Thursday, March 16, 2017

How Founders Can Create A Sustainable Community & World - Founders Under 40™ Group

If Mr. Elon Musk is not an example of the will of man to create his or her future, I’m not sure what else can demonstrate the proof. The world was either a very chaotic and very divisive world before Donald or somehow he just escalated it. It is sort of like the world went from a dog bite to an anaconda bit. Will it kill us?

Whatever the case or outcome of these turbulent times,I would hope Founders Under 40 Group members and founders around the world would help create more bridges and discourage divisiveness. So I have taking some time to point you to a possible higher purpose. Because chasing ever more money and more stuff is only going to leave you feeling empty if you don’t have something substantial to motivate you.

I want you to take these quick thoughts and see whether it can inspire you to do something profound for your community or the world. If you need further tools and advice please look it up. As always, we want to hear from our Founders Under 40 Group members, private community members, and other founders.

[ Sustainable development will need to be inclusive and take special care of the needs
of the poorest and most vulnerable. Strategies need to be ambitious, action-oriented
and collaborative, and to adapt to different levels of development. They will need
to systemically change consumption and production patterns, and might entail,
inter alias, significant price corrections; encourage the preservation of natural endowments; reduce inequality; and strengthen economic governance] 

- Source: The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa

The Three Keys Of Our Civilization

I want you to keep this in mind before you take on any social and economic issues or invent a solution to a problem. Our world runs on three key things: economic engine, social engine, and environmental engine. Each one effects the other like if a farmer only planted rice to sell to the people. If there was a flood, it will likely impact the farmers livelihood and the rest of the population.

The economic engine Is focused:
on development, productivity, resource distribution, innovation, prosperity, etc.

The social engine is focused: on maintaining order, empowering, supporting, nurturing, protecting, accessibility, freedom, sharing, values, laws, cohesion, cooperation, population, diversity, gender, demographic, etc

The environmental engine is focused: on biological, nature, resources, protecting resources, finding resources, harvesting, food chain, survival, water, temperature, land, life, cleanliness, pollution, etc

Exploring Economic Engine Problems

What really makes this engine move is multifaceted. It could be transportation, zoning, employment, products, trades, capital, resources, wars, streets, parks, waste management, construction, stocks, health care, worker protection, poverty, wealth, technology, talents, etc

The point is to under fully the areas you wish solve for and hopefully create a sustainable solution. The modern economic system of banks, money only exist because we want access to things so we exchange our physical and intellectual skills for set compensation. Which we then use to put food on the table, raise kids, put a shelter over our heads and save for retirement if we are lucky.

Just to live in urban cities is going to keep getting expensive until the market corrects or cities gets abandoned because the population isn’t seeing a whole lot of growth in income and can’t afford to access the full benefits of urbane life.

In parts of San Francisco for example, people are paying $2000 to live in a house with twenty other people and having to sleep on bunk beds and sharing washrooms and kitchens. There will be a time when people would simply give up and explore other options to get access for cheaper price tag.

The economic systems is gradually reassembling a monopoly board game. The rich people are not going to change the rules to suite the less fortunate or disabled. However the reality is that the wealthy are getting richer from the middle and working class and the very poor. They simply create a value that people are willing to pay for. They leverage their capital resources to generate income. Or they are simply exploiting the human nature.

So what I’m saying is, if access is all we all want so why can’t we all figure out a way that everyone gets access. Why not pool resources to build affordable hosing so you don’t keep enriching others. Why not support the small business manufacturer? Why not create co-op businesses? Why not get together to build several community farms so no one goes hungry because they don’t have money? Why not create a barter community? If men and women crave casual sexual desires, there must be a less violent, safe, and appropriate ways to get their fix.

Because as the gap grows between the haves and have-nots there’s likely going to be an increase in instability and much more severe crimes. So it is going to be more important for communities to start controlling the economics of their neighborhoods in the future.

Exploring Social Engine Problem

Our society has been complex since we evolved from chimps. Have you seen chimps in the wild? It is a perfect example how living things set rules to survive and thrive. There is a rule for challenging the leader so you can get the female ,subjects and territory.

When it comes to the human social hierarchic and behaviors, one things that’s becoming clear is that the sooner you start taking responsibility for yourself, the better you’ll be. Governments are living beyond their means. The more complex the system the harder it is to keep cost under control. I’ll be honest don’t know everything about governments but do know the power of community watching over each other. We raise our kids together, we teach each other fundamentals, we fight for each other, we clean our streets together, we guide, but this only works when everyone is focused on the key universal priorities.

