Sunday, January 25, 2009

A presidential call to action

This week a friend of mine went to get his weekly dinner at Osaka, congratulating Rena who runs the sushi restaurant on joining Viv and chatting her up about our program.  She told him with her hearty smile that she was waiting for us to get her started.  Whoops!  An eager business is great, and we are on it.  I just didn’t expect what she said next.
With Obama’s inaugural speech on Tuesday, Rena said that Dinesh and I were doing what he had asked the nation to take up.  We were?  Barack noted, “…the spirit of service: a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment, a moment that will define a generation, it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.”  Wow.  I am flattered and t0uched that she considers us in such a light.
When we started Viv, we wanted to not only spark pro-enviro change but also change the way it was done.  Viv is about involving people in a way that empowers the individual– empowers you to make a difference.  Viv puts that power in your hands.  It let’s you voice the spirit that Barack asked us to believe in.