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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Less Pork -- Even in Minnesota

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting editorial on "political pork" in today's paper. As Minnesota's next U.S. Senator, I want you to know that I won't only vote against pork projects in other senator's states, I will vote against them in my own state of Minnesota.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Uldrich to Shine Some Light on Washington, DC

It has been said that sunshine is the best disinfectant. In that vein, check out this short, 35-second webcast demonstrating how I will use technology to change the culture of Washington, DC and, in the process, give citizens -- not lobbyists -- more power:

(Note: Just hit the first icon below the screen and the video will appear.)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

No to Off-Shore Drilling; Yes to Wave Power

Because of both the Republicans and Democrats incomptence, America still does not have a long-term energy plan. As a result, the Republicans' short-sighted solution is to open up off-shore drilling. Amazingly, it appears the Democrats are going to -- yet once again -- roll over and acquiesce.

The Republicans and Democrats lack for foresight, vision and leadership would be funny -- if it weren't so tragic.

I have written an entire book on "clean technology," but one technology I will pursue as the next United States senator from Minnesota is wave power. I invite you to check out this cool video on its potential.

It's time for new thinking. It's time for real leadership.

Friday, July 18, 2008

I Want and Need Your Help

Dear Friend, Supporter and Interested Parties:

The video posted above is just the beginning of what will be the most innovative campaign in Minnesota political history. More will be coming in the days and weeks ahead.

To turn this dream into reality, I want and need your help!

If you like the video please forward it to as many family, friends and colleagues as you know. I can't -- and won't -- compete with Norm Coleman and Al Franken's $15 million dollars, but the Internet is a great (and inexpensive) equalizer.

To demonstrate it's power, I showed the video to a young woman who use to baby sit my two children. She absolutely loved it and then forwarded it to 725 of her "friends" on FaceBook. That's the power of the Internet!

Now, you don't need to have 725 "friends" on Facebook or MySpace to help me. If you just forward it to a few friends with a personal note -- it can make a difference.

Also, while I don't intend to raise $15 million, I do need your financial support. Please consider making an online contribution. (Or if you prefer, you can also mail a check to "Jack Uldrich for U.S. Senate", 4901 Emerson Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419).

Thank you for your support!

Jack Uldrich

P.S. You'll be seeing and hearing more from me and my campaign soon!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Why I'm Running for U.S. Senate

Over the course of the past few days I have thought long and hard about my decision to run for the United States. The best way to convey to you the rationale for my decision is to share some of my favor quotes with you. They come from a diverse group of individuals including Albert Einstein, Margaret Mead, John F. Kennedy, Gandhi and Alan Kay, and are listed below in no particular order:

We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”

We need men who can dream of things that never were.”
--President John F. Kennedy

The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”
--Albert Einstein

Never doubt that a small deeply committed group of individuals can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that has.”
--Margaret Mead

The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
--Alan Kay

The two common themes which tie the quotes together are a compelling commitment to the future and the need for individuals to recognize that they have a role (and, I would argue, a responsibility) in creating that future.

For the past five years, since I have left the Ventura Administration, I have written a series of books. Two have been on nanotechnology: The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business and Investing In Nanotechnology; two have been on the topic of leadership: Into the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from Lewis & Clark's Daring Westward Expedition and Soldier, Stateman and Peacemaker: Leadership Lessons from George C. Marshall. More recently, in 2008, I have had two books published: Jump the Curve: 50 Essential Strategies to Help Companies Deal with Emerging Technologies and Green Investing: How to Profit from Environment-Friendly Technologies.

To achieve these goals, however, we need leadership – real leadership. The change that is being hoisted upon society by the forces of nanotechnology, biotechnology, the mapping of the human genome, and, more broadly, globalization, are very real. We can either harness these forces to create a better society or we can close our eyes and pretend they don’t exist or, alternatively, hope they’ll go away.

The latter two options are, of course, not solutions at all. Therefore, I am of the very strong opinion that we don’t have any alternative but to engage society in a discussion about our future. The bottom-line is this: we can either allow others to create our future or we can create it ourselves.

I choose the latter. And because I have not yet heard any of the other candidates for U.S. Senate talk in any meaningful way about how they intend to create this better future, I have decided to put my “money where my mouth is.” Said another way, it is time for me to put my words and beliefs into action, and one way I can do that is by running for – and winning – a seat in the U.S. Senate.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Please encourage others to visit the site and post their thoughts and ideas as well (I intend to update the blog on a regular basis). The first step to creating this new future is to engage others in a meaningful dialogue about how we can create it.

Jack Uldrich