I love Pandas.

Definitely taking a trip to Asia to hangout with these homies. If you know a Marine Biologist or Panda Scientist/Caretaker. Introduce me. These are two people I’m all about meeting. *smiles incredulously*

Forbes was just collecting nominations for its 30 under 30. I was sharing the nomination link with friends whom I thought deserved it. After some sharing, one of my friends asked the question is who’s nominating you!?

I immediately wanted to respond this isn’t about me. But I didn’t. I knew the feeling I had but I didn’t know how to express it.

Today, I shared it with a friend and asked if he’s under 30. He said

I am now the enviable age of 30. I appreciate it! but happy to live a life of anonymity. 

What he said was what I was looking to say. A few years ago I wanted to be in the spotlight everywhere. Today, I don’t love it. And I frequently find myself with disdain for people who search it out with little to show once they arrive. I want my friends that get it–for sure. And I’ll do whatever I can to help. But in this  moment I just don’t see a good reason to have/seek it.

It’s not like I’m not tempted.

As my friends go to Forbes30u30 of course I want to be involved and have fomo. 10 minutes ago I filled in some lines and had to sit for a moment and think if it’s what I wanted or if it was the fomo. It took 10 minutes for me to delete the app.

Anonymity is cool. But my friend is cooler. I’m glad to have cool people that see the world in so many dimensions. In times of confusion they can frequently be my north star.

Academia, Love Me Back

Academia, Love Me Back

When I was a senior in high school my guidance counselor told me that I couldn’t get into the local community college honors program and that I shouldn’t even bother trying. This is a story I resonate with.

TIFFANY MARTÍNEZ

My name is Tiffany Martínez. As a McNair Fellow and student scholar, I’ve presented at national conferences in San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami. I have crafted a critical reflection piece that was published in a peer-reviewed journal managed by the Pell Institute for the Study of Higher Education and Council for Opportunity in Education. I have consistently juggled at least two jobs and maintained the status of a full-time student and Dean’s list recipient since my first year at Suffolk University. I have used this past summer to supervise a teen girls empower program and craft a thirty page intensive research project funded by the federal government. As a first generation college student, first generation U.S. citizen, and aspiring professor I have confronted a number of obstacles in order to earn every accomplishment and award I have accumulated. In the face of struggle, I have persevered and continuously produced…

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Neoliberalism + Social Progress

I speak frequently to friends over food about the power of capital markets to transform environmental, change social situations and to turn turmoil into thriving.

Ignorant in those conversations has been the recognition of supercapitalism and hypercapitalists, people that are more bullish on business as the solution, than me.

Thanks to Bernie Sanders, the Presidential Election and Luis, a friend who studies international peace, I’ve become more aware of Neoliberalism, Neolrealism, and Neo-Neo synthesis.

These words-extremely academic- are unattractive, but they describe ideas of the world–philosophies or ways to categorize actions/history. For instance, Neo-Liberalism is the idea that in order for democracy to work markets need to keep growing. Sam Altman mentioned that in his recent New Yorker interview. That’s when my attention was most zamm’ed.

I don’t believe markets need to grow in order for democracy and social order to thrive. In fact, I think our current means of growing–where growth is limited to riches for a few, is the opposite of what we need in order to grow democratic participation, prosperous society and to find sustainably. 

It’s almost like the wealth of the rich are being compounded by taking from the work of the poor.

When I talk about business solutions, I do not mean the spread of multinational organizations. I mean using critical thinking and market principles: build solutions that are sustainable, effective and responding to consumer needs. 

When I say entrepreneurship is a tool for social mobility & progress, it’s not an excuse for the fatcats to get into our pockets. I intend to get more educated on the history: neoliberalism, neorealism and the newer neo-neo synthesis. I’ll get back to you with my thoughts on each, in words we can all relate to. 😉

 

It’s a process-learning linguas.

Yo quiero practicar más espanol pero no tengo valor o necesito más valor ser capaz hablar con gente sin miedo a ser avergonzado.

I want to practice more spanish, but I don’t have the courage or I need more courage to be able to speak to the people without fear of being embarrassed.

Any tips and tricks for learning, improving Spanish/language is welcomed. Solid movies & good TV’s in Spanish are also very welcome.

Take responsibility.

There’s a tendency to parlay our decision power over to others. It’s simple really. Make decisions for yourself. When you make decisions for yourself you are writing your story and creating a timeline that is you driven.

When you fail, it’s on you. To succeed, it’s up to you.  

Maybe it’s easy to put the burden on someone else because the blame can rest there too. That’s weak. You’re strong. Do things that are aligned with who you are.

A friend told me this idea is akin to the Buddhist principle of unattachment. Maybe. I think that theory is solid, has depth and can impact your life widely.

I think approach to the world & your life can create impacts too.

 

Being abroad does a number to race construct. Being abroad can deconstruct race constructs and makes them near-unrecognizable between Americans. Largely because the same minority/majority groups that we understand back home just don’t exist in the same way. We’re all minorities abroad. When you’re abroad, the strongest experience you have is the one that shines through. For many of us that means that being American.

Of course, just because race can be deconstructed by cultural differences, language challenges and the daily struggle of trying to get by in a place that’s foreign to both of you– you’ve still got a choice. Break through or perpetuate. Unfortunately, I see people stick with their prejudice and choice. By in large, I assign that to a mix of fear of the unknown and comfort in differences.

Being abroad creates the space that is more easily explored and navigated. And that’s a really cool space to have. It comes down to personal choice.