Saturday, September 05, 2015

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Community, Health and Enterprise

What are you doing every day to build community, health and productive enterprises?
Every month I have wide-ranging conversations with three long-time collaborators: Gordon T. Long of Macro Analytics, Chris Martenson of Peak Prosperity, and Drew Sample of The Sample Hour.
I do dozens of interviews in the course of the year, with an amazing spectrum of talented interviewers (Max Keiser, Kerry Lutz, and many others), and in many cases I'm lucky enough to be a repeat guest.
But doing a monthly program enables me to really get to know the host, and over time it becomes less of an interview and more of a conversation. I may ask the host a question rather than vice versa.
Gordon and I tend to dig into key macro-economic and social topics (check out our years of programs in Gordon's Audio/video library), and Chris and I tend to delve into markets and the full spectrum of resilience-related topics.
Drew is 30 years my junior (he's 30 and I'm 61), and as a result he's in the dynamic phase of life of exploring and assembling enterprises and projects.
This is where the rubber meets the road: it's important to understand the larger macro-economic and social contexts, but in terms of daily living (i.e. we are what we do every day), it boils down to what are you doing every day to build community, health and productive enterprises that generate value, wealth and positive social roles for all participants.
This is the context of my latest podcast with Drew Sample (56 min) in which we discuss the progress, challenges and future of each of Drew's many endeavors, which include community-building and for-profit enterprises.
Here'a a photo of Drew's garden--a new project he brought to life this year.
Here's a photo of my much less ambitious postage-stamp sized urban garden: (recall I'm a very lazy gardener)
A recent harvest of cherry tomatoes:
A collection of wealth gathered from our garden in a few minutes:
It's always rewarding for me to hear the latest about Drew's many positive projects, as I greatly admire Drew's efforts to establish community gardens and broaden the base of healthy local food, and his work on new enterprises that provide outlets for others' creativity, growth and income.
As noted above, in some ways I'm interviewing Drew in this podcast--a role I enjoy. Community, Health and Enterprise don't come out of nowhere; they come out of sharing experience and knowledge, learning from others engaged in positive projects, setting up an action plan and then going for it.
Here are three favorite quotes that speak to doing the work in the real world:
"Do the thing and you shall have the power." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
"There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity." (Douglas MacArthur)
"We are what we repeatedly do." (Aristotle)

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