Thursday, November 27, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
According to the U.S. Centre for Public Integrity we are at the lowest level of trust of government and the corporate sector since the 1930's.
So who do we believe. Was Hillary telling the truth when she said Obama was not qualified for the job of President. Was he lying when he said Hillary was not the change America was looking for. Or did they both lie? What did Obama really mean when he said "change you can believe in". When I ran for school board in my hometown, an old political war horse gave me this sage advice. He said; "Allan if you want to get elected you need to tell people what they want to hear". Is that lying or simply not telling the truth.
Nobody at any of the political rallies stood up and asked the candidates, including Hillary and Obama- "So what part of what you just told us is a lie". Even if the truth hurts, wouldn't you rather know what you are dealing with and can believe in.
I know that everyone is hungry for a solution, for change, to cleanse our souls from the Bush era. But America is looking for a "lifeline" right now, and sometimes when you are so desperate for hope and salvation you ratioanlize your decisions.
Political rallies have often been compared to a religious experience. I do believe many people had that experience in Grant Park. That euphoria has now been replaced by both fear and optimism. An interesting combination, as is the human reaction to fear, which is one of anger.
The financial hurricane we are in the midst of has also created the "perfect karmic storm" for America to look at how it has been conducting it's business, running it's government , electing it's politicians, and justifying "small fibs" that become "giant lies" to justify winning and succeeding at all cost. Be grateful it was just money lost and not lives.
The universe has created a golden opportunity. The world is watching to see if America has indeed changed. Americans have been viewed by the rest of the world as addicted to celebrities, money and power. Will we learn the lessons of the past or will history repeat itself. So far the jury is still out.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
It's now been three days since Grant Park. It's been three days since America elected it's first African American President. It's been three days since every black man and woman all over the world wept with joy to see a black man inherit in their mind the most powerful position in the free world. It's been three days since white and black, young and old celebrated in the streets.
Now that the euphoria is over, what has changed with you personally. If you are an American you can probably answer this question better than I can. I am a Canadian by birth, but as many of you know I graduated from The University of Montana, married an American, and my children have dual ciitizenship. But I live in Canada.
Many people have asked me why it took so long. Rather than me answer that question along with a number of other questions, I am going to let those of you who are American respond to this discussion forum. So here are the questions in no particular order:
Why did it take so long to elect an African American President?
- If you voted for Obama did you choose him because he is black or because you were sick and tired of the George Bush era?
- How different do you feel emotionally today than you did on Tuesday night?
- Given that half the population favoured McCain in the popular vote, how many of them do you think will believe in Obamas message of hope and will rally around his supporters to build a better America?
- How long does Obama have to deliver on all of his promises before people lose faith or hope?
- Do you believe Obama is a politician or a statesman?
- How different will the Obama Democratic administration be from Carter or Clinton?
- In his speech in Grant Park he told the people it might take one term to get things on course, Do you believe he was saying that to lower people's expectations or was he cleverly positioning himself for re-election in 2012?
- What things are you planning to do to contribute to his call for unity of all Americans?
- If you were his advisor what would you tell him his priorities should be?
- How will the election of Obama change the way business has been conducted in America; wall street, ponzi schemes, unethical behaviour of CEO's of some of the most respected companies?
- And finally, if there was no Obama what would happen to America?
These questions are to stimulate discussion, I don't expect anyone to anwer all of them, just jump in on any you choose. As zentrepreneurs you have more than a passing interest in you and your families future in America, and you view things from an "awakened", passionate, purposeful and yet realistic perspective. I value and respect your input and responses.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Dear Fellow Zentrepreneur,
Last night America made history by electing the first African American President.. The battle cry throughout the campaign was "Yes We Can". It has given hope to Americans and the global community that change is possible.
It is for that reason that we started the World Wide Association of Zentrepreneurs. "While an entrepreneur creates a business, a zentrepreneur creates a business and a life"!
The intent ot the WWAZ is "To Change The Way The World does Business". Our goal is to spread the message of Zentrepreneurism- creating purpose, passion and profits with integrity!
Today is the "perfect" day for you to begin that journey with us!
"This is a passionate, profound invitation...to stop
thinking about business and life as it should be and to start experiencing it as it could be"
I am inviting you to join the World Wide Association of Zentrepreneurs, a Groupsite that was created utilizing the CollectiveX platform for groups.
This Groupsite will enable us to share, network and coordinate our efforts. All information provided through this platform is maintained for the use of World Wide Association of Zentrepreneurs members.
Please click the link below so you may quickly and easily participate in the World Wide Association of Zentrepreneurs. Membership is free. Signup is simple and takes less than a minute. Help us reach our goal of 1,000 members by January 1, 2009
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