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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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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The Hypocrisy of Garry Kasparov

“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” ~ Matthew 7:5

Garry Kasparov and Eva Moskowitz

Garry Kasparov and Eva Moskowitz at the Success Academy in Harlem

Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation and Former Chess World Champion Garry Kasparov recently evoke Nelson Mandela in addressing the sentence of opposition leader Alexei Navalny:

It is symbolic that it came on the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela, likely the most famous political prisoner of the 20th century. He was jailed for 27 years. Navalny’s sentence was for five years, but we all know he will be in jail until Putin falls, and that he won’t be free a moment before that or jailed a moment after that.

Kasparov freely and often talks about the corruption and oppression of the Putin regime in Russia but seems to have no problem promoting and supporting the oppression and corruption of the 1% in the United States. One recent example is Kasparov’s visit to the Success Academy charter school in Harlem, New York.

The Board of Directors for the Success Academy includes many hedge fund-managers such as Joel Greenblatt, John Petry, Jay Bryant, Steven M. Galbraith, Kevin Hall, W. Yen Liow, Daniel S. Loeb, Richard S. Pzena, and John H. Scully. Wall Street is looking to privatize America’s public schools. Using a number of policy schemes including school vouchers and for-profit charter schools, the education privatization movement seeks to take over America’s largely public K-12 education system and put it in the hands of some of the very same people who caused the financial crash on Wall Street. Kasparov seems to have no problem with these plans. Continue reading

Wall Street, Charter Schools and Chess

Chess at HOPE

New York State High School Chess Champion Joshua Colas and FIDE Master Georgios Alexopoulos. Photo: geneshaw.com

According to studies:

  • Chess boosts brain power in kids.
  • Chess improves IQ.
  • Chess enhances arithmetical skills.
  • Chess hones verbal skills.
  • Chess sharpens critical thinking skills.
  • Chess boosts emotional intelligence and psycho-social skills.

Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, Will Smith, Bono, and Madonna were or are avid chess players. Tennis legend and six-time Grand Slam singles champion Boris Becker said:

“I used to prepare for my tennis matches by playing chess, and it would get my mind stimulated and focused before going on court. It was essentially a mental warm-up.”

In an interview with The Harvard Business Review, former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov said:

There is nothing cute or charming about chess; it is a violent sport, and when you confront your opponent you set out to crush his ego. The world chess masters with whom I have competed over the years nearly all share my belief that chess is a battleground on which the enemy has to be vanquished. This is what it means to be a chess player, and I cannot imagine that it is very different from what it takes to be a top-ranked CEO.

In approximately 30 nations across the globe, including Brazil, China, Venezuela, Italy, Israel, Russia and Greece, etc., chess is incorporated into the country’s scholastic curriculum. Just as athletics are a part of the required agenda at schools in the United States, Chess has been that way in the European Nations abroad. On March 13th, 2012 the European Parliament endorsed the ‘Chess in European schools’ program.

A documentary called BROOKLYN CASTLE tells the stories of five members of the chess team at Intermediate School 318, a below-the-poverty-line inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country and the first middle school team to win the United States Chess Federation’s national high school championship.

Mayor Bloomberg cut the budget, and there is no money for after school programs like the chess team at I.S. 318. Unless the kids can raise $20,000, the famous chess team is dead. Yet, Eva Moskowitz Founder and CEO of the Success Academy held a fundraiser for her charter school chain and raised $7 million in one night.

Democrats for Education Reform

L to R: David Einhorn, another hedge-funder on DFER’s advisory board, is president of Greenlight Capital, LLC; Board member Whitney Tilson is chief of T2 Partners and Tilson Funds and vice chair of New York’s KIPP Academy Charter Schools; Hedge-fund manager John Petry, a DFER board member, co-founded the Harlem Success Academy Charter School with Eva Moskowitz; DFER advisory board member Joel Greenblatt is a protégé of fallen junk-bond icon Michael Milken; Joe Williams heads Democrats for Education Reform and its sister organization, Education Reform Now.

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The ZinC HoPLo Lab

  • There are currently only 15 women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies this is less than 4%.
  • Women make up only 3% of clout executives of media, telecom and e-companies.
  • Women hold 17% of the seats in the House of Representatives.
  • Only 34 women have ever served as governors compared to 2319 men.
  • In 2011, women comprised 18% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.
  • Source: http://www.missrepresentation.org/about-us/resources/miss-representation-sources/

Queen Nzinga

Queen Nzinga

Queen Cleopatra

Queen Cleopatra pieced together from images on ancient artifacts by Egyptologist Sally Ann Ashton

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Ada Lovelace

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks with Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1955

Grace Hopper

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

The  Nzinga Cleopatra Hopper Parks Lovelace (ZinC HoPLo) Lab looks to address gender inequity by teaching girls entrepreneurial skills and also that there is not just one way for a woman to become successful. The girls will start by learning the basics of computer science and programming in this unique course taught by David Evans and Terrance Jackson. In this course they will build a working search engine. Google is the most well-known and popular search engine. Continue reading

How to Get a Job Today

About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years.

More than half of all of African-Americans and other non-Hispanic blacks in [New York City] who were old enough to work had no job at all this year, according to an analysis of employment data compiled by the federal Labor Department.

Apple vs. Microsoft chart

The Power of Entrepreneurship to Create Value

Now consider that if you had invested $10,000 in Apple 10 years ago that investment would now be worth over $667,000. That is the power of entrepreneurship and there is no reason why you cannot tap into such power. Therefore, the best way to get a job today is to create your own job.

This past Sunday, there was a program at the Larchmont Village Center featuring Nassim Taleb promoting his new book Antifragile. In a Forbes article called “You Can’t Predict Who Will Change The World“, he wrote:

It is high time to recognize that we humans are far better at doing than understanding, and better at tinkering than inventing. But we don’t know it. We truly live under the illusion of order believing that planning and forecasting are possible. We are scared of the random, yet we live from its fruits.

So there is no reason why you cannot be the next person that will change the world, but maybe you are not quite ready to strike out on your own. With this in mind, Startup Westchester is developing an on-going series called “How to Get a Job Today.”  Continue reading

Getting More Scientists, Engineers and Entrepreneurs into Government

Thomas Jefferson said, “If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour? ”

In the 111th Congress:

TOTAL NUMBER OF LAWYER-LEGISLATORS IN THE SENATE: 54 out of 100 or 54%

TOTAL NUMBER OF LAWYER-LEGISLATORS IN THE HOUSE: 162 out of 441 or 36%

Many of our elected officials’ important duties involve running the economy, allocating resources and budgets, and analyzing policies based on their inputs and expected outcomes, yet lawyers have less experience at this than businessmen and economists (the next most common professions in politics). When it comes to deciding on whether to join a currency union, how to direct a trade negotiation, whether to cut taxes or how to design a social program, lawyers appear dangerously under-qualified compared businessmen and economists.

When we are confronted with the greatest crises in the world today – global warming, disease, energy scarcity – lawyers appear to be dangerously under-qualified compared to scientists, doctors and engineers. Lawyers tend to have little substantive expertise in any of these areas, and it is their skill at “politics” rather than “policy” that seems to have enabled their political success.

Decreasing the domination of politics by lawyers will mean that we have achieved some progress in reigning in the influence of money.

http://invisiblecollege.weblog.leidenuniv.nl/2008/01/25/why-are-so-many-politicians-lawyers/

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