My Quest To Teach

December 26, 2016

The Black Expo of Networking, Knowledge and Empowerment

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The Black Expo of Networking, Knowledge and Empowerment

This blog is independently written by #MyQuestToTeach
The information is strictly the opinion of its writer.
William Jackson, M.Ed. CVO My Quest To Teach
@wmjackson Twitter

Contributions are provided by left to right:
Elisha Taylor student at Duval County Public Schools
and speaker with TEDxFSCJ Salon
Young lady name not provided 
Deyona Burton student in Duval County Public Schools
Community Activist
Taylor Richardson student at The Bolles School
Literacy Advocate and Aspiring Astronaut
Jon Gregory
Edward Waters College Student
Graduate of Bolles High School
Speaker at TEDxFSCJ and EdCamp NABSE

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Networking and sharing knowledge and wisdom
Ryan of Ngoma Thunder Drum Troop

The Black Expo provides a wonderful opportunity
for businesses, entrepreneurs, performers and even
youth, teens and  young adults to show the community
what they are about. How they can better engage and
participate in making the community better for
everyone in the areas of business, commerce,
investments and building needed collaborations.

Networking is a learned experience that youth,
teens and young  adults need to understand now
at a young age to prepare them for future business,
civic and community collaborations  and projects.
Many have a business dream, but do not have access
to the resources that allow the dream to come into
fruition. The mental spark is there, but the kindling
needs to be provided to build the fire of production
so it starts to burn hot and bright. Leading to a
viable and strong business that
contributes to the community.

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Financial management  advice……

Each year the Black Expo embraces, recognizes
and awards business owners, visionaries,
entrepreneurs, innovators, and smart creatives.
Their passions that drive them are inspiring
and lead to continued opportunities to hire
and mentor others with the same interests.
Even in business it takes a village because
the village will buy, barter, and have access
to the services the business provides. Building
that business because the relationship
is based on trust, respect and the accountability
of providing a service and need for the
community.

Many that attend the Black Expo, from our
observations are looking for that spark of  inspiration,
that opportunity to gain the knowledge that will
allow them to follow their dreams and to help their
business. Potentially hiring new people, providing
educational training and financing investments to
the community.
Small business is the glue that bonds communities
and allows for re-investments.
Technology has allowed many to connect with each
other and build a network of clients and partnerships.
The statements that many are starting to embrace is,
“don’t look at your business competitor as competition,
but an opportunity for collaboration.”

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Hello Tee – http://www.shophellotee.com

In order for businesses to be recognized, Social Media
is not the end all and be all, it contributes, but nothing
beats meeting and greeting people with a handshake
and a smile. Sharing information
and “word of mouth” alliances.

As an Educational Technology and Social Media instructor
at Edward Waters College, it is a requirement for my
students to blog about their interests, passions, abilities
and skills. Building their Brand and understanding how
important a digital presence is, but more important
building relationships in the community.
Volunteering, mentoring and helping outside of the
business brings exposure and respect to the business.
As I talk to youth, teens and young adults at local and
national conferences it is valuable because the information
they gain is relevant and can be applied to their goals.
Youth, teens and young adults that have a business
mind set must be taught things that are relevant to them
for the now and how it influences their future.

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Moxie Girl and Gabby

The Black Expo is a part of the building process to
put people together, a platform where handshakes
are exchanged, business cards are flowing and
smiles are shared. Before many do business they
establish a relationship based on trust and
mutual respect.
The business package starts with building of
relationships, having a solid Brand and knowing
your Niche. Developing a Marketing  strategy that
is a living document with multifaceted avenues to
provide streams of revenue not just from one source,
but dynamically creating a continuous path to
making money, and just as importantly
re-energizing the community with investments
in people.

The desire to gain business power should never
be the priority over humanity. It is the people that
are the ones that will help build a business or allow
that business to wither away. The youth, teens and
young adults attending should be embraced, mentored
and provided role models so they can achieve their
dreams as future business owners.

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Youth, teens and young adults are contributing
to business success models.

