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A Plan to End Discrimination

Growing up in the inner city, has it’s pros and cons.  A definite plus is the lack of obvious race issues.  In school and on my block, I don’t ever remember being picked on because of the color of my skin.  My clique represented all races/cultures imaginable.  If someone had a problem with me, it wasn’t because of my skin.  This same plus quickly became a negative when I went to college.  All of a sudden, I really was ‘the minority’.  I felt like people questioned my character and my abilities simply because of my race.  For the first time in my life, it was hard for me to find common ground with people. And for people to find common ground with me.

Well, long story short, I quickly learned that even though it was harder, there were friends to be made.  One friend, Jonathan “Jojo” Rosario, made an impact on me that carries on even after we’ve both graduated.  I was talking online with him and he said, “Did I ever tell you my plan to end discrimination?”  Intrigued…I got him to explain it all to me.  Here are the details

Jojo’s Plan to End Discrimination

When a person applies for anything, a job, credit card, loan, apartment….anything, there’s usually a way to get possibly discriminatory information about these people.  Jojo’s online system will attempt to hide those possibly discriminatory pieces of information while providing the decision maker all the information they truly need to make a decision.

Step 1:Person decides they need to apply for something.
Step 2: Person goes to http://www.jojo’ and creates an account with the site.
Step 3: http://www.jojo’ assigns the person an ID number that a person would put on an application in place of any real identifying characteristics.
Step 4: The decision maker will only look at the information directly relevant to whatever application they are reviewing.
Step 5: The decision maker will then submit a yes/no answer to http://www.jojo’
Step 6: http://www.jojo’ will then contact the applicant to give the decision.
Step 7: If the decision was “yes” or “approved”, then contact information will be exchanged to both parties via http://www.jojo’

This would be a proposal for anyone interested in using this system for their application process. (tax incentive, special services/rates, etc.)  The government may need to get involved to create some real business incentives, but I think there’s some really good ideas in this plan.

What do you think? [Disclaimer: This is just an idea with a lot of holes and ‘what if’s’.  We are still interested in hearing what have to say, but please be nice with the comments. Thanks.]


The Art – or Science – of Creativity

Have you ever met a person who was super smart, but equally boring?  Or…Have you ever met a person that could tell stories for days but couldn’t tell you how to boil water?  These people are the proof that smarts and creativity are not gauges for each other.

Dean Rieck of Copyblogger wrote about creativity as a muscle.  He’s absolutely right.  It’s true that some people are born with different levels of creativity, but these levels can change.  Some people further develop these skills and move on to become awesome writers, thinkers, actors, poets…the list goes on forever.  Others, however, see themselves as doomed to live uncreative, dull lives.

Which person are you?  When I read Dean’s post, it made me think about what makes a person creative.  Here are the top 3 things that I thought of:

  1. Creative people are naturally inquisitive.  Learning how something works is the 1st step in trying to figure out a way to do it differently.  Ask questions. Read. Talk to people.   It’s hard to find a very creative person that doesn’t enjoy doing 1 of those 3 things.
  2. Passion. Passion. Passion.  Not all things would make a creative person excited, but once you hit that button…there’s no stopping ’em.  Creative people usually specialize one thing or another.  Ask them their opinion on that topic and your stuck with them for a good while.  My sister is a great cook.  She LOVES food.  Take 1 trip with her to the grocery store and she’ll sound off recipes and nutritional value for anything you pick up. What’s your passion?  If you need help figuring that out, here are some ways to discover your passions:
    • Look through your browsing history on your computer.  What sites do you spend the most time on?
    • Next time your flipping through the channels when your usual shows aren’t on, what catches your eye and makes you stop and watch for a while.
    • This is one that I discovered last night…If you’re laying in bed and ready to get some sleep, but some thought comes to mind and gets you out of bed to think about it some more…that thought is more than likely a source of your passion.
  3. The final trait of a highly creative person is a reiteration of one of Dean’s qualities. Well, more like a combo of some of ’em. Creative people are motivated by tasks, and are willing to try new and different ways to complete the task. Creative people aren’t driven by the possibility or praise and awards. Instead, creative people are satisfied when the work is done, and they can look back and say, “Damn, I’m good.” [hopefully that’s not just something I do. 🙂 ]

Feeling like the creative type yet?  Yea? Good. No?  Don’t worry.  Dean and I both agree, creativity is something that is learned and developed.  If you find your passion (#2 on the list) then it’ll flow out of you.

Posting for Inspiration: 11 Traits of Highly Creative People

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