The race thing comes in many flavors. There is the personal space. And there is the public space. When I talk up race in a political way, my concern is the public space. Corporations qualify. Political offices qualify. If Blacks and Latinos and Asians are 25% of the country, they should be 25% of the composition all the way to the top, up the political space, up the corporate space. Anything else is problematic.
Considering most of the wealth is created in the private sector, most of the jobs are, I am going to take the productivity angle. It is so obvious to me that a corporate structure devoid of glass walls and ceilings will be more productive and will beat the competition, perhaps there have to be entrepreneurial efforts to that effect. Entrepreneurs should see market opportunity in the social justice theme.
So a person's performance gets measured with a whole bunch of numbers. There are matrices involved. My fascination with the IC vision is partly to do with this suggestion. Perhaps I can create a corporate entity that looks like the globe.
That entrepreneurship also applies to the political space. People who can't vote are virgin markets. You work to get them to be able to vote, and that is so many more votes for your camp. And beyond that is for the political entrepreneurs to come up with new permutations and combinations. You harvest votes, and in the process people who vote for you end up more empowered than they were before. They give you votes, you give them power.
Nothing personal, strictly business.
This city is special. The idea of earning voting rights for the 40,000 Nepalis in the city is appealing. The first goal has to be specific, and achievable, but that first goal has to be a small part of a broader vision. The whole idea of citizenship and voting rights has to be redone in this era of globalization. America's cultural diversity is what will keep it number one. It is time the country stopped acting like it were ashamed of its number one strength.
I have also been sending the message to my crowd that we should use new media and self generated rich, multimedia content on the web to possibly take the lead. You don't have to be a numerically big crowd to take the lead. You just have to offer quality leadership. The message transmits itself at lightning speed if it has oomph.
Politics, Business, Academia, Media
Fish from the Hudson can end up in the East River because the two are really one body of water. I feel the same way about my ongoing interests in these various fields. Each feeds on the other. And there are times when you focus on one like a laser beam. The rest are put on hold temporarily. Blogging makes that possible. You are not even on hold. The latest of what you have to say on a particular topic is still there for anyone to access, fresh to the first time consumers.
So when you do political work on voting rights for the Nepalis in the city, that is also market research for the future buyers of the IC machine. It is definitely work towards the Nepali Convention 2007 that is a business project. (April Convention Venue Options 1, April Convention Market Research 1)
This has to feel like a departure. I keep myself sharp on race and gender the best I can because that is one of the best ways to prepare for group dynamics in a corporate setting also. Can you see the details? The more details you can see, better positioned you are to beat the competition. Can you appreciate the complexity, can you appreciate the multi-dimensional realities of race and gender? If you can't, you are at a major wealth creation disadvantage.
The Tetris Effect
If there are fewer layers from top to bottom, there are fewer ceilings, glass or not. Globalization and the internet make it possible to design corporate structures that have fewer numbers of layers. If your worker could be anywhere in the world, can come online and work, if your factory could be in Taiwan or Mexico or China or India, if your market is the entire planet, you don't have the option to have a sick heart and be at the top, I guess. Ends up costing you money. You hurt your bank account.
Face Time, Screen Time
There will never perhaps be a substitute for face time. But people who see the two as two different universes with perhaps different laws of physics kind of throw me off balance. I see the two as a continuum.
For someone like me who came to America when in his 20s, I draw a lot of political sustenance from the muscular economic growths of India and China. I think that is what makes my perspective on race fundamentally different to that of the African Americans. And there is a part of me that tells me even those African Americans will have to face the fact that the economic plight of Africa has a direct relationship to their political status in America, and so they might as well take an active, keen interest.
People who make petty racists comments will still show up here and now. You ignore, you swat, you move on. They are missing the action. It is perhaps a choice.
India produces three times as many movies per year as America. So the form of racism I find the most amusing is where it gets suggested that because you are not white, and came from a different country, you perhaps mistake the movies for reality. O-k-a-y.
Like this older white man told an African friend of mine once, here, let me show you how this icecream machine works. The guy felt like he was trying to be nice. He was being racist.
That is what you do to determine racist words and actions.
Wealth is literally created out of thin air. So is power.
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