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Conservation is abundance

As I am prepping a new project centered on sustainability and new meanings for “green”, I return to conservation. Consider that Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican, was deep into conservation. In fact, conservative comes from ones desire to manage resources and use what one needs. (Today’s mention of conservative is like a tourniquet around any change in the status quo. mc)

In my world, conservation is abundance. It centers around using what you need and not hoarding or taking more than a fair share. This old principle requires a sense of discipline and a global view that everyone is worthy to receive.

Political issues taint such a simple concept. It becomes all about money and greed rather than serving a community—the family of mankind.

The people currently hoarding power are afraid to let go because they don’t see other options. They are stuck. Glued to old autocratic ways that justified why they need not share.

My solution is to create a new sustainability track that people subscribe to locally and globally. These centers are non-profit. They are like farmers’ markets and offer a variety of  community services including healthcare options. Hospitals would be returned to non-profit status and serve the community rather than meeting business objectives.

Critical mass is here. A community pilot project on campus would serve as a viable example. MC

This is my entry into ASU’s (Arizona State University’s) crowd-sourcing project seeking solutions to world problems. http://www.10000solutions.org/solution/replace-yourself

Abuse, Business Insights, economics, executive order, politics

Protecting Consumers at the Pump: The Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group | The White House

Protecting Consumers at the Pump: The Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group | The White House

While fuming and being frustrated, I’m not feeling protection at the pump of anywhere else right now. I don’t understand how oil companies make windfall profits and the market reacts otherwise. What will stabilize it?

I’m all for free markets, but sometimes conditions must be contained. There is no standard for behavior here. Is the dingy cloud of apathy at the root of the issue? How can we shake politicians to using their reasoning rather than dogma? Is writing to our Congress Member an act of futility? Do the calls matter?

A glimmer of hope is how Wisconsin put “recall” back on the map like early Arizona history days. Yes, Arizona was a progressive state until the 1970’s. Look how far back we’ve slipped.

I want to know how Eric Holder can investigate the investors and speculators who are driving the fuels market? It is clear “Wall Street” has no conscience and is betting on the “No Come” line (craps game lingo), against itself, by inflating gasoline futures.

Can someone please help me understand this better?
Please leave your comments. -MC

Business Insights, Decision making, economics, Strategic Plan, Workplace

Slow Time Strategy

Had enough of the “sky is falling” strategy?
With a clear perspective this may a time ripe with opportunity for you and your business.

Consider where you can serve others the most:

  1. What do they need more of now that times are tough?
  2. What is a small “nugget” you can offer at a low fee, perhaps chunking down a program or a guidebook?
  3. Where do you need the most help? Chances are someone else does too. An alliance may serve you both.
  4. Conduct a cursory gap analysis for moving from point A to point B. Once you figure it out, survey to see if others can use your solution.
  5. What are you doing to ensure your customers will remain with you? This is a time for steady and sure-footedness, not spikes.
  6. What can you read about the current political and economic cycle that will provide perspective? Consider Paul Krugman, economist and professor of economics at Princeton. He is a sane voice in the wilderness of all the Chicken Little’s squawking around.
  7. Observe who continues to be doing well—what are they doing and what has changed if anything from their usual approach?

Take a deep breath. Retain your personal power and contemplate your moves with responses rather than reactions. Be cautious about the messenger you hear.
Prayer and meditation can provide a respite from the “noise” in the frenetic marketplace—Just breathe, pause to reflect and recognize you only need to know how to click your “ruby slippers.”

Bon chance.
Your coach,
Michelle Cubas

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