The Mom’s made, Kids-led bond, btw, is the central feature of the game. Other game features include the local biocultural diversity market. That market is linked to, at the discovery phase, the foodshed asset mapping we are doing. Our goal is to create more margin and more biodiversity per acre. Processing, marketing distribution and branding, along with education wwithin the local bioregion coming out of a 100 acre food hub we are helping launch in Yancey County, NC.
Juanita Brown, who created and built World Cafe is leading our engagement. Tom Moroz is a great mapper who’s worked with Soros Open Society and Gates on non profit data. He’s bundling together community tools, like LocalWiki with a platform from the Urban Institute which lists all the non profits in a region, and who their grantors are. It does not at this point, look across
Our local engagement person is Joy Boothe, daughter of a share cropper who became a successful small business person. As an example of what Joy has done, back in 1984 there was no women’s shelter in this poor county. She built a network of people’s houses, including her own, to act as a distributed shelter. Then raised money to build a shelter. Then raised money to train cops and EMT’s in how to deal with spousal abuse. We are following her into the community, funded by a group of aging boomers who want a legacy and who want to create a local economy where their smart kids could move back, possibly. They want their grandchildren nearby. This is the first time Joy will be paid for what she has been doing for 40 years in the community.
We have an approach focusing on bicultural resilience, across a network of resilient small towns and cities that each have lower costs of capital through using the lens we train people to use to create more capital. There is an amazing new light saber we use called philanthropic investing; get a tax deduction, then invest, and you’ve already won. You’ve got your deduction. The money you make comes back to make you a more powerful giver. It reduces the cost of giving; you can lend sometimes, instead of grant or give.
With philanthropic giving, you can think really long term, like 12 years. Or you can think super short term; create a tiny perpetual innovation fund that invests $5k for pure concept startups around food and farming in Yancey County. High failure rate is fine, because the product is a serial entrepreneur who by the third or fourth time, might make it, getting further each time. It’s a long term bet based on smart short term expected failure. You can invest in capacity built on rapid forgivable failure within a collective intelligence learning journey to create wiser entrepreneurs, working within an intergenerational frame.
The dialogues that will be had in a household who are part of a group that implements the other anchor of the bond will be really rich. These are families or communities who share dividends that will come out of the food hub cooperative every year, Imagine this:. Parents will want to think short term; take the abundance and pay the bills or go on a trip. The kids, starting with six year olds, will want a chunk of that abundance put into their bonds. And so will their big brothers and sisters, for their class’s bond. Could be the third grade will become the leader, and other classes will start following them. It uses Juanita Brown’s new Wiser Together approach. Nicole Lazarro is on board to build the card game that will connect all these pieces. I can tell you about the other pieces, too, if you’d like. What you build, if you do, will help them, and they will help you. This thing is being built within several autonomous local groups, each working on a different part of the whole.
Maybe we could call it the Wiser Together Neighborhood Economics Community Engagement and Funding Kit.
First bond product, Rise of the Ecowarriors. The kids of Yancey County would love to be part of it, once you build it to the point they could engage in it. Our first year international project could be REW, but we also look for others. REW has the infrastructure of engagement, and that could be replicated, or brought to scale across several projects, perhaps. The subscription, TV series potential of this project are of course obvious. And Cynthia and Mark see and understand far more of that potential than I do.
I’ve added Nicole because she scoping out a proposal to scope out a card game that links and explains and engages people around this emergent distributed resilient network of small towns and cities. The card game will evolve into a mobile game, once we know the patterns of behavior to code after taking the cards into the field as a story board stakeholder engagement tool. And there will be commerce around the mobile game; the bored children of megabilionaires domiciled in London for tax reasons, who are clients of one of our partners. We hand the game on a thumb drive to them, because they don’t come to Paul Cheng’s office; he goes to their yachts.
Finding the leverage points, motivations, game play structure, etc. for this whole thing is what Nicole, poor dear, has taken on. Nicole has suggested a one day gamestorm around this in Yancey County. We need to raise some more money for that from somewhere. And to build the game itself. I think the community will be really involved in building the game, within an architecture we devise. But I don’t know anything about that.
I would love the game to evolve and to be adaptably locally within a common language of ideas and trade to enable efficient resource flows of social and financial capital within the learning circle of the network of resilient small towns and cities we are part of.