My Quest To Teach

October 14, 2017

The Vision of Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone

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The Vision of Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone
William Jackson – Community Activist, Educator
Social Media Visionary

The vision of “Vision Keepers” is spreading throughout the communities
of Jacksonville, Florida. People of color and culture are beginning to
understand that in order to create change, individuals must be
“Change Agents.”
Change comes first in the thought process of critically thinking where
you are currently in education, economics, commerce, and political
effective or ineffectiveness.
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow
belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X
The realization of the importance of the human experience that each
person is important. If you are not present what change have you or
are you creating? If your not present will you be missed? Have you
made any changes in your community to make your community safer,
economically worth investmenting in and what kind of generational
difference have you made?
There is program, upon program, the same people are working hard
to create, build, make and sometimes force change. Change will not
happen until collectively the community joins together not just
for a month, a year or even a decade. That change must be sustainable
and scalable to where generationaly the change affects everyone
in positive and productive ways. People in the community must have
ownership and held accountable for the change to remain
and more importantly grow.
“Don’t condemn if you see a person has a dirty glass of water, just
show them the clean glass of water that you, or someone else has.
When they inspect it, you won’t have to say that yours is better.”
This should motivate them to want to do better, to reach their
potential. Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone are making changes in
the thinking of entreprenurials and business owners. Programs are
in place to help those with the thoughts, ideas, creativity and
innovation to create businesses that effect the community, changes
that bring about growth, pride, dignity and self-reliance on the
ability to provide products and services that are
in need in the community.
“Adults in the African American community must embrace their
talents and gifts, show their children that they are blessed with
their individual talents. Embrace failure because that allows for
growth. Never be afraid to fail…..”
William Jackson, Social Media Visionary
Entrepreneurials are realizing there are people that can help
build a business from the ground up. Provide the financial infra-
structure and the technical know how to establish a foundation of
sustainability and profits.
Businesses are being designed to provide what is needed in
re-investment, but also to make profits that can be re-invested
in the community, that can be invested in youth, teens and young
adults in programs that are not born yet and provide internship
and scholarships to provide access to educational opportunities.
In order for change to happen citizens must attend the meetings
that Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone provides freely
and enthusiastically to the community. To invest and re-invest
in oneself is the first step to growth and establishing a change
that people want to see when they look in the mirror or see in
their bank accounts.
The feelings in too many cases are that more police will change
communities, stricter gun laws, locking up youth, teens and
young adults that commit even minor crimes and the school to
prison pipeline debate continues. These do not work.
The reality is that increased educational opportunities do work,
exposure to business and entrepreneurial opportunities for youth,
teens and young adults to start their own businesses do work.
Teaching children and teens that writing, poetry, blogging,
coding, web development can open doors to new careers.
Providing business mentors and role models do work and
even allowing youth, teens and young adults to take field
trips and providing professionals to visit the schools more
often to talk to students and answer questions does work.
Depending on who you talk to, too many do not see the value
of children of color and culture, too many have already passed
judgement before allowing education, business, commerce and
economic changes to work.
No society can survive on the “lock them up mentality”
because the reflection will fall back on what skills will our
youth, teens and young adults have when released from prison
if they are not trained to stay out of prison they will
repeat.
“Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed
of failing, but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are
so afraid, so cautious, so ‘safe,’ and therefore so shrinking
and rigid and afraid that it is why so many humans fail.
Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The beauty of the power of communication and observation,
instead of competition try collaboration and cooperation
for the same goals and VISION. Work together to improve
the community not fight to own it.
“Anytime you find someone more successful than you are,
especially when you’re both engaged in the same business
you know they’re doing something that you aren’t.”
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

William Jackson (2)

Resources:
There are business learning opportunities already taking place, the community
must want to participate to improve themselves.
http://thyblackman.com/2017/09/28/21-business-take-aways-from-vision-keepers/

Business and Social Media Workshop
Vision Keepers Economic Development Meeting
Monday, October 16th 2017
6pm to 8:40pm
Bring your own Hotspot….

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October 6, 2017

Writing and Storytelling for Africans

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Writing and Storytelling for Africans
by William Jackson, M.Ed. @wmjackson Twitter
Speaker at WordCamp DC, WordCamp Jacksonville,
WordCamp Wilmington N.C.

