Young people can do more than we think. According to Sifu Mai Du, Malden could benefit by giving young people responsibility in city governance, offering them a budget and certain responsibilities that they need to fulfill.
There are in fact networks of youth making a difference in the world. One such network, founded and run by youth is called Taking It Global.
What are some ways we could as a city invite youth to lead, mange, initiate, coordinate, etc? What are some ideas, past examples that could help us actually implement something that makes sense?
Media center show, “Other Voices” offers a dialogue that explores,
“very real fears of the Muslim community, both locally and nationally. It also examines how the FBI has altered its methods from actually investigating terrorist crimes to a massive program of intrusive information gathering and spying on Muslim communities of the US. ”
When asked how to address the anti Muslim trends guest Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of American-Islamic Relations, SF Chapter suggests,
“get to know Muslim neighbors, speak out against racism and violence, make sure others are hearing them, through using independent media through elected officials, so that we are not just speaking to our allies and echo chambers but supporting policy changes.”
Our diverse community is rich. There are opportunities to share cultural experiences. How can we take the diversity to the next level beyond just a bit of cultural exchange? How can we connect on a deeper level and share our human journey?
Given the growing diversity of our city, there is an ongoing need to provide culturally relevant access to resources and information. Boston has an Office of new Bostonians, perhaps Malden could have something similar.
I have thought about dialogue for a long time. This began during a stint working for an Internet Company, “Collaborative Structures”. This company was all about collaboration for teams of designers and builders. The teams consisted of contractors, engineers, architects, property owners, and other subcontractors as needed and depending on the job.
We offered a software that would enable teams to share information and discussion online. This in theory would help them expedite projects at lower cost. Meetings face to face in theory were minimized, mistakes minimized, etc.
What I learned by this experience is that the communication tool, which can be as sophisticated as an online application or a face to face meeting is as good as the players and their commitment to listening and sharing clearly so the other person understands.
As they say in software, tools are only as good as the users. And when it comes to dialogue – or the opportunity to walk away with learning or share something of significance, the perspective and thought about how best to have this exchange is more important than the tool itself. For thinking about the tool is part of that preparation.
Arab American Stories is an Emmy Award-winning 13-part series presented by Detroit Public Television that explores the diversity of the Arab-American experience. The series was produced by Alicia Sams (who was also the producer/director of the Emmy Award-winning film “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama”) and is hosted by NPR’s Neda Ulaby. Each half hour features three short, character-driven documentaries produced by a variety of independent filmmakers which profile Arab Americans making an impact in their community, their profession, their family or the world at large. Each week we will meet 3 different Arab Americans whose stories are juxtaposed around a particular theme. The series features people of all walks of life whose stories illustrate the Arab-American experience: artists, scientists, musicians, chefs, actors, businessman, cops, teachers.