Francisco Ramirez, MPH is presenting Entrepreneurial IQ: 10 keys to designing an unconventional career in sexuality. Check out Francisco’s bio here.
How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
Sue Johanson–my inspiration for talking sex on TV! Margaret Cho. Dan Savage. UC Berkeley. Carol Queen. Good Vibes. The Rachel Maddow Show–that is how broadcast and hosting should be done! And everyone who comes to see me at Free Sex Advice in the park: these New Yorkers are constant proof to me that human beings are capable of taking great risks and finding even greater payoffs.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?
No hesitation on this one. That people in the US (and around the world) are still not in agreement that we should have gender equality as an agreed upon baseline. This is bananas. That some people believe that the lives and livelihood of some human beings are somehow more valuable, worthy than others astounds me. If we can’t agree that we all should be afforded the same rights how can we ever move forward?
What do you feel are some of the most important/valuable positive changes that have been made in the world of sexuality in the past year?
And then, one year ago, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtxU9iOx348.
Why do you feel it is important to bring the topic of your session, Entrepreneurial IQ: 10 keys to designing an unconventional career in sexuality, to CatalystCon East?
So many of us sit on our dreams. But when you really want something, when you really have a dream, there’s a good reason why. If I can inspire just one person to create the next big thing in sexuality, I am elated.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.
I start every morning at 4:00am, salsa dancing around the apartment in my pj’s while listening to Celia Cruz. ¡Azúcar!