Conscientizing on the Radio

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CU Blog - Conscientizing on the Radio - July 9 - Photo 2Its Showtime!

Its time to get the message out; to “say it from the roof-top and say it from the steeple”*.

But to be truly modern, the electronic media must also be engaged. This is the current effort of the movement behind the book Go Lean … Caribbean. The goal is to message to the Caribbean homeland, Caribbean Diaspora and the rest of the world. In other words, this goal is to conscientize

Conscientize (verb) – to make somebody/yourself aware of important social or political issues. – Oxford Dictionary.

The message that this Go Lean movement wants to make people aware of is alarming:

There is something wrong in the Caribbean. It is the greatest address on the planet, but instead of the world “beating a path” to our doors, the people of the Caribbean have “beat down their doors” to get out. Our societal defects are so acute that our culture is in peril for future prospects.

This was the theme of the discussion on the Tampa Florida-based WMNF Radio Talk Show, The Sunday Forum, on July 9, 2017. The host, Walter Smith II#, invited a stakeholder from the Go Lean movement to conscientize the audience in their broadcast area about the perils of Caribbean life. The following AUDIO Podcast is the broadcast from that show:

Appendix AUDIO-VIDEO“Go Lean … Caribbean” Movement: Conscientizing on the Radio on July 9, 2017

Published on July 12, 2017 – The term “conscientize” means to make aware of important social or political issues. This AUDIO-VIDEO features stakeholders of the Go Lean movement conscientizing to make people more aware of the alarming situation in the homeland:

“that while the Caribbean is the greatest address on the planet, its people are “beating down the doors” to get out”.

This was the theme of the interview on the Tampa Florida-based WMNF Radio Talk Show, The Sunday Forum, on July 9, 2017 with host Walter L. Smith II.

CU Blog - Conscientizing on the Radio - July 9 - Photo 1The AUDIO Podcast concludes with a reference to the Go Lean book, directing the audience to this 370-page guide that serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU). This entity is presented as a technocratic federal government to administer and optimize the economic-security-governing engines of all 30 member-states. The quest is to provide a better direct stewardship, applying lessons-learned from global best practices.

There is the need for our region to elevate these societal engines of our communities. This quest is presented with these prime directives:

  • Optimize the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy; there is a potential to create 2.2 million new jobs and to grow the regional GDP to $800 Billion. The deficiency of jobs is one of the reasons that Caribbean people have emigrated.
  • Establishment of a security apparatus to ensure public safety and protect the resultant economic engines.
  • Improve Caribbean governance to support these above engines, including a separation-of-powers between member-state governments and CU federal agencies.

We – those who love the Caribbean – must do something and this roadmap for the CU – modeled after the European Union (EU) – has addressed the issues, strategies, tactics and implementations to reform and transform the region.

Many people love our tropical region – residents, Diaspora and visitors alike – and yet we understand why and how people have left. As related in the foregoing AUDIO Podcast, some Caribbean member-states now have a near-Failed-State status (Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica, etc.). It is time now to work to elevate our communities, as our youth, the next generation for the Caribbean, may not be inspired to participate in the future workings of our communities.

The Go Lean movement – the book and all efforts to conscientize via traditional and electronic media – stresses that reforming and transforming the Caribbean societal engines must be a regional pursuit. This was an early motivation for the roadmap, as pronounced in the opening Declaration of Interdependence (Pages 12 – 13):

xi. Whereas all men are entitled to the benefits of good governance in a free society, “new guards” must be enacted to dissuade the emergence of incompetence, corruption, nepotism and cronyism at the peril of the people’s best interest. The Federation must guarantee the executions of a social contract between government and the governed.

xvi. Whereas security of our homeland is inextricably linked to prosperity of the homeland, the economic and security interest of the region needs to be aligned under the same governance. Since economic crimes … can imperil the functioning of the wheels of commerce for all the citizenry, the accedence of this Federation must equip the security apparatus with the tools and techniques for predictive and proactive interdictions.

xxiv. Whereas a free market economy can be induced and spurred for continuous progress, the Federation must install the controls to better manage aspects of the economy: jobs, inflation, savings rate, investments and other economic principles. Thereby attracting direct foreign investment because of the stability and vibrancy of our economy.

The Go Lean book provides 370-pages of turn-by-turn instructions on “how” to adopt new community ethos, plus the strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies to execute so as to reboot, reform and transform the societal engines of Caribbean society.

The foregoing AUDIO Podcast stressed that these are desperate times in the Caribbean, calling for desperate measures. We hereby urge all Caribbean stakeholders to lean-in to this roadmap to introduce and implement the Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU) among the 30 member-states of the region.

Our people – whether they are in the homeland or in the Diaspora – have a simple request, they simply want a better Caribbean; a better place to live, work and play. 🙂

Download the book Go Lean … Caribbean – now!

Sign the petition to lean-in for this roadmap for the Caribbean Union Trade Federation.


Appendix – Footnotes:

* – “Sing it from the roof-top and sing it from the steeple” – Lyrics from the 1976 Song “People to People” by Bahamian Artist Eddie Minnis.

# – Walter L Smith II is the host of the weekly radio show The Sunday Forum. Walter II stems from a legacy of great public service; he is the son of a former President of Florida A & M University, Walter L. Smith Sr.. Walter II has dedicated his time, talents and treasuries to this commitment to impact his community with progressive causes and advocacies. In 2016, he ran for the Democratic nomination for the Florida House of Representatives District 61 in the State Legislature.

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