Some food for Thought...
By Malia Lazu
This was a horrific weekend for America.
From pipebombs to a black couple murdered in a Kroger after the killer was denied access
to a black church to the mass shooting, killing 11 at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
To deny that we are engaged in a civil war, is to be irresponsible.
The fabric of our democracy is unraveling, and our hypocrisies are being called to account (again).
I am a Black Puerto Rican, Italian (with a bit of Irish, my great grandmother was a Mahoney from Cork) woman from Hawaii. Being mixed race, conversations like Bruno Mars culturally appropriating black music is on going and internal. When racially ambiguous people define their race or reflect part of their culture it seems to be fair game to be questioned. I’m also not sure I have a problem with that.
Written By Malia Lazu
Image per Stanley Forman
Racism comes in many forms, some of the most common are
overt, implicit, structural & institutional & it seems this Saturday
Boston is going to get a dose of different several forms of racism,
including overt, institutional and implicit racism. The overt and implicit
will come from the “free speech” hate rally.
But the institutional racism will come from the city of Boston by allowing permits to be pulled.
One of the most attractive qualities of the Mondragon Cooperative model
is its dedication to keeping its members employed.
When a factory is closed, the workers are retrained & moved to another cooperative.
I hope this union worker is now working at FAGOR or Eroski or another Mondragon factory,
or happily retired with a decent pension.
While I love the Chilean miner story,
I haven’t lost sight of the fact they almost died because of the disregard mining has for labor.
Sandra Bullock would have preferred an honest husband & the Tea Party success of 2010
seems to be foreshadowing of our country losing the freedoms we have gained in the last 30 years.
LEAVE THE DANCE WITH THE ONE WHO BROUGHT YOU.
When voters of color and young people vote, Democrats win.
To not ensure these specific demographics are continually engaged is a massive oversight
on the part of the Democrats. Looking at ways to adapt successful voter models
in diverse communities is key (see kudos section).
To paraphrase Martin Luther King, Jr.,
“Sad is a people who are ignored by one party & taken advantage of by the other.”
Business trends of crowdsourcing are very exciting for the world of politics.
Crowdsourcing is a way to tap into the collective intelligence of people.
It allows you to get the involvement of your target audience
& create buy-in through their participation.
There are some great business models, such as www.threadless.com, that are worth exploring.
The basic idea at Threadless is that customers vote on the T-shirt design they feel should be produced.
The incentive of seeing your shirt mass-produced & sold encourages the designer to get people involved in the website so that they will vote for their design.
There is only one way to counter the effects of organized money: organized people.
The true keeper of this country’s democracy is its people, whether they decide to participate in the vote
or not. The ability to raise money is still considered the number one factor in
being able to win an election, but recently we have seen campaigns backed by informal
citizen groups show the potential of a people-powered campaign.
If you have actual relationships with people in your district you can create a
campaign that is fueled by sweat & shoe leather rather than money & consultants.
A people-powered campaign may not look as slick as a well-funded campaign, but being authentic and inclusive of your district will pay in creating a viable campaign.
These are my notes from a talk at The Future of News & Civic Media Conference–
As a woman, I can tell you I truly believe that men & women are from different planets.
As a community builder, I know that technology builders
& community builders are from different planets too.
But just as men & women can make music together when they learn each other’s language,
so can technology builders & community builders.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.