The “lone creator” myth is particularly destructive because it exacerbates the exclusion problems which plague the tech industry overall; those lone geniuses that are portrayed in media are seldom from backgrounds as diverse as people in real communities. While media outlets may benefit from being able to give awards or recognition to individuals, or ed…
“A leader is best
When people barely know that he exists,
Not so good when people obey and acclaim him,
Worst when they despise him.
‘Fail to honor people,
They fail to honor you;’
But of a good leader, who talks little,
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
They will all say, ‘We did this ourselves.’”
Let’s look at some statistics. Almost half of American families with children are what’s called “financially insecure,” meaning they live at 250 percent or below of the poverty level. So, one setback like a lost job or an illness could plunge them into poverty. Fourteen percent are what’s called “food insecure,” meaning that they don’t always have enough to eat. For families headed by a single woman, 35 percent are food insecure. For baby boomers like me, those of us 55 and older, 30 percent have no retirement savings.