Welcome To A Year of Change
We’re trying to be “back” after several months of tumultuous change, movement, and progress (kind of like a wormhole trip through cyberspace covering several light years).
Today, we thought we would begin to get back to regular blogging in the aftermath of what was yesterday, rather an interesting anniversary in a week which started with a very important one.
On Monday, it was MLK Day, an American national holiday created in the second to last decade of the last century, that celebrated the life, struggles, passions, and words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an American who stood up for global change that demanded equality for every human being.
On Wednesday, a direct beneficiary of Dr. King’s legacy took an important and equally bold step against an industry that is as oppressive globally (and often causes) human misery and enslavement that we believe is equal to if not more devastating than discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
President Obama finally rejected the Keystone Project for the disaster that it is (economically and environmentally if not societally) although some rightly fear the revival of the Walking Zombie this year during the national electoral beauty contest).
Word to the wise. Keystone is a very bad idea, it always was, and would have cost Americans not only higher fuel and food prices (all from a company that would have paid no U.S. taxes), but would also have fundamentally posed a global economic and environmental threat in the form of 50% higher CO2 globally (JUST FROM THE OIL EXTRACTION), destruction of one of the most important ecosystems in the world (in Canada), potential destruction of one of America’s biggest aquifers, raised global food prices, and kept us all, homo sapiens alike, locked, in chains, to what Candidate Obama rightly called “the tyranny of oil.”
This also happened during a week when the same man finally opposed one (and we hope eventually both) of the worst Internet regulation bills in history (PIPA and SOPA), and major websites to tiny bloggers deliberately “went dark” to express their opposition to what could be the most damaging blow to modern life and liberty if not cultural and human literacy and communication if not knowledge since the historical “Goths” destroyed Roman “civilization” creating what is known to Euro history buffs as “The Dark Ages” in Europe.
The press and blogosphere have been alight the past couple of weeks in the apparently very human celebration (at least in the West) of looking back at the year that was.
2011 was certainly a year of profound, grassroots led, uprisings if not change.
We expect 2012 to be just as tumultuous.
If not “Revolutionary.”
We also, obviously hope that these kinds of interchanges continue (the non-violent ones in particular) because we are, as indeed the citizens of the world faced at the turn of the last century, with challenges that seem immense.
But if nothing else, what last year taught us as a company if not a coalition of individuals within a much bigger organization now (something the President of the Chamber of Commerce in Charlotte, Bob Morgan calls the “eco-system” of business and community), is that individuals still do have voices. That for profit companies can be progressive agents of change, and that even tiny start ups like ours, particularly in such turbulent times, have a chance to succeed if they “Carpe Diem” (Latin for “seize the “day” or “opportunity.”)
We are only in mid January.
But something tells us that this year will be as revolutionary if not evolutionary in its own way as the last.
2011 was the beginning of something.
2012 will be the continuation.