For the last 10 years, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know so many of you. While we share a common interest in technology, I believe what we really share is a common interest in building a better future.
For George Floyd a better future was stolen. For the millions he represents, a better future feels constantly under attack.
In taking the helm at the NJ Technology Council, I’ve been charged with reevaluating who we are and for what we stand. We’re about to unveil a new brand position, the final line of which reads:
“In order to build a better future for all.”
This past week that line has been playing over and over in my mind.
“For all.” Not for the few. Not just for the privileged, like me.
In ways big or small, we can and must make a difference. As a member of our tech community, you are an influencer. Your influence may be over one or it may be of thousands, but we must all do our part.
We must commit to giving a voice to the voiceless, to building tools that empower the powerless, to lending our resources to the oppressed, to standing up for our neighbors, to creating real opportunity for all.
As you go about your week check in with your Black friends and colleagues. Be an ally. Ask how to help. Take the initiative to have uncomfortable conversations.
For more on what you can do inside your organization to make a difference, read this great article from Forbes.
For a data-driven approach to learn about what actually prevents police violence – you will be surprised – look at this amazing research compiled by data scientist and Black activist, Samuel Sinyangwe.
I’m proud of how New Jersey has responded so far with many mostly peaceful protests in Camden, Atlantic City, Newark, Morristown, Glen Ridge, and more, in many cases joined by the police.
As we define the next chapter of the NJ Tech Council it’s important that we do so with everyone in mind. If you have ideas for what we can do, hit reply and let me know.
It is moments like these that define who we are as individuals and who we are as a collective.
I implore you to lean in and join us in the commitment to building a better future for all.
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