We currently stand as a nation divided, at place and time like no other in our history. We are at the ultimate crossroads, where we will either give into collective but disparate fears and relive our blood-stained past, or deeply listen to better angels of our nature and, together, push through those fears to a profound unity unlike anything this world has known.
We stand at a time when the words of generations of civil rights leaders and the word of law they collectively helped to rewrite are now, clearly, unable to affect the one thing required for true equity–power and the actions of those that wield it. While words alone cannot change minds, words do carry a certain power of their own; they can impart knowledge, spark new ideas, invoke empathy, touch the soul, and inspire the change-makers that can upend antiquated power structures.
Entrepreneurship, at this unprecedented crossroads, is a vehicle with the potential to disrupt our current national stalemate and propel us down the right and righteous road toward the actualization of true equity. Humans are creative beings; the creation of new ideas that solve problems and address needs is a power that cannot be taken away. Author and entrepreneurial activist Victor Hwang takes it one bold step forward; with his new Right to Start movement, he extends this stirring call to would-be entrepreneurs with words that have the potential to touch the creative heartbeat in us all: “Your ideas and dreams are the spark of the future.”
Hwang has developed a "campaign to rebuild the American economy by unleashing entrepreneurial opportunity for everyone, regardless of race, place, gender, background, heredity, circumstance." He astutely asserts that “we are all starters. More than ever, we need starters to drive economic recovery and advance economic justice.”