Marginalization is an Economic Model
our Solution is
Impact Economics
The People Who Face The Problems Have The Solutions
It Is Long Over Due That They Are Empowered to Launch Them
Entitlement is The "Guilt Trip" of Extraction

EXTRACTION: THE ACTION OF TAKING SOMETHING

 

We have spent the past 200,000 years building an existence upon extraction. A term that is often used with Extraction is "Stranded Assets" i.e. reserves of "things" (normally hydrocarbons) that due to advances in technology will never be used. However, the real stranded assets of extraction are the people left behind after we have extracted:

  • Land from indigenous peoples

  • Free labor and the souls of entire segments of our communities

  • Money and assets from marginalized community segments

  • Hopes and dreams from hundreds of millions of people

  • Personal information from billions of people to sell ads

Etc,. etc,. etc,. 

To lessen our guilt, we provided entitlement programs that give enough for people to survive, but not to thrive. 

Entitlement has not worked, and we are yet to meet a single person in the free Impact Entrepreneurship classes we have taught for 6-years who wants it. It is time to stop extracting and time to start inserting so that we can provide every person with at least the opportunity to empower themselves, to become self-sufficient and proud, and to increase economic vibrancy in their communities so they can begin to thrive. 

 

When you teach the classes we teach, you very quickly learn that the people who face the most severe social and economic problems actually have the solutions, they just need to be given the knowledge, information, tools, contacts, context, and yes capital to bring them to life.

 

So to us, entitlement is the guilt trip result of extraction and it is time both were stopped. Change the latter to insertion and the former will take care of itself. 

Below is information on a series of focus groups that you can easily hold within your own community. Just be prepared for some very heated debates when you present the results. 

 

 

Impact Economics in Your Community

"Marginalization is an economic model, and until we treat it as such we will never solve it. It is time to stop doing the same things, and hoping for different outcomes"

 "To date, most initiatives have been driven by philanthropy or government programs, hence we have been fighting economics with charity"

Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. We believed this applied to our modern-day efforts to eradicate marginalization. Below is an experiment you can do in your own community. 

 

In an effort to investigate this hypothesis, we undertook the following project while working within marginalized communities in numerous global ecosystems. 

 

We created focus groups from different age demographics within disenfranchised communities. 

 

  • In room A, we had 20 elderly community members (at least 75 years of age)

  • In room B, we had 20 youth community members (in their 20s)

  • We asked both participant groups the same questions, related to the "choke points" preventing empowerment and progress

  • The elderly community members were also asked to think back 60 years and provide appropriate answers for that time

 

Once complete, all participants were invited into the same room where they joined their community's religious, philanthropic, and government leaders to see and discuss the results.

Note: For transparency, be prepared for some heated discourse when the results are shared.

Results & Observations

 We have designed initiatives for every stakeholder and community segment that are:

  • Myopically focused on the cause, not the effects

  • Win/win - i.e. when a single segment "wins" all win

  • 100% inclusive i.e. bottom-up, middle-out, and top-down

  • Focused on the core of the circle which promotes economic, social, racial, and environmental balance

  • Dedicated to the attainment of the SDGs. 

  • Are "In Place"

  • Focused on empowerment and not an entitlement 

In virtually every instance, the answers to each set of questions were almost identical, confirming that over the past 60 years, nearly nothing has changed. Some argued (and with good reason) that things had become worse. 

Through deeper research we discovered that:

 

  • Poverty is driven by economics.

  • The vast majority of poverty eradication initiatives focus on the effects of low economic vibrancy e.g. hunger and a lack of access to fresh, healthy food; homelessness and inadequate housing; sub-par education and healthcare; violence and inter-community crime; high rates of unemployment; and inadequate transportation, to name a few. However, this has been like trying to cure the symptoms, while paying no attention to the disease.

  • Most initiatives are designed to be win/lose i.e. if one community segment "wins" one or more others "lose". This creates polarization and ultimate failure.  

  • There are clear CHOKE POINTS that prevent top-down capital from supporting bottom-up innovations. Many of them hide in plain sight.

  • Many initiatives are designed to continue Entitlement as opposed to transforming to Empowerment

  • Numerous initiatives are not "In Place" i.e. they try to help from afar

  • We cannot achieve the SDG benchmarks unless we eradicate poverty

  • Poverty is a business model, and hence it is driven by economics. To date, most initiatives have been driven by philanthropy or government programs, hence we have been fighting economics with charity. That is not going to work, hence the current results. 

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