Derek J. Coppess

Derek J. Coppess

Derek J. Coppess is an experienced developer, community advocate and the founder and CEO of Grand Rapids-based 616 Development. His mission: to inspire community by rehabilitating underutilized urban spaces. Follow Derek on Twitter @derekcoppess or email him at derek at 616development dot com


The power of thought

April 28, 2016
"Most of the pain you're dealing with is really just thoughts — ever think of that?” -“Buddhist Boot Camp” Read More

To send or not send that email

February 25, 2016
In a world where information and data are ubiquitous and high flowing, a potentially negative byproduct has been born. Read More

Learning how to fall

November 4, 2015
"You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and by falling over." -Sir Richard Branson Read More

You always fear what you don't understand

August 31, 2015
As a leader, communicating your mission and vision can be one of the greatest ways to add value to your tribe. Read More

Management and leadership

July 27, 2015
So much has been written about management vs. leadership. Read More

When no one is looking

June 19, 2015
What do you do when no one is looking? Read More

The seven-year cycle

April 29, 2015
The concept of a seven-year cycle has recently occupied much of my thoughts. With spring in the air, it seems appropriate to slow down and ponder the power of cycles, regeneration, new life and potentially your next chapter. Read More

Step out to risk

March 31, 2015
"Leap and the net will appear." -John Burroughs Read More

Learning humility

December 31, 2014
"The more you know, the more you know you don't know." -Aristotle Read More

Thoughts become things

November 13, 2014
Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way you are right.” Read More