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Time for Black Parents to Update ‘The Talk’

Time for Black Parents to Update ‘The Talk’

Time for Black Parents to Update ‘The Talk’ By Mike Green Feb. 26, 2014 See me speak at SXSWedu Conference on March 4 Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis were two unarmed black teenagers killed by the same assailant: an irrational fear triggered inside those who carry the loaded baggage of historical hostility toward America’s black boys. The fear trigger that led to an assailant killing Trayvon was the combination of darkness of night and the hoodie covering his head in the... 

NoAppFee: Re-inventing Renting for the 21st Century Real Estate Industry

NoAppFee: Re-inventing Renting for the 21st Century Real Estate Industry

NoAppFee: Re-inventing Renting for the 21st Century Real Estate Industry By Mike Green Dec. 29, 2013 Is 2014 the year for a disruption in the real estate market? Perhaps. A technology solution to a long-standing problem in the real estate industry may be on its way.     NoAppFee (No Application Fee) is the brainchild of Tyrone Poole, the founder and CEO of an innovative online platform that seeks to eliminate the biggest cost renters incur in seeking rental properties... 

UNCF, Stanford University Produce Historic HBCU Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley

UNCF, Stanford University Produce Historic HBCU Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley

UNCF, Stanford University Produce Historic HBCU Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley By Mike Green Dec. 9, 2013 Where are black tech innovators in America? It’s a good question that was raised in Silicon Valley two years ago when Angela Benton met legendary investor Mitch Kapor and founded NewMe, the first accelerator in Silicon Valley focused on black startup founders. Soledad O’Brien’s “Black in America” series catalyzed a national debate when it spotlighted the NewMe... 

The Illusion of Inclusion: America’s Economic Impediment

The Illusion of Inclusion: America’s Economic Impediment

The Illusion of Inclusion: America’s Economic Impediment By Mike Green Dec. 4, 2013 America has a black president. That’s certainly a step toward inclusion, right? Today, one of the most recognizable names in the nation is Oprah, who stands among a handful of women in the network of America’s wealthiest elite. Power couples like Jay-Z and Beyonce, and Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, have influence beyond their race. Wealthy black celebrities are abundant in... 

Finding Funds: Corporations Stash Cash Offshore

Finding Funds: Corporations Stash Cash Offshore

Finding Funds: Corporations Stash Cash Offshore On Oct. 1, the Wall Street Journal published its analysis of Moody’s review of 1,000 corporations in its ratings portfolio. The report reveals the nonfinancial sector holds $1.48 trillion in cash, with at least $900 billion stashed in offshore accounts, which avoids a 35% U.S. tax. I created an infographic to show the data. Read the full report at the Wall Street Journal or for an overseas viewpoint, check out the same story... 

Inclusive Competitiveness: America’s 21st Century Economic Vision

Inclusive Competitiveness: America’s 21st Century Economic Vision

Inclusive Competitiveness: America’s 21st Century Economic Vision By Mike Green Sept. 27, 2013 Inclusive Competitiveness is a national economic imperative that policymakers nationwide should consider as their highest investment priority and America’s 21st Century Economic Vision. Johnathan Holifield, Esq. is the “Father of Inclusive Competitiveness,” an economic philosophy and framework rapidly gaining traction as the nation’s premier economic vision... 

UNCF channels Wall Street in new ad campaign

UNCF channels Wall Street in new ad campaign

UNCF channels Wall Street and Silicon Valley in new ad campaign by Mike Green You’ve heard the famous UNCF slogan, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” But you may not have heard the new ad campaign, which borrows terminology that has become synonymous with Silicon Valley and Wall Street: “investment” and “dividend.” I like the new approach. But what do you think? (SEE VIDEO BELOW) The UNCF is the first of the legacy Civil Rights and... 

March on Washington Misses Huge Opportunity

March on Washington Misses Huge Opportunity

By Mike Green The March on Washington missed a huge opportunity to catalyze a 21st century movement on economic inclusion. Al Sharpton gave the keynote address on Aug. 24, during the 50-year commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington. His leadership, along with Civil Rights era icons, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Congressman John Lewis and so many others, is much appreciated. The work of the supporters of the Civil Rights Movement, from known heroes and those unsung, established... 

