What would occur if Seattle tech workers were more engaged with a village around them? And what would it take to get a rest of a city some-more in change with a tech community?
Those are two of a central questions in this special GeekWire podcast — featuring a wide-ranging contention about technology, politics and a destiny of Seattle.
Our guest are Erica C. Barnett, a longtime publisher on a Seattle domestic beat; and Heather Redman, an businessman and financier who is concerned with a Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy, a organisation dependent with the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce that has been encouraging a tech village to get more involved.
The backdrop for a contention is a Nov. 3 ubiquitous election, featuring a move to district elections for a Seattle City Council, potentially shifting the change of energy on a nine-member group. Also on a list is the Proposition 1 travel levy, with vital implications for a approach we pierce around a city.
We speak about all of those issues and some-more in the podcast above.
At a heart of a review is a question: how can we get people in the tech village to caring some-more about politics? As noted progressing this year by Gus Hartmann, a Google operative and former City Council candidate, “the small fuckers don’t vote, to put it bluntly.”
Part of a reason is a strife of cultures and mindsets, Redman said.
“When we consider of what would be a slightest gentle intersection between dual groups. we consider of politics and engineers, since engineers like things to be black and white, engineers like things to be information driven, engineers like a right answer, etc. They also like to puncture deep,” Redman said. She added, “I consider it’s a genuine mindset. So that’s because we would adore to see some-more information driven journalism, as we consider folks would get some-more connected and some-more concerned that way.”
At a same time, she concurred that many in a startup village have their hands full with … their startups.
“These companies do not have a lot of runway, and so those folks are heads down, not heads up,” Redman said. “I’d like to see them be some-more heads up. They do caring about all these issues, though they have that arrange of ubiquitous American schooled helplessness about ‘I can’t do anything, it’s not going to change, and by a way, we usually have 4 some-more months of payroll.’ So we’ve got to repair that.”
Barnett noted, “Part of a problem that we see with a tech village is that, generally in a incomparable companies like Amazon, they arrange of live in their company’s community, they don’t live in a outdoor village as much. … I don’t know what a resolution is solely for companies to not be so insular, and not say, all we need is here.”
Listen the whole contention in a audio actor above, and catch highlights on the weekly GeekWire radio show, airing on KIRO Radio (97.3 FM) during 7 p.m. Saturday night and available as the possess podcast on GeekWire this weekend.
And don’t forget to mail in those ballots by Nov. 3!