Hey, Team Interactive is crushing our raise for Camp Interactive (a program to get more kids of color into technology). And I’m actually almost ready for this triathlon. So let’s finish strong! Every $1500 puts a kid through ENTIRE program. So we decided to shoot for 150% of our original goal.
You like tech. You like kids. How about more kids in tech? Yeah. Support this now or people won’t like you. And oh yeah, we raised $2,000 in less than two weeks. Oh snap. Help us get to our $3,000 goal right now. Camp Interactive is AWESOME.
Why I love my job more than Bill Cosby loves Jell-O -
I had to share this simple truth about what makes me happy in my day to day work.
You. You’re why. My team is addicted to that look of accomplishment on our users’ faces (or tweets) when they get to the people they need to help them build. When they communicate in personalized and effective ways to activate their community.
It’s unique. It’s inspiring. It’s that moment…
Would you confront a man who hit a woman on the street in broad daylight? Would you get up from the table where you were sitting having an incredible brunch with your beautiful wife, healthy Dad and cute puppy Biscuit? Would you jump over the banister and walk 100 paces up the block to confront that man and ask if that woman was OK? Would you ask if the other younger man present (who looked terrified too) was OK? Would you look the abusive man directly in his eyes and say out loud,
"You know that it’s not OK to hit women, right?"
And would you look at the woman despite the withering look that man is giving you. Despite the fact written all over his face that he’d love to smash yours. And would you say
"This is not OK. It’s never ever ok for him to hit you. Ever. Are you OK? Do you need help?"
Not sure if you would? Well I didn’t. (kinda)
I didn’t talk to “that man” or “that woman”…because “that man” was a boy no older than 13 years old. And ” that woman” was a 10 or 11 year old little girl with another little boy in tow no older than 8 or 9. So yeah, I basically chastised a kid.
And it broke my fucking heart that I had to walk up the block. And it broke my heart more that this little girl was surprised someone would say something. She didn’t think she could speak up and she didn’t think anyone would (should??) speak up for her. But then I saw hope.
As these kids walked away from me, oldest boy looking back throwing daggers, some of the ladies sitting nearby us at the restaurant from the neighborhood jumped on their phone to reach out the parents. And we talked about it. And it was a village. And I was glad. And the message wasn’t JUST for the young man who’s likely (like many of us who’ve grown up in urban environments) had hitting and intimidation modeled either at home or in the neighborhood BUT ALSO for this young woman-in-the-making. And the message for her is two-fold:
That second piece is so important to me I’ve realized of late. We’re having lots of conversation about male roles in a culture of entitlement and I’d like to see one important thing change culturally. Man, woman, boy, girl, trans, same-sex relationship, hetero-normative plain vanilla, or something I can’t even yet conceive of, when you see something, please, please speak the fuck up.
Your buddy makes a racial joke and thinks your other “half-white” friend shouldn’t be offended. SPEAK UP.
Your buddy hollers at a woman at a bar and then she shuts him down? When he goes back in there after she’s made her self clear…SPEAK UP.
You see a strong human being laying hands on a weaker human being because they think nobody will speak up? Blow their minds (no matter how scary) and SPEAK UP.
If we all know that the “typical” behavior when you see wrong-doing is to speak up, then we will all feel better supported to find our voices and self-advocate even amidst terrifying circumstances. And that is a world I want to live in.
Who's putting people back into politics? -
We tend to focus on founders, freelancers and small teams but this piece was great. Awesome article by Wired UK on which digital tools will help British politicians take home the win. Props to Geoff Mulgan for a smart mention of our friends Thunderclap and other powerful tools like…
Proof. Your network is more powerful than you think. -
Wakefield schools you on new application Simplist.
New @getsimplist uniform.
Digital Celebrities Need Not Apply -
It’s not that we don’t love influencers using our product but…
There are lots of people building for the “digital 1%”. We are not. We are building first and foremost for regular professionals. We want the people who don’t check or even know they have a Klout score. Hell, we want the people…