“I suffered unbearable torture in silence, weeping internally at the sad turn of events blaming myself bitterly again and again for having delved into the supernatural without first acquiring a fuller knowledge of the subject and providing against the dangers and risks of the path.”
Gopi Krishna

Kundalini – The Evolutionary Energy in Man

Is there a future for Profit?

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Originally this post was titled “the future is non-profit” … but then I realized I had stepped into a trap. The more I think about it the more I realize that the current vocabulary used to express business/money is a biased and limiting. A debate around profit/non-profit assumes that profit is a quantifiable indicator expressed in monetary terms. But that is not an assumption I subscribe to or care to proliferate. With that in mind …

For a a few years now I’ve been living with a belief that the only kind of sustainable business in the future is one where is there are no financial profits. There can be large profits … just not financially accumulative ones. I believe financial profits are at best an illusion (that is destroyed by a wider scope of valuation … for example ecological impact), but more importantly a sign of dysfuction (indicating that the scope of valuation is too narrow and is mising out key factors that are at least, if not more important then the factors that have been valued – that there may be negative value involved indicating destructive impacts that are not being considered).

Therefore I enjoyed the article The Sharing Economy Just Got Real which touches on thish subject in (1) in concrete examples that are (2) from the emerging technology industry and (3) uses existing legal/financial constructs to outline alternative business configurations and (4) a path of transformation for existing business.

“You can’t truly remedy today’s economic problems by using the same business structures that created the economic problems. Because of their current ownership structure, Airbnb, Lyft, Über, and TaskRabbit could be bought out by ever larger and more centralized companies that won’t necessarily care about the well-being of people using the services, or about the overall abundance of jobs in our economy.

There is only one way to ensure that a company will make decisions in the interests of the people it serves: Put those people in control of the company. So let me introduce the T corporation … have been around for a long time, and they have a major benefit of not paying tax if 1) they are governed democratically by the shareholders (i.e., everyone gets one vote in the election of the board, regardless of share value) and 2) the earnings of the company are distributed to the shareholders on the basis of how much they patronize (i.e. do business with) the company.

… it’s basically a way of saying “cooperative” without the cultural baggage that comes with the word “cooperative.” …

But, at the core of cooperatives is a very simple legal concept that turns the conventional business structure on its head. In a cooperative, money doesn’t buy votes in board elections and money doesn’t buy future profits. Rather, each member of the cooperative gets a vote and earns money based on the efforts they contribute. There is no single individual or group driving the company for their own profit. Many of the incentives for exploitation are simply absent in cooperatives.

To convert the sharing economy companies into cooperatives, each company and its shareholders could voluntarily enter into a legally binding agreement to begin the process of selling the company to its customers as a cooperative, even if it takes 10 years or more to complete the buy-out.”

 

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Secret World of Microorganisms

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There seems to be an escalation of old (though fairly recent) truths crumbling and being replaced by softer and more hollistic truths. A thread they all seem to share is that of connectivity and community – ideas of machinstic separation are dissipating and being replaced by a realization of inevitable and welcome codependency. I take great pleasure in witnessing these changes.

I look forward to the release of this movie:

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Blessed

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Yesterday’s frustration had for the most part passed by the time I finished eating dinner. Today, as I came back from the village market its raw energy seemed to have transformed into something very different. I feel blessed.

  • Blessed by the amazing and abundant food which nourishes me.
  • Blessed by living in nature.
  • Blessed by the air that I breath.
  • Blessed by the sounds that I hear.
  • Blessed by the soil.
  • Blessed by the rains.
  • Blessed by a partnership with Andreea that goes beyond anything I was ever told or thought two people could be.
  • Blessed by a growing awareness of what family can be … also beyond anything I was ever told or thought it could be.
  • Blessed by kindred spirits who continue to gentaly guide me across vast distances … some in physical forms others less so.
  • Blessed by the people who have taught me to navigate in that which is known.
  • Blessed by the people who have taught me to be lost in that which is unknown.
  • Blessed by the people who keep me sharp by taking an interest in what I have to say.
  • Blessed by learning and growth.
  • Blessed by listening.
  • Blessed by intuition.
  • Blessed by clarity.
  • Blessed by surrender.
  • Blessed by acceptance.
  • Blessed by a friction of change.
  • Blessed by blessings that are natural occurences that arise from being in tune inside and out … like apples from that fall from a tree for those who stand by a apple tree.
  • Blessed by a balancing act of doing and not doing.
  • Blessed by patience and waiting.
  • Blessed by direct honesty.
  • Blessed by the edge.

I hope that by recognizing my blessings they may resonate outwards from my consciousness to others.

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I looked at the phone

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There is heaviness in the air today. I spend most of the day indoors. Lit the rocket stove for the first time.

Its afternoon … cook dinner or get on the mat? I don’t know.

I look at the phone. Walk outside to pee. Come back inside the phone rings.

It’s Andreea, away attending births.

A couple have canceled last minute. Not OK. Other births were refused, loss of income. It isn’t the first time.

We have come this far carried by my financial beliefs. Now we are being carried by hers.

She believes in soft. She is opening to abundance.

She thinks I am angry. I’m not. I’m frustrated. Is this how people value soft? Pretty expensive.

It isn’t easy letting go, stepping back, letting her step forward. I’m getting better … but need to get even better.

Anyways, I am left with a dose of frustration. Heaviness & frustration are not a good recipe to carry on to the mat. I am not ready for a practice.

So cooking dinner it is.

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Bitcoin Robot: A Bitcoin Pyramid Scheme

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The Bitcoin Robot confirms my feelings about bitcoin. To me the Bitcoin Robot seems like another fear-based (the world is in crisis) pyramid scheme (buy your way out of the crisis): join, buy some bitcoing and let the robot generate profitable transactions for you. That didn’t take long!

A(nother) potentially great technology detached from life and purpose.

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