This week I had the privilege of interviewing Lloyd A Williams, CEO of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce; a phone conversation that lasted approximately 25 minutes. A dialogue focused on paramount issues facing local communities and the importance of becoming involved in community based activities. A syndrome fading into oblivion because of social-mediums and other forms of virtual communications. Ironically enough, these mediums can serve as a platform to aggregate the disparity of local organizations in a community.
Lloyd A Williams, is The President and CEO of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC), The Vice-Chairman of Harlem Arts Alliance, (HAA), A Member of the Executive Board of Directors at the NYC & Company, and the Chairman and Co-Founder of Harlem Week. Mr Williams is like an “Octopus,” quite a peculiar metaphor indeed; The man that juggles excellence effortlessly, an uncanny task a myriad of the population will falter in the gist of wonders.
The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) needs to develop an interactive App, so residents and businesses can communicate on a social-networking level, a comradery bridged with cutting edge technology. Designing a collaborative App that aggregates non-profit organizational disparity in communities would catapult the community and businesses into a more visible limelight, and permeate a wider attraction.
The Harlem Arts Alliance, is an artistic based organization that can use online platforms such as Youtube to promote community rapport, while enticing and sparking interest among a whole new demographic. An exploration that would be a great beneficiary not only for the members but the organization.
A great promotional concept would be for the Harlem Week to designate an online interactive Blog, so the residents and businesses can have discourse about summer events and other community based activities. A medium that promotes online dialogues while allowing users to rate, vote and post feedback.
I’d like to juxtapose online-social mediums with local communities and non-profit organizations. Bridging the gaps between two incongruous discrepancies; not just as a marketing tool but a potential global fruition that would promulgate the importance of organization participation, neighborhood unity and community perseverance.
Harlem was indeed the spawn of an unprecedented cultural movement in the 1920s, the era of the New Negro Movement, flourishing with literary and intellectual expression. The emancipation of cultural identity, urban expression and artistic development; a preceding joyous tandem that propagated many contemporary figures. Lloyd A. Williams, is not just the crux of political, social and economic issues in Harlem, he’s a Teacher and Role Model, and the privilege I had to interview him was a satisfaction beyond comparison.
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