Clark of The Geneva School.

Stewarding God's Provision
A conversation with Chuck Allison, Wild Goose Farms.



David B. King  
King Blackwell Zehnder & Wermuth P.A. 

Holly Stuart
Orlando Health

Dr. Falecia D. Williams
President West/Downtown Campus, Valencia College

Dr. Kent Fuchs
President, University of Florida



In 2016 and 2017, The Collaborative hosted Q Commons, a two-hour live event where attendees heard fast-paced national and local talks on how to thoughtfully engage our city and cultural moment.


Bridging Gaps in Relationships Between Citizens and Police

A native of Orlando, Sheriff Jerry L. Demings has the distinction of serving as the first black Orange County Sheriff. He has consistently been recognized as one of the most influential people in the city, and has shown exemplary leadership defining moments for our community.

The 21st Century Samaritan

Shelley W. Lauten is the CEO of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, beginning in late October, 2016. The Commission is a tri- county organization whose mission is to eradicate homelessness across the region.

Orlando Together

Ben Hoyer is the founder/director of Downtown CREDO -- an effort to cultivate networks of meaning, impact and community.

Gerrymandering & Justice

David B. King is the founding shareholder of King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth, P.A. King is affiliated with the Orange County Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar, and the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was the lead attorney in the 2015 case before the Florida Supreme Court that resulted in the order to redraw Florida's congressional districts.

A Tale of Two Cities…
The Educational Ecosystem in Central Florida

Dr. Falecia D. Williams currently serves as President for the West Campus and emerging Downtown Campus at Valencia College. Additionally, she is an ordained minister and pastor of Hurst Chapel A.M.E. Church in the Historic Parramore Heritage Neighborhood in Downtown Orlando.

In the Wake of Tragedy:
Orlando Health Responds to the Pulse Crisis

Holly Stuart came to Orlando Health in 2005 with many years of experience in marketing and public relations. She began her career at Walt Disney World and later established a successful independent consulting company, training area businesses on customer service improvement and team building strategies. Holly grew-up in Central Florida. She attended Vanderbilt University and received a BA in Journalism from the University of Central Florida.


This video series teaches the basics of how faith and work are connected, how God designed us for work, and how we can move forward with a renewed sense of purpose for both our work, and our city. Featuring messages from the teaching team at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando.


F+W 1: There is a Tree

September 13, 2015 | Dr. David Swanson | 1 Corinthians 15:58

If we are to transform our view of work, it all begins with a sense of call or purpose. The Latin "vocare" is the root of the word vocation, a word that means work as calling. This is what we often fail to realize in our work. We see work only as a means to an end; not a calling. In this message, Dr. Swanson introduces the idea of the Fall, and focuses on the idea that our labor is never in vain when it is done to God's glory.  

F+W 2: Building on a New Foundation

September 20, 2015 | Dr. David Swanson | Genesis 2:1-3, 15 

What we often fail to realize is that work has existed from the beginning. Before the fall, there was work. God worked. And He created Adam and Eve, in part, to work in the perfect garden He had made. This is an important idea if we are to get over the negative idea, that work is bad or necessary, but not a calling. Work is part of God's design and we need it in our lives.

F+W 3: Blowing Up the Hierarchy of Work

September 27, 2015 | Dr. David Swanson | Genesis 1:26-27

If God worked, and we are made in His image, then part of our purpose in reflecting that image is to work. The kind of work does not matter. All work allows us to reflect the image of God. Therefore, there is dignity in all forms or work, from digging ditches to Wall Street. We need to "blow up" any sense that we are lesser because our work is not culturally perceived as valuable.

F+W 4: Creating the Feast

October 4, 2015 | Dr. David Swanson | Genesis 1:28

God's call to human beings, and them alone, was to "fill the earth and subdue it." The word "subdue" is not one that means to beat into submission, but implies stewardship or trusteeship. We are called to not only fill the earth, but to create a society of the people that have been created, one that honors and reflects the Lord. Thus, everything we do is about creating culture. Our work is about making a contribution to the creation of a culture that reflects God. Could there be anything more rewarding than that?

F+W 5: Called to Duty

October 11, 2015 | Rev. Jack Peebles | 1 Corinthians 7:17

Work is not merely an individual thing, but a communal one. Work is how we serve our fellow man by improving our world. How can we, with our existing abilities and opportunities, be of greatest service to the world and other people?

F+W 6: Painful Labor

October 18, 2015 | Dr. David Swanson | Genesis 3:10-13, 17-19

Now that we have seen the beauty of God's design for work, we must begin to learn how that design has been corrupted by sin. After the Fall, God describes part of work as "painful labor." While there is much that can satisfy us in our world, it is still a fallen enterprise that creates much hardship and struggle for us. No matter how hard we labor, our work will never be what we want it to be or what we hope it can. That is found in God alone.

F+W 7: The Perilous Pride of Work

October 25, 2015 | Dr. David Swanson | Genesis 11:2-8

The Tower of Babel beautifully illustrates the way in which we corrupt our work by making it about us – about making a name for ourselves. When that happens, our work easily becomes an idol, something we must bow down to in order to get what we want, and the entire premise crumbles.

F+W 8: The Future of our Work

November 1, 2015 | Dr. David Swanson | Colossians 3:23

As we think about the future of our work, it becomes about the renewal of culture. If our worldview is one in which God will return to redeem and restore THIS world, then this world matters. If this world matters, then our work is to be about it's renewal, and the renewal of the people in it. That is our motivation and out strategy for Kingdom building

F+W 9: Uncommon Grace

November 8, 2015 | Rev. Jack Peebles | Romans 2:12-16

God uses the work of all people, Christian and non-Christian alike, to bring about His plan and purpose. God's "uncommon grace" is important for us to understand as we appreciate the work of all people, not judging it simply by whether or not that person believes in God.

F+W 10: Look at the View, Please!

November 15, 2015 | Dr. David Swanson | Romans 12:1

As we conclude our Faith + Work series, Paul leads us yet again to see that all we do is an act of worship, one that we should engage with great zeal, passion and fervor. However, part of worship is also rest, and we find a joyous, sustainable life in the rhythm of those two things.