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“Specifically, there is something both distasteful and ironic about putting a black woman’s face on the most frequently counterfeited and most commonly traded dollar bill in this country. Haven’t we been commodified and trafficked enough? Slapping a black female face, one of our radical icons, on a $20 bill as if it’s some attainment of the American dream would be adding insult to injury.


When nearly half of all single African-American women have zero or negative wealth, and their median wealth is $100—compared with just over $41,000 for single white American women—it is an insult. When black women are the fuel for the prison-industrial complex, with incarceration rates increasing 800 percent since 1986 and black girls being the fastest-growing population of a corrupt juvenile-criminal system, it is an insult. When African-American women earn on average 64 cents (pdf) for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, compared with the 78 cents that white women earn for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, it is an insult.“

“Designer as Entrepreneur” RFP: Seeking Proposals

By Meghana Gandhi, Eric Johnson, Kristy Sundjaja, and Steven Strauss
Center for Economic Transformation

We recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to find organization(s) to develop and run our new “Designer as Entrepreneur” program, an intensive, classroom-style mini-MBA for fashion designers.

As you may recall, “Designer as Entrepreneur” is one of six Fashion.NYC.2020 initiatives that Mayor Bloomberg announced this past November. Launched in January 2010 by NYCEDC in partnership with fashion industry stakeholders, Fashion.NYC.2020 is a program to identify the important trends affecting the City’s fashion industry and to develop actionable initiatives based on such findings.

A key opportunity identified through Fashion.NYC.2020 is the need to support emerging design talent in order to grow New York City’s status as a global capital of fashion design. The Designer as Entrepreneur program will educate designers on the day-to-day aspects of running a fashion business, such as merchandising a line, promotion, sourcing, and other relevant topics. It will enrich participating designers’ understanding of all the elements required to run a fashion label and will provide critical insight on how to accelerate the growth of their businesses. The overall goal is to equip participants with the business skills and tools – including fully-formed and vetted business plans – to be successful entrepreneurs.

If you or your organization is interested in developing and implementing this program, please submit a proposal by June 30th. We look forward to receiving your responses!

College Seniors: Are You NYC’s Next Top Fashion Executive?


By Meghana Gandhi, Eric Johnson, Kristy Sundjaja, Victor Wong
Center for Economic Transformation

Get on the fast track to becoming NYC’s next top fashion executive with Fashion Draft NYC. NYCEDC and Parsons are teaming up to recruit talented business-minded college seniors for management-track positions at some of NYC’s top fashion firms, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Gilt Groupe, and LF USA. The program will provide select students with an all-expense-paid trip to NYC from February 16th-18th, 2012; these students will participate in interviews for full-time jobs in fashion business. In addition to the interviews, events will include:

  • A keynote address
  • Company tours that provide a behind-the-scenes look at the industry
  • A networking dinner with fashion executives and human resources managers

The deadline to apply for this unique opportunity is 11:59PM EST on November 3rd. Any undergraduate senior on track to graduate in Spring 2012 is welcome to apply so long as he/she has at least a 3.5 GPA and has completed at least one internship relevant to business and/or fashion. For full program and application details, visit www.fashiondraftnyc.com.

Fashion Draft NYC follows on the heels of Fashion Campus NYC, an annual weekend immersion in fashion and retail management for college interns. Fashion Draft NYC and Fashion Campus NYC are two of six initiatives resulting from Mayor Bloomberg’s Fashion.NYC.2020, an ongoing examination of the challenges facing the fashion industry to help the City build on its competitive advantages to maintain its status as a global fashion capital. Learn more at www.nycedc.com/fashion.

NYCEDC’s new Fashion.NYC.2020 report investigates New York City’s fashion industry, which has long been core to the City’s economy.

Mayor Bloomberg kicked off the Fashion.NYC.2020 program in January 2010 to better understand the current strengths and weaknesses of the City’s fashion industry, the trends that will impact the industry over the next 10+ years, and the actions the City can take to bolster the industry’s strengths—and address its weaknesses—in light of these trends.

Led by five industry chairs—Richard Darling, CEO of LF USA; Diane von Furstenberg, Chairman and Founder of Diane von Furstenberg Studio L.P. and President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America; Terry Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s, Inc.; Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory; and Kevin Ryan, CEO of Gilt Groupe—and conducted in partnership with Bain & Company, the Fashion.NYC.2020 effort has involved research, surveys, and interviews with more than 500 industry professionals, including CEOs of leading fashion companies. Here’s a glimpse of what we learned.

OLYMPIC TEAM SIZE

It appears that the team size for Tokyo 2020 is down to 4 AA gymnasts. Each country will then be able to qualify at least another 2 gymnasts outside of this team, through continental championships, world cups, etc. Apparently the majority of FIG members supported the decision.

