Just in time for Peru’s Independence Day (What, you didn’t know that it was tomorrow?), we have put the final touches on my Flash movie/inspirational message My Declaration of Independence.
I sat up in bed late at night on June 21 (Summer Solstice) and thought "Wouldn’t it be fun to create a little multimedia message to uplift the spirits of those who feel trapped in their corporate jobs?" Since we were close to the 4th of July, I thought of the theme of creating your own declaration of independence. My good friend and former business partner Darron Padilla was crazy enough to volunteer his Flash development efforts to bring my idea to life. Thank you Darron for your generosity of spirit, time and energy!
My aim at sharing this message is to broaden the circle of support for aspiring entrepreneurs and bring more people in the dialogue at this smart and generous community here at Escape From Cubicle Nation. So if you know someone who would appreciate or benefit from the message, please pass it on!
P.S. As fate would have it, the one picture that I took myself was of the Mom and her kids in Peru, weaving high atop the mountains. I visited this inspiring group of entrepreneurs a couple of years ago and was excited by their story. Because it was difficult to find a market for their beautiful handwoven bags, shawls and blankets, these native artists were forced to leave their ancestral lands high in the Andes and go to the big cities to look for work. Many men had to separate from their families, and they often fell into depression and poverty.
With the help of some enterprising Peruvian and American entrepreneurs, a collective was formed and a distribution channel was opened so that they had a market for their wares. The result is a powerful, creative and enterprising group of families who are able to live where they have deep roots, pass on an ancient tradition to their kids and make a good living for themselves. Now that is something to celebrate!