You too can be a Social Advocate

My love of community, fairness and shared prosperity came into focus in 2012, when I created NeoPeopleism.

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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.

rob-hueniken-20160513-I hope that you will add your voice to this time of positive change, and find ways in your own life to put people first.

If you enjoy my efforts here on Making More of Today, I invite you to also visit NeoPeopleism.com, and to connect on Facebook.com/NeoPeopleism.

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In search of intentionality

In search of intentionality

┬áMost 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, or the development of potential and satisfication – in ourselves or in those around us. Through busyness we reduce our focus to just the immediate activity at hand, with the longer range and personal elements becoming secondary if considered at all.

One of the central concepts of a team – be it a group of employees, a family, or a sports team – is that combined strengths lead to shared success. Those strengths include both the hands-on skills of the team members, as well as the emotional ambience and influences that motivate and guide the group.

But when people are busy they tend to become reactive rather than proactive, and functional rather than intentional – the subtleties and considerations get lost – and each moment becomes one of immediate result or exhausted rest. In such a state people are finding it harder to be encouraging or appreciative of others. The emotional ambience becomes an assumption of commited determination rather than a thoughtfulness of how any team member might be lifted up, honoured or encouraged. “We’ve got things to do and you should be doing them right now!” becomes the mindset.

This is not to say that people have become unfeeling or dispassionate – those attributes are hard-wired into us. But telling your busy co-worker or friend “It’s okay – we’ll get through this” is very different from being purposeful in thinking about the people in our lives – from being encouraging – from being considerate and forward-thinking. Telling someone “Hey, I forgot to mention you did a good job last time but you did and here’s another task” is insufficient encouragement, and far short of intentionally seeking ways to recognize people’s contributions.

In a busy world people burn out that could have been lifted up, good ideas go unused or undeveloped, and existing and potential new leaders get discouraged. Without timely communication, personal encouragement, and reflection organizations and lives get stuck in the same pattern and conditions – they lose a better future while they grind through the present.

Every person is different, yet every person has the same needs: to be part of good things, to grow in their skills and potential, and to be recognized and encouraged. You have a vital role in the lives of those around you – not just through the hands-on skills you use on a task – but by being purposeful and intentional in your communication and encouragement. When we intentionally consider people’s needs we develop ways to help them, and also ourselves. When people are encouraged, honoured and built-up good things happen. Yes, it takes time, and yes it takes change, but it’s worth it because helping and encouraging others is a bigger source of joy, satisfaction and positive change than any bottom line can ever show.

You have more influence than you think, and more opportunities than you have been using, to help others and make life better.

Break the cycle of busyness, and bring intentionality back to life.

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Valuing our times together

Valuing our times together

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

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Step up to Step 3

Step up to Step 3

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

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Very Important People – Redefining the VIP

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

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Building together again

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

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A new way of helping

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

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