Lets start "Pioneering The Next Economy"
We have the brains, the know-how, the technology and the feasibility to build an entirely new civilization. Jacque Fresco - "Paradise or Oblivion"
Stimulating the Economic Recovery... bottom up
Fixing the Economy
Times have changed globally - too many people - to much wealth in the hands of too few - and we have stopped looking at ourselves as the solution. We continually point our finger to government and big companies, both for help and to blame. This article is an example of a solution to get us working together as the pioneers did. To get a better view of the attitude this article is trying to get across I encourage your to read "Saving the middle class" before you read this one.
With the global economic situation in the state it is, I believe the time is now for us to learn to work together as the pioneers of this great land did. Since the days of the work bees (having neighbors coming to ones aid to freely build a home or a barn as they did in the past) are over, we need to create that same pioneer spirit, but in a more modern way.
Too long we have looked to Government to help us out. It is plain to see when we point our fingers at government, three fingers point back to us. That translates into a huge cost to the tax-paying citizen. Each finger being worth $25, for every $100 the government takes in, only $25 gets used in a useful and meaningful way and $75 is wasted. Truth is, economic change begins with us from the bottom up, not from the top down.
We must create a spirit of optimism and cooperation from the ground up. We need to do something that is fair to all concerned and that could build better friendships, just like the work bees of the pioneers. Today’s answer is different than a work bee, but we can do it!
As an Example - With Service Clubs and Equipment Rental Stores and USING THE POWER OF DUPLICATION it can work, rapidly and well.. Below is a simple workable plan that could do just that.
1- Work with a local service club such as Rotary or Lions and an Equipment Rental store.
2- Set up a tent on your parking lot; divide the cost of tent rental with participating contractors. (Example – 3+ plumbers, 3+ renovation carpenters, 3+ electricians, 3+ landscapers)
3- Invite the community to come and meet the participating contractors. The guest pass would be a $10 fee, donated to the service club. (Each trade could have their own discount to offer guests who have them do work, but they must come to the event to get the contractors coupon)
4- There could also be a silent auction the service club could put together with items donated by building supplies, flooring, window companies and the like.
The participating contractors would have tables in the tent with their own promotional aids to hand out. Everyone sharing ideas, offering their service and advice to guests in a spirit of cooperation and progress. Of course your facility would display equipment one could rent with a discount coupon given to guests.
The possibilities are endless. From having local musicians donating entertainment, providing snack foods plus any other added feature to encourage people to come. Come and meet the contractors. Come and see the equipment you can rent to do your next home improvement. Come and learn ways to do home improvements and network with others in the community who want to take steps to improve their property. Meet others who are making change happen.
The cost for the event is spread out over all participating. From the contractors who contribute to the tent rental, to the promotion costs becoming nothing but time and effort the service club would gladly do as a fund raising effort. I’m certain, local media would even donate promotional news. It becomes a fund raising event that stimulates a community improvement program. It will stimulate a spirit of progress and hope. A spirit just like that of our early pioneers at a neighbors Work Bee.
By working with others in the community and following this simple yet doable program, we can play a huge part in economic recovery. It begins with a spirit of cooperation that creates a shifting of attitude in the community. Shifting the nations attitude into one of hope and action.
This is an event that could benefit all concerned. The cost is just a little time, a little advertising expense, plus the willingness to step up to the plate and swing.
We have lost touch with the Pioneer Spirit and the love of life. Goodlady wrote Why I Long for the way it was when I was 30. I agree Good Lady. We need to learn to love life and love living in the free spirit of the pioneers.
If you think this is a workable plan – please forward to anyone you know in a service club or who owns an equipment rental store. Again I encourage you to really seriously look at Understand and USE the power of Duplication. This little plan is more powerful than it may first appear. The Power of Duplication can make this a major turning point.
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