“To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul. It is one of the hardest to define. A human being has roots by virtue of his real, active and natural participation in the life of a community which preserves in living shape certain particular treasures of the past and certain particular expectations for the future.”
“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest man thinks he must attend to in a day… simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run”
“ if we realize that all of plant biology arises from the evolutionary constriction of the “rootedness” that keep plants immobile, then we can start to appreciate the very sophisticated biology going on in leaves and flowers. If you think about it, rootedness is a huge evolutionary constraint. It means that plants can’t escape a bad environment, can’t migrate in the search of food or a mate. So plants had to develop incredibly sensitive and complex sensory mechanisms that would let them survive in ever changing environments. I mean if you’re hungry or thirsty, you can walk to the nearest watering hole (or bar). If you’re hot, you can move north, if you’re looking for a mate, you can go out to a party. But plants are immobile. They need to see where their food is. They need to feel the weather, and they need to smell danger. And then they need to be able to integrate all of this very dynamic and changing information. Just because we don’t see plants moving doesn’t mean that there’s not a very rich and dynamic world going on inside the plant.”
The Mission, San Francisco. 21st and Treat. Mangoes and papayas and cantaloupes from a frutaria, passed bright yellow red brick houses, and up a short flight of stairs across a tiny but pleasant courtyard. Two glasses of sangria in, a dinner party, the Atlantic article read out loud.
We were an hour deep in discussing what gentrification means, what that looks like now compared to three or four decades ago at the height of the Redevelopment Agency and the Urban Renewal programs. Surely Asian immigrant families buying houses in the Bayview where poor black communities foreclosing at a rapid rate couldn’t possibly equal the same kind of gentrification as hipsters flooding the Mission post the dot-com boom? We questioned how we young professionals — mostly at nonprofits yes, but professionals nonetheless — contribute to this capitalistic/consumerism-driven society that facilitates such displacement of different communities of color, low-income and working-class folks.
It was a lovely discussion. And I was really glad that everyone occupying the living room was on the same wavelength. Some of us had met for the first time that night, some of us were college buddies, some coworkers. We gathered for a summer potluck and a conversation in the home of a young couple soon to be wed, both public school teachers, both Chinese Americans.
Somehow this community had found itself; more accurately, we, the children of the revolution, had found each other. This became even more obvious in the car ride back to Berkeley with Susan, a med student at University of California, San Francisco. She talked about the particularities of politics in the City, which both of us knew quite intimately as organizers and residents. Then she said that the Bay progressive people were special, that nowhere in the country would people speak the way we do, about organizing, about religion, about community, politics, life. And I agreed.
I guess what I want to say isn’t actually about gentrification after all. Maybe it’s the love for the home we’ve created for ourselves here. For me, it comes back to the notion of rootedness again. The question isn’t simply, ‘Am I gentrifying this neighborhood?’ but rather more fundamental, ‘Why am I here?’
Why are we here? The hostess asked, and after a few moment, she answered herself, To start a family, take roots, organize the communities, invest in the people, make something new and beautiful out of the old.
#onrevolution and coming to full-circle with rootedness
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She stayed in Detroit when so many people had left. She decided that there was something in the life of that city worth throwing her whole lot into. She helped people re-imagine what new urban cores could look like — urban farmers, teachers, labor organizers, journalists, artists, everyone, all connected to the everyday reality of the city, the lives of the residents, the streets, the land.
Her name, Grace Lee Boggs, had only recently become familiar to me through Isaac Miller. An educator/organizer/writer and a sick slam poet from Cal, Isaac talked about Detroit often — where Grace had lived and worked for the last 50 years. Now anyone Issac thought awesome must be somebody; this Grace Lee Boggs must be one badass movement leader. So when all my social media feed began to explode with a news of her speaking engagement in San Francisco Chinatown, I knew I was going. On March 3 at 1pm, community-based organization staff and youth from all over the Bay Area including myself and a few SF Board of Supervisors packed the Chinese Culture Center, all eager to hear this 96-year-old woman.
自1991年起，萬豪酒店就着手重組其員工培訓項目（Pathways to Independence Program）。這一培訓項目會着重培養參加者的工作技能、生活技能、工作習慣，而所有參加培訓的都是在當時靠領取政府的救濟金來生活的人士。參加者完成整個培訓之後，可以獲得在萬豪酒店的工作。萬豪酒店發現，參加過這一培訓項目然後加入公司的員工，其對公司的忠誠度更高，而且她們的服務質素也更好。這一項目帶來了一個多贏的局面：對於酒店而言，他們通過這一項目可以招聘到更穩定的員工（比傳統的招聘方法更省錢），對於社區而言，可以創造就業，而對於參與培訓的人士而言，則是獲得一份工作的良好機會。
再舉一個例子，BankBoston 於1990年創辦了 First Community Bank，專門面向第一次使用銀行服務的市民，並且主要是面向低收入的市民。而當時適逢美國政府出台了一些規定，要求美國的銀行要加大對都市低收入社群的支持。First Community Bank 出現之後，那些原本無法獲得銀行服務的低收入人士和少數族裔人群現在都可以享受到高質量的銀行服務——包括消費者借貸、房地產服務、微型企業貸款、風險投資等——而這些人生活的社區也因此而得到極大改觀。同時，一些最初在 First Community Bank 所推出的實驗其後也在 BankBoston 全線其他銀行得到推廣。因此可以說，First Community Bank 是一個極大的成功。
比如萬豪酒店的Pathways to Independence計劃就有非常明確的商業計劃，而且也在回應一個社會需求。該公司13萬員工當中有超過三分之二是新入行、工資較低的新手，他們主要負責房間清潔、工程、保安、維修、飲食以及預訂等。怎樣更好的招募、培訓以及維繫這樣一班員工對於萬豪酒店來講是一個非常主要的考量。他們之前也嘗試過專門招募退伍軍人、殘障人士以及領取政府福利的單身母親，這些行動固然爲萬豪酒店贏得美譽也讓他們獲得稅務上的優惠，但是他們還是遇到了員工流失率過高的問題。直到他們開始前述的這個實驗之後，才降低了員工流失率，而且同時間也提升了服務質素。
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Uprooting Plants | shipwreck007 http://ift.tt/1wCWtWw My mom asked me to uproot some plants from her neighbor’s house (with his permission, of course). After almost breaking a sweat, I learned something about the concept of rootedness. Wide and sprawl…
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