While we are not all Irish, it is great to be celebrating community and, in an era of corporate greed and control, to revel and sing and toast the amazing spirit of people!
My love of community, fairness and shared prosperity came into focus in 2012, when I created NeoPeopleism.
Its tag line “People Matter Most” is a stand against the economic and political forces that created our Winner-take-all economy, and diminished the hopes and prosperity of people through extreme greed.
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|By focusing on money instead of people, our business and political leaders have forgotten the value and eons-long traditions of community, caring and sharing.
They took widely-supported and positive economic and political systems (capitalism and democracy) and distorted them to cause this terrible period of financial inequality and power mongering.
For the past 3 years, most of my writing efforts have been to encourage everyone (richer or poorer, younger or older) to re-balance how our society, governments and economy function, through compassion and inclusive decision making. Everyone’s life, including those of the rich, can be more joyous, cooperative and meaningful (all within an improved system of socially-responsible capitalism).
As we saw in the US election of Barack Obama, and the support for Bernie Sanders, there is an rising and widespread hope for renewed political and business processes and conduct. It can happen soon.
Most of us are very busy – it’s a modern mark of value. There are so many things needing to be done, to be purchased, and to be watched on our screens. We are trained by the ever-increasing rates of media and concerns to move quickly. It gives us very little time for true understanding,… Continue Reading
The recent passing of my father was another reminder of the importance of family and community. He loved talking with people, and exploring their interests, concerns and joys. Everyone who talked with him came away listened to, understood, and very often motivated to be more caring and hard working in their own lives. Here’s a… Continue Reading
All sorts of things can separate us from each other. Here’s to finding ways to bridge divides and build relationships. Together we shine brighter and better. I shine for you The stars so far away are nearer than you seem to me. I wish a wish could bring you close but that is not to… Continue Reading
At the heart of our days are people. We work with them, live with them, and are helped by them. Both history and today are the combined results of people, building on our shared efforts, respect and love. Yet so little of business decisions and media are focused on what is good for regular people.… Continue Reading
Recognizing the problems in our world is one thing. Figuring out where we stand on them is the second. The trick is step 3, which more people are starting to do: Taking action to change things. Step up to step 3! [Return to the home page of MakingMoreOfToday.com.] Continue Reading
The classic definition of a VIP is a Very Important Person. It is someone whose stature is above the regular person. They are respected, they are recognized as special, and they are given accolades and preferential treatment. We tend to think of VIPs as movie stars, famous musicians and rich people. We're shown these famous… Continue Reading
While there are times for being alone, the true state of people is in community, doing things. From humankind's earliest days around the fire, we have continued to benefit from the joys and strengths of being and building together. Listen to the CBC Ideas show, Left Behind. While we all need close friends and cohesive… Continue Reading
There is a movement afoot that is taking a look at how charity and aid might be done better at both the local and global levels. It is based on the 2009 book, "When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself", by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. The authors… Continue Reading