The Right Questions
The Right Time
Two Wrongs Won't Make It Right
It is virtually impossible not to know about the current ECONOMIC CRISIS facing the world; radio, television, and Internet cover what is supposed to be a never-before seen situation with no end or solution in sight. While there is no “quick fix,” there are solutions if we just ask the right questions.
We are at a unique and perilous time. It is all about change – not about why change, but a realization that we MUST if we are to survive and thrive. This is also a time when change is possible. But how do you go about it? More politics? If you are tired of all the political wrangling where people point out what's wrong, believe me, you have good reason to be. It takes no special skill or talent to see what isn't working. The SKILL is to find “what works”, and then model it.
When a business fails because of inferior products, greedy management, or risky investment practices, its assets are typically frozen, seized, and sold off. But what happens when there is no buyer because the failure involves almost every business institution in the U.S.? How will these assets be used to satisfy the debt? Why are many of those who have wreaked havoc on the economy still running things? Why is this tremendous loss being covered by the U.S. taxpayer, who neither owns, controls, nor manages the corporations, banks, and investment houses? Why the special treatment from Congress? Instead of giving money to those who have already proven their greed and incompetence, why not put these remaining assets and almost $1 trillion in bail-out money into building an economic democracy by funding employee-owned companies, community-managed banks, and partnership investments, all of which have unparalled stability and proven reliance?
The Right Way
This journey begins by asking: What in the course of human existence have we done right? As the most creative and imaginative of the species, we do have success stories. Sustainability can only be built on one thing, and that is “what works”. It incorporates both ecology and economy, spaces and places where people do real work and where real value is created. We are here to show you what that looks like, and with you, put these models in place in your community, your business, your city, your region, and ultimately, your home.