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"White like me"

Imagine white like me, how the world would be? I’ve traveled the seven seas and have seen all that the eye can see, but what if the world was white like me, how would that be?

The Indian women in Mombi, with her mother-in-law in sight, how she looked at me longing to be in a different life; to choose her own husband and possess her own plight.

My Kenyan friend Phoebe who said “how pretty are thee,” as she played through my string sandy blond hair, braiding strand by strand; why could she not see that she is as pretty as me?

Or the cry of joy from the Chinese lady that I gave my favorite dress as a collegial exchange for all the wonderful friendly gestures she endowed upon me while studying her cultural traditions at the University.

Then there is Luciana, my exchange classmate in Buenos Aires, now a mother, married to her high school sweetheart, working at her father’s store, living in her grandparent’s apartment pained as trendy as could be, she is close to her family and friends, never l…

El partido progresista

El “partido progresista” fue organizado al principios del siglo pasado por Theodore Roosevelt en (1912), quebró el partido y nombrado de nuevo por Robert M. La Follette, Sr. en Wisconsin (1924) y por la tercera vez en 1948.

Aunque fue aprobada por a los laboristas, granjeros y socialistas, pero realmente no lanzó mucho más que luchar contra lo main stream/ status quo—con una propuesta alternativa. Su plataforma era anti-guerra, pro-labor y granjeros, pro-mujer de votar, etc. (por eso tiene el sentido mas centro izquierda acá). Pero lo que hizo era un partido formado afuera del normal Democrats vs Republicano mas independiente (exacto como el sentido de la Tercera vía).

En los últimos años se presentan el Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) con el apoyo de Howard Dean en 2004. Tambien el jugador Jessy Ventura, el ex gobernador de Minnesota fue parte del movimiento “independiente” antes de formar su partido propio.

Anualmente en la política de los demócratas, sigue mucho el partido in…

Fighting Bob LaFollette

Quoted in reference to WWI

"The purpose of this campaign is to throw the country into a state of terror, to coerce public opinion, to stifle criticism, and suppress discussion. People are being unlawfully arrested, thrown into jail, held incommunicado for days, only to be eventually discharged without ever having been taken into court, because they have committed no crime. But more than this, if every preparation for war can be made the excuse for destroying free speech and a free press and the right of the people to assemble together for peaceful discussion, then we may well despair of ever again finding ourselves for a long period in a state of peace. The destruction of rights now occurring will be pointed to then as precedents for a still further invasion of the rights of the citizen."

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Reason for foundations.

From a post modern philosophy seminar I took two years ago with an Argentine friend with a degree from the New School in NYC, I learned why Foundations are necessary. In the class we read French philosopher Jean Francois Lyotard. (His book is called the Postmodern Condition). He writes about the production of knowledge in the post modern times as well as the science and use of technology. Mainly, Lyotard is criticizing the lack of new ideas being produced by the “commercialization” of universities and the use of scientific knowledge in the social sciences. This got me thinking of how knowledge is created and used and spread. I found the idea of producing knowledge related to our discussion for “rationalizing foundations” in society.

For example, as in other areas in the hard sciences like technology, they need funds to do research. In many cases, the money somewhat defines what is studied. Businesses funds R&D to invent new products, so then to sell and make more money. The mon…

10 rules for strategic innovation

The rules are (in simplified, paraphrased form):

1. A powerful strategic idea is not enough to ensure success.
2. You need to forget irrelevant lessons that led to success in the traditional business.
3. Established companies can outperform start-ups in pursuing strategic innovation by leveraging the established businesses' key resources and assets.
4. Strategic experiments face more unknowns than known quantities.
5. The organization for strategic innovation should be built from the ground up to optimize that opportunity . . . and to avoid tainted loyalty and memories of the other businesses.
6. Only senior management can manage the inevitable conflicts between the old and new businesses.
7. The strategic innovation will need planning processes designed to maximize learning.
8. Keep the politics out of letting the innovative organization learn.
9. Focus the innovation organization on learning rather than near-term results.
10. Organizations can learn relevant skills to make strat…


Originally uploaded by heydee. i love this shot that i took last year in kenya