Interactive conference builds connections
By Karen Morales of the Bay State Banner
Inspired by interactive experiences such as black church services, a new kind of speaking conference, Inter(x),
debuted at Boston’s HUBweek. The annual week-long ideas festival billed as
a convergence of science, art and technology ran Oct. 8–14.
Created by The Urban Labs, a Boston-based consultant for diversifying company talent,
Inter(x) is an interactive presentation style with diverse speakers sharing unique perspectives in new ways.
It is co-produced by novelist Walter Mosley.
The theme for the Inter(x) presentations, which resembled TED Talks, was
“Make the invisible visible.”
A leading facilitator & thought leader,
Malia is highlighting the value of & facilitating inclusion in business, civic engagement,
& a number of other areas in Greater Boston.
(HW): What first inspired you to create Epicenter Community?
What influence does this have over your direction and passion today?
(ML): I love the city of Boston & don’t think we are living out our full potential.
Boston is in the midst of redefining itself, it important to include diverse culture in this conversation.
There are so many amazing things happening throughout this city
& yet only a few neighborhoods are celebrated.
I am passionate about building a city where all residents
want to contribute something of value to society.
By: S. I. Rosenbaum : Published in Boston Magazine
Malia Lazu grew up in Hawaii, an ideal place to be a mixed-race kid:
People of color make up 75 percent of the population there.
Lazu compares the culture of her childhood to the ubiquitous Hawaiian “plate lunch,”
where Korean, native Hawaiian, Portuguese, & Japanese food might share a single plate.
When she arrived in Boston, she found that “everything is so much more black and white,”
“It’s the culture. Everything is compartmentalized.”
Written by : The Nation
"So what should grassroots activists & candidates do?
Consultants have made campaigns seem like rocket science, but they aren’t.
The basic formula is "50 percent + 1 = power," but there are a lot of ways to reach that goal.
Malia Lazu, Mel King Community Fellow at MIT, has come up with
10 things progressives can do to build a campaign for candidates who deserve to win."
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.