Friday, January 6, 2012 - Legislative Preview: Occupy Wall Street, State Budget, & More: a sneak peak at the legislative sessionSubmitted by cityclub on Thu, 12/15/2011 - 3:44pm
It is easy to recognize that it is a tough year to be a legislator in Washington State. If the budget crisis and the coinsiding cuts weren't enough, the 9% approval rating of congress, and the tumultuous nature of the Occupy Wall Street movement present many challenges, where all of us in Washington State must work hard to find solutions.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is one arena, where the crisises we all recognize play out physically and emotionally. Some reporters watching the movement wonder about how effective it has been and whether, or not the movement will define any clear goals (read more). Other reporters, like our own board member, Collin Tong, look at the realities of how these citizens have been treated by the police and how churches are involved in this movement compared with the protests of the 1970's. (read more)
In these difficult times how should government relate to citizens who take to the streets for change? Can this protest movement ultimately affect policy?
(Photo courtesy of AP/ Kevin P. Casey & KOMONews.com)
What do our leaders in the Washington State House and Senate have to say about the movement?
Join us on January 6th for an event featuring our top leadership from the State House and Senate for a sneak peek into their goals and strategies for the upcoming legislative session.
Don't miss this special in-person opportunity to speak directly to them, ask your questions and let them know what you think their priorities should be!
Click to register today! Or call: (206) 682 - 7395.
- Submitted by cityclub on Thu, 12/08/2011 - 3:23pm
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Health Care Series: Got Stress?
From left: moderator, Laura Musikanski, with panelists John de Graaf, Marlena Sessions, David Levy, and Susan B. Winston.
In response to a question from moderator Laura Musikanski, Executive Director of Sustainable Seattle about the role of technology in stress, panelist David Levy, Professor at the University of Washington Information School said the following:
"…We have been participating in the West in an acceleration that has been going on for more than 100 years. And I think we’re at the point now where we’re really at a position to see a philosophy of life that goes along with industrialization, which I will call “more, faster, better”… it’s our shared public idea that real and meaningful life is concerned with efficient production… It is our consumer society suggesting that more production, more consumption is what makes for the good life… What’s been happening over the last 10 years or longer is that more and more of these technologies, powerful and wonderful though they are, have been insinuating themselves with the same spirit of “more, faster, better” into all corners of our lives. ….It’s not specifically about the web or cell phones or smart phones. But I think something that’s very interesting about what’s going on today is, in effect we have created this economic machine - some larger sense of ‘we’ – that has been cranked faster and faster. And we’re now at a point collectively where we can see how certain flaws in that original design of the engineers of 100 years ago affects the quality of life. I love my laptop. I love my iphone. I’m certainly not a Luddite here to say that there aren’t wonderful things about these technologies. But I think the stress that we are feeling overall is not the stress per se of the technologies, it’s the stress of the expectation and the assumptions about how we are expected to be living our lives. Those assumptions are affecting how much vacation we take, what happens when we walk into the office and whether we feel like we need to check email constantly… it’s all of those things."
Listen to the full audio version of the program here.
- Submitted by cityclub on Mon, 12/05/2011 - 11:16am
At our Community Matters Campaign finale several weeks ago, Mobilize.org Director, Maya Enista Smith said,
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- Submitted by cityclub on Wed, 11/23/2011 - 1:07pm
From Left Maya Enista Smith of Mobilize.org and Monica Guzman, Journalist and Community Strategist, discuss young adults, social media, and citizenship. Photo Courtesy of Candace Winegrad.
"While many young adults today are criticized for their constant need to use technology, Smith believes that it is a tool that can help advance efforts to solve problems.
'Social media is the next generation of community media. … I think (having) information at our fingertips is really challenging nonprofits, elected officials and political parties to relate in a way that’s much more authentic, and much more transparent.'
Though technology clearly offers people a way to accomplish many things a lot quicker, Smith said it should not replace our real contact with one another.
'You now just press a button and go into your home, and you don’t need to engage with anyone else,' Smith said. 'So the steps I would suggest is to just look up from your computer every once in awhile. … Value human interaction and taking the time to talk to people.' "
We are so grateful to be building community connectivity together. Wishing everyone a happy holiday this weekend.
- Submitted by cityclub on Tue, 11/22/2011 - 12:46pm
CityClub is currently looking for one or more amazing Event Volunteers to join the team this winter.
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- Submitted by cityclub on Fri, 11/18/2011 - 5:08pm
The stress experts in Seattle are coming together on Wednesday, November 30th for a special look at stress and the influences it has on our lives and health. How can we combat the negative impacts and ultimately reduce the stress in our lives?
One big thing we can do is - relax. Come relax with us on Wednesday, November 30th at noon. We can all work together to find solutions to stress in our communities and our lives. Hear from an exciting line-up of panelists and combat this epidemic in our communities.
Stress is truly an epidemic in our country. The American Medical Association states that:
- Stress is the cause of 80 to 85 percent of all human illness and disease.
- Over two-thirds of office visits to physicians are for stress related illness.
- Stress is a major contributing factor either directly or indirectly to coronary artery disease, cancer, respiratory disorders, accidental injuries, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide; the six leading causes of death in the United States.
