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MANdatory Awareness: Patrick Irvine

Patrick Irvine is the founder of PACTS Inc. -a Black Advocacy Organization aimed at developing the Black Community to its maximum potential through a focus on education and economics.  His experience as a business consultant, supported by a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma- process improvement helped pave the way. His passion for the Black Community spurred by his own cultural experiences and research brought PACTS Inc. to the catch phrase. “We are what WE have been waiting for.”

Patrick is the author of four published books with two more on the way “Tactics of Revolution” and “The Birth of the Modern Black Family Crisis.” He has written over 30 reports and analysis for various non-profits all over the country. He has assisted in the development of dozens of community programs currently being implemented around the country. In his spare time he is the host of the Lessons From The Screen podcast, co-host of the Freedom Train Podcast Series, and co-founder of the Freedom Train Network. He has proven himself and his tactics as he is recognized as an expert in organizational tactics and Strategy and has been sought after as a speaker by many different organizations and documentary makers. Enjoy this sit down with a man behind the scenes of the movement below.

Fancy: How would you describe your swagger? What makes Patrick, Patrick?

Patrick: I honestly wouldn’t know how to describe my swag, because I don’t think swag is something that you can honestly perceive about yourself– I believe it’s heavily based on how others see you.  I have, however, been told that I have a subtle confidence; I am also told I am calculating and cool under pressure. I’m not “that guy” that everyone notices when I walk into a room, but you’ll know who I am by the time I leave; it’s a very subtle thing. 

As to what makes me, me, I’d say it’s my love of analytics, detail, perspectives, and information.  Simply put, I’m a nerd that loves data in all forms and loves analyzing it.  From people’s perspectives, to study results, to census data: I love gathering it, reviewing it, analyzing it, and creating plans based on it. 

That being said, I also enjoy helping people and seeing others succeed. Assisting others is a self-motivator and in a lot of ways, more enjoyable than my own personal success.  I tend to shy away from the spotlight; I prefer to work in the shadows.

 

Fancy: Tell us about your organization PACTS, Inc and what inspired it?

Patrick: PACTS Inc is essentially a Pro-Black Think Tank; we are also a registered 501c3 organization. We do some activism and some advocacy but our work is primarily centered around data accumulation and analysis.  We create surveys and questionnaires as well as review data put out by other organizations and various sources.  We then combine that information with our own observations and historical knowledge to create plans and make suggestions geared towards improvement. Most of the projects we undertake as an organization comprise of and are related to culture change and social engineering.  Ultimately, we hope to become the strategic source of activity for other Pro-Black organizations; we’re not interested in the spotlight, glory, or any sort of recognition. We pride ourselves on doing the work that isn’t sexy but very necessary.
Our website (www.pactsinc.org) is also set up to become a tertiary source of information that will allow people to take in only the facts.  Books, lectures, court cases, poems and more are continuously being added to the website without major interpretation and/or commentary attached.  Our goal is to provide the information so that people can formulate their own opinions from an unbiased perspective (except for their own) and make informed conclusions that will actuate a positive process within themselves and positive action in the community.

 
PACTS Inc. (previously known under a different name) was inspired about four years ago by the lack of progress being made socially.  We believed that this lack of progress was caused by an ignorance of history and/or a warped perspective of past events.  We were originally an organization focused on activism, but over the years we realized our communities would be better served by addressing and completing tasks that were necessary but for whatever reason lacked follow-through and attention. When we changed our focus and several other components within the organization, we also changed our name.  PACTS- Power, Affinity, Consciousness, Truth, Singularity… it’ll take a deeper discussion to tell you how long and how our board came to this acronym.

 

Fancy: I love your catchphrase “We are what WE have been waiting for.” What made you decide to go with that?
Patrick: Erica T., who has been with us from the very beginning, suggested we use that as a slogan after we had a group discussion about us (Black People) waiting for and looking for the next MLK, Malcolm, Jesus or whatever savior we were/are looking for at this moment.  We all agreed that it spoke to something deep, meaningful, and powerful, because we (as a people- Black People) are capable of doing all the things we need to be done.  We are also the legacy of all the historical figures that we revere, meaning that they continue in each of us…We simply have to begin to move.  There are a lot of messages in that slogan, and they all perfectly apply to our current situations and who we are as an organization.

