guest post for resource generation blog

A bit ago I attended a Resource Generation gathering in Boston. In attendance were several leaders of the accountable wealth economic justice movement. It was a great opportunity to reflect on all that has already been done in this ever-increasing area of activism, and to imagine what else could be accomplished in the months and years to come.

“In the Shadow of Luminaries” is the guest post I wrote for the Resource Generation Blog on the events of the evening.

IN THE SHADOW OF LUMINARIES

“Hi Pete. I’m Tracy.”

I nearly choke on my absolutely outstanding lemonade as I, in turn, read the nametag of the unassuming party guest in front of me: Tracy Hewat. Tracy Hewat!? The Tracy Hewat?! Founding member of Resource Generation?!

It can be odd, after years spent knowing about someone who has so positively affected your life, to finally meet that person. Like Tracy Hewat. She did not fly in through the doors from the Jamaicaway, super hero cape floating in the breeze. She did not levitate above the floor, body pretzeled in an otherworldly yogi position. She didn’t even get a sports-arena-style welcome, complete with dimmed lights, pumping techno music, and an overly-energetic announcer (“Ladies and gentlemen … put your hands together for … Tracy! … Hew-at!!!!!”) And yet, nonetheless, she somehow managed to accomplish the extraordinary, unprecedented feat of organizing young people of wealth to use their privilege for social change. Some things, I guess, are too big to fit on a Jumbotron.

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