J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 05-12-2018

Compassionate Capitalism – by Sanjiv Mehta at the #India2022Exchange

Sage launches Sage Foundation to lead social philanthropy

Sage’s 2+2+2 community model sets benchmark for FTSE 100 companies. Sage today launches the Sage Foundation which sets the standard for Corporate Compassionate Capitalism around the world. Each of Sage’s 14,000 employees will be able to contribute five days per year in work time to volunteer with any non-profit organization they elect to support. The Sage Foundation will also give grants to create entrepreneurial opportunities for the young and disadvantaged within communities, as well as grants to match employee charitable donations and fundraising. The Sage Foundation has created a model of ‘2+2+2’: donating 2% of employee time each year, 2% of free cash flow* and 2 of Sage’s smart technology products for any charity, social enterprise or non-profit organization. 

This model demonstrates Sage’s commitment to philanthropic leadership in the FTSE 100. Driven by Sage’s ambition to connect its customers, colleagues and communities within an integrated model, the Sage Foundation will be open for business globally from 1st October 2015. With tens of thousands of non-profit organizations as existing Sage customers, the Sage Foundation will enhance Sage’s relationship with charity and social enterprise. Non-profit organizations will be able to apply for donated Sage One, Sage Life or X3 products, through the newly created Donation program. The Sage Foundation will benefit from Sage revenues from the non-profit sector; notionally ‘2%’ of free cash flow is equivalent to revenue gained from non-profit sector in FY2014. 

Sage has reimagined business and brings energy, experience and technology to inspire our customers to fulfil their dreams. Sage is a FTSE 100 company with 14,000 employees in 24 countries. 

Keywords: [“Sage”,”community”,”organization”]
Source: http://www.sage.com/company/news-and-events/2015/06/02/sage-launches-sage-foundation-to-lead-social-philanthropy

Compassionate Capitalism

Whenever Jan Stravers came home from the mission field, she brought crafts made by the Philipino women she worked with to sell to the churches she visited. The crafts were from family businesses that the Christian Reformed Church missionary and her husband had helped to start, and her supporting churches were among their main clients. In the 10 years that the Straverses worked as missionaries in the Philippines, they saw how small businesses can provide food, education, clothing, and a hope for the future to the poor in developing countries. After retiring from the mission field 10 years ago, Jan Stravers jumped at the chance to run International Arts and Gifts, a South Holland, Illinois, store selling handmade products made by artisans in the developing world. Slowly, the idea has been catching on among Christians that fair trade is a unique way of supporting missions and providing jobs to the world’s poor. 

Fair trade is a rapidly growing industry where companies like the Mennonite-run Ten Thousand Villages work directly with artisans in the developing world, offering better prices for handmade arts, crafts, and clothing. To be certified by the Fair Trade Federation, workers must earn enough to support their families, pay for education, and food. Fair-trade products must also be environmentally friendly and created under safe conditions, and the Western stores must commit to building long-term relationships with the workers. 

Keywords: [“work”,”Church”,”made”]
Source: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/novemberweb-only/11-10-31.0.html

How Individuals and Corporations Participate 02/15 by Karen Rands

Karen Rands, founder of the Compassionate Capitalist Movement for Angel Investors, talks with author Mark Faust, trusted advisor to Corporate Executive Teams and author of Growth or Bust and High Growth Levers, about how individuals and corporations use Compassionate Capitalism to create wealth and grow their business. As a nationally recognized expert on Angel Investing, Karen has written the best selling book Inside Secrets to Angel Investing as a step by step guide for learning how to invest in private companies to bring innovation to the market, create jobs and create wealth for all those involved – Compassionate Capitalism. She believes busy executives can effectively diversify their portfolio to invest in entrepreneurs as a wealth creation strategy, and enjoy the passion and excitment of an entrepreneurial endeavor without incurring all the risk and challenges of being an entrepreneur. Mark’s company, Echelon Management International, works with both leaders of successfully growing companies who want to raise the bar as well as with companies in turnaround. Mark has worked with and interviewed many Fortune 500 CEO’s, hundreds of number one sales performers, and thousands of his client’s top customers. 

