What I need from you

NoKXLThis afternoon I received from President Obama’s office an email whose subject line read “What I need from you”. It was about the action he’s taking on climate change. It’s admirable, the position he’s taking, at least the appearance of that position.

I don’t think it’s enough.

So my response to you, sir, is this:

And what we need from you, Mr. President, is decisive and substantive action to back up your words, including your refusal to issue permits for disastrous efforts like Keystone XL, and including your refusal to bow any longer to pressure from Big Oil, Big Motor, Big Ag and the rest.

Instead of allowing a clearly self-interested Congress to obstruct you at every turn, we need you to reverse Citizens United and put the power back into the hands of the people of this country–rather than corporate interests, who have nothing but their own profit margins in mind. Corporations will *never* act in the best interests of the people of this country (with the possible exception of Costco); they will only act in the interests of their stockholders. Right or wrong, that’s how the system is designed. Citizens United goes against everything this country was founded on. Substitute major corporations with the British ruling families, and you have exactly the same situations that caused us to break away from the Empire in the first place.

We want our democracy back!

Rebekkah Hilgraves

By Rebekkah Hilgraves

*RadHaus Solutions*: ActiveCampaign Certified Consultant. Marketo Certified Expert. Solutions Architect. Marketing automation implementation, integration, best practices, governance. Marketing automation, with a heavy dose of nerd.

*RadHaus Studio*: Broadcast and recording engineer, media production manager, cable monkey, marketing dork, project manager, chief cook and bottle-washer.

A seasoned trainer, marketer, web producer and front-end developer, solutions architect, writer, consultant, broadcaster, recording engineer, and public speaker, I've worked in eLearning, Instructional Design, CMS, Marketing Automation and CRM (especially Marketo, ActiveCampaign, and SimplyCast), content delivery and management, taxonomy, SEO, media production and technical support. I bring a unique blend of experience and expertise.

Through RadHaus (formerly SheTech and Company), and in partnership with ELK // Obscura Media, and Prove digital marketing agencies, I have supported enterprise clients in marketing automation implementation and operations, digital marketing and data strategies. I help design and operationalize custom integrated marketing programs for businesses, working with audience/user group segmentation, SEO, web analytics, design and UX best practices, multimedia, social media and other strategic web design and delivery mechanisms. I also do hands-on media production and arts marketing, allowing me to remain involved in the arts.

As part of Marketo's education team, I managed the production and publication of eLearning modules, and was a key member of the LMS implementation and certification development teams.

A consultant on the Web Operations team for OppenheimerFunds in New York, I offered technical, production, and strategy support on a major web site redesign project.

As Managing Editor for an online news magazine published by NetQoS, I supervised and managed the migration of the site from a legacy content management system to a .NET-based commercial system. I maintained the site and the content, updating the magazine with new content from industry analysts and technical experts on a weekly basis.

My earliest foray into both technology and training was as a software trainer for logistics company Cheetah Software Systems, helping create an implementation and training practice standard for the company, and building their user documentation.