Peter Curran

My day job is being the executive director (AKA “The Storyteller”) of The Sunshine Place, which is a social services resource for families, located in Sun Prairie.

My most memorable caffeine was my first Pumpkin Spiced Latte! It’s awesome!

My current caffeine of choice is still the Pumpkin Spiced Latte.

My favorite place for caffeine is the Beans and Cream Coffeehouse in Sun Prairie. I call it my “coffee office” and it’s where I host “Coffee with Pete”, which is when I connect with local businesses and organizations to share The Sunshine Place story.

The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is my dad.

World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: Transportation. Working at The Sunshine Place, I’m constantly confronted by the challenges that a lack of safe, reliable transportation presents to people in poverty, especially for those living in a suburban or rural area, where bus service is rare or nonexistent. Right now we’re helping a young couple who’s living in their car in a parking lot. The car doesn’t run and they purposely parked it within walking distance to the young woman’s job so she can get to work. The young man is trying to get a job and I’ve been helping him get to his interviews.

Here’s one thoughtstarter for addressing this issue: what if we could work with organizations that have their own smaller buses—places like assisted living or daycares—that only get used on a limited basis and set up shuttle services during their off hours? This could be a way for people who live outside bus routes to get to work, get to affordable grocery stores.

I’m excited about the possibility of communities working together to uncover opportunities to use resources in a collaborative way. We’re going to be launching a website in December about this very issue: conversationweek.com. Check it out!