Making Use of YOUR Government

Recently I have had several discussions with fellow Bermudians(especially the under 30’s) about issues and concerns they have on a wide variety of issues. There seems to be a breakdown in the public’s understanding in their ability to make changes in the community. There also seems to be a Iack of understanding on how to go about contacting the local Government to express these issues.

Before we get started, never forget that the Government is established to serve the country, people and community. Politicians and officials are in office to make decisions on the peoples behalf. Dialogue with the people is imperative.

Bringing issues, suggestions and concerns to government representatives is encouraged and appreciated. The Government connot prioritize effectively to tackle issues without the feedback of the community.

Lets look into how to go about bringing issues to light for your Government to listen and act on.

Firstly, don’t be afraid to do a little homework! Learn about your issue in detail. Know your constituency/regional representatives. Carefully document the issue at hand. Researching as many details as you can about your issue is not only helpful for Government, but it will help you better convey your points. In a nutshell, always ensure that you know what you’re talking about.

Who is responsible and accountable for your issue or concern? Are you contacting the right department? Are you contacting the most appropriate person for your inquiry or motion?

In theory, sending your garbage pickup queries to the Premier and Governor may seem logical to some. However contacting the Ministry of Public Works that is specifically accountable for garbage pickup will produce better results. In this example contacting your constituency and regional representatives responsible for the area of the garbage pickup inquiry is also helpful. It’s easier to kill one bird with two or more stones.

When it comes to dealing with anybody, know that If you want honey, dont kick over the beehive! The public is not mandated to be respectful, patient and understanding. Your Government is professional and will help you regardless. However it is more likely for your local representatives to go the extra mile on your behalf when you don’t wrinch, scream, and hurl insults at them. Times are changing. Scrutiny from the public, press, and opposition is all too common. Bermuda needs lots of work done to get back on track. Your Government has never been busier. Patience and understanding will go a long way.

Email, Call, or attend Open Caucus Meetings. These options give you the chance to directly communicate to the Government.

There is strength in numbers, thus there is also power in petitions. This may seem a bit old school for my younger audience, but petitions create results. Petitions with real physical signatures hold a lot of weight. Getting neighbors and others supportive of your motion to the Government is more effective than a single persons motion. Create a physical, tangible petition with real signatures. Internet petitions are not as effective in my opinion.

Get Involved! Maybe you can help out with the solution to your problem. Helping your constituency/region to manage other’s similar issues may appeal to you after your achievement of a solution to your issue from Government.

Hopefully this may help to get the attention, consideration, and relevant solution to your issue from Government.

Remember that research, documentation, patience, tactfullness, and sometimes assistance is the way to go.

Helping the Government to help you is the way forward as a community and Island.

Peace!

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Strengthening Bermudian Culture by Improving Individual Family Culture

Bermuda is approaching the Cup Match holiday. This time of year always brings about interesting conversations of Bermuda’s culture (or lack thereof) amongst myself and my friends.

In order for Bermuda to expand on our culture as a country, we must first expand on our culture within our individual family.

Most folks dont think of individual families as having their own culture.

Only nations and communities develop a culture inna? No not necessarily mate.

 

Some sociologists and family experts have agreed that not only do nations and communities form their own cultures, but companies, organizations and families form cultures as well.

Some research contends that family culture plays a larger role in shaping a childs character than specific parenting styles. Research also suggests that high standards of family culture plays a large role in determining the overall happiness of those in the family. http://news.virginia.edu/content/uva-study-identifies-four-family-cultures-america

This will obviously affect how the family members contribute to society, thus Bermuda’s communal culture as a whole.

 

Let me first dress back and convey what I mean by culture.

Culture in a simplified form, is the mindset and behaviors of a particular group.

With this understanding of what culture means, how can one begin to develop a family culture?

Here are my main three ideaIs that develop family culture.

 

1. Values
Values serve as a foundation for
any family culture.

Positive family values could include concepts like peace, respect, support, work, and fun. Depending on a families history, religion, and education, the values will vary.

Some families foster negative values like entitlement, envy, and laziness. It’s important when developing positive values to provide constant reinforcement for them which inhibit negative values.

 

Here’s an example of reinforcing positive values:
Your child knows you both are going to the beach later on in the day once you have the time. He or she wants to go now, so the child throws a tantrum.

You can threaten him or her (or follow through) with a spanking and send the child to their room.