Too many times there are gaps in education, political
influence, economic stability, diversity in commerce
and generational wealth is lacking. Venues like the
Black Expo are proved as viable, solid and productive
Black businesses that are influencing the community
in positive ways and showing each generation of
youth that they do have alternatives to potentially
dangerous and illegal activities. There is life in
following positive people doing positive things
through education, hard work, networking,
technology and investments.

Support Black Businesses because these Black
businesses support the communities they are
established in, by providing needed tax revenue,
mentors, role models and job opportunities.

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Pro. Wm Jackson, Blogger and Author Harold Harvey
author of “Justice in the Round”
Essay on the American Jury System

Resources:
15th Annual Florida Black Expo
https://www.facebook.com/BlackExpoSouth/

Accounting and Financial Womens Alliance
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afwa-winter-tini-social-tickets-30220477261?aff=erelexpmlt

30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/30th-annual-martin-luther-king-jr-breakfast-presented-by-florida-blue-tickets-29893201370?aff=erellivmlt

Women In Insurance and Financial Services
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/northeast-florida-wifs-january-luncheon-registration-29789105015?aff=erelexpmlt

Sun Entertainment
http://suncityentertainment.com/florida-black-expo.php

Black Expo South
http://blackexposouth.com/

Florida Black Expo
http://blackexposouth.com/florida-black-expo/

My Quest to Teach
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/

Business Training and Collaboration
http://www.e3businessgroup.us/

1st Annual Community Film Festival
Daytona Beach, Florida
FreshBookFestivals@gmail.com
(386) 627-4353

December 7, 2016

What I Learned at WordCampUSA in Philadelphia 2016

What I Learned at WordCampUSA in Philadelphia 2016
by William Jackson, M.Ed
Instructor: Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida #MyQuestToTeach
Accompanied by
Joshua Rodriguez, junior Biology major
Jon Gregory, junior Elementary Education

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Attending WordCampUSA Philly was a great
opportunity to join over 1800 bloggers, developers,
programmers, users and even educators.
Joining together to learn, share, and collaborate
on a platform that allows for dynamic content to
be posted in diverse digital environments.

Attending with my students Joshua Rodriguez
a junior studying Biology and Johnathan Gregory
a junior studying elementary education, both students
attending Edward Waters College. Provided an opportunity
to apply what they are learning in the classroom in
real world situations.
These situations are not just educational, but involves
business, commerce and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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Edward Waters College an HBCU building leaders in
diverse disciplines is working to build content creators
and innovators. In order for this to be successful students
must be exposed to industry leaders, developers and
programmers and marketers.
Conferences like WordCamp allow for exposure, it
encourages interaction and engagement. If students are
not involved they lose the chance to be inspired and
encouraged to think beyond their current community and
even economic level.

Learning from conferences is Dope and Lit, more students
of color and culture need to have the opportunity to
join in on the discussions to learn and contribute. To move
beyond consumers to change into developers.

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HBCU – Historic Black Colleges and Universities
should continue to prioritize learning on a foundation
level to liberate the thinking of the application and
integration of technology to produce not just consume.
Students of color and culture should not follow the words
of those who want to limit the abilities of them, because
students of color and culture and African students are
smart creatives, dynamic innovators and embrace
entrepreneurialism that opens doors to build people
and nations.  My students and I will take back to
our schools, our communities and our peers new knowledge
to share, to inspire, to ignite the fires of discovery that
change the way children, youth, teens and even young
adults see themselves.
“Children don’t care what you know, so long as they know
that you care,” is a quote the Jon Gregory shared with me
from attending EdCamp NASBE, it applies here as well.
We must share, encourage, engage, inspire, influence,
ignite and kindle the joy for learning so students will be
life-long learners to build a better tomorrow.

HBCU students should attend conferences, workshops,
seminars, meetups, EdCamps, WordCamps, Bar Camps,
and other technology events. If the mindset does not
change children of color and culture will find themselves
unemployable or under-employed in dead end careers and
jobs. This is economic and even political self destruction,
the lack of education creates a lack of economic and
political power.

