“We think of everything as zero sum. As if your gain must come at my loss. As though I can scratch your back only if you scratch mine. And that is not a wealth or power building mindset. It is not….We are so used to transactional culture. We are so used to that anxiety when someones being nice to you like ‘what do they want?’. We need to get rid of all of that and realize that we are all on the same team, we are all the same movement. Your success IS my success. Your gain IS my gain. When we operate on zero sum, we limit what is possible.”
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 7/31/2018 at The Assembly
(Watch the whole speech on our Instagram live and on Facebook.)
There are those rare moments in life when you feel like you’re watching the future and it’s so incredibly hopeful. It felt that way when I worked as an intern at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 and was in the convention center watching a young US senatorial candidate, Barack Obama, take the stage to deliver the speech that launched him into the national spotlight. And it felt that way last night, seeing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speak truth with clarity, conviction, humor, and bravery to our community at The Assembly and here in the Bay Area.
Her message is about more than politics and her energy will stay with us for a long time. I can’t wait to see what she does next.
I’ll keep it short today, but leave you with a few more words from Alexandria: stop asking permission and don’t be afraid to get into a little bit of good trouble to make change.