Today, I wrote 15 postcards to likely Democratic voters in support of Jenn Alford-Teaster in New Hampshire's 8th District. Here's the strange and wonderful gaggle of various activist groups who assemble on Sundays for Activist Afternoons.
This month, I'm in Seth Godin's altMBA program. (Not an MBA, by the way.) It takes up maybe 20 hours per week, but the rhythm is constant, with daily actions, and so it tends to occupy a lot of mental bandwidth. Today, I worked on a project for altMBA that is particularly interesting for me. … Continue reading Climate change campaign for bros?
Today, I attended a Hubweek session called "Making Democracy Count: Changing U.S. Voting Culture. It was moderated by Archon Fung, a professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, who presented data from Princeton's Martin Gilens about the lawmakers' lack of responsiveness to public opinion -- except when it comes to the opinion of the wealthiest 10% … Continue reading Making Democracy Count: Changing U.S. Voting Culture
This week is Hub Week, a weeklong celebration with conference sessions, demos, cultural events and social gatherings, hosted by Harvard, MIT, the Boston Globe and TK. Today, I attended some Hub Week conference sessions that were particularly interesting to me. One session was on inclusion -- I was struck by how the speakers together agreed … Continue reading Hub Week sessions on diversity and corporate activism
Today, we had our quarterly (or periodic?) board meeting for Conscious Capitalism Boston. We have a retreat next week so this was more of a preparation call for the retreat than anything else. Today, I also attended the monthly meeting of Somerville's Commission on Energy Use and Climate Change. They covered off some of the … Continue reading Conscious Capitalism Boston board meeting
Boston is where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. studied theology and decided to become an activist, where Coretta Scott King studied at the New England Conservatory, and where the two met and married. So it's fitting that MLK Boston is trying to hard to bring an MLK Memorial to Boston and develop programs that … Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr. memorial
Did you know that the City of Cambridge has had an ordinance in the books for the past 39 years that ensures the arts are commissioned as part of every capital investment project across the City? Amazing. Today, I made a donation to a Central Square mural project, an initiative to put 10 murals on public … Continue reading Central Square mural project
The Amplifier Foundation, the artists collective non-profit that launched the We the People campaign last year to coincide with the Women's March, has a new project out. Today, I supported We the Future, which aims to create and distribute art and teaching tools for 20,000 classrooms across the country. At the center of the project are young … Continue reading We the Future
I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan HonkFest, the festival of activist street bands that takes over my neighborhood once per year. It's mostly because I live so close to Davis Square that I hear the bands all day long if I try to stay in my house. Because I also have … Continue reading Honk Fest 2018
Somerville's Central Campus, where City Hall, the High School and the Library all sit, is being transformed. The High School renovation is already underway, to the tune of $250 million. And the rest of the campus won't be far behind. This will further be improved when the MBTA's Green Line extension brings a subway stop … Continue reading Somerville Central Hill Plan