When it comes to the social engine, I do have questions:

We are provided resources how do we use it more efficiently?
How do we improve the quality of life for all lives?
How do we make it possible that everyone’s essentials of life is provided in a sustainable way?
How do we make sure our values are universal and transferable?
How do we make sure our past are not hunting us in the future?
How do we make sure we are tolerant of our differences when we don’t understand?
How do we open opportunities to all who are capable?
How do we make sure people are financially savvy, self-aware, disciplined?
How do we get along?

Exploring Environmental Engine Problem

The world is filled with a lot of stuff. Some help us stay alive while others are used to take life. Some are meant to disrupt. All seem to serve a purpose. So the environment that nine billion of us are exposed to is constantly balancing its self.

The question is how does one capitalize from it and minimize the down side of its wrath? How do we learn from the past droughts? How do we handle ice age? How do we handle heat waves? What laws are striking the right balance? Who is fighting for the rest of the lives living on this planets?

The fact is many institutions are created everyday trying to protect the environment and create sustainable worlds. The challenge remains how do they align themselves to the other key engines of civilization.

Where & How Founders Can Get Involved

After reading this some of you might say, “I’m already involved in the community. I have no use for this.”. But I would respond and say, “That’s great however what you could do for the community could be more sustainable if you are willing to think like a legacy builder not just another bandage solution provider.”

What if you could get involved in a community think tank? Get together with different experts and just execute sustainable solutions?

You can get involve in many ways. Look for a part of your community neglected and struggling. Is there a need for a product or service? Do you have skill or knowledge to share? Is there a cause that needs funds or awareness?

Getting your family and employees involve in a great cause that’s align to your values but are indifferent to if it impacts your bottom line. Some you’d be happy to be associated with for more than a decade. Go and build on your strength and work on your weaknesses.

 It is also important know what you are willing to give. Your time, expertise and money have some limits so know what is a enough giving and more go back to your priorities.

Do something as little as saying thank you. Any constructive action can make a difference in our world. You don’t have to travel to Africa to help the starving children. Something as just been a decent citizen in your neighborhood is a start.

Take A Stand On A Significant Issues

Do your homework on the causes you choose to support and research the organizations and it’s leaders.See the multiple sides to the story.

Taking care of your mind and body is very important. It is much easier and rewarding to give when you are at your best. There are many guides and tools that help you live your best life. There are books on meditation, spirituality, relaxation, eating healthy, living fulfilling life, being a good parent, caring for animals, being comfortable in your skin, etc.

Progress in life and in any task doesn’t happen overnight. It requires thoughts and some planning prior to it, it requires breaking down of task and even delegating, it requires adaptability, it requires commitment and flexibility, it requires focus, it requires reflection, and so on.

Try These Areas:
Entrepreneur communities
Private or public community centers
Religious centers
Day care centers
Public schools
Private schools
Educational centers
Shelter house
Rehabilitation center
Art centers
Community theater
Historical restoration
Environmental centers
Self-Help groups
Retirement home
Art gallery
Youth organization
Food bank or soup kitchen
Neighborhood adoption or cleanup programs
Boys and girls club
Animal shelter
Sports team
After-school program
Neighborhood security

Creating A Cooperative Business Might Help World Sustainability

Cooperative (Source: Small Business Administration)

A cooperative is a business or organization owned by and operated for the benefit of those using its services. Profits and earnings generated by the cooperative are distributed among the members, also known as user-owners.

Typically, an elected board of directors and officers run the cooperative while regular members have voting power to control the direction of the cooperative. Members can become part of the cooperative by purchasing shares, though the amount of shares they hold does not affect the weight of their vote.

Cooperatives are common in the healthcare, retail, agriculture, art and restaurant industries.

Forming a Cooperative

Forming a cooperative is different from forming any other business entity. To start up, a group of potential members must agree on a common need and a strategy on how to meet that need. An organizing committee then conducts exploratory meetings, surveys, and cost and feasibility analyses before every member agrees with the business plan. Not all cooperatives are incorporated, though many choose to do so. If you decide to incorporate your cooperative, you must complete the following steps:

    File Articles of Incorporation. The articles of incorporation legitimize your cooperative and include information like the name of the cooperative, business location, purpose, duration of existence, and names of the incorporators, and capital structure. Once the charter members (also known as the incorporators) file with your state business entity registration office and the articles are approved, you should create bylaws for your cooperative.

