The Strong Do What They Can And The Weak Suffer What They Must

Plato Told Us What Trade Wars Really Mean:
“The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.”

It should come as no surprise that insight into modern economic warfare was offered by Plato, perhaps the greatest philosopher of all time, in 380 BCE. President Trump may casually dismiss trade wars as “easy” but the truth is they are anything but painful, yes, easy, no.The reality is trade wars plant the seeds of economic unrest, are fertilized by political instability, and typically paid for in the end by the people most impacted and least capable.

In our book, Go Green, Get Rich, we addressed the rise of China and debunked many of the inconvenient truths that simply no longer exist or apply.

China has become not just a formidable economic power, but possibly the most powerful. Beyond the vast products that we buy and sell with China and ignoring for the moment the troubling amount of our national debt they own and can potentially leverage against us, it’s political analysis that best explains the potential impact of a trade war with China.

Again, as noted in the book, this isn’t to suggest that all is rosy in China, it’s not.  In the end, they may be better prepared to wage a trade war, endure it and possibly win it.

It may be uncomfortable, but politically China is doing a lot of things right.  In the book we talked about the Central Politburo as a most effective example of sustainable leadership, however heavy-handed and one-sided. Their vision for the future has critical threads of capitalism running throughout it. As the world’s greatest environmental offender, they are addressing environmental issues. Contrast this with our daily roll-backs of EPA regulations.

And innovation, what at Green X Prize we believe is fundamental to our future, the Chinese are using it and bringing millions of their citizens out of poverty.  To their credit, they are honoring, as a culture, their ancestral environmental consciousness, and proactively confronting the world’s worst pollution.

Presidents Trump and Putin still operate under the assumption that ‘might makes right’ and while we can debate whether that was ever true in the past, it certainly isn’t today.  As we noted in Go Green, Get Rich, “What is ‘right’ has become rather muddy.”

From the environment to the truth of trade today, nations that falsely believe they can assume the ideological upper hand may find themselves coming-up empty-handed.

Presidential bluster aside, what we once relied upon internationally as the Washington Consensus before our very eyes may be morphing into the Beijing Consensus.  Many of us are rightfully surprised – and at least for the moment relieved – by the restraint China is showing by resisting Trump’s trade war bait.

To pick a fight we may not win seems short-sighted and dangerous.  Picking a fight that was avoidable and unnecessary seems socially and politically irresponsible.  And if that fight is one where American consumers are the most likely biggest losers, it’s a horrific price to pay for a president desperate to change the subject, whatever the cost.

Recently, Stephen Collinson of CNN wrote a fascinating analysis of a president in search of a national emergency.

As examples he listed the Border ‘Crisis’, the Missing Landslide, the Travel Ban, and Transgender Troops.  To that we can add Tariffs and Trade Wars.

Chest pounding about tariffs and provoking a trade war to solve a problem that may not be a problem – or better off avoided for the moment – may fire up the base but it only leaves the rest of the world cold and increasingly nervous.  At a time when the president is under ferocious legal and political pressure, we need steady, thoughtful, sustainable leadership.

Yet, as we’ve noted in the past, our leadership and most of the global community typically fails the sustainability test, and until a commitment is made to align success with sustainability, may be destined to continue that trend.

Thoughtful leadership that prizes green innovation and creates a platform to encourage is what the Green X Prize is all about.

We invite you to visit and learn about us, and pledge to continue the dialogue that looks beyond politics that divide us to causes that unite us.

www.greenxprize.com

The Green X Prize Team

Source: https://www.greenxprize.com/think-green-article/The-Strong-Do-What-They-Can-And-The-Weak-Suffer-What-They-Must

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Of Ships and Sunsets

Beautiful pics of sunset with nice briefing

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For those who have gone the distance and have continued to camp alongside the great lagoon- like bay of Port Phillip until mid Autumn, the rewards are great. The summer crowds, the sun seekers, bathers and holiday makers have long left: a more mellow mood remains. Some old patterns and rituals continue as the season winds to a close. From 5 o’clock, the beach calls and it’s time for a Shirley. Folding chairs, chilled wine, cameras real and cloned are carted down to the shoreline just in time for the sunset show. The children run or cartwheel across the sand, dressed for an endless summer, too busy to ever get cold, while their elders swaddle in layers against the descending chill.

