You know what they say about us don’t you?
They say we’re a bunch of slackers who sit around in our jammies with nothing better to do than to pontificate about our anger into our keyboards.
While I don’t know any of you in RL, my guess is that there’s not much truth to that characterization. But then, what do I know? I thought it might be interesting to check it out. I’d be willing to wager that the folks who show up here are some of the people that are actually most invested in making their communities and the world a better place. I’d like to find out if I would win that bet.
So I’d like to hear from you about what, other than blogging, you are doing to “be the change you want to see in the world.” Its really not bragging. I just think that if we capture all of what we are already doing, we might get a glimpse of the power we have as a collective group of people.
I’ll be happy to jump in first with a few excerpts from my off-line life. As a starting point, I’d suggest a look at the recent report by the Children’s Defense Fund titled America’s Cradle to Prison Pipeline that opens with this shocker: if you are a young black boy in this country, you have a one in three chance of spending time in prison.
I spend most of my professional time and energy trying to do something to change those odds. I work as the Executive Director of a small urban non-profit organization whose mission is “To work with families and the community to redirect youth who are starting to get in trouble at home, at school or with the law.” We see tremendous success in the lives of the over 1,000 youth we serve every year, but its often an uphill battle to get people to try something other than “zero tolerance.” We’re all about asking folks to take a look at what can happen when we hold youth accountable for their mistakes while helping them deal with many of the struggles they face on a daily basis.
I’d like to hear from you about what you’re doing, whether its traditional politics, professional commitments, or volunteer activities. My guess is that this movement we are all a part of is bigger than any of us can imagine. Am I right?