****all information from Steve Butcher’s Facebook account - see photo I posted earlier****

One more negative point I thought of
  • That I haven't seen discussed yet:what if this specialist girl is injured a year before the Olympics (Mustafina 2011 version, for example), but she is recovering as a 2 event specialist, for instance, and she works really hard, have all her hard skills back, BUT she can't individually qualify to the OG, bcz she is recovering just in time to the Olympics (like Mustafina did in 2012), and she also can't compete in a team bcz she is only 2 events specialist. Then what???
NYC Fashion Fellows RFP: Seeking Proposals

By Meghana Gandhi, Eric Johnson, Steven Strauss, Kristy Sundjaja, 
and Victor Wong

Center for Economic Transformation

We recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to find organization(s) to develop and run our new NYC Fashion Fellows program, which will recognize selected NYC-based fashion management talent and provide them with ongoing career development.

NYC Fashion Fellows is one of six Fashion.NYC.2020 initiatives that Mayor Bloomberg announced this past November. Launched in January 2010 by NYCEDC in partnership with fashion industry stakeholders, Fashion.NYC.2020 is a program to identify the important trends affecting the City’s fashion industry and to develop actionable initiatives based on such findings.

A key opportunity identified through Fashion.NYC.2020 is the need to develop the next generation of top-level executive fashion management talent. While there are a number of recognition programs for high-potential emerging fashion designers, there are limited programs honoring high-potential emerging fashion management talent. Moreover, the fashion industry does not have many outlets in which to provide structured career development to up-and-coming management talent.

NYC Fashion Fellows aims to address these issues by recognizing at least 20 rising stars in fashion management and providing them with educational, mentoring, and networking opportunities to measurably accelerate their careers and to positively impact the businesses for which they work. The overall goal is to prepare participants to take on the highest-level leadership roles, with the potential to become the next generation of CEOs, COOs, and other top-tier executives at companies across the fashion industry value chain, particularly at designers/brands, wholesalers, and retailers.

If you and/or your organization are interested in developing and implementing this program, please submit a proposal by September 6th. We look forward to receiving your responses!

NASA Says This Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt By 2020 (VIDEO)

NASA Says This Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt By 2020 (VIDEO)

Every day climate change continues to be a more severe threat to our planet. Yet, politicians in the United States and around the globe seem completely incapable of producing any meaningful policy that seriously addresses the issue. Even if they do eventually, they will have to own up to the devastation that has already occurred, or that will in the very near future. One of the first victims of…

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COMING SOON TO A POLLING STATION NEAR YOU

Coming soon in 2020:

  • Plaid Cymru takes over Wales
  • More leaders than ever ragequit
  • Conservatives make Thirsk and Malton their bitch yet again
  • David Cameron questions his life
  • Nigel Farage returns as a zombie overlord
  • Labour become incredibly unforgiving
  • A rainbow coalition happens because everyone likes rainbows, right? (well, maybe not UKIP but they’ll probably be gone by then soooo)
  • Error 404: Liberal Democrats not found
  • Nicola Sturgeon leads the charge into England
  • Politics turns into the Eurovision Song Contest
  • War breaks out and only the Monster Raving Loony Party remain
  • Boris Johnson loses his mind

See you all in 2020 :)

Why I Will Be Voting Andy Burnham For Labour Leader.

Firstly, Andy Burnham is one of the most the most experienced of the potential candidates, serving as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Culture Secretary, Health Secretary and then Shadow Education Secretary and Shadow Health Secretary in opposition. As Shadow Education Secretary, he opposed Free Schools and the abolition of EMA. As Shadow Health Secretary, he has shown real passion for our National Health Service and being adamant about his opposition to the Coalition’s Health and Social Care Act. Also as Shadow Health Secretary he has been one of the few politicians actually talking about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), something that could ruin any chances of taking back the NHS into public hands. Andy Burnham’s passion for the Hillsborough justice campaign is also pretty impressive and something that sparked a real investigation into what happened. Burnham could potential to build a genuine ‘broad tent’ and unite the party.

Andy Burnham is one of the few front bench politicians who actually comes across as a normal person, it’s not that he comes across as genuine, it’s that he IS genuine. He’s likable and very popular among Labour’s activist base. Burnham is also a working class lad from Liverpool, who better to win back working class votes? He is pretty good in front of a camera as well and has defended himself and his position well on some pretty tough issues in the past.

Burnham has moved to the left over the past five years and may well get the backing of the Trade Unions.

And finally, in the words of one Labour Party Conference attendee, “he’s a good lad”.