 

Fancy: What is Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma? I know when we featured your co-host Joseph Ward, he mentioned it before as well. 

Patrick: Lean Six Sigma is basically a business process efficiency and effectiveness expert.  A Black Belt qualification is the highest level that can be achieved– it deems me “well versed in the Lean Six Sigma Methodology.”  Lean is the process of improving efficiency and Six Sigma is the process of reducing errors.

Fancy: The Birth of the Modern Black Family Crisis, is that one of your upcoming books or one that is already published? Can you tell us more about it?

Patrick: It’s a book that has been in the editing stages for a while now and has been renamed three times (shy smile).  We have settled on the name “The Chasm” and it is due to be released later this year along with “Tactics of the Revolution.”  It’s a book that I started writing about four or five years ago to address the growing divide amongst Black Men and Black Women in the community. 

So it looks at how we got here, what’s keeping us here, commonly held beliefs about each other, statistics, and solutions that can bring us back together.  I had to do a lot of digging and interviewing especially with Black Women (since I’m not one).  It’s taken a little longer than I wanted and/or expected, but I also thought it important to have a few rounds of editing by Black Women to give it more or a well-rounded perspective since it could be considered bias being solely written and edited by myself, a Black Man. 

Fancy: Finish these sentences…

As a Black man in America, I worry most about….Women and the next generation (there is a lot to unpack here but I’m just completing the sentence).  

As a husband, the man should….Listen to his wife and be the man she needs him to be, not the man society tells him to be.

Fancy: What is the most beneficial advice you have received as a man, and how did it help you?

Patrick: Be stubborn about the destination, but flexible in the journey.  This is something I keep in my head constantly; I used to keep it written down in my wallet.  Often times as a younger person I would get so caught up in things always going right (Yes right, according to my plan but that doesn’t mean that’s where I needed to go.) that I would lose sight of what I was ultimately trying to do.  I wanted to get where I wanted to get, but I wanted to get there my way. I was completely closed off to the idea that there were other paths to my end goal.  Consequently, I missed a lot of opportunities because I didn’t see them as such.  I also found myself in a lot of bad situations because I didn’t see how by staying committed to the journey I was subconsciously changing my destination.

 
Now I evaluate things based on whether or not they have the potential to get me to my end goal. In that, I have found a lot of paths that I would have never considered at the start of my journey, have in fact moved me closer to my end goals.  This has been true in nearly every area of my life, from business, to marriage, to parenting.  If a plan doesn’t go the way I think it’s supposed to, I no longer get upset.  I analyze the situation and see how I can utilize the new development to move me forward, and in that way, a lot of errors and mistakes have turned out to be the best thing ever.  The founding of PACTS Inc was actually birthed from realizing I/we were in a bad situation with the wrong people.

Fancy: Do you have any upcoming events or projects that you care to share?

Patrick:

  • We have the 2 books coming out this year: “The Chasm” and “Tactics for the Revolution.”

 

  • We are also promoting Professor Carl Tone Jones’ documentary “The Independence Day Project.” I have a few snippets in the documentary. It can be found at blackindependence.org or on the PACTS website in the store.

 

  • We will be launching a children’s summer program in Charlotte that teaches Black History and life skills amongst other things. This will also lead to an after-school program, home school co-opts, and a unique mentoring program, all of which have been developed with Pacts and other partners.

 

  • We will also be launching a speaking tour this year featuring myself and few others.

 

Connect with Patrick below.

www.pactsinc.org

www.freedomtrainradio.com

www.patrickshares.com

 

 

Francheska Felder
Francheska Felderhttp://swagheronline.com
Francheska “Fancy” Felder is an award-winning editor, publisher, publicist, and quiet Southern media mogul. In 2010, she launched SwagHer Magazine, an empowerment and lifestyle publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real, which also doubles as a PR boutique. SwagHer Magazine uses positive media and storytelling to create new narratives and mindsets around Black women, their communities, and the businesses and organizations they lead, while the boutique strategically executes press and brand campaigns. The proud SU alum is also the publicist for Power Influence Radio and hostess of the CEO Chatter LIVE Podcast. Because she battles with bipolar disorder, Fancy is a proud mental health advocate.
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