How Do You Celebrate Women’s History Month?

 

How Do You Celebrate Women's History Month?

Thank you Bixel Exchange for hosting the Tech Salon: Diversity in Innovation Event on March 1 at General Assembly Downtown.

What is Bixel Exchange? Bixel Exchange is Los Angeles’ Center for Innovation and Technology. We are hosted at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. We cultivate talent and empower entrepreneurs with the goal of creating a more prosperous Los Angeles. We do this through our two core programs: the L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline & Startup LAunch.

I enjoyed the Special Art Piece and Creative Exercise by Maceo Paisley, Founder/Executive Director, Citizens of Culture so much that I asked him if I could publish it here. Please find it below.

The Keynote: The Importance of Diversity in Creativity was given by S. Jimmy Gandhi, PhD, California State University, Northridge

The Panel Discussion: From the Boardroom to the Homeroom: Diversity in Innovation at all Levels

How Do You Celebrate Women's History Month?Included Panelists:

 

How Do You Celebrate Women's History Month?Spoken Word Piece by Maceo Paisley

Two sides to every coin, six sides to every story. Infinite voices in our universal chorus.

 

Let’s just be objective! 3-Dimensional measures are valued over the subjective.
The subjective is too easy to attack, its too abstract. So lets just take a step back and be selective,
About the criteria we apply when appraising our approach to fulfilling our directives.

 

There’s a lot of people talking about thinking out side of the box.
But’s what so wrong about this object?
Everyone in it wins, and everyone outside of the box spins
Our into abjection, depending on your adjectives.
The adverse effects of this prescription are part and parcel

To creating safety and protection for those whom we have affection.

It doesn’t make us evil. Just practical. Its a matter of scope.
Some people are a clear “Yes” and other people are a “Nope”

But we should be willing to explore the criteria we use when deciding when we open our doors.

Two sides to every coin, six sides to every story. Infinite voices in our universal chorus.

What is “normal” anyway?!

In 1960 it was normal for black people to move to the back of the bus to make room for white folk.
In 1970 it was normal for a 2 year old to ride in the front of a car without a car seat.

In 1990 it was normal to carry a pager. Normal changes.

Normal is average, or majority, or decided by the authorities.
It speaks not to what is idea, the best, or even most important.

I’d rather be responsive, we have to acknowledge context.

We have to listen,  and to listen we have to hear.
We have to be near and connect.
We have to reduce proximity, reach for empathy, and allow for trust in instances where proof doesn’t exist yet.

At some point normal shifts.

Like ships on the sea, so the captain needs to see as far as they can see in every direction.

So up in the crows next they gain new perspective and come down to make calculations about course corrections

People collaborating in a dynamic frame, with a common aim.

Has the social potential to change the game.

Two sides to every coin, six sides to every story. Infinite voices in our universal chorus.

 

Thank you for an incredible event. Happy Women’s History Month!

 

Lisa Ellen Niver

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more active adventures! Find her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.25 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and WWII for Saturday Evening Post and Smithsonian. She is verified on both Twitter and Facebook and is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set TV. Her latest projects are 50 new things before she is 50 and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and this summer is the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans with American Express and Starwood Hotels. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

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