This is the first time I have ever loved a movie, but also hated it almost as much. In a rare moment of indecisiveness, it was a tough call to decide to give this a "thumbs-up" or a "thumbs-down" because of the numerous conflicting messages. There are two sides of this coin.
The unions are a vital part of America's past, and should continue to be a vital part of America's future. However, I want to take a moment to challenge union leadership to expand your focus because your people are suffering and your model is outdated.
I love Detroit enough that I am willing to fight for its recovery and do whatever is in my power to give back to it. Although I moved to New York and now DC, I have continued to implement financial education programming in the city.
There are two types of people in this country. There are those who wait for their ship to come in, and there are those who learn how to swim out to the ship. In this volatile economy, we need many more of the latter.
So as the demand for low-skilled manufacturing jobs decreases, and the demand for high-skilled jobs increases, what should an employee such as one of the 104 laid off in the Flint, Michigan plan to do?
"I don't make enough money to save." This statement is arguably the most powerful statement an individual can make as it relates to their finances. The one who makes a statement such as this has already thrown up the white flag in their quest to move forward economically.
The creators of the "pop-up library" carefully selected areas of the community that looked as though they could benefit from some brightening up ... not only with paint and bright colors but also with knowledge.
For the year of 2012, it is time to start asking the right questions which enable us to focus on those things that we can control. Here are a few basic questions you should be asking yourself for this year:
It is time for local nonprofits to understand that marketing is the most essential component of your nonprofit. How are you to raise funds if you don't market or highlight your programming/initiatives?
As I walk down the streets of many inner city neighborhoods across the country, it always amazes me how many fried food restaurants I see compared to the amount of establishments where you can obtain a healthy meal.
As I sit and look at all the many troubles that plague this country, it seems as if we often are seeking answers in the wrong places. America, it is time to refocus our attention on the best solution of all...YOU!