Tangerine dream, Port Phillip Bay looking towards Blairgowrie.

The sunsets of mid Autumn are incandescent and more evocative than their summer counterparts. No more lipstick sunsets, loud, adolescent and brash…

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What Is Social Responsible Investing

Financial investments are primarily done with the expectation of achieving a profit. Yes, money still drives the main investment portfolio decisions and yet it isn’t the sole criteria any longer. People are conscious of the changes happening all around and care enough to invest in projects and things that make a positive impact. These investors aim to contribute their little bit in plans that will lead to global, social, environmental and even governance advancements.Social Responsible Investing  What Is It?Social Responsible Investing or SRI is also known as Sustainable Responsible Investing. It can be described as a discipline or school of thought that firmly believes in impact investing for social good. Hence, it means not investing in companies and products that are harming the environment are socially corrupting or addictive in nature. All in all, SRI is all about socially conscious investments.

Who Are SRI Investors?

SRI investors are people like you and me. Additionally, they also include venture capitalists, religious institutions, foundations, hospitals and medical schools etc. The only thing that differentiates these people from others is their personal decision to give back some to the society.

Goals of SRI

There are two main goals of Social Responsible Investing. One is obviously financial gain and the other social impact.

  • Financial Gain this one is a no-brainer, an investor in any field wants better returns. When it comes to SRI, the return might not be high but sufficient to soothe the conscious. It is not necessary that a socially responsible investment will always give poor returns. Hence, the investor needs to assess the monetary outlook of the proposed investment.
  • Social Impact – go-green projects, clean technology, community development funds etc., are some examples of SRI that have a notable social impact. The idea is to create a better social and environmental set-up which will automatically benefit all and reduce dependence on anyone and anything.

How to Accomplish Social Responsible Investing

  • Invest In Companies That Have Social Values – investors need to be more aware of the fact that they invest in those companies that give importance to values. These values may be associated with the uplifting the society or environmental protection or green technology etc. Ideally, before investing it is necessary to understand what values guide the operations of the company. Once satisfied that they are indeed working in conjunction with their advertised beliefs you can study the financial side of things.
  • Community Investing – this is an extremely fast-growing sector. Herein, the capital of the investors is intended for those communities which are still served by conservative financial lending institutions. Community investing allows for low-interest loans for investment capital and at the same time provides significant group benefits that incorporate housing, healthcare, education and much more.
  • Shareholders Influencing Corporate Decisions – shareholders have the right and moral responsibility to positively influence corporate decisions which could otherwise have a damaging impact on, both, the environment and the society. The idea is to pressure the board into improving their policies and practices for a better and safer future. Shareholders can influence corporate decisions through voting, attracting media attention, raising awareness in the masses etc.

Performance of SRI Funds

Sustainable and socially responsible investing includes a wide and developing range of products and assets. It includes not just investment in stock or public equity but also cash and other forms of alternative investments. Just like any other investor an SRI investor also wants the highest possible return as such they look for a stock option that is going to yield the maximum profit.

Off late, the companies are also changing their policies and work environment to focus on changes that would have a lasting impact on the society. Reduce, reuse and recycle was earlier the most common way of showcasing their responsibility towards the environment. But now, “Go-Green” is the new mantra. Not only that, but they too do not advertise or associate themselves with products that are harmful to the environment.

Coming back to the question of fund performance, it has been seen through numerous research studies that those companies who shoulder their corporate and social responsibility are in fact sound investments. There exists a positive correlation between Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance or ESG and the commercial financial performance. Therefore, it can be rightly summarized that a good fund manager can indeed get you exceptionally good returns by investing in stocks, assets, and programs that satisfy the SRI criteria.