NorTech, Cleveland Fed, Address Regional Economics and Building Inclusive Brain Hubs

NorTech, Cleveland Fed, Address Regional Economics and Building Inclusive Brain Hubs

NorTech, Cleveland Fed, Address Regional Economics and Building Inclusive Brain Hubs Northeast Ohio is reeling from the effects of an economy too dependent upon 20th century manufacturing. As the 21st century advanced manufacturing sector attempts a slow rebound, one of the challenges facing the region is diversifying its workforce and entrepreneurial landscape to develop what Sandra Pianalto, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland calls a “brain hub.”                       Johnathan... 

Message to President Obama: Stand Your Ground

Message to President Obama: Stand Your Ground

Message to President Obama: Stand Your Ground By Mike Green President Barack Obama surprised the nation on July 19 with an impromptu press conference in the aftermath of the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman, a self-proclaimed volunteer community watchman who was eventually arrested and charged weeks after admitting to shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The unarmed Black teenager was walking home from a nearby store on a rainy evening in Sanford, Florida when... 

Tribute to Trayvon: Little Black Boy Wonder

Tribute to Trayvon: Little Black Boy Wonder

Tribute to Trayvon Martin: Little Black Boy Wonder   See also: How Today’s Black Boys Can Be The Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow See also: Saving America’s Black Boys (SABB) National Campaign & Solutions Summit Invest in Saving America’s Black Boys. Support the Saving America’s Black Boys National Campaign.   Share this:  Read More

Inclusive Competitiveness: America’s 21st century economic blueprint

Inclusive Competitiveness: America’s 21st century economic blueprint

Inclusive Competitiveness: America’s 21st Century Economic Blueprint By Mike Green Inclusive Competitiveness is the No. 1 economic concern of the American people. The Census is predicting a mid-century shift in the racial demographics of the nation that will result in a non-white majority of the population. This demographic shift has significant political and economic ramifications. The Republican and Democratic Parties are both gearing up now for a battle over the White... 

Ohio Declares STEM Education, Entrepreneurship Economic Cornerstones

Ohio Declares STEM Education, Entrepreneurship Economic Cornerstones

Ohio Declares STEM Education, Entrepreneurship Economic Cornerstones COLUMBUS - April 17, 2013 – State Representatives Marlene Anielski (R-Independence) and Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) announced the acceptance of their amendment to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in Ohio. “Innovation and entrepreneurship are cornerstones of Ohio’s economy,” said Dovilla.  “Increasing our investment in and emphasis on STEM will... 

Startup Lesson: How To Raise $1M in seed funding

Startup Lesson: How To Raise $1M in seed funding

Startups, how do you raise $1M in seed funding? So, you have a good idea. No, you have a great idea, right? You’ve built your product, received positive feedback from customers, gained a little traction in the market, and you need to raise money to scale your startup operation. What is it going to take to get the seed capital you need? Time? How much time? Emails? Phone calls? Meetings? Presentations? Connections. How many intros? Traction. How much? Reputation. How do... 

Saving America’s Black Boys Launches National Campaign

Saving America’s Black Boys Launches National Campaign

Saving America’s Black Boys Launches at SXSWedu in Austin, Texas on March 4, 2013. QUESTION: How is it possible that across every economic development district in the nation Black Americans uniformly produce paltry percentages of business revenue, create few jobs and have virtually no net worth? DATA: The total number of Black-owned businesses in America was 1.9 million in 2007 (Census, BLS) with a total revenue production of LESS than 1% of U.S. GDP. More than 1.8 million... 

Saving America’s Black Boys Launches at SXSWedu

Saving America’s Black Boys Launches at SXSWedu

Saving America’s Black Boys Launches at SXSWedu By Mike Green Feb. 27, 2013 South by Southwest (SXSW) is a massive conference where collaboration is king, and big ideas emerge. It is the innovation and technology platform where Twitter and Foursquare were launched. Starting in early March, more than 3,000 reporters from around the globe will descend upon Austin, Texas, America’s fastest growing city and one of the nation’s major hubs of tech innovation. Many journalists... 

Forbes highlights Holifield’s ‘Inclusive Competitiveness’

Forbes highlights Holifield’s ‘Inclusive Competitiveness’

Forbes highlights Holifield’s ‘Inclusive Competitiveness’ Johnathan Holifield is America’s only Vice President of Inclusive Competitiveness. Holifield holds that distinction at Nortech, a tech-based economic development powerhouse covering 21 counties in Northeast Ohio. Nortech is leading the nation in establishing models for technology and economic inclusion frameworks that discover, invest in and cultivate all of the region’s assets to boost the... 

