The SuperSpade at 300

The SuperSpade turns 300 with this writing. I am humbled by the people who have been fervent supporters of us and what we are trying to do with this space. Every time we hit another 100 posts, we like to talk about the things we’ve been doing with this SuperSpade movement and talk a bit about where we are looking to go in the future.

The goal of this space is to engage in dialogue about current issues and events of importance, as well as themes that are relevant to life as a whole. We want this dialogue to result in real actions that we can take to improve our everyday lives. We generally talk a great deal about political issues, but we touch on other subjects as well, with features such as Steve’s Weekly Dreams or Brandon’s Friendship Series to name a couple. The reason that our focus is primarily political is that we also seek to promote understanding about how these issues tangibly affect our daily lives. Why does it matter who is on the Supreme Court? Why do interest rates matter to everyone? These are the types of answers that we want to make real to people. This will help realize my vision of an informed, active, conscientious populace that will not make decisions based on ignorance or deception.

Readers may have noticed over the past week or so that there has been a slight change in format on the site, a change that is a direct result of feedback that I have received from a number of you. One big thing that people have said is that the average length of our writings makes it difficult for people to read and comment.

So, I have decided to give this shorter post thing a chance. The short-form pieces will have 3 parts. Here is what you can expect:

1. An intro to the subject, that will usually include at least one link to whatever the subject is
2. An opinion and/or reaction to the subject
3. A discussion question for us and the readers

The goal with this space is to engage in dialogue that we have on the site. We would like to see this dialogue in the comments section of the posts, so hopefully this change will help that to happen. This is the first of many things we will be rolling out over the next few months to give people a variety of ways to contribute to the discussions and conversations here at The SuperSpade.

Because the post length is shorter, this will allow us to write more posts about more topics. I think that’s a good thing because it will give everyone a nice variety of issues to chime in on. We will still have our bread-and-butter long-form articles, but there will be fewer of them. If the response is positive to this new format, then we will stick with it. Please show us how you feel by leaving comments and emailing us at Also don’t forget to check out our categories section and archives on the right side for access to older pieces.

One Love. One II.




About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

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