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Saving America's Black Boys (SABB) Solutions Summit

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  • At the beginning of a messaging campaign, our goal is awareness. The widespread ignorance across Black America regarding the 21st century Innovation is astounding! It will require all of our focus on just developing traction in creating awareness before we can begin to introduce measurements of actionable progress. The success of our awareness campaign will be measured by the amount of impact we have on mainstream and ethnic media in educating the public. Since we cannot determine the awareness level of the public, we will watch the media closely. In the same manner as media can make a celebrity a household name or the whole of society aware of a regional event (Sandy, Katrina, Japanese earthquake and nuclear meltdown), the amount of media coverage can have a significant impact on public awareness. Our goal is to develop a media beat on the landscape of inclusive innovation in the same way media orgs have reporters whose sole job is to cover education or sports or business or crime. The frontier of inclusive economic competitiveness is foreign to media and to Black America. But economic competitiveness isn't foreign to those who understand how this innovation economy works. And until we do, ala the awareness campaign, we will remain excluded by choice. The success of the SABB Awareness Campaign will manifest in education reforms, instituted community resources around cultivating tech entrepreneurs in high schools and colleges, channeling of philanthropic funds to scale up efforts that hone skills and talent in America's inner city communities,and other evidentiary indicators that offer insight into the impact our campaign is having via mass communications.
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  • The campaign is one that is designed to help change the economic narrative across Black and Urban America. Currently, Black leaders and influencers are delivering antiquated messages to Black youth.

    This campaign will catalyze a new economic narrative that is aligned with the 21st century knowledge-based, tech-driven innovation economy. This will result in development of new infrastructure and pipelines in economically disconnected communities that connect to existing innovation clusters and ecosystems.

    We will see evidence of the narrative taking hold in metrics produced by schools, entrepreneurship. business growth, tech inclusion and regional economic competitiveness. See more here: http://blackinnovation.org/saving-americas-black-boys-sabb-solutions-summit/
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  • This sounds quite innovative! How do you intend to measure the progress to make this a sustainable effort.
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  • 1. My NO blame game NO finger-pointing SAVE DATE! theTIME NO ego NO silos JUST solutions MARCH 5, 2013 George Washington Carver Museumis a terrible Austin, Texas thing to SPECIAL INVITATION-ONLY waste! RSVP WITH NAME, TITLE, CONTACT INFO TO MIKE@BLACKINNOVATION.ORG Expected attendance: 100 – 130 max (invited guests only) Saving America’s Black Boys Solutions Summit Introducing new collaborative strategies addressing a 21st century national economic imperative WHO WHAT WHY OUTCOMES Mike Green: Award-winning journalist One-day Summit: Introduction of new Huffington Post: In response to Mike New Information: Deconstruct the and co-founder of The America21 vision, framework, approach, data, Green’s series in the Huffington Post, complexities of 21st century economic Project. Selected by SXSWedu 2013 to best practices and opportunities to “3 Ways to Save America’s Black game and provide influencers insight present a session on Saving America’s develop local pipeline to productivity Boys,” SXSWedu was convinced that and overarching awareness of the Black Boys (SABB). About Mike Green. collaboration among local leadership Mike’s vision and insights deserved the local innovation landscape. Game Changerz: Wives of Pro Athletes and connect to innovation ecosystem. highest level of attention. Diagnose: Attendees leave with ability and SABB Campaign partner. Time: 9am – 5pm. Catalyze Collaboration: The SABB to identify essential drivers and Jermaine Dupri: Grammy award- Date: March 5, 2013 Solutions Summit will inform and stakeholders in the local innovation winning music producer. Networking: Attendees represent catalyze new collaborations that mark ecosystem and diagnose the landscape IC2 Institute: Resource for Austin’s local / regional innovation ecosystem. the first steps toward building of challenges and opportunities. thriving innovation ecosystem Insights: New data, new strategy, new permanent innovation infrastructure Impact: Attendees will be able to Larry Jackson: Local Civil Rights leader framework to connect to local CAPOG. with resources for a pipeline of Black engage in thoughtful dialogue to and community advocate. Catalyze: CALL to ACTION to build local boys (and girls) to connect with the determine best strategies, action steps Local leaders: education, business, Urban Innovation Roundtable to local innovation ecosystem. and exponential progress to save a tech innovation, policymaking, etc. connect with innovation ecosystem. Networking: Make new collaborations. generation of lost Black boys.