–Every week, 95 million Americans suffer some kind of stress related symptom for which they take medication. (holistic-online)
- Submitted by cityclub on Mon, 11/14/2011 - 4:21pm
Hey Seattle! I'm so looking forward to seeing you this week. My name is Maya, and I have the honor of serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Mobilize.org. On November 17th, I'll be at UW for CityClub's Community Matters Campaign Finale – what an honor! I can't wait to learn more about Seattle and the amazing work that your citizens, non-profits and institutions do.
I've spent the past 10 years of my life working in the non-profit sector, and if all goes well – I'll spend the next 50 years doing so as well. At 17 years old, I got my first job with an organization called Rock The Vote and registered over 30,000 young people to vote. As the daughter of Romanian immigrants, working in civic engagement gave me the opportunity to share how grateful I was for the rights, opportunities and freedoms that I had been born into and appreciate the struggles of my family in helping to ensure I had those. I decided to spend the rest of my life working to get other young people engaged and creating the campuses, communities and democracy that we envision. I have been with Mobilize.org for almost 7 years, and our mission is to empower and invest in Millennials (young people, ages 15 – 35) to create and implement solutions to social problems.
We'd love to do some work in Seattle, but first – I need to learn more! How do you think we should Mobilize Seattle? What do you think makes Seattle different from other places around the country? What do you think I should know about your region and unique personality before I arrive? I’ve heard about ‘the Seattle process’ – what’s that about? When have you been the most inspired to get involved? Where have you seen effective examples of Millenials in action locally? What about you Boomers, what do you think I should know? Most importantly – how can I help? I look forward to a conversation with you on the 17th, and please feel free to find me on Twitter (@menista + @mob_org) (this event is #mayamobilize) or send me an email at email@example.com.
I can’t wait to hear from you and look forward to seeing you on the 17th!
You can register for the free event by clicking here.
- Submitted by cityclub on Mon, 11/14/2011 - 1:39pm
The stress experts in Seattle are coming together on Wednesday, November 30th for a special look at stress and the influences it has on our lives and health. We seek to find out what the major stressors are that people in our community experience. How can we combat the negative impacts and ultimately reduce the stress in our lives? Register today!
Join us just in time for the holidays and hear from our excellent line-up of panelists:
John DeGraff, National Coordinator, Take Back Your Time -
"There are those who will say that with our struggling economy, we can't afford vacations. But the productivity and health numbers show that, in fact, we can't afford NOT to ensure vacation time for American workers." - John DeGraff
David Levy, Professor, University of Washington Information School -
"What are the measurements and requirements of well-being in the workplace? How do we even begin to talk about that? What about someone who answers all his email and makes all his sales calls, but develops a heart problem? What about that?" - David Levy
Marlena Sessions, CEO, Workforce Development Council
"The Self-Sufficiency Standards shows that 1 in 5 Washington households lacks sufficient income to cover basic expenses...a broad and diverse set of Washington families is experiencing economic stress." - Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.
Susan B. Winston, LICSW; Director of Counseling Services, Sound Mental Health
"The stigma surrounding mental health in this community is a silent epidemic. It prevents people from seeking support and services, it impacts life in the workplace and in the classroom and it marginalizes individuals in the community. We hope to begin to tackle these issues by engaging the community in rational thoughtful dialog, coupled with education about available resources" - Sound Mental Health
Laura Musikanski, Executive Director, Sustainable Seattle
On the Happiness Initiative: “You get what you measure, and this initiative helps us measure more of the things that are most important for happiness. The important thing is to get more of what matters and not simply more.” - Laura Musikanski
- Submitted by cityclub on Thu, 11/10/2011 - 11:27am
The election is over, but there are a lot of ways to stay engaged all year long.
Get your thumbs ready!
One week from today we will host Maya Enista, CEO of Mobilize.org at the Community Matters Campaign Finale on Thursday, November 17th.
We will be asking questions between now and the 17th to learn what you think we can do to better mobilize Seattle.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU – SPREAD THE WORD TO WIN! Get the most twitter and facebook responses to our daily questions by the end of the event on Thursday, November 17th - and win 2 free tickets to our Annual Year in Review at the Seattle Westin on December 2nd.
Today's question: What makes Seattle different?
- Submitted by cityclub on Thu, 11/03/2011 - 4:43pm
Are you focused? Are you planning to read this entire blog post? How many other browsers do you have open? How stressed out do you feel?
Just to think about the the subject of destraction and the stress that comes with the constant barrage of technology fed information makes me feel stressed out.
How do we deal with stress? What is the impact of stress on a person's health and on their over-all well-being?
As we all know, in the face-paced world of technology today we are hard-pressed to opt-out of the tech spaces where we, "Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Google, skim, scan, text-message, and instant-message, half-engaged in "hmmm...what?" conversations as we madly multitask" (more on UW blog post).
Writer, researcher, and one of the panelists on the subject at our upcoming event, Got Stress?, David Levy, examines an interesting concept - contemplative multitasking.
What is this concept? How can it help to alleviate stress? Can it make you healthier?
Join us for an engaging conversation on Thursday, November 30th called Got Stress? - just in time for the holidays - where we will examine stress through the lense of health. What is stress all about? How does it effect you? What is the toll of stress on society as a whole? What are some tools we can use to manage it individually and as a community?