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March 30, 2020

Scene: Everyday Corporate America (technically Canada in this instance, but same culture)

I land in Toronto with my associate, Ron. Ron is a mid-50s, white guy, gray and balding, glasses, very typical look of a corporate finance guy. We are there to evaluate two consultants, one of which will get a contract worth some $50 million dollars for his or her firm. While the decision on who to award the contract is not solely mine, it...

March 1, 2020

Growing up I never had an idea of the type of man I wanted to be with. In all honesty, my teenage self used to dream about being a single mother of an adopted daughter (I'm weird like that). So I never really thought about being in a relationship, let alone the race of the guy. But I also knew the expectation of my family: find a nice, successful Punjabi boy, preferably a doctor. But I never thought this was set in stone. So I...

February 1, 2020

What is gentrification? 

Likely the response is something like, “White people moving into poor neighborhoods,” or “Devaluing a neighborhood so that developers can buy cheap and sell high.” Dictionary.com describes it as the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste. 

In all of these definitions, the bigger issue is missing. The biggest issue with gentrification is not neces...

January 15, 2020

Hey Echoes Fam! We've got some exciting things planned for 2020. Check out the video to hear Founder Janelle tell you about some of the plans, and then stick around to see all the things we did in 2019.

Things to look for:

  • Echoes Patreon

  • More videos

  • New podcast series titled on air with...

  • 2020 Live Event!

  • and more!

Create hope. Forge a path. Change the world.

Sincerely, 

The Echoes Crew

Recently, I read an article about a report from accounting giant Deloitte that millennials have an average net worth of "only 8,000,” dropping 34% from 1996.

It pissed me off.

Articles like that are just a platform for entitled Baby Boomers and Gen Xers to complain about "youngsters today."

And here's why it's flawed: Baby Boomers and Gen Xers (which I'm a part of) had it best when it comes to graduating and having reasonable fin...

September 4, 2019

Echoes Fam! We're growing!

In May of 2019, Echoes Media co-produced Janelle's play #voiced. The play shared the stories of six high school seniors growing up in world caught between social justice and social media. The cast later joined us for an episode of Echoes on air! and shared that they often felt they didn't have a place to participate in conversations that could provide possible solutions to world concerns without their...

August 7, 2019

Editor's note: This article was reposted with permission of the author from http://craigtalksteaching.blogspot.com. Click to find other great thoughts from this award-winning educator.

On October 10, 2015, an incident occurred at the University of Missouri homecoming parade that made national news but somehow escaped my attention. A group of black students protesting systemic and overt racism dating back to 1839, when the unive...

July 2, 2019

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation was embattled in its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared “all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State … shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the Executive Government of the United States … will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act o...

May 30, 2019

On November 8th, 2018, the state of Minnesota welcomed Ilhan Omar as one of the first Muslim women to become congresswoman. This was not commonplace nor was it anticipated. If you are familiar with the current state of affairs in United States government, then you, too, would want to know about this Somali woman who is representing the people of Minnesota. In order to understand what seems as an emergence into government, it i...

Editor's note: "Whānau" is the Maori word for "family." The artwork displayed is the work of the writer. Check below to see more of her work and order your own piece.

At what stage does a new place in the world become your home? For many who have made New Zealand their new home, that question was answered one Friday afternoon.

From what I’ve heard, from friends and stories online, it was just another busy Friday in town. People...

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