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The Sum of It - Feb edition
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Civic duty

What's on our minds this month


Think global, act local


In the last few weeks we’ve seen a new administration threaten civil rights, take steps to dismantle healthcare protections, and move to defund agencies that protect science, health, arts, humanities, and more. If there’s anything we might learn from this, it’s that 1) we can never take our rights for granted, and 2) resistance will require increased sense of civic duty and local activism.

Although the issues at hand have a global impact, it’s at the local level where we can have the greatest tangible effect. Thriving communities and cities with engaged citizens create a collective voice nationally to defend the rights and values we care about.

Interested in local activism? We’ve put together a blog post with tips on how entrepreneurs and businesses can become more involved in local government, civic organizations, and nonprofits.


NYC Startup Fellowship Program


Social enterprise incubator 1776 is now accepting applications for its NYC Startup Fellowship Program starting in March. Fellows will receive free desk space, access to business resources, mentorship and more. Applications due by Feb. 22.

+Impact Corner

Countable

Tech + Politics


We love all things tech, so naturally we’re excited to see how tech is being used to help individuals become more active in the political process. There’s apps like Countable, which allows you to see what bills are going through Congress and see how your reps are voting on them, as well as Democracy.io, a simple tool you can use to contact your representative.

Take action: Political apps are great tools to use for communication and transparency, but remember that armchair activism can only go so far—online petitions don’t mean much in the digital age! For issues you care most about, a phone call to your city, state, or federal rep is the best way to get your voice heard.
B Lab open letter

"B" an Inclusive Business


The founders of B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies B Corporations (and partners with Best for NYC), wrote an open letter to business leaders calling on them to speak out for justice, and to build an inclusive economy through business practices that are a force for good.

Take action: Use the B Lab’s Inclusive Economy Metric Set to identify areas in which your business can pledge to do better, whether that’s hiring more from traditionally disenfranchised groups, maintaining fair wages for workers, or supply-chain sourcing from locally owned businesses. Make a commitment, hold yourself accountable, and set an example for fellow businesses around you.

Sum Dates to Remember


Feb 18
Orchid Show: Thailand opens at NY Botanical Garden

Feb 22
Talk climate change at An Evening with Al Gore

Feb 23-26
Celebrate Mardi Gras with New Orleans legend Kermit Ruffins

Opening Mar 1
Josiah McElheny’s The Crystal Land opens at White Cube

Mar 2-5
Clio Art Fair celebrates indie artists in Chelsea

Mar 3-4
NYU Entrepreneurs Festival

Starting Mar 7
Paul Taylor American Modern Dance at Lincoln Center

Mar 9-12
Readers rejoice at NY Antiquarian Book Fair

March 15
Due date for partnerships to file Form 1065

Sum Stuff for your Radar




IDNYC


What it is: A free ID for New Yorkers that benefits residents of all ages and walks of life

Why we like it: The perks! Memberships to museums, discounts on entertainment, classes, Citi Bike, and more. Check out the new benefits for 2017.



Glass House


What it is: The story of "the 1% economy and shattering of the all-American town”

Why we like it: It's an unfiltered look at corporatism and how the seeds of Trumpism and inequality were sown decades ago

Adding it all up...


"As free citizens in a political democracy, we have a responsibility to be interested and involved in the affairs of the human community, be it at the local or the global level."
           —Paul Wellstone, Former U.S. Senator

Many of us, myself included, joined in solidarity last month for the Women’s March on Washington. We were inspired and encouraged by the many millions of others who joined along to peacefully protest against bigotry and hate. But the hard work is just beginning—now is the time to turn action into activism and work to make the values we stand for a reality: inclusivity, progressivism, and equality for all. And the best place to start is right in our own communities.
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