Archive for December 2011

Notes on the Equalizing Affect of the Social Business Model

"This is Hard, I Don't Want To Give Up, Either, Guess I Found My Niche!"

We are still planning for the Stephanie Black Life and Debt event, but for March, in the mean time, we are working on a few wonderful opportunities; that came our way.

One,  we are in the early stages of discussions toward  providing for  For the Good, Inc, needed cultural anthropological research for a project they are seeking funding for.  We are also providing consulting services to ArtWest Alliance, in gathering demographic data of West Utica.    All this for free, here in Utica, and a strategy we are using, and were using to enter into community undertakings that help us move forward in our mission’s mandate to conduct cultural anthropological research and provide household management skills in the form of the Prodigal Daughter Course.

We are developing a few products, to help us with Cash Flow issues, and seeking funding from new sources, but we are still going to have to revise and implement our literary review journal submission contest, because we really need to generate content for the journal, but that is in the about 6 or 8 mos time.

It’s chaotic here, in an ordered sense. Still trying to find partners who understand the social business model in a village and grassroots sense, in a non-competitive manner,  it’s the only way to do this when you are a person who is receiving social services and trying to create something that can help social services operate better.  This is what I’m told Bridges out of Poverty is about, and I admit that I am of that population that have used social services while I have dealt with having been a survivour of abuse on many levels..  Creating something from nothing when you are poor, and and coming from absolutely nothing in this very competitive environmnet is very difficult at this time, especially when people’s unconcious classisms factor in to the socio-professional environment from which one seeks to provide services.  Many Non-profit organizations are fighting for their life right now, because they are experiencing decrease in their cash flows due to decrease in fund giving, due to the recession, a reality of the non-profit world that social business can adapt to much better, because they can design strategies that can help them weather the inevitable downturns of an economy, without being a casualty of tthe governmental or a foundation’s  economy because suddenly they are perceived as burdens.

I think that the social business model can transform non profits and other classic non-religious social services organizations, if only in the sense that those on services who know at times what best they need to help themselves and other  heal from past traumatic events that impede their ability to take care of themselves  and become productive members of society begin to use the social business model to address issues of poverty, economic and social disparity, and public health issues, in terms of access, and lifestyle as it relates to their own real world experiences.  It can become a way to equalize relationships between those who provide social services and those who receive or who have received social services.  In a way, the non-profit sector has taken on the aura of the owning class in how they provide social services, and often times it is not pleasant having to go and receive services….and poor people who don’t want to be dependent on social services to survive and who want to be self-sufficient,  I think that there is a need for high-functioning folks on public assistance to take charge of their lives and create the programs they know they need and that they know can help others like themselves.

In this manner, we can limit the negative impacts of this dysfunctional aspect of the  non-profit sector of society, where it is also, in this context,  a matter of who you know, and what core values you are willing to sacrifice to succeed, to make your vision a reality.  You shouldn’t have to know anybody in order to succeed with a good idea, nor should you  have to sacrifice your core values to do so, or limit who you are in the totality of your being to do so, either.   Personally, I like the independence from fundraising that the Social Business Model offers poor entrepreneurs like myself, who have been conditioned to depend on public funds and fundraising to make ends meet.  It is so demoralizing. If I can develop a product that can help others and at the same time help myself…what is wrong with that…isn’t that the core message of the Golden Rule which states that we should Love Others as We Love Ourselves?  I think the Social Business Model models the Golden Rule very well.  And should be studied and copied as a way to create a social economy that is not only not dysfunctional, but one that is inclusion and celebrates the competencies that all people, those struggling with economic, social, and emotional, and mental and physical disabilities bring to the table, in their efforts to be self-sufficient, communally minded and proactively productive members of society.

Look for the first edition of our column the ekonomos life in the UticaPhoenix.net, this coming Friday, it explains why we had to postpone the Life and Debt fundraiser event, but I will post here in more detail about that as well.  Keep the Faith, because in the end, Faith is all you will Have!