Future of SRI

Slowly and steadily, the awareness for a better future is rising amongst one and all. Mostly, people try to emulate what others are doing. Hence, when one begins it starts a ripple effect with far-reaching effects. As consciousness about SRI increases, more and more people will be driven towards it. And as more people get attracted towards it, every business, big or small, will have to make changes to make way for a new, ethical and moral way of conducting business.

After all, it is not possible to climb on others back to reach the top. Together as one if we move forward, we can improve not only the living standard of the society as a whole but also make our planet a safer place for the future generations.

Final Thoughts

SRI investing options and strategies are many and varied. But since, it is still a relatively developing concept; there are very few takers for it. Nonetheless, the rising awareness amongst the masses for investment in socially responsible options is gaining momentum. This change of mindsets is making it difficult for any company to overlook their social responsibility. Hence, business values are changing and undergoing reformation. Green global communities like Green X Prize are setting the stage for socially conscious change. They are encouraging people to share their ideas which will benefit communities and generate profits for corporate, public, and private investors. The future is bright and every person is aiming to make it even better. SRI is ensuring that money grows for all in a responsible manner without harming either the society or the environment. All in all, Changes are happening for the good of everyone. A happy society will make way for the prosperity of all.

 

By,

Thomas Addaquay

Source: Social Responsible Investing

How to Start a Career in Social Entrepreneurship?

A career in social entrepreneurship is not only fulfilling but it can also be financially rewarding.

The fact of the matter is as we stand right now, development of the world and societies is growing with enormous speed and is also creating adverse effects on our nature.

we have to deal with these effects of over development on our communities.

Human-generated activities have caused adverse effects on the climate and therefore created many climate problems.  Even though it is a huge problem, it also creates opportunities.

As a social entrepreneur, you have to look for opportunities to tackle such problems.

That’s what this model stands for. Creating opportunities amidst chaos.

How to get involved as a Social Entrepreneur?

The best way to get involved in socially responsible career is what I call a change of mindset, or a change of attitude.

I think we are all collectively a part of this problem although it’s directly not our fault. We are born into this world where we have to conform to certain standards. We grow up taking these as factual and some as truth.

For example, if you are born in a Western society, you grow up with a self-interest driven business type of mentality. There isn’t anything wrong with that; however, at the core of the capitalist model is the idea to develop at all costs even if it means to cause harm to the environment. Consequently, somebody is left to pick up the tab of such environmental degradation.

The social entrepreneurship model further states that somebody can clean up that mess and turn it into a profit. That would involve tapping into the goodwill of people as well as mobilizing socially-conscious people to rally around a problem.

Somebody has to take ownership over it whether he/she just wants to help or profit from it. The question becomes, how do we get people to focus on this problem?

You can join communities like Greenxprize where you can maximize your social entrepreneurial efforts and tap into the community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and social investors.

You can submit your social enterprise idea to the community and get support and financial help from it. You can discuss sustainability issues in the today’s world and also offer solutions to fellow participants who are working on social enterprise projects.

Greenxprize also rewards with $10,000 cash prize every month to participants who submit their social idea based on voting. Although it’s not a huge amount it will encourage them and help them for what they are doing to go ahead with their project.

Think about the revolution apple inc started and how it revolutionized mobile platform across IT industry. Greenxprize is trying to have a similar effect, but our footprint is in sustainability space.

We come up with incentives to incentivize people who can think along these lines and then encourage them to make a living out of solving these problems. This step needs to happen quickly, so the best way to start is with a change of mindset. Start by looking at these problems as opportunities and making some lifestyle changes. We also need to raise a new generation of leaders who will be thinking in more responsible ways.

For now, I think people should not just look at the problem from a social point of view but find entrepreneurial opportunities in it and get financially rewarded. It’s only a matter of time until we start seeing the full adverse effects our own creation pretty much.

I do believe in the capitalist model and its potential to solve each of these problems; however, we are dealing with a situation that is a ticking bomb. All of the models that have been projected show that we do not have enough time for the capitalist model. Instead, we can apply a bit of both.

