What started as an awareness raising and ethnographic styled walk through Sierra Leone, this site now details the encounters of a not so academic academic who spends more time occupying Wall Street and squats than a university...

Thursday, February 3, 2011


So I've pretty much thrown myself into the exploration of Newburgh.  The work regarding foundations and feasibility with Sierra Leone is done.  I know what can be done there and really the issue is what we can get done here in terms of setting up a non-profit and getting donations/funding.  So to move forward with this agenda, I am trying to set up meetings with NGO's, local government, and other stakeholders I have found in Newburgh to see what kind of cooperation is possible.

New information on working in Connecticut has been very slow coming.  They seem to be stalling, as am I, so no rush there.  I have time to try to map a few things out and see how feasible other things could be.  Thus, I have buried myself in Newburgh's "sustainable masterplan" and am quite impressed.  It is a plan to take the city into the year 2040.  They put a lot of work into it and professional work at that.  I am seeing the city in a new light right now.  Of course this doesn't mean they can do any of it, or pay for it even if they could, but they've got some solid forward thinking people there.  The plan was also ratified by the city council which (within the friendly confines of democratic theory) says that the city is behind it.  So I will spend what time I can with local individuals and see where things go.

Regardless of what happens anywhere, to do anything in Sierra Leone I have to register a non-profit here.  This could be very easily done with the help of fiscal sponsorship and/or a possible incubator relationship with another organization.  Perhaps even an address and/or a desk to work from with someone in Newburgh.  I feel like it is very important for me to get around other people of like minds and to get "back in the game" so to speak.  I have so many ideas, but they need technical business guidance and more focus in direction.  I have it all in my head, I just need to get the concepts more precise and onto paper in a way that others could digest and think to fund.

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