    Create Bylaws. While the law does not require bylaws, they do need to comply with state law and are essential to the success of your cooperative. Bylaws list membership requirements, duties, responsibilities and other operational procedures that allow your cooperative to run smoothly. According to most state laws, the majority of your members must adopt articles of incorporation and bylaws. Consult an attorney to verify that your bylaws comply with state laws.

    Create a Membership Application. To recruit members and legally verify that they are part of the cooperative, you must create and issue a membership application. Membership applications include names, signatures from the board of directors and member rights and benefits.
    Conduct a Charter Member Meeting and Elect Directors. During this meeting, charter members discuss and amend the proposed bylaws. By the end of the meeting, all of the charter members should vote to adopt the bylaws. If the board of directors were not named in the articles of incorporation, you must designate them during the charter meeting.

    Obtain Licenses and Permits. You must obtain relevant business licenses and permits. Regulations vary by industry, state and locality. Refer to our Business License and Permit guide to find a list of federal, state and local permits, licenses and registrations you'll need to run a business.

Each state will have slightly different laws that govern a cooperative. Consult an attorney, your Secretary of State or State Corporation Commissioner for more information regarding your state's specific laws.

Cooperative Taxes

Most businesses must register with the IRS, state and local revenue agencies, and obtain a tax ID number or permit. A cooperative operates as a corporation and receives a "pass-through" designation from the IRS. More specifically, cooperatives do not pay federal income taxes as a business entity.

Instead, the cooperative's members pay federal taxes when they file their personal income tax. Members pay federal and state income tax on the margins earned by the cooperative, though the amount of taxation varies slightly by state. Cooperatives must follow the rules and regulations of the IRS's Subchapter T Cooperatives tax code to receive this type of tax treatment.

To file taxes on income received from cooperatives, please refer to IRS instructions content on how to file Form 1099-PATRDownload Adobe Reader to read this link content. More information about taxable distributions received from cooperatives is available at IRS website. If you create a consumer cooperative for retail sales of goods or services that are generally for personal, living, or family, you will need to file Form 3491 Consumer Cooperative Exemption Application Form 1099-PATR.

Some cooperatives, like credit unions and rural utility cooperatives, are exempt from federal and state taxes due to the nature of their operations. Check with your state's income tax agency for information about state taxes.

Advantages of a Cooperative

    Less Taxation. Like an LLC, cooperatives that are incorporated normally are not taxed on surplus earnings (or patronage dividends) refunded to members. Therefore, members of a cooperative are only taxed once on their income from the cooperative and not on both the individual and the cooperative level.

    Funding Opportunities. Depending on the type of cooperative you own or participate in, there are a variety of government-sponsored grant programs to help you start. For example, the USDA Rural Development program offers grants to those establishing and operating new and existing rural development cooperatives.

    Reduce Costs and Improve Products and Services. By leveraging their size, cooperatives can more easily obtain discounts on supplies and other materials and services. Suppliers are more likely to give better products and services because they are working with a customer of more substantial size. Consequently, the members of the cooperative can focus on improving products and services.
    Perpetual Existence. A cooperative structure brings less disruption and more continuity to the business. Unlike other business structures, members in a cooperative can routinely join or leave the business without causing dissolution.

    Democratic Organization. Democracy is a defining element of cooperatives. The democratic structure of a cooperative ensures that it serves its members' needs. The amount of a member's monetary investment in the cooperative does not affect the weight of each vote, so no member-owner can dominate the decision-making process. The "one member-one vote" philosophy particularly appeals to smaller investors because they have as much say in the organization as does a larger investor.

Disadvantages of a Cooperative

    Obtaining Capital through Investors. Cooperatives may suffer from slower cash flow since a member's incentive to contribute depends on how much they use the cooperative's services and products. While the "one member-one vote" philosophy is appealing to small investors, larger investors may choose to invest their money elsewhere because a larger share investment in the cooperative does not translate to greater decision-making power.

    Lack of Membership and Participation. If members do not fully participate and perform their duties, whether it be voting or carrying out daily operations, then the business cannot operate at full capacity. If a lack of participation becomes an ongoing issue for a cooperative, it could risk losing members.

Also Take A Look AT UN: 17 Goals To Transform Our World

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