Source: https://www.greenxprize.com/think-green-article/How-to-Start-a-Career-in-Social-Entrepreneurship%3F

Seeking the Next Greatest Generation

Consider this your invitation to become part of an extraordinary movement transcending the bitter political divide and united in shared purpose blind to color, party and religion. We reach out not just to the young, but young of heart and young in spirit. To inspire hope with human, accessible solutions, not partisan rhetoric, and armed with a plan to do it.

The famed journalist Tom Brokaw is best remembered for his brilliant book The Greatest Generation; a chronicle of ‘ordinary people’ born in the early 20th Century. They were our grandparents and great-grandparents, living through world wars, depression and profound cultural change. Their perseverance, sacrifice and industriousness is an enduring example of intuitive faith in a greater good that sparked unprecedented industrial and technological progress bettering lives for all and, best of all, doing it inclusively and without prejudice.

Their selflessness won hard-fought freedom and opportunity for all of us that followed, but it can be fairly said we’ve bungled the treasure they meant as our legacy Today, the cost coming due is seen in the dark clouds threatening the habitability of our planet. Politics aside, life-altering climate change poses an ominous threat to future prosperity for the next generations; the millennials, post-millennials; their children and grand-children.

Surely that Greatest Generation expected better stewardship from us. And we owe the next Greatest Generation more than an apology for our short-sightedness and denial. We owe them tools to overcome all that and more. We see this as urgent, and not optional.

Because the next war is already raging, silently, all around us.

Marked not by political coups or by violent military campaigns, but by an assault on Mother Nature, and by a deep and dark political blindness to environmental annihilation.

Victory must be transformative; challenging and reimagining ill-fated, outdated paradigms as the Greatest Generation did over half a century ago. Requiring new strategies and rules of engagement, new technologies and software advances that redefine, raise the bar and usher in a new era of possibilities and sustainable social solutions. A future where people, not governments, solve problems as they liberate and protect the planet we all call home.

A battle fought in the hearts and minds of the capable and educated young people of the world, because they are the next Greatest Generation. Victorious not from bullets and bombs, but ingenuity, bravery, perseverance, sacrifice and devotion to our communities.

Introducing the Green X Prize

A global platform that challenges and rewards innovative thinkers for their ideas, products or sustainable solutions that promote wellness in their communities and more. Thinking beyond conventional, beyond the fossil-fuel economy, beyond existing technology and beyond what is and beyond even what might be to what can be.

Our objectives are lofty yet also obtainable, and they encourage creative innovation with purpose. We seek viable solutions going beyond governments and politics, independent of their funding, but are both financially profitable and environmentally sustainable.

Their innovations are voted on by the Green X Prize community members themselves.

Inspiring Invention Without Limits

We don’t pre-define problems or have pre-conceived expectations for these solutions. Instead, Green X Prize participants propose the sustainable system, product, technology or software innovation that answers the need they have identified, whether in their own neighborhood or halfway around the world.

We live in an age when a bucket of ice raised millions for a good cause within days. Our dream is for you to be that one person with one idea that changes the world, perhaps with only a Click. Today, technological innovation truly makes the impossible, possible.

The future is in your hands, we aim to provide a platform to inspire and reward as you claim your place in the Next Greatest Generation.

By,

Thomas Addaquay

Green X Prize
www.greenxprize.com

Source: https://www.greenxprize.com/think-green-article/Seeking-the-Next-Greatest-Generation

Is There Not a Cause? Is it Not Time?

Many of our conservative friends will often muse over religion, frequently quoting the Bible to support their beliefs. So, we’ll go there, drifting a bit to the right of center, taking a closer look beginning with a brief homage to the story of David and Goliath.

It came to pass that a future King David, leader of Israelites, was one day called upon to face the Philistine named Goliath, a feared soldier of extraordinary stature and enormous strength. As we all know, it was a complete mismatch.

Without a clear champion and physical equal from the Israelites, David, who was a rather small-framed man, volunteered, asking in 1 Samuel 17 Verse 29: “Is there not a cause?”

