Being truly democratic is something I hope we can achieve in my lifetime. To me, it means that every person has an equivalent vote no matter their socioeconomics and that it doesn’t apply to entities like corporations. But the reality is people are fighting against democracy in different degrees because of the fear of loss of their wealth, power and status.

For the majority of my life, I didn’t care about politics because I didn’t feel my small voice or vote wouldn’t have any sort of impact. This still holds true to a significant percentage of American’s who don’t engage, as it requires effort to understand how the “democratic” systems work, how these systems are flawed, and what we can do to change them for the better. …


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Screenshot of technical specs for Signal page

I remember not long ago — the 90s to be exact — when the internet felt so much safer and having an online private life was a lot easier. That sense of security vanished when I learned of companies using my data for profit, banking on outdated laws to find loopholes.

Today, the wheels are starting to get kicked on a lot of services/platforms like Facebook and Twitter that used loopholes in laws such as the (CDA), set up in the early days of the internet. This law allows these companies to dodge accountability for content published through their networks while assuring they can still harvest all of this content for sale. …


We all have moments in our lives when we need time for ourselves. I’ve had plenty of moments like this. Sometimes it’s a few hours alone and sometimes it’s several weeks. This has often given me time to realign and knowing that I have family and friends that I could reach out to have made a significant difference. It’s helped me have smooth reentry back into society but even so, I’ve had moments of feeling isolated and depressed.

As I get older and relationships come and go, friends pass away and life happens. It has become more apparent that having family and friends is an important part of life. When we’re young we are very often oblivious to this. I know I was. Understanding the importance has helped me create a better relationship with my 91-year-old grandmother who lives far away. Over the past several years we have created a better relationship by talking on the phone learning things about each other's lives which I have found have helped me better understand myself. …


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Screenshot of doc.ai YouTube video

Once upon a time, I was working on a med-tech startup with the fundamental purpose of granting every person access to all of their medical records no matter what format they were in or where in the world they were located. We felt having easy access to our unified medical records would be beneficial for people, allowing all of us to be more preventative than reactive, simply by seeing the full picture of our health history.

Although I didn’t continue with the business, my interest in this field continued. Over the past several years I’ve been observing this space to see how people are approaching this enormous challenge. I found doc.ai, which is an artificial intelligence, blockchain technology med-tech company, tackling my original purpose and bringing many new ideas to create a very powerful tool for better science, medicine and healthcare. …


Two young girls offering you a glass of water.

Being thirsty with no sight of any water close by is a horrible feeling to have. I remember the sensation of desperation arising from not knowing when I would next have a drink of water. And yet I am fortunate to never have been in a dire situation where it could have been the difference between life or death. There are many U.S. cities where people cannot afford to pay their water bills as the rates keep rising and this can easily lead to a dire situation for any person.

Rates are increasing to fund infrastructure, but poorer Americans will be disproportionately impacted — Sarah Frostenson for…


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Screenshot of Civic YouTube video on the homepage.

What if I told you that there was a technology that would make it nearly impossible for someone to ever steal your identity every again? What peace of mind would that bring you when doing any sort of transaction, whether financial or something like voting. This is where Civic caught my interest with what it is trying to achieve using Blockchain technology–to decentralize the identity of individuals making it easier for us to be able to verify who we are when we need to do so. In the Blockchain landscape, this is one of the projects I believe has real potential to make things better for society. …


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Maggie Stewart aka Mayor Maggie of Westwood & Mr. Rogers Dancing Gif.

It’s incredible how something you experience as a child 👦🏽 can leave such wonderful memories. Anytime I hear the name Mr. Rogers I get this nostalgic feeling and am reminded of this sweet and empathetic man who I grew up with. Even almost 3 decades later there are times when I’m taking off my shoes or putting away my coat and he comes to mind. …


When I was a young boy 👦🏽, new to this country 🇺🇸 I recall the nervousness of starting at a new school where I did not speak the language and knew no one. I remember having moments where I felt so alone and out of place that I dreaded going to school. It’s been a very long time since I’ve thought about this, even now I can still feel that loneliness deep down. But the truth is–all it takes is for one person to come along and say “hello 👋🏻” to change this narrative. It’s incredible how something so simple at such a young age can be so significant. Thinking about accessibility, inclusion, and equal rights reminded me of this part of my life and what it’s like to not be thought of or included. …


I know I don’t have much clout, but what if I told you that Barney Stinson was a supporter of God’s Love We Deliver. What would you say to that?

Many years ago I was fortunate to have met an amazing person who introduced me to to God’s Love We Deliver. Over the past several years I’ve had the honor to be a tiny contributor to God’s Love through volunteering as a designer, prepping meals, and dancing on their float in the best dance party ever — The NYC Pride Parade. This accessibility audit is my latest contribution. …


Just when I thought American Democracy no longer existed, at a time when the internet and political outsiders started revealing what’s truly behind the curtain, which ain’t pretty–A friend decided to create a simple online resource called Bernie vs Hillary to help voters see which democratic candidate’s values best aligned with their own. When I heard about this I got really excited because it was an opportunity for me to help educate people and contribute to our democracy. …

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