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first_imgHours before Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clashed over taxes, trade, and the economy in the first presidential debate Tuesday, a different kind of discussion took place at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall.Dubbed the debate before the debate, the Faneuil Forum drew hundreds of people who packed the hall, sometimes called the Cradle of Liberty for the role it played during the American Revolution, to take part in a lively civic dialogue led by prominent Harvard Professor Michael Sandel on the future of democracy.After being introduced by NPR host Robin Young as “the most relevant living professor and philosopher in the world” and a “rock star moralist,” Sandel, who teaches “Justice,” one of the most popular courses at the College, started the discussion by asking the audience to ponder the purpose of democracy.https://www.facebook.com/HUBWeekBoston/videos/1625357927761588/“We’re not going to debate about tax policy, Syria, emails, or the wall,” said Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “Instead, I’d like to propose that we have a discussion about what democracy is for, with the hope that this discussion can help us begin to figure out how to repair the tattered state of democracy in our country.”Sandel’s lecture is a signature event of HUBweek, Boston’s civic festival of ideas and innovation that runs until Oct. 1 and is now in its second year. Founded by Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Boston Globe, and Massachusetts General Hospital, the festival showcases scholars and their cutting-edge research during public forums, discussions, hands-on demonstrations, and lectures, all of which celebrate the intersection of science, technology, arts, and ethics.With thought-provoking questions, Sandel enthralled his listeners, who voiced their opinions in front of a microphone or evinced their agreement or disagreement by raising green or red signs.Some of the questions he raised explored ethical dilemmas, from vote swapping to “space savers” to buying and selling citizenship, all of which he said illuminate “the big question of what is democracy about, and why does it seem to be ailing these days?”Michael Sandel talks with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh during the Faneuil Forum HUBweek event inside Faneuil Hall Square in Boston. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“Should people be free to buy and sell votes? Should vote swapping be permitted? Should there be a free market for votes?” Sandel asked the audience. And although the audience showed its disapproval of vote swapping, some members favored a free market for votes because it might lead to more voter participation. Others called that a “slippery slope.”One of the strongest opponents to buying and selling votes was Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who was in the audience. Asked by Sandel to join him on the stage, Walsh called the proposal “a big mistake.”“People died for our right to vote,” he said. “It’s our obligation to go out and vote. If we have to incentivize people to vote by paying them, I’m not sure their vote is actually worth it in the first place.”When asked about the “moral dilemma” posed by “space savers,” used by Boston residents in the winter to lay claim to a parking spot they’ve shoveled out after a storm, Walsh said it’s the biggest decision he has to make every winter. Boston’s current policy allows people to use space savers for 48 hours after a major snowfall.“If we can get everyone to work together to shovel out the space and be courteous to each other, we’d have a better society,” he said. “If we can get to a point in which people can respect each other and help each other by shoveling the snow, that’s the way to go and the place we need to get to. I don’t know if Boston is ready for that now.”Sandel also delved into immigration, a controversial issue in the presidential race, and probed the morality of selling the right to immigrate and putting a price on citizenship. Most listeners favored the idea of selling the right to immigrate, though some worried that could lead to a less egalitarian system.Participants overwhelmingly vote in favor of a hypothetical motion during the Faneuil Forum. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“It’s quite tricky,” said a woman in the audience. “If you have the money, you can come. If you don’t, you exclude a huge number of people who could contribute.”At the end of the debate, Sandel told the audience to be mindful of embracing a market-driven vision of democracy, in which votes and citizenship can be had for a price, because that cheapens democracy and civic life.“We only just scratched the surface of the question with which we began,” he said. “What really is democracy for, and what is civic life about? And is it tainted, or corrupted, or diminished, or degraded if it merges with the market? Do we need to separate the markets on the one hand from the activity of buying and selling on the other for democracy to flourish?”Sandel said he was concerned about the state of democracy and civic life in the United States, where a “certain impoverished understanding of what democracy is for” has taken hold, including the ideas that “democracy is just a way of registering our own economic self-interests every four years” and citizenship “just a matter of being a shareholder in a prosperous society.”