Monday, October 29, 2012

Both/and Win/Win Thinking for Creating Jobs, Part 1


In the last post I wrote that, “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got! Enough! The door opens inward. If you want things to be different, you be different. Quit looking out and blaming. Be the change you want to see! Begin shifting from either/or, win/lose thinking to both/and, win/win thinking now.”


With that in mind, consider the best way(s) to create jobs. Notice I wrote best ways. Typically in the either/or, win/lose model there is only one way, one size fits all. Clearly, common sense, which is so uncommon these days, would say that with our complex, rapidly changing, high tech world and economy there would have to be multiple ways of not just creating jobs, but doing everything. But no, in spite of that, we get hung up, especially during this win/lose election season, on the idea that there is only one way, either working on the demand side or the supply side.


What crap, either the demand side or the supply side! Why not both, simultaneously? Duh! Also, we have focused too much on big instead of small, on big corporations instead of small community business organizations like co-ops, credit unions and employee owned companies. Such community focused business organizations are not only more collaborative and democratic than the huge monolithic multi-national corporations, they are also more democratic and people centered.  


Community focused business organizations because they are place based and rooted in community also tend to bring a different kind of stability. They are not subject to the whims of predatory investors in search of quick, short term profits; the jobs cannot outsourced; and the co-op can’t be moved. 

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