If you had 5 minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds?
Around the world geeks have been putting together Ignite nights to enlighten us – quickly.
The Case for Radically Active Citizenship
After graduating with a degree in Political Science from the
University of Oregon, Dave spent two years with the Peace Corps in El
Salvador working on a variety of agricultural and educational projects.
Since returning in 2005, he's worked in graphic & digital media design, publishing, tech support, and tech training, and is currently seeking a job putting those skills to work for a nonprofit focused on civic engagement, social justice, or environmental sustainability.
Vegan for just over a year, Dave is passionate about conscious, intentional living and community development, and has been an active volunteer for a variety of community groups in Portland the last several years. Having recently moved to Bend, he's begun volunteering for a few local groups including The Environmental Center and KPOV Community Radio, where he anticipates serving as a website and graphic design specialist.
When he's not volunteering or sharing action alerts and discussing current events and politics on Facebook, Dave is exploring a newfound passion for yoga, and reconnecting past loves of backpacking, snowboarding, and writing.
More at linkedin.com/in/dave22nelson
We don't really get an accurate picture of the severity of the problems we face as a country or world people from even the national news, and certainly not the local broadcasts. Print periodicals, especially alternative weeklies, do lend a more accurate sense of global issues of inequity, corruption, and the coming potential environmental calamity, and the internet has thankfully provided many more voices and to add to the dialogue - but this must be searched out with conscious effort.
It seems vast majorities of people are out of touch with the scale and scope of tragic and preventable issues like climate change, monied political corruption, sweatshop labor, sex trafficking, and extreme, systemic poverty. Especially discouraging and troubling is people are unaware how their most of their dollars and many of their votes go to exacerbating these problems.
The era of the blind, disconnected consumer is at an end. Too little civic participation in both democratic processes and everyday local community issues has allowed too many sad situations and unfairnesses to swell and fester as lingering, dangerous, unconscionable injustices.
I would like to develop a presentation for Ignite Bend to ignite and inspire people to organize, to volunteer, and to come together to be more involved in awareness outreach, dialogue, and work for solutions to local, regional, national, and global issues. In short, to reconnect with or discover civic duty and the rewarding, meaningful pursuits of compassionate, active citizenship.
If selected, I would build a presentation including sobering facts - and startlingly simple solutions - to a number of the big issues previously mentioned, and tie them into the more fundamental, overarching problems of governmental corruption by extreme wealth, Wall Street and the financial sector. Not hyperbole, but this dictionary definition corruption, has prevented so many issues from resolving due to the interests of a small minority of powerful, established interests.
I would argue that getting money out of politics, and every day civic engagement are the necessary keys to allowing our democracy to continue progressing and developing, to restoring ecological balance, to reconnecting individuals and groups to the value, power, and inclusivity of community, and to healing the emotional and political scars left by our politics and consumption-driven economy of the last several decades.
I would ensure that this presentation was both sobering and factually accurate, but most of all compelling, positive, and inspiring. Ultimately, I would pledge that it Ignite Bend - and beyond - for the better.
Ignite Bend 10
March 7, 2013 at 7pm
Doors open at 6:30pm
Tower Theater - Bend, OR
Admission is always FREE
($5 suggested donation)