Entrepreneurship as a Cure for Violence

The Success Indicator

I-CAMP is a program to teach young people entrepreneurial skills such as computer programming. I-CAMP stands for Intrinsic, Community, Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose, which are fundamental elements for building wealth and health. According to Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow:

If you take into account prisoners, a large majority of African American men in some urban areas, like Chicago, have been labeled felons for life. These men are part of a growing undercaste — not class, caste – a group of people who are permanently relegated, by law, to an inferior second-class status. They can be denied the right to vote, automatically excluded from juries, and legally discriminated against in employment, housing, access to education, and public benefits — much as their grandparents and great-grandparents once were during the Jim Crow era.

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Innovation Requires Empathy and Faith

For several years Peter Denning, co-author of The Innovator’s Wayhas been puzzling over why it seems that our innovation adoption rates are low even though our idea production rates are high. The overall success rate of innovation initiatives in business is around 4%. Yet many businesses report that they have too many ideas and waste precious time and resources struggling to select the ones most likely to succeed and then work them through to adoption. We are idea rich, selection baffled, and adoption poor.

From a Forbes article by Steve Denning we learn that a magisterial study by Deloitte’s Center for the Edge shows the rates of return on assets and on invested capital for 20,000 US firms from 1965 to 2011. It shows that “managerialism” has been steadily failing for the last half century. Economy-wide Return on Invested Capital

The graphic shows that something has gone so terribly wrong with the US private sector—the supposed engine of economic growth and the supposed creators of jobs. When the best firms have rates of return on assets or on invested capital of, on average, just over one percent, we have a management catastrophe on our hands. Continue reading

Don’t Let Wall Street Takeover Education

Screening of Brooklyn Castle

Wednesday, October 16 at 7:30pm

MIST Harlem

46 West 116th Street

Brooklyn Castle

After the screening there will be a panel discussion featuring Junior Open Champion Justus Williams, Director/Producer Katie DellamaggioreGeorgios Alexopoulos, and Nadya Ortiz. They will discuss Wall Street, Charter Schools, and Chess.

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We R In Need Of A Musical Revolution

Concert for 100% Free Health Care
May 2014
At the World Famous Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater

Lester Chambers and his son Dylan will be performing. Lester’s new album Lester Chambers Time Has Come, now available for purchase at lester-chambers.com. A portion of proceeds go to Sweet Relief!

Lester and Dylan Chambers

Lester (right) and Dylan Chambers

Jon Bibbs (JonBibbs.com @JonBibbs)

Jon Bibbs

Honorary Chairman cancer survivor Andrew Shapter

Before The Music Dies

Director, film maker and photographer Andrew Shapter is the creative force behind the critically acclaimed documentary “Before the Music Dies”. The film, which profiles artists like Erykah Badu, The Roots, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews and Branford Marsalis, was inspired by the need to give musicians a voice in an industry dominated by a pop music influence. The documentary opened up a channel of conversation about the commercialization of the art of music.

Andrew Shapter

Andrew Shapter

[T]he present political chaos is connected with the decay of language, and that one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end. If you simplify your English, you are freed from the worst follies of orthodoxy. ~ George Orwell

George Orwell quote

Eric Arthur Blair , known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist and journalist. His work is marked by clarity, intelligence and wit, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and commitment to democratic socialism.

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Lester Chambers at The Apollo Theater

Lester Chambers singing on stage

Lester Chambers (right) on stage with his son Dylan

Lester Chambers and his son Dylan will be performing at the Concert for 100% Free Health Care

Lester’s new album Lester Chambers Time Has Come, now available for purchase at lester-chambers.com. A portion of proceeds go to Sweet Relief!

Lester was the lead singer of the 1960s soul rock group The Chambers Brothers, who had the hit single, “Time Has Come Today.” The song spent five weeks at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1968, it is considered one of the landmark rock songs of the psychedelic era. Continue reading

Concert for 100% Free Health Care

May 2014

At the World Famous Apollo Theater

Apollo Theater

According to a Daily News article, “Another unhealthy year for Harlem:”

  • Central Harlem had the highest death rate of any community in the city with 8.8 deaths per 1,000 people in 2009, compared with 6.1 deaths per 1,000 people citywide.
  • East Harlem ranked third in the city with a rate of 8.3 deaths per 1,000 people.

According to another report by the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, the child poverty rate is 35.8% for Central Harlem and 44.2% for East Harlem. Compared to city-wide of 30.0% and 22.1% for Manhattan.

Healthcare is a Human Right

The human right to health means that everyone has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, which includes access to all medical services, sanitation, adequate food, decent housing, healthy working conditions, and a clean environment.

On “The Opinion Pages” of The New York Times, David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler write about the benefits of a single payer system:

A single-payer reform — a public, national health insurance plan that pays virtually all medical bills — would fix the health care mess; and, like Medicare, it’s clearly constitutional. Single-payer would save $400 billion wasted each year on insurers’ overhead and the paperwork burden they impose on doctors and hospitals.

Himmelstein and Woolhandler are internists and professors of public health at the City University of New York. They are co-founders of Physicians for a National Health Program. Continue reading