Before you cash that $1,200 stimulus check Congress may send to you over the next few weeks, read this first. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk.
When the Great Depression hit the US with the force of a series of nuclear bombs in 1929, Herbert Hoover was the US President. He will forever be remembered as the creator of "Hoovervilles"....giant swaths of shanty towns with poor people in DC and across the country. They were created because of Hoover's inaction in the face of economic crisis. The great myth, however, is that the next president, Franklin Delanor Roosevelt (FDR) swooped in to save the day, enacting a series of "save the worker" measures and legislation that brought the economy roaring back from crash.
That would be an inaccurate telling of the story.
10 years into FDR's tenure as US President, the US still had massive unemployment (over 14%) and still was in the middle of the Great Depression. What changed was World War II. The US expanded it's capacity for a war-time effort and immediate put people to work, while building out infrastructure, companies and neighborhoods. This is an extremely important comparison to make right now as the US and the rest of the world stands at the edge of the abyss, thanks to the providence of COVID-19. The lesson from then for us now is to recognize that providing $1,200 measures to people who may be out of work for 6 months or longer will not save the economy.
That's a gesture. A meaningful one for those who have nothing, but not enough to deal with the enormity of the crisis.
But just like back in 1940, we too have a World War II crisis unfolding in front of us. It's called Climate Crisis. Instead of putting tons and tons of government spending and investments in defeating Nazis, that energy must now go into making sure the world doesn't collapse due to our CO2 emissions. No matter how incomplete the Green New Deal may be, COVID-19 has now made the GND a viable and serious answer to the crisis in front of us. This is where infrastructure development, job creation, neighborhood reinvestment and business innovation takes place. The Green New Deal platform has the triple duty opportunity of keeping us from completely imploding economically, saving the planet from the worst ravages of climate change, but also to help us re-imagine the immediate future into something greater, better, and more profound.
So before you cash that check, make sure you ask yourself the most important questions --- are you getting your money's worth for all of the time and sweat equity you put into this economy? Is $1,200 per person going to be enough to get us out of this mess over the next year? My personal belief is that, we can do better than that. Get your check. You deserve it. But it should be a note of promise of something bigger and braver in the works.
If we're big enough, we can thrive and succeed at a time that requires us to become our greatest selves.
Chet W. Sisk
The world is in the midst of great transition. As with all transitions, both challenge and opportunity exists at the same time. The COVID-19 pandemic has moved me to use a vehicle I've developed to stimulate the world economy. I've dedicate my years of working around the world on climate crisis to creating a vehicle that will provide ways all of us can thrive and succeed.
Through my Universal Basic Resources platform, I've created a virtual space where thought leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, and those with climate change products, services and ideas, can share their work with thousands around the world. This tool was designed to support new and creative climate change problem solving between fellow citizens. It's not just a chance to bring individuals to the problem-solving table, but also an opportunity for us to re-think how things work in the world. Entrepreneurship, sharing models, counseling, abundance infrastructure, re-directed values and wise communities are all part of the new tools sought and shared through UBR.
Because of the Covid-19 epidemic, I've decided to do something extraordinary. I am opening up the UBR platform to anyone and everyone with good ideas., products or services that can address climate change and perhaps help us develop more effective and efficient ways things work in the world.
If you have a 2-3 minute video of your product, service or idea that could save the day in a community, let's get your video posted and out there -- FREE! Today. Sign up right now by going here.....https://www.chetsisk.com/
We'll post your video on our platform and share it through our social media outlets. In addition, we'll share your video to investors who are looking for climate change investment opportunities that can work and are in integrity.
We believe the best answers to our greatest challenges are right in front of us. We believe this is a new kind of model to address the great challenges of our time.
Let's partner together to do something above and beyond everything we've done before.
The legendary black swan. Unpredictable, uncommon and unforseen circumstances that change the very fabric of society. We don't usually like them because they take us completely out of our comfort zones. These kinds of life events can often arrive with a deadly intensity, as with the current COVID-19 pandemic. As ugly and as maddening as these period upsets can be, they are necessary for us to get clarity about who do we want to be when we grow up.
Here are three important gifts the black swans present.
Self-examination. Let's face it....most of us never get to the point of self examination or self exploration until we are hit with some crisis. When was the last time you remember things going so well, it made you say "I think I'll change things up". The opposite is true. We become more conservative and want to maintain the status quo, even if it comes at the expense of other human beings. This black swan event is forcing countries around the world to look at how their healthcare infrastructures have left many people behind. This will help us determine what kind of people we are.
New ideas. There are a lot of ideas that are floating out there that never get the light of day until we face a crisis. Some of the most innovative ideas in the world all came during moments of crisis and necessity. We can now make room for those new ideas, knowing that the old ones don't work very well and require an update.
Visionary leadership. Often times, a society becomes stale because the leadership becomes stale. There is no bigger vision beyond maintenance. This is where the dynamism, the "electricity", the juice that drives a society to become great gets lost. Care taking leadership is the wrong kind of leadership during a black swan event. New ideas, new courage and new vision are critically important during this critical time. This does not mean to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but rather, how to build something new on top of the sacrifices made by others.
We can get stronger. There's an old phrase that's been traveling around for years that says "that which doesn't kill you makes you stronger. " I've spent 12 years as a volunteer at the Samaritan House Homeless Shelter in Denver, Colorado. I can say with great confidence that statement simply isn't true. It's not the circumstances that makes us stronger. It's the decision we make about the experience. Often times, I've seen situations that didn't kill people immediately preceded to kill them later.....all because of the decision they made about the circumstances. This is an opportunity for us to become stronger....if we choose correctly.
This may not be what many of you wanted to hear right now in a time of crisis, but these are necessary steps in a long process. It's true. We can do this.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org