Fighting against the Israelites being subjected to draconian rule under the Philistines.Today, many people are asking what are very similar questions of conservatives…

  • Is there not a cause that the citizens of China deserve to breathe smog-free air like the kids in the prairies in North America enjoy today?
  • Is there not a cause that the nomads in Niamey, Niger can enjoy a cool breeze under a shaded tree?
  • Is there not a cause that inhabitants of coastal southeast Asia no longer live in constant fear of the next typhoon coming to wipe away their homes and future?

An answer to those rhetorical questions comes from an unexpected source over a century ago.

John D. Rockefeller, the father of the modern American oil industry and standard bearer of Standard Oil grew up poor, nothing being handed to him. As it happened, this self-made man, future tycoon and iconic oil legend, harbored a lifelong disdain for waste – of any sort.

When the oil-to-kerosene refineries of his day created an unwanted, noxious by-product, he sought to avoid what other refiners practiced: Dumping tons of the toxic waste into nearby rivers and streams.

Instead, and we couldn’t ask for a better example of the innovation that our Green X Prize movement seeks to inspire and unleash, the oil magnate developed the stuff’s potential as a burnable fuel to power other processes.

Such was the birth of gasoline, and Rockefeller began selling the byproduct. No longer an unwanted toxic waste, by 1910 gasoline had become Standard Oil’s primary moneymaker, and the rest is history.

(Source: http://www.attendly.com/rockefellers-unconventional-approach-to-getting-rid-of-waste/) Rockefeller, in his way, was an early pioneer of green entrepreneurship, a term no longer an oxymoron but has been ironically validated over the century that followed.

Was there not a cause? John D. Rockefeller certainly saw one.

Is it not time to today to address those causes with innovation and green entrepreneurship?

Is there not a cause that will encourage our Commander-in-Chief to at last refuse to listen only to the counsel of his top policy and military advisors, and acknowledge what the clear majority of the world’s citizens, conservative and liberal alike, accept as scientific fact: That the effects of climate change pose existential threats to the future of our planet and all people everywhere?

Consider that businessman Donald Trump was forced to comply with environmental laws as he commissioned his new hotel a few steps away from the White House. Years before, an even stricter environmental law was in place during the 70s when asbestos was banned in all construction in New York, and Mr. Trump’s real estate empire was required to comply. We can only ask, Mr. President, what happened in the years since to alter and seemingly galvanize your stance opposing climate change and defaulting environmental responsibility?

Did political expediency trump the Greater Good?

Is there not a cause to leave this planet better off than the one you inherit? A world with better environmental laws to protect your beautiful grandchildren being raised by their parents to embrace multi-culturalism, and actively pursuing foreign languages such as Mandarin and Chinese… Is there not a cause?

Great leaders know such moments of transformative change, empowered by the capacity to see beyond themselves to the greater good. President Ronald Reagan, seized one such moment in challenging Gorbachev to “Tear down that wall,” so that the people of Germany, East and West, could be free and no longer divided by it.

Self-preservation and conservatism are the ideological bedrocks of the right, so it is indeed all the more ironic that conservatives steadfastly reject and refuse to embrace conservation, when the word conservatism is derived from the word conservation.

Climate change is a politically neutral fact that should bear no political label, because it is the reality every citizen of planet must confront. We can’t look the other way, we can’t choose the profitable path that sees a future that is defined by the past and driven purely by self-interest.

As IT, Information Technology, has changed how we live, and work and see the future, ET, Energy Technology, is surely the next transformative change. Thomas Friedman, the three-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and celebrated New York Times columnist, described it this way:

ET – Energy Technology – will have an even greater impact than IT – Information Technology.

How great? It is estimated, and this is but one example, that by 2018 renewable energy capacity will grow to meet nearly one-quarter of the world’s global electricity generation. (Wogan, 2013). Whatever our political differences, we must all agree that the world’s economies will either reform and thrive or, holding-fiercely to the status quo, ultimately decline because of it.

China, now arguably the world’s economic leader and suffering horrific pollution, today leads the world in investment in Energy Technology. They are confronting their problems and proactively meeting them with solutions. Green solutions.

Conservatives should take note of a world of new business opportunities that are aligned with conservation and the greater good. The majority of new jobs will be green jobs.