“We’ve come to think that democracy is economics by other means, and we’ve come to treat citizenship as a kind of extension of market relations,” Sandel said. “In ancient Athens, Aristotle said the point of political community is not just residence in a common site, it’s not just for the sake of easing exchange in economic relations. The point of democracy, he thought, was to create a setting in which citizens will deliberate with one another as equals, and, in deliberating, they would learn something and will become better citizens and better human beings than they would otherwise be.”Reluctance to adopt a thoroughgoing consumerist conception of citizenship and democracy can only help democracy, said Sandel.“As we hesitate to embrace a market-driven vision of democracy, we still affirm with part of ourselves, at least, that ancient democratic idea, the idea that the point of democracy is to deliberate together, in common, in gathering places like this, about justice, about the common good, and about what it means to be a citizen.”SaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

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first_img“Spending Wisely”, a CU Management article by Richard H. Gamble, noted that CU leaders are facing a long list of technology needs in 2018 and beyond. As the article explains, this technology spending will likely include investments to keep pace with the growing member expectation that their CU will provide a true omnichannel experience—the ability to seamlessly interact with the credit union whether the customer is engaged in transactions online from a desktop or mobile device, by phone, at an ATM or in a branch location.Adopting a communications management platform that will enable your credit union to interact with members through every channel is a critical component of any omnichannel strategy. According to CUES member Christopher Goodman, CCE, $1 billion G&F Financial Group’s VP/information technology, “We need member service to move seamlessly from one channel to another. We have the services, but they happen now in discrete channels. The solution has to be API-driven and cloud-based.”Finding the right technologies to support your CU’s omnichannel strategy is without question an important task, but it is essential to remember that technology is only one piece of the omnichannel puzzle. It is equally imperative to recognize the importance of creating and effectively using the best content to achieve the customer experience you are trying to deliver over each channel. Your CU will also need the ability to manage that content to ensure consistency in message and tone when engaging with members. A holistic omnichannel strategy addresses all of these critical content considerations in addition to the technology employed to deliver the content. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_imgLocalNews Twenty Calypsonians to compete in Semi Finals by: – January 23, 2012 Share 40 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Jamal “Black Diamond” Lloyd. SEE PHOTO GALLERY BELOWTwenty Calypsonians have been selected by a panel of seven judges to move on to the semi final round of the Dominica Calypso Association’s 2012 Calypso season.The Association hosted the quarter finals on Saturday at the Newtown Savannah in Roseau which was crowded with Calypso fans and patrons from across the island.Thirty-three competitors participated in the competition and although the judges had to select twenty Calypsonians to advance to the second round, a few of the competitors made the judges work much easier by forgetting their lyrics.Richard “Beno” Christmas with his song entitled “Gangstar King”; a favorite of many Calypso patrons disappointed his fans when he repeated one of his verses which is an automatic disqualification. Abel “Checko” Jno. BaptisteTwo rookies to the competition; Abel “Checko” Jno. Baptiste sang “AM/PM and Jamal “Black Diamond” Lloyd” sang “Pit Toilet” thrilled the crowd and showed no signs of nervousness whilst on stage.The other semi-finalists are; Raymond “Vigilante” Vigilant, Derick “Hunter” St. Rose, Victor “Comforter” Bique, Juslyn “Jamma B” Charles, Webster “Webb” Marie, Daryl “The Bobb” Bobb, Steve “Triumph” Williams, Dave “Soul Puss” Pascal, Cecil “Checker” Burnette, Davidson “Observer” Victor, Julian “Picky” Lockhart, Dennison “Dice” Joseph, Derrick “Mighty Logars” St. Ville, Murphy “Sye” Jno. Jules, Gregory “Karessah” Riviere, Val “Young Bull” Cuffy, Andrew “Scrunter” Bazil, Joey “Explosion” Lloyd and Peter “Peter Pros” Prosper.The Semi-Final round is carded for the 4th of February, 2012 at the Newtown Savannah.[nggallery id = 120]Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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