Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 12, 2011, 1:09 a.m. EST by arousta
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I have my own company on Broad Street, right within the belly of the beast. I think #OWS needs to be focusing in parallel on helping those smart, young (and old) talented people amongst the protestors to gain marketable skills and apply them in the job market. If there are no jobs, we have to create them! Spontaneous innovation, just like the creation of #OWS, is possible.
This can serve three great purposes:
- Show the world that OWS supporters are not just smart, ethical and passionate, but that they are hard-working, resourceful and responsible.
- Empower this growing OWS community to be a force of positive change, not just by calling out and standing against corporate corruption, but by putting more smart, ethical people into the economy, that can change things through their work ethic as well as how/where they spend/redistribute monies earned (ie - not on big brand, amoral corporate products).
- Gain more support from SMBs (Small to Mid-Sized Businesses) and Entrepreneurs like me! I get it, but I know that other SMBs are a bit scared and confused, thinking "are these crazy hippies anti-business?" I think a blanket anti-business, anti-money making policy would be a huge mistake for OWS. We have to celebrate innovation and support entrepreneurship, as long as it is NOT in service of some negative or destructive purpose, like military technology, predatory lending or pornography.
There are so many promising and morally good industries and job opportunities right now, both in the US and abroad. True patriots of OWS should diversify and fight the battle on multiple fronts. Let's tap into it. Tweet me up to discuss further - www.twitter.com/arousta