April 22, 2008

Earth Baby

Posted in green living, Radio tagged , , , , at 8:56 pm by siliconmom

Last week, I was thrilled to be invited to KQED’s San Fransisco studio by Mark Trautwein  to record a piece I’d written about my Earth Baby. My daughter was born on Earth Day, and every year it has me thinking more deeply about the significance of that day AND worrying what the future holds, given global warming and all its ramifications around the world. But I also have to work hard to focus on my daughter’s birthday celebrations and not get caught up in my usual guilt trip about not living more greenly.

If you’d like to listen to the Perspective about Earth babies pulling together for change, click here


April 18, 2008

Inspiring tech women

Posted in Inspiring mothers, tech tagged , at 5:22 pm by siliconmom

I had the opportunity to interview Sandra Bergeron last year for the Silicon Valley Business Journal.  Her story of giving back to her Georgia State Alma Mater to enable five young women to have a college education is truly remarkable. She’s now balancing board level positions in high tech with motherhood. What an inspiring Silicon Valley mom!

Click here for the Biz Journal story: http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/stories/2007/02/05/smallb4.html

Radio opportunities in Silicon Valley

Posted in Radio at 4:27 pm by siliconmom

Hello and welcome to the siliconmom radio page

Here you’ll find information about taking part in two local radio shows. Click on the links below to find out more about these excellent opportunities.

Needing inspiration? You can hear some siliconmom commentaries from NPR’s KQED in San Francisco or read from KLIV’s archives.

If you need more information, don’t hesitate to write to me: alison (at) siliconmom (dot) com

Cheers Alison

Editor www.siliconmom.com

Want to take part in NPR’s KQED Perspective Series?

Click on this link to find out how

Want to take part in 1590 KLIV radio’s commentary series?

Click on this link to find out more about KLIV

KLIV accepts non commercial commentaries of 75 seconds in length (max 200 words) Inquire with Bob Kieve: Kieve (at) empirebroadcasting (dot) com


April 16, 2008

Radio commentaries

Posted in Radio at 4:31 pm by siliconmom

Siliconmom Archives from NPR’s KQED radio

Click on this link to hear one of my favorite commentaries

Click on this link to read a favorite baseball commentary

Click on this link to read a favorite commentary about freedom to travel 

April 15, 2008

Aspiring to be an eco-mom

Posted in green living, Inspiring mothers, silicon valley tagged , , , at 6:29 pm by siliconmom

Aspiring to be an eco-mom

My weekend is never complete without reading Chrystia Freeland’s excellent column in the Financial Times Weekend section www.ft.com/freeland however, a recent one really made my blood boil. Titled, “Save us from the eco-mom” my hackles were up before I’d even scanned the first paragraph. She reports to “feeling the first stirrings of eco-resistance” as she’s forced to hand wash her daughter’s glass milk bottles…and then extrapolates into a whole peeve-fest about “eco-moms’ tendencies to complicate and belabor domestic life.” Oh my!

I agree that we shouldn’t forget the emancipatory power of the dishwasher and washing machine, but I think we should also be prepared for a little inconvenience. Saving the planet is worth a little hassle, is it not?

I aspire to be an eco-mom; I aspire to recycle, buy local, drive a hybrid, reduce my carbon footprint etc., but I certainly don’t aspire to the fundamentalist eco-mom definition she describes…moms who’re completely consumed by the eco movement to the point of turning the clock back, abandoning science and technology. Brings to mind an image of  women down by the river, scrubbing their underwear with carbolic soap for hours…Oh, please!

And another thing…

I think Chrystia was so busy with her eco-warrior warnings she missed an important part of the eco-picture: that the eco-movement is pushing for scientific and technological advancement (not regression); that eco-moms are pushing for renewable energy http://www.energyrefuge.com/archives/pge_california.htm , hybrid cars http://www.toyota.com/prius-hybrid/, low carbon footprints and energy saving ways to run their homes.

Eco-moms are looking for ways to get their groceries from local producers, not from half way round the world. Eco-moms want green solutions, not ways to chain themselves to the sink all day. It’s opportunity not tragedy; a wee bit of inconvenience for the common good. I reject her branding eco-moms fundamentalist: we’re pragmatic, we’re realists and we’re more than ever aware that we’re all in this together. Al Gore says it best in his surprisingly funny and self-effacing call to action http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/1

Finally: I’m curious to observe that Chrystia is the one who tries to sneak recyclables in the trash and her kids are the ones who catch her red-handed. Why is it the complete opposite in our house and I’m forever fishing plastic yoghurt cartons etc out of the garbage? Are the New York schools so much better at making the eco-message stick than the California schools? Am I pushing too hard? Fodder for another column perhaps?

Original  www.siliconmom.com post

April 10, 2008

Needing some radio commentary inspiration?

Posted in Radio at 4:44 pm by siliconmom

Here are some Siliconmom Archives from 1590 KLIV radio commentaries. If you feel inspired to share your views with a big Silicon Valley audience, this is a great place. They don’t pay, but it’s good experience.

Click on this link to read archives from siliconmom: Freedom to speak out

Click on this link to read archives from siliconmom: Recall

Click on this link to read archives from Bob Kieve