Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Special Waikiki Neighborhood Board Meeting: Candidates Forum and Fair

The Waikiki Neighborhood Board is hosting the candidates on August 8th and I plan to give each candidate for office five minutes to present his/her self to the community. This will not be a debate and the Board will not provide any questions to be answered or entertain questions from the audience. I will draw names for order of appearance that evening.

Following the meeting all candidates are welcome to visit with the audience and address specific issues with individuals. They may also solicit volunteers and distribute campaign materials.

Our meeting will be replayed on Olelo at least four times before the primary election and Olelo has used our material for separate election coverage in the past.

If you are available to participate please respond by August 4th so I can finalize the Agenda for the 8th.

Mahalo for your service to the community and we hope to see you on the 8th.

Robert J.Finley
Chair (of Waikiki Neighborhood Board)
923-5482
Bob2222@hawaii.rr.com

6 Comments:

At August 02, 2006 8:14 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

I plan to be there -- doing the candidates thing. I don't see where there is a limitation on which candidates are allowed their five minutes of fame -- so anybody looking for face time and practice might consider calling Bob -- and possibly all the neighborhood boards. In that way, one could be on the airwaves around the clock -- theoretically.

Speaking of five minutes of fame, Olelo also allows a five minute recorded message from each candidate (Ph. 237-2123), taping from Aug. 7-19.

Furthermore, they allow us to schedule, a video just like every other citizen is entitled to -- who has something to say, or believes they do. It might be time for me to resurrect the public access video classic Understanding Conditioning -- one of the pioneers of public access' early landmark presentations in Seattle mid-90s(second only to Bobby Goldboro's Greatest Hits.

It finally got taken off the air because it was too popularly requested (and replayed) and my fellow aspiring producers demanded that either theirs get played as much as mine, or I shouldn't be aired at all. That's how these things come about.

It could be fun to get back into the limelight again -- now that the infatuation stage for new media has waned, and one no longer has to compete with everybody else's Greatest Karaoke Hits, and Just Because I Can Blog.

 
At August 02, 2006 10:02 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

There’s actually quite a number of ways to get “out there,” and distinguish oneself from the pack.

A lot of candidates who are not the incumbent are running not to lose -- rather than in thinking they have nothing to lose, and so they might as well try everything and anything -- especially the unprecedented, and get known for all the things they want to be known for. Then, if they lose, they’ll have gotten invaluable publicity and exposure about what their skills and understanding are. But that’s contingent upon having skills and thoughts one wants to publicize.

Most people don’t appreciate the shift from mass (old) media to targeted (new) media -- that the new technologies and ways of doing things make possible. One has to perfect the prototype (algorithm, or method for solving a problem) once, and then the whole technological infrastructure of society is now designed to enable cheap or free replication, duplication, and distribution of that message. So one has to refine that message and let the replication and distribution take care of itself.

That means letting go of the old paradigm of mass media communications which is wholly about quantity and not quality -- and authenticity, which is the great hunger in today’s society. People do not want more bureaucracy and technocracy (rule by experts) -- but want to own their own lives, and feel in control of their own lives -- rather than this specialization, fragmentation, and compartmentalization of every aspect of their lives, as was popular in the previous century.

The new century is about being whole again -- because that is the basic impulse of human life and society. It’s not about the “image” being one thing and the “reality” being something else entirely. It is about being one thing -- wholly; that is authenticity. That is the Next Big Thing.

When the World Wide Web was just beginning to take off in popularity, I immediately recognized that this would be the publication of the future and was one of the first to begin serious writing on it -- while people were doing flame wars, creating self-conscious web pages, doing all kinds of mischief :anonymously,” etc. I very deliberately decided to develop a real presence on the World Wide Web -- and the directory for my archives are at : http://www.freerepublic.com/~mikehu/ , as an indication of how I think. I think that is the quality to look for in a representative -- the quality of their thinking.

 
At August 02, 2006 10:11 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

That address was truncated, as links often are: it should read ~mikehu.

Many people "google" or "ask.com;" I'm either listed under Mike Hu or MikeHu, and if one desires, one can find a virtually unlimited collection on my thoughts on virtually every topic imaginable -- as well as my inimitable, leading edge style of writing -- which some experts on literature and writing, have called, "the best they've ever seen." But you be your own judge.

 
At August 02, 2006 10:42 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

While I’m at it, I guess I should mention that I’ve made the list of several blog directories for the most influential writer/thinkers of these times -- as a leading authority on such diverse major thinkers as Ayn Rand, Krishnamurti and libertarian thought.

http://freedomkeys.com/blogs.htm

I don’t expect that everybody will research me so intently -- but if one wants to, the documents are there. It may seem like I’m just coming out of nowhere -- but I’ve “been there” all along. But you see, I am the threat of the new media to the defensive status quo -- and so they’re not going to be promoting the competition.

I’m not naïve about these things. Rather than changing the entrenched, I’ve found it far more productive to just to go ahead and create the new. The old cannot understand the new -- but the new can understand the old.

I suppose that’s why a lot of folks would like to see me in the legislature, or at least more visible on the Hawaii political scene; I embody new thinking -- and not just a rebellion against the old.

 
At August 02, 2006 11:13 AM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Aside from writing and public speaking, my actual expertise is in exercise and conditioning -- having grown up watching my father practice and teach tai chi from before I was aware that he was doing anything extraordinary. I thought everybody moved slowly and thoughtfully. So early on, I met and conversed with these “masters” of physical culture, and throughout life, just naturally met the great thinkers in this field -- most notably, Arthur Jones, the creator of the Nautilus machines. He was before that, the premier big-game hunter in the world, and developed the forerunner technology of wildlife photography and filming.

My good friend, Dr. Ken Leistner (NY), is the leading writer on “high intensity training (HIT),” which we both developed in our own venues. He remained training world-class athletes, while I stumbled upon those at the other end of the spectrum -- disabled and dying., and wondered, what could work for them. That led me to universal principles that worked with both world-class athletes and the very weakest. Again, the status quo is not happy to hear there is a real cure for the problem they make their living off of.

In this way, societies become addicted to the problems -- as a major source of employment and profit, and need to refocus when they see that the solutions only lead to greater problems, requiring more money and more high-paying experts to solve. That’s a fairly good sign we’re on the wrong path; the right solution eliminates the problem. But all those people who have lifetime jobs perpetuating the problem (status quo) have to be retrained to do something more useful to society.

Education for the young is not as great a problem as the need for the re-education (reconditioning) of the old -- because the old teach the young. And there is the further possibility that the young should learn to teach themselves -- just as anybody can, and has to in a rapidly evolving world. We have to move to that new paradigm of learning -- which is not just about job security for teachers, health practitioners, lawyers, co-dependencies.

Do we really want to make a difference?

 
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