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Chapter 5: Find Yourself on the Map

Brill, Hal Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

What You Are Already Doing: Self-Assessment

NOW THAT YOU HAVE A FULL PICTURE OF THE RESILIENT INVESTING framework, it’s time to learn how to put these concepts to work in your life. In this chapter you’ll be assessing where your current actions fit on the Resilient Investing Map and begin thinking about how your own priorities and life situation can find expression within our expanded view of investing. While the RIM may seem fundamentally new, you have undoubtedly been making investments for many years that can be plugged right into your personal map.

For example, we are guessing that you already devote time each week to your familial, social, and community relationships. Great! You’re investing in zone 1. Do you periodically plug in to online social networks or take personal or professional training courses? Check, zone 3. We know you buy stuff, from cereal to cell phones: zone 5. Gardening? Zone 4. Have you supported an interesting new project on Kickstarter or Kiva? Hip hip, you’re at work in zone 9! If you chose your job or career in part because it makes a positive contribution to the world, then zone 2 is in play, too.

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1. Economic Collapse: It IsTheir Fault

Baker, Dean Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Imagine if the economy were managed by people who did not know basic arithmetic, the stuff that we all learned in third grade. Imagine further that as a result of their inability to understand simple arithmetic, huge economic imbalances grew to ever more dangerous levels.

If this happesned, surely the business and economics reporters would be on the job, pointing out the ungodly incompetence of the country's top economic officials and the risks that their ignorance posed for us all. Undoubtedly, thousands of economists, all quite skilled at mathematics, would be pointing out the errors. Members of Congress, especially those sitting on the committees that have major economic responsibilities, would be organizing hearings to call attention to the mismanagement of the economy.

If the media, the economics profession, and Congress somehow failed to move quickly enough, and disaster struck, certainly those most responsible for this calamity would lose their jobs and suffer public humiliation. Lengthy news stories would denounce problems in our system of governance that allowed for extraordinary incompetence at the highest levels.

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20 Tillich Visits Houston

Jane Blaffer Owen Indiana University Press ePub

But history . . . is not a series of accidents; it has a special structure in each of its periods, and it has predominant trends and natural tendencies against which individual acts are of no avail. On this character of history all historical understanding and all adequate and meaningful historical action is based. Without such a structural necessity, history could not be interpreted at all, and no prophetic message would ever have been possible.

—Paul Tillich, “Storms of Our Times,” in The Protestant Era

 

With the dedication of the Roofless Church behind me and the dedication of Lipchitz’s golden gate a year ahead of me, I could resume my efforts to engage Paul Tillich in the fortunes of New Harmony. Tillich, now at Harvard, had been unable to accept my invitation to preside at the dedication of the church because of his trip to Japan.1

I owe the launching of Paul Tillich’s journey to New Harmony to my late father’s close ties with Rice University. As a trustee of Rice Institute, which became Houston’s first university, my father had befriended its president. Our family home on Sunset Boulevard was directly across from Rice. As a young child, I regarded the long, oak-shaded entrance avenue to the campus as a pathway for my doll carriage. As I grew older and bolder, it became a bridge to the biology building, for outside were chicken-wire cages filled to their ceilings with frogs destined for vivisection. None exist for public view on the campus today.

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6 The Rise of the agilistas

Hassan, Zaid Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Sometimes at Edwards they used to play the tapes of pilots going into the final dive, the one that killed them, and the man would be … screaming into the microphone, but not for Mother or for God or the nameless spirit of Ahor, but for one last hopeless crumb of information about the loop: “I’ve tried A! I’ve tried B! I’ve tried C! I’ve tried D! Tell me what else I can try!” And then that truly spooky click on the machine. What do I do next?

— Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff

In reflecting on the labs we ran, it became clear that first-generation social labs suffered a serious challenge. We called this the challenge of the right-hand side, which referred to the right-hand side of the U Process, concerned with realizing or cocreating. The right-hand side was all about action and in some ways the most familiar part of the work we did, and hence, most prone to habitus. Moving into action required the skills of crystallizing ideas and then prototyping. Beyond that, however, things got rather murky. While prototyping as an activity made sense, what did a prototype actually look like? Where does one take prototypes? What do you do with a successful prototype?

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Chapter 5 Thomas Paine against the Freeloaders

Hartmann, Thom Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Most Americans these days don’t remember why (or when) we instituted a progressive income tax or why taxes even matter in society beyond the obvious issue of paying the cost of government functions like police and fire departments. They don’t realize that the Founders of our republic had a visceral and intense concern about multigenerational accumulated wealth and the ability of great wealth to corrupt democracy itself.

Americans today know that none of the supposedly “rich” founders left great fortunes. The foundations that bear the names of people who lived in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries are the likes of the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ford Foundation. There is no Jefferson Foundation or Madison Foundation. Americans know this—but they don’t know why.

Most Americans also don’t realize that a middle class is created and maintained by direct intervention in the marketplace by a democratic government, including laws protecting labor, defining minimum wage, and taxing great wealth.

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