Today, I spent a few hours working on projects for a couple of volunteer organizations. First, there was Conscious Capitalism Boston chapter, developing the program for an event in January. Then, there was some work for Indivisible Somerville, trying to get up to speed on their infrastructure. It took quite some time and I have … Continue reading Volunteer work for CC Boston and IS
Today, I wrote a letter to the editor of the Washington Post. I took the time to comment on an opinion column published by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sheldon Whitehouse: "UPS and Pfizer’s dirty little secret." It seems those two companies, among many others, still support ALEC, the climate denying organization that writes deeply conservative model … Continue reading Letter to the Washington Post
In areas of the world with low levels of literacy, capturing tacit knowledge becomes more challenging. Case in point is the wealth of health and agriculture information in the rural sub-Saharan Africa populace. Knowledge of farming practices is spread principally by speech, which limits its spread. A friend of mine started Literacy Bridge to address … Continue reading Literacy Bridge
There's a special election coming up in February in Florida's statehouse. Attorney Margaret Good is running for the position against a real estate developer who is the son of the fourth wealthiest Congressman. Here's a dossier put together by Sister District. Today, I donated to Margaret Good's campaign.
I'm always interested in how corporations can improve their positive contributions to society. Today, I attended this General Assembly panel discussion on "Corporate Grassroots: Starting a movement from within." Interesting speakers from HubSpot, LogMeIn, and a diversity and inclusion consulting firm. Rather than sticking to the theme of how corporate grassroots movements -- those moments when … Continue reading Corporate Grassroots
Today, I worked with the Indivisible Somerville energy and environment lab team to develop a strategy for 2018. I know these meetings are beginning to sound redundant, but it's important for us to get aligned so we can work toward having an impact. The good news is that I think we landed in a meaningful … Continue reading Indivisible Somerville strategy setting
Today, I got together with the Climate Coalition of Somerville again, representing Indivisible Somerville. We're waist-deep in planning for our Climate Social in January, at which we are bringing together all (hopefully) Somerville alderman to talk about climate. It's actually coming together, with four or five alderman already RSVP'ing affirmative.
The holiday season has become a season of commercialism in the guise of "gift giving." I'm all for the giving spirit, but the volume of stuff that is bought and sold in the last five weeks of every year is daunting. Today, I bought gifts for several family members. But many of those gifts are … Continue reading Holiday cheer
Low-income urban neighborhoods are suffer from a multitude of deficits in available services. One of them is lack of fresh food. While they have many convenience stores offering a few basics and lots of prepared foods (canned, frozen, etc.), fresh produce and meats are more difficult to obtain, affordably, within poorer neighborhoods. More than half of … Continue reading Fresh Truck
Child sex trafficking. It's a practice that universally abhorred. Yet it's a problem that isn't going away. Human traffickers enslave 24.9 million victims worldwide, according to the ILO. One organization that is fighting child sex trafficking is Operation Underground Railroad. In the past three years, OUR has rescued 745 victims and assisted in the arrests of … Continue reading Operation Underground Railroad