However if you want to reinforce work and support as family values you can tell your child something like, “I know you want to go to the beach now, but we have to stop by to see grandma first. She needs support with mowing the lawn. Sometimes in life we want things right away, but many times we have to finish more important things first.”

You can then send the child to their room and have a similar talk again once they calm down. This will reinforce your positive family values of support and work.

 

2. Norms
Norms are basically the positive
values in action.

They are the spoken and unspoken ways in which a family operates.

If one of your positive values is work, a norm could be delegating cleaning tasks for your kids around the house.

The goal is for them to appreciate work and understand the importance of pulling their weight in a household and in a society.

 

3. Traditions
These are the routines that give a family purpose and identity.

Traditions for an immediate family provide cohesion in which the broader family can benefit from just by being included.

Traditions can be large like family reunions, and holiday traditions & celebrations to smaller things such as family dinners and game nights.

Traditions generally include celebrations of rights of passage for the youth as they surpass different stages & goals in life.

We all create our own family culture anyway. Why not develop a structured culture that purposefully moves us forward?

The effects of developed family culture takes root in the cummunities these families are a part of. This affects Bermuda on a grand scale.

Bermuda will have difficulty improving on its culture as a country unless we create our own individual family cultures.

 

Outward changes must always begin from within.

 

Let your family culture shine through.

Peace!

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It’s the Little Things… Doing More to Sustain Our Environment

Bermuda is the third most populated country on earth per square mile.

Bermuda presently battles with successfully managing the increase of garbage within her environment.

We, as an island that disposes of more garbage per person than the City of Manhattan, must take more responsibility for our environment.

I challenge Bermudians, residents and visitors alike to a simple and practical habit that will have a long-lasting positive effect on the island.

One cannot go to a beach or public park without seeing garbage. This causes issues with our environment and the public image of Bermuda being an immaculate destination to visit and live.

Plastic and styrofoam garbage in particular, (being non-biodegradable) collects water and is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitos. This particular form of garbage kills many of our marine life, endangered or otherwise.

The proposed habit is simple. Take a bag of any size with you every time you go to the beach or public park. When you’re on the way out of your public place of choice – Fill up the bag with garbage and responsibly dispose of it!

That wasn’t so bad now was it?

I have encouraged some people close to me to begin to do this when at a public place or beach. Not only does it only take a few short minutes to fill up a bag with nearby garbage, it can be fun and satisfying. Every little bit helps.

The ultimate effect will obviously lead to less garbage. Less garbage will result in less mosquitos and environmental poisoning, while sustaining our marine ecosystems.

lt is up to us to create a more sustainable environment with natural beauty left intact for the generations of locals and visitors to come.

Bermudas circumstances must depend on the willingness and actions of the public to create positive change in the environment.

We as a community are well capable of adopting and cultivating sustainable habits. I challenge my fellow youth and countrymen to get into taking a small amount of responsibility for the quality and maintenance of our public spaces.

The moral of the story is simple, whether you are at the Cupmatch Game at S.C.C. or at Beach Fest on Horshoe Bay…

Don’t leave a public space empty-handed!

 

Have a blessed Emancipation Holiday, Peace!

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A Brief Statement on Who I Am

As this is the start to a blog that I will regularly use, I feel a brief introduction is in order.

My name is Mr Ananda G Hill, I am 26 years old born on September 27th 1988. I am an Entrepreneur, wearing many hats Directing several small businesses.

My main forms of income come from freelance writing, Roofing and Painting (www.facebook.com/bdaroofnpaint), and day trading futures contracts on my own behalf.

 I have been educated and passed an apprenticeship as a Professional Futures Contract Trader at the OTA aswell and will swing trade on my own behalf in the future.

I am currently studying for Electronics Engineering Certification with George Brown College in Toronto. I also study Public Speaking with The University of Washington. I volunteer with The Chewstick Foundation as Membership Coordinator. Community involvement is a passion of mine.

I have a passion for the improvement of diversity, accountability, efficiency, and modernization of BOTH Political Parties in Bermuda. Though I have worked with the elected OBA Government, I like to see myself as politically neutral.

Articles that I post will relate to Business, Politics, Community, Sustainability, or Education in some form. Feedback is always encouraged.

Peace!

Email:anandaghill@gmail.com.

Phone:4415171481.

Skype:”Anandaghill”.

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