  • Is there not a cause worthy of us joining that movement, protecting the planet and our future?

  • Is it not time?

I have no doubt that King David, John D. Rockefeller and Ronald Reagan would all agree that it is long overdue.

The Green X Prize is a non-partisan movement that is developed to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, and the development of energy technology and products, guided by green business practices. We believe this is the right cause at the right time for the right reasons for all of us. Join us, and together we’ll make a difference.

Source: https://www.greenxprize.com/think-green-article/Is-There-Not-a-Cause%3F-Is-it-Not-Time%3F

President Trump Reshaping American Foreign Policy

In a series of tweets explaining the administration’s position on withholding aid to Pakistan, President Donald J Trump ironically took a page from our foundational memoir Go Green, Get Rich. Below is an excerpt followed by tweets from POTUS.

The excerpt begins with an analysis of how dependence upon foreign oil makes for shaky, unstable relationships. We’re walking a fine line where foreign aid becomes a form of nuclear ransom paid to Pakistan, where we’ll never get our money’s worth and Green Policy is ignored and forgotten. Our platform not only brings Green to the forefront, it creates a medium for innovation and rewards for the projects voted on by our members.

We have maintained in previous commentaries that the path to holistic, sustainable growth and development relies less on government assisted programs and more on inspired people. Much like the growth of the IT industry during the 80s and 90s, we propose innovation-incubators in an inspired capitalist environment for the “Green Space” where innovation is sought, supported and rewarded is the Green X Prize solution.

Environmental enthusiasts often argue, and rightly so, that the threat of climate change poses an existential threat to mankind, while opponents use the capitalist framework as a denial mechanism; arguing that the threats posed by environmental degradation should be solved with market capitalist tools. Despite cogent arguments on both sides, we firmly support the private sector taking the lead on innovative “greening” initiatives and have no problem with them earning a buck pursuing a passion. We’ve long embraced that at www.greenxprize.com. Innovation, Green and Capitalism can thrive together synergistically and benefit the greater good.

Our goal isn’t to support or defend any single policy, but to create an enabling environment and platform where Green ideals, including sustainability-powered innovations, can thrive. Mindful of how politics so often discourages future generations’ desire and inclination to support sustainable causes, let’s be clear:
Future generations will become custodians and purveyors of “truth” as previous generations have from Aristotle to Thomas Edison. Their challenge is refusing to allow cultural or political differences to prevent discovering solutions to these problems. We’ve created a platform to share your inspiration. Follow the conversation at www.greenxprize.com!

We encourage the young and young at heart from all over the world to join our quest to save the Earth, our only home. We welcome ideas and innovations from any discipline whose goal is reducing our net carbon footprint; especially ideas to help from falling over the existential fence. No limits; your idea can be a radical political or management departure from the old or an invention that could minimize the socio-economic impact of displaced workers by the automated economy.

There are no restrictions and your peers will decide who wins the monthly reward. Our movement is passionate but politically neutral, unencumbered by any special interests, but fueled by grassroots support by the people and for the people.

President Trump stated in previous comments regarding climate change/global warming that “he was looking into it….” Given his pragmatic stance on most policy issues, we could infer through his numerous subtexts that the administration’s climate change position will be informed by the “bottom-line.” In other words, “if it doesn’t make dollars; it doesn’t make sense”. Green X Prize will attempt to fill some of the void left by the current US administration’s stance on climate change with its subsequent withdrawal from the Paris accord.

To that end, Green X Prize seeks to “uberize” the green venture capitalist space by decentralizing our rewards program on a granular level: “of the people, by the people”. We seek support in our worthy cause(s) and urge you to order a copy of Go Green, Get Rich.

Join us online where you can vote for your favorite green innovation projects, discuss with liked-minded sustainable enthusiasts, post your own project, and most importantly, improve your chances of winning $10,000 by February 28th and beyond.

Green X Prize
www.greenxprize.com

Source: https://www.greenxprize.com/think-green-article/President-Trump-Reshaping-American-Foreign-Policy