QWorks stands for “how Albuquerque works” as in how our city government works and what is going on around the city and its neighborhoods.
On Sunday, April 22, 2018, Qworks will have its official launch party at the Kosmos Restaurant , 1715 5th street, NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
I encourage readers to click on the link below and view the video published on FACEBOOK that explains what QWorks is all about, who is behind it and what it wants to do.
A few weeks ago, I attended a focus group meeting for QWorks.
The QWorks group was originally organized to elect Gus Pedrotty Mayor of Albuquerque, but after the election, the group met and wanted to continue to advocate and make a contribution to Albuquerque.
The organizers of QWorks are all in their twenties with each having a deep commitment to making Albuquerque a better place to live, work and raise a family.
The group includes Gus Pedrotty, A. J. Hedrich, Joshua Romero, Sara Collins, Alexa Ogunsanya, Timothy Carlton McQueen, Brendon Gray and Gabe Gallegos and at least twelve other highly motivated millennials.
In a real sense, each one of these young adults reflect Albuquerque’s future.
Each and every one of these “millennials” bring different talents and experiences to the group, including writing skills, video production skills, marketing skills and the understanding how social media works.
All of them bring to the table energy, sense of love and commitment to Albuquerque and ideas on the city’s real potential.
According to QWorks organizers “[QWorks] comes out of a reflection on how communities organize, what motivates engagement, and how to create more passive opportunities to inspire action, all while increasing the level of knowledge on civic engagement, how the city works across our city’s electorate”.
Gus Pedrotty says “Over the last four months, we’ve worked on building a team and structure that requires itself to be inclusive, distributed, and growing. It’s all too long for a post — the ideas behind this, the trial and error, the opportunity for growth, and what we’ll need along the way — so please come to [our launch party] on Sunday, 4/22, at The Kosmos Restaurant from 6-8PM to meet us, engage with us, and join us on this next adventure!”
The immediate goal of QWorks is to start by producing 30 to 60 second social network media messages to inform the public how city government programs work and what is going on in Albuquerque socially, culturally and politically.
Pod casts are also being contemplated by the group.
QWorks has already produced 60 second preliminary public information messages that are slick and impressive.
Many would call them “public service” announcements, but the videos are far from that and are entertaining and very informative.
All the work on QWorks so far has been strictly voluntary by the group members.
QWorks wants to eventually become a “nonprofit” corporation.
I have found that my generation (over 60) has a real bad habit of underestimating the talents, abilities and wisdom of millennials that QWorks represents, and we do so at our own peril and loss.
QWorks has the real potential of being a refreshing voice advocating solutions to our cities problems.
This is one group of millennials that need to be encourage and helped by all.
If you are interested in Albuquerque’s future generation who in no time be responsible for solving many of our problems, I encourage you to attend the April 22, 2018 Launch Party for Qworks to be held at the Kosmos Restaurant, 1715 5th street, NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
You can reach QWorks at their email: firstname.lastname@example.org
And please remember, QWorks is how Albuquerque works!