So, I finally dropped my job to focus on a project aiming to shorten the capitalist-imposed gap between our ‘self-interest’ and ‘shared-interests’. I’ve put off this decision for two years because new ventures don’t pay bills. I now have more determination than I did a year ago, not that determination pays the bills but because higher levels of hope mask impeding fears with courage.

My hope jar overpoured thanks to the latest of several ideas building up since I started the project. It’s the concept of carrying ‘Civic Power’ in our wallets along with our IDs, currencies, photos, business cards…

Thank you Jayne for these. I've been thinking along similar lines for sometime. I think accounting has been major tool fostering extraction and accumulation. As an optimist i see the future of accounting transitioning from treating earth and society as externalities to valuing them as investors in value creation.

I see these transitions as well;

- Personhood; to Planet & Society i.e. for their investment in value creation - this means more models of public ownership alongside private ownership.

- Innovation; will turn to creating products, services, processes, models, and organisation cultures that foster a flourishing future Planet and Society…

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If we are kind, why are the systems we interact with every day unkind? Why will for instance 15K children die today from preventable poverty-related causes while we send more billions to billionaires? — UNICEF

If we teach our kids ‘sharing is caring’, why do the systems we interact with every day unteach them with ‘greed is good’?

If we admire selfless persons, why do the systems we interact with every day nurture selfish persons?

If we love nature, animals, trees, and people with our hearts, why do we hate and ignore them with our daily purchases?

Are we slaves…

In Oct 2019, sent an email update of a thrilling achievement — $1 Billion of interest-free credit deployed to 3 million women in 94 countries since 2006. Across the wealth-divide that wasn’t as thrilling, Kiva’s San Francisco neighbour, Instagram, founded four years later generated $20 Billion (for its investors) in just 2019 from a global user base of 1 billion active monthly users. What Kiva achieved in nine years, Instagram did in one. That’s like 180 times more money we send to the richest than we do to the poorest.

This sounds like comparing apples to oranges, but that’s…

Creating value and exchanging it is at the heart of two polar extremes — human ‘prosperity’ on one end and inequality, climate and ecological breakdown on the other. Our value creation narratives shape how value is exchanged and who owns how much of the generated wealth. The story we are told is that value is created only and only by entrepreneurs (businesses or corporations) — and so all generated wealth belongs to them.

The story we aren’t told or take for granted is that almost 80% of the value we buy today has been in creation by Planet earth and…

Because Planet and Society are more essential and generous to our wellbeing than the corporate brands we love. Corporations wouldn’t flourish to be valuable brands without the input of Planet and Society, yet at the output stage, they get to steal the show, take all the credit, all the wealth, rights, and incentives. It sounds trivial but when scaled as is the case with our obsession with scaling everything today, this brand slavery sucks the blood out of Planet & Society and slows their flourishing. Here’s,

We can survive without corporate brands but not without a productive Planet and Society…

This is a contribution to Rutger Bregman’s article Yes, it’s all the fault of Big Oil, Facebook and ‘the system’. But let’s talk about you this time. Since it’s longer than the accepted quota for comments, I posted here…

NB: This is not the usual commentary- it’s a sketch plan of a solution people here are looking for. It’s a solution we can start developing together today and introduce to the world.

Rutger’s article is about ‘people know but they aren’t acting’ and this is a frustration me and you see on the internet and more so on this platform…

Help me, critic, this in the comments; especially that ‘Planet & Society’ invest in value/wealth creation. Thank you.

Our wealth concentration obsession is entrenched in the flawed narrative that wealth is exclusively created by businesses. Whereas wealth is the product of businesses innovating to extract planet’s resources with ‘global society’s knowledge and cooperation under governments’ fertile environment.

Making a $1M is a million times quicker today than it was 1,000 years ago, not because entrepreneurs are smarter, sleep less, or take riskier ventures today, but because the smartest, hardest and riskiest building blocks are already done by the global society.

I wanted to draw a picture of how unsustainable our culture of valuing the product rather than the process and producer(s) is. Why it is important to look back and see and value the real actors in value creation?

It is easy to focus on the aesthetic beauty and usefulness of your iPhone for example and not even give a damn how it came into being. What was the process, what are its material contents, who did what in what conditions? I guess you’re already getting bored, — I mean Isn’t this info better abstracted like it is today? How…

How do you get 7 billion people from hyper destructive ‘production and consumption’ to sustainable ‘production and consumption’?

This is the challenge of our lifetime. Because production and consumption are activities we aren’t going to stop until the last day of earth — if there’s such a thing.

The answer lies in Personal Identity. Personal Identity is the single most influencing force for our decisions, actions, and behavior. Identity determines what and where you eat, wear, study, work on, spend on — and what you don’t. …


Idealistic Generalist hunting for How can technology coordinate consumers to flourish planet & society more; just like it coordinates us to flourish businesses?

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