January 26, 2023

about be the future

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”633″ img_size=”large”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”about me” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]my name is josh martinez. i love trying to understand systems and the systems that built those systems. i spend a lot of time thinking about how to get there from here. i approach my work through antiracism, social justice, and racial equity.

i spell my name with lowercase letters. you can read about why i do that. i also agree with the reasons shared by john a. powell, danah boyd, and bell hooks.

i grew up in texas and spent most of my life in the south. i went to the university of texas at austin for spanish literature and neurobiology. my first jobs were at a coffeeshop, then a restaurant, and later at the university. i once worked in a neuro lab, an engineering library, a gelato shop, and a fancy grocery store all at the same time. come to think of it, that’s a good representation of how my brain works. no matter the organization, i like digging deep into their mission and purpose. i then find ways to articulate those goals into a forward-thinking vision.

i previously worked in public health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. i’ve also worked in the non-profit sector as a director at Food Lifeline, a food bank that distributes to hunger relief organizations across western Washington. i now work as a consultant, helping organizations with strategic planning, program management, executive leadership, and putting equity and inclusion values into practice. this year i am supporting local public health efforts to distribute the covid-19 vaccines.

my clients and collaborators include Food Lifeline, the Non-Profit Anti-Racism Coalition, Bellingham Food Bank, and more.

after a few cross-country moves, i live in the pacific northwest with my husband and two cats. i love to write, cook, read, swim, and explore nature. i’m a huge fan of bad jokes and lasagna.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”about this site” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]we can’t wait for the future to arrive before we act. we must be the future we are waiting for. we live in a world that was built to entrench white supremacy into every facet of our lives. only through collective action can we fight to change the world into something better. for my part, i envision ways take radical ideas out of theory and into practice.

be the future is a place where i sketch out ideas for people to work in systems together. My consulting practice Future Emergent is where I get to co-create those ideas with my collaborators.

I live and work on the unceded territories of Coast Salish people who have lived here since time immemorial. I’m on the land of the dxʷdəwʔabš or Duwamish nation. I pay rent to acknowledge this theft of their sovereign land. Wherever you are, I encourage you to learn more about the land you’re on and its history. To learn more about Indigenous nations in some parts of the world, you can visit Native Land. In all things, we must strive to build respect and cooperation with the Indigenous Nations that share the land with us to this day.

josh [at] bethefuture.space[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]