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.
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
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
We are all part of our society – benefitting and struggling within the system we share. We might think of ourselves as isolated from the rest of the world, but our lives are entwined – connected to the world through our supply chain of food and materials, and to people around the world through our… Continue Reading
In her cheerful yet poignant song, Price Tag, Jessie J helps shine some light on our society's obsession with money. In an age of endless encouragement to buy things, it is refreshing to hear a musical artist reminding us there are simpler, priceless aspects of life. Teaming up with American rapper B.o.B. and producer Dr… Continue Reading