Saving America’s Black Boys (SABB) Solutions Summit

Saving America’s Black Boys (SABB) Solutions Summit

Saving America’s Black Boys (SABB) Solutions Summit By Mike Green March 5, 2013 marks an unprecedented moment in American history when a group of concerned stakeholders from around the nation will gather in Austin, Texas at the George Washington Carver Museum to address the issue of investing in cultivating the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of America’s Black boys. The Saving America’s Black Boys (SABB) Solutions Summit on March 5 will follow a March 4 presentation... 

America21 introduces new ScaleUp Campaign

America21 introduces new ScaleUp Campaign

America21 has introduced a new ScaleUp Campaign in partnership with the Next Economy Partnership Project. Visit ScaleupCampaign.org and tell us about innovative efforts ongoing in your local region that create jobs and economic opportunity. We want to highlight innovators, collaborators, outside-the-box thinkers & doers in your local area. With your help, we can identify, connect and scaleup local efforts across America.   Share this:  Read More

Mike Green gives keynote at Tabor 100 Gala in Seattle: Building An Inclusive Innovation Economy

Mike Green gives keynote at Tabor 100 Gala in Seattle: Building An Inclusive Innovation Economy

Mike Green was invited by Ollie Garrett, the executive director of Tabor 100 in Seattle, to give the keynote address at its annual gala fundraiser.   The elite of Seattle’s political landscape attended the sold-out venue at the Washington State Convention Center on Sept. 15, 2012.   A standing ovation followed Mike’s 27-min speech.   See Mike’s presentation below, which accompanied his speech.   See Mike Green address attendees at the Tabor... 

America21 Co-hosts Closing the Wealth Gap, Sept. 19

America21 Co-hosts Closing the Wealth Gap, Sept. 19

America21 will co-host a forum on Closing the Wealth Gap on Sept. 19, 2012 in Washington D.C. at B’s Restaurant in Union Station from 4 pm to 8 pm.     See the slides below for more information. Limited seating. Get your tickets here while they last. Share this:  Read More

ICIC Asks the Expert: America21 Co-Founder Johnathan Holifield, VP of Inclusive Competitiveness at Nortech

ICIC Asks the Expert: America21 Co-Founder Johnathan Holifield, VP of Inclusive Competitiveness at Nortech

In this Ask the Expert Q&A, Johnathan Holifield, Esq., co-founder of The America 21 Project and Vice President of Inclusive Competitiveness for NorTech, explains why it is imperative to include minorities in the Innovation Economy.   This approach to inclusion is similar to ICIC’s (Initiative for a Competitive Inner City) regional equity work — which advocates for regional approaches that deliberately include strategies for inner city economies.   The following... 

America21 highlighted in Forbes by Nortech CEO

America21 highlighted in Forbes by Nortech CEO

INCLUSION: The Missing Link in Economic Competitiveness By Rebecca O. Bagley President and CEO, Nortech Aug. 15, 2012 (See original column in Forbes) As I continue to engage with companies, universities, government leaders, investors and economic development practitioners in Ohio and across the country, I can’t help but notice the lack of diversity in high growth technology sectors.  How can the U.S. reach its full potential as a global leader in technology and innovation if... 

Fusion of Inclusion: Philanthropy’s Role

Fusion of Inclusion: Philanthropy’s Role

PolicyBridge released its most recent research report earlier this summer titled, “The Fusion of Inclusion.” The findings suggest the Northeast Ohio region’s economic competitiveness is threatened due to the low participation of minorities in the fast-growing technology sector. Fusion of Inclusion Executive Summary: Much analysis and action have centered on reinvigorating Northeast Ohio’s economy. Economic development organizations, policymakers, business leaders, colleges... 

America21 – Tired of the Talk Campaign

America21 – Tired of the Talk Campaign

America21 needs your support.   We’re excited about the progress we’re making in changing the economic narrative across urban America, promoting inclusive competitiveness in established innovation ecosystems and connecting the economically disconnected to regional innovation clusters and opportunity. But, this economic movement needs you. America21 needs your financial support to continue to do the work we’ve started. UPCOMING in 2012: Sept. 15: Tabor 100... 

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