Photos from our adventure to WordCamp USA 2016

 

May 12, 2016

Finding Your Voice on TED Talks

Finding Your Voice on TED Talks
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TED – Technology – Entertainment – Design

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas,
usually in the form of short, powerful talks.”
https://www.ted.com/about/our-organization

This is where Technology, Entertainment and
Design converge in dynamic conversations that
have grown globally.

Speaking at TED or TEDx; independently run TEDx
provides an opportunity for people of all cultures,
genders, life styles and educational backgrounds to
share their stories and empower their voices.

The value of storytelling, the importance of a
personal story is seen as speakers share their passions,
loves, fears, dreams, humor and life experiences.
Even the personal action of a contribution
that could contribute to global change. A paradigm
of conversation of cultural and historical value.

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TED Talks allows for innovative and personal dialogues,
providing unique and transformative content that grabs,
caresses, massages and even attacks the senses and in
some cases the sensibilities of those listening.
Capturing the visual, auditory and multi-dimentional
gateways to a persons psyche to grab the attention
of the listener and allow for an exchange beyond cognitive.

The voices in TED – TEDx are authoritative, commanding,
passionate, and engaging. Combined with the emotional
displays of the human experience that allows for bridging
differences, to shed light on personal similarities,
cultural blending and building connections that show
we – the human race are a race of people united by more
than just blood, skin, tissue, and other physical
attributes. We each have a soul, shared by the ether
of the universe.

Our minds cannot be limited by the amount of melanin
that dictates the shades, hues, and color variations
of our skins. As human beings we are more than this,
by way of TED Talks there is a connection that borders
on a matrix of inter-connective energies. Our skin, Our
voice helps define our individuality and amplifies our
connection to the diversity of the human
race and the human experience.

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It is impossible to list all the TED – TEDx Talks so my
connections are from several that have connected beyond
my mental interpretations, one of the most powerful is
the “The Danger of A Single Story,” by Chimamanda Ngoze
Adidchie, I introduced this to my students in my
Educational Technology class and had them write a blog
about their interpretations and connections to it.

Nigerian authors such as Adidchie, Chinua Achebe,
Wole Solinka can be thought to share similar
experiences across cultures. Each of us has a single
story, but our stories are interconnected with broad
intersections either by personal meetings or the
engagement through Social Media platforms.
Blogging and the Connection with Achebe and Soyinka
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/
blogging-and-the-connection-with-achebe-and-soyinka/

The beauty of Adidchies presentation shows the
magnificent use of connecting the dynamics
of race, color, social order and societal expectations.
One of the lessons shared is that no one should allow
one person, one group, one entity to tell their stories.
Each of us has a responsibility to tell our own story.
Adidchie’s ability to share her personal story to allow
connections to others is truly a work of artistic expression.

Each of us has a story that is important. Each of our lives
are filled with lessons of value, and each of us has a
purpose driven life if we only embrace it and charge after it.

TED Talks allows the human experience to be shared, unfiltered,
unashamed and undeniably needed to bridge gaps that try to
keep us (humans) separated as a race of human beings. Our
diversity is powerful and can solidify unification and provide
solidarity beyond the differences that make us unique.
We are not a collection of random beings, but a complete
organism that cannot survive alone. We need our collective
cultures, communities and human environments to survive.

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TED – TEDx is creating historical documentation of the human
experiences that unite us and bring enlightenment and
illumination to the power of the human spirit. The
conversations continue to change the traditional cognitive
structure of reasoning and perception of people of color
and culture.

Globally we must embrace these talks in order to strengthen
humanity as a global community. Take the time to engage
in TED Talks to learn about the stories that make the human
life important.

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Resources:

Apply to Speak at TED in Jacksonville
http://tedxjacksonville.com/apply-to-speak/

TEDx Jacksonville, Florida
http://tedxjacksonville.com/attend/

My Favorite with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?language=en

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