“Writers have to recognize the works of the artist and
those of the activist. Creating content is more than just
throwing words, video, pictures on a digital sheet of
paper. There is serious intellectual thought during the
writing process. Sometimes writing will be in a zone of
creativity and innovation to create new content that has
an intended outcome, but sometimes the outcomes are
unknown.” William Jackson
Professor Soyinka “Just sit down and write….” as he has
stated to the growing African writers across the continent.
The ability of a blogger / writer to write also means that
they have a responsibility to tell the story of those that
cannot write, those that are silent and have no voice.
Digital content is powerful and enabling to bring recog-
nition, attention and urgency to civic issues that need
to be addressed.
The growth of the blogger / writer is composed of periods
of growth, reconciliation, enlightenment and a civic
responsibility to write / blog not just for oneself, but for
those that do not have a voice and will not be heard.
The ability to share a story comes from the ability to listen
and apply knowledge from a person’s experiences,
interactions, goals for growth and even how mistakes are
made and learned from.
The diversity of culture influences a writer’s ability to
“touch” the people they are writing to or writing for.
When past writers applied their skills they shared stories
that could be connected to real life, to the experiences
that many knew they could connect to.
The diversity of African bloggers represents the diversity of
a continent that influences not just the global weather, but
has digital extensions that influence business, commerce,
entrepreneurial spirits of the dreamers, creators and
innovators that have ideas to change the world around them.
Africa is in a constant state of flux economically, educationally,
culturally and the future is unknown, but it is becoming
brighter and brighter a business and entrepreneurial
opportunities become available.
Writers like author and Professor Wole Soyinka who are
involved in civic issues, governmental policies and the
educational growth of youth, teens and adults. He
is of the past, but there are modern writers waiting
to be read.
The African continent has birthed intellectual and
intelligent writers that have embraced and applied
digital platforms to awaken and encourage others in
the African diaspora to spread their digital wings and
write. The storytellers of the past have grown and adapted
to the Bloggers, Vbloggers, Podcasters, Facebook Live
and Instagram Live visionaries building, creating, designing
and posting content that influences thought not just
emotions.
Stated by Soyinka, “when Africans learn the power they
have in their hands in writing, they can influence their
communities and make important and needed changes
because they will have a voice that others can hear and
follow.”
Writing is a grassroots process that builds knowledge in
Africans of all ages and can influence generations. The
educational process is key because as can be seen in Africa
it is dangerous to allow your colonizers to educate your
children. Their goals are not the goals of those being
oppressed. The goal of the oppressor is the keep the
oppressed ignorant. So that their resources can be drained
dry before the oppressed realize what is happening
to their lands, to their people and their very existence.
Stated by Prof. William Jackson of My Quest to Teach
“If we (Blacks) are not speaking for ourselves or writing
for ourselves, someone else is going to describe who we
are, where we came from and ultimately where we are going.”
This creates identity problems because those that are doing
the writing are not looking through the eyes of those being
written about. The people are not seen as people they are
seen as little things with no value, as Chinua Achebe states,
“as funny things.”
Too many stories are wrong in their direction to offer solutions
to issues that Africans are experiencing. Africans must be able
to tell their own stories because there is a story to tell…..
“Your pen has to be on fire.” Chinua Achebe
Resources:
How many people use social media in Africa?
http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/13/africa/africa-social-media-consumption/
BBC Africa
https://www.youtube.com/user/bbcafrica
10 Best African Speakers
https://www.africa.com/ted-global-2017-meet-the-10-africans-on-the-list-of-speakers/

July 28, 2017

New Town Success Zone – Business Economic Growth

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New Town Success Zone – Business Economic Growth
by William Jackson, M.Ed.
#MyQuestToTeach
New Town Success Zone
The Center for the Prevetion of Health Disparties

Providing relevant information is what entreprenuars
are in need of to assist in establishing a viable and
growing business. The New Town Success Zone provides
business services that promote networking for business
owners and real advice from experiences and active
business ownership.
Learning the importance of a business plan and even the
understanding of the viability of a growth plan cannot
be ignored.
Moderated by Paul Stewart (professional photographer),
introducations included established business owners and
those with a dream to build wealth for themselves and
the communities they live in.
Sharing their testimonies are Mrs. Lakita Spann and her
husband, owners of Mr. Potatoe Spread (Food Truck &
Catering) and Mr. Alvin Brooks and his wife, owners
of My Season Chicken and Ribs.
Each shared valuable information from networking to
finding a CPA – Certified Public Accountant to customer
service and even the importance of training employees.
The third Thursday of each month business owners can
come together at the Healt Disparities building on the
cammpus of Edward Waters College.
HBCUs are the foundation of their communities and provide
needed services and experts, they volunteer their time,
wisdom, knowledge and time to help families act on their
dreams of being business owners and entrepreneurs.
Contained here is information shared by Mrs. Spann and
Shared from Mrs. Spann and Mr. Brooks

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Shared from Mrs. Spann
1. Networking and creating relationships is important
Attending networking events and exchanging business cards and
Social Media connections.
2. Create a flexible business plan and actually
do something with it.
3. Create a “Growth Plan,” which maybe more important
than a business plan.
4. Create a “Capability Statement” to work with and
assist in even applying for government contracts.
5. Execute your ideas because they will not work
themselves.
6. Be strategic with your ideas and plan how they can
be implemented.
7. Contemplate what benefit your business will have.
8. Don’t apologize for hours. This is a business,
but you also have a life.
9. Monitor deadlines they will help drive you to success.
10. Plan to successed, but if you don’t plan, plan to fail

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Mr. Alvin Brooks
1. Presentation is everything, it is important how
your business is seen. Think of how it will be
received by the public.
2. A Business Plan is good if you use it, so be sure
to apply your plan.
3. Hire a proven CPA – Certified Public Accountant
with a successful track record.
4. Know the difference between a LLC and a Corporation
when registering your business.
5. Pay yourself, you work hard in your business so it
is important to remember to pay yourself.
6. Customer service is #1, but the customer is not
always right. Have policies to address customer issues.
7. Don’t let customers drive your business. When you
open and close make sure you stick to it.
8. You should establish a policy to address customer
challenges, questions and even damage control.
9. The face of your business is important, everyone
associated with your business should understand their
roles and values to the success of the business.
10. Don’t mimic anyone else, be authenic in your
business.
11. Be consistant with your customers, when addressing
issues other customers will be watching how you address
problems.
12. Train your people so they are on the same page.
13. Be about business not just about money.
14. Take a vacation so you have time to rejuvinate
and re-energize. Be consistant on the vacation time
in date and length.
15. Have meetings with employees about their concerns,
ideas and remind them their input has value.

Wisdom when considering on starting your
business as shared by Mrs. Spann
“There are many people with great ideas for
businesses, but don’t act on them.”

George E. Maxey
Executive Director of
New Town Success Zone
Office: 904 470.8262
E-mail: george.maxey@ewc.edu

New Tows Success Zone Under New Leadership
http://jacksonville.com/news/2016-02-25/story/new-town-success-zone-creating-new-goals-under-new-leadership

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