I have always been drawn to creative, entrepreneurial people. These days, the word entrepreneur is very associated with investing, “scaling-up” your vision, and making lots of money. Somehow we have reduced the word “entrepreneur” to a distorted essence that pales in the comparison to the beauty, creativity, and vibrant resonance of what the word entrepreneur really means. This is really important to understand as we have a tendency to do this “reducing” down of many good ideas to put things into their proper boxes to fit into our current systems in society. When you deal with institutional investors, regardless of how well-intentioned, somehow the vibrancy of an entrepreneur’s real intentions can be easily lost or greatly watered down along the way.
We are so busy “solving problems” in ways that somehow magically make elite, well-connected people (“the 1%) lots of money. We get accustomed to viewing the world in very zero-sum game ways with trade-offs inevitable. These trade-offs tend cause significant problems for many people (especially the most disadvantaged) and also cause much destruction to the Earth’s ecosystems. If you dare challenge the predominant narrative, you become an outsider, someone who does not get it or perhaps is just a do-gooder who belongs in the non profit space. What is it that we really think we are creating with our economic and financial system organized in this way? The economic system is one of our most important and vital systems. This is not a judgment of people, many, of which really mean well, but more of a comment on the nature of how our economic system currently works and is structured.[Read more…]