From this experience and insight, he discovered a corporate version of Compassionate Capitalism that is part of the pattern for success for those companies and executives. 

Keywords: [“company”,”invest”,”Compassionate”]
Source: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/karen-rands/2018/02/15/compassionate-capitalism–how-individuals-and-corporations-participate

I am a “compassionate capitalist.”

The business teaches poor/middle class how to file taxes. It’s meant as a check against corporations and rich folks getting all the breaks. It’s to level the playing field to the common person. Other capitalists who’ve seen this business model are entering the market. It works! 

In year two, we get enough customers to keep the business afloat. We level the playing field against corporations! Success! Now, any labor simply must come from overseas, paying as close to nothing as I can manage. The tax code change is good sort of! 

I don’t need new customers; the new tax code means they all have to come back for re-education! So, it works! People buy just enough to pay lobbyists, pay new accountants, keep website running, expand. I’ve made the world a better place, no doubt! The playing field between common folk & corporations is more leveled than before, surely! 

Until the next year. My business is gone, so money I paid to lobbyists to keep tax code frozen has dried up. Similar services offering tax education also dry up. Corporations pay a vastly smaller percentage of taxes than common folk. 

Keywords: [“business”,”pay”,”tax”]
Source: https://medium.com/@RickPaulas/i-am-a-compassionate-capitalist-6b80e1d643c4

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 04-18-2018

COMING SOON – Leafwind the Compassionate Capitalist

Dreaming Beyond Capitalism: A Culture Without Fear

Soon after white people did approach them, coming to them however with supportive intentions – a group of activists from the United States, searching for ways to protect Indigenous Peoples from the oil industry. Rewarding people with profit and status for the most competitive and destructive behavior, worshiping the golden calf of maximal economic growth, capitalism has effectively manufactured and then exploited people’s dream image. The First Peoples used this word specifically because they could not fathom any other explanation for the behavior of the European colonialists. Patriarchal conditioning – carried out worldwide, generation after generation, with the most aggressive means – has created a cultural matrix of violence and fear, which at present nearly all of humanity more or less unconsciously follows. Duhm started out as a leading Marxist writer during the anti-imperialist struggles of the 1960s and 70s in Germany, when he asked himself how it could be that billions of people comply with and obey the rules of society without being forced to do so. 

Working as a psychoanalyst, he faced the same basic structure in all his patients – no matter whether they suffered depression, heartache or schizophrenia – deep-rooted existential fear. For Duhm, the consequence was clear: If we want to escape from the wetiko disease of our current capitalist culture, we need a credible concept for a new nonviolent global society and for transforming the old matrix of fear and violence into a new matrix of trust, compassion and cooperation. Healing wetiko would be nothing short of reinventing our entire civilization and basing human existence on new social, ethical, spiritual and sexual foundations allowing profound trust between people as well as between humans and animals. In 1978 Duhm started out with a group of people to engage in an interdisciplinary research project for social and ecological sustainability to develop precisely such a concept. Having witnessed the failure of countless communes in the 1970s, most due to unresolved interpersonal conflicts around money, power and sex, the project focused its cultural experiment on creating new social structures able to resolve the psychological substratum of fear. 

In order to subjugate people under their systems of dominance, patriarchal rulers systematically destroyed tribal communities, thereby inflicting a profound collective trauma onto humanity. As we are reaching the pinnacle of a culture of global wetiko, the last throes of late-stage capitalism, healing our collective trauma, re-establishing functioning communities based on trust, and making our human existence compatible with the biosphere and nature again, may well be our only opportunity to secure ourselves and our children a future worth living on Spaceship Earth. 

Keywords: [“fear”,”people”,”Human”]
Source: http://terranovavoice.tamera.org/2016/07/dreaming-beyond-capitalism-a…

Essays-960329 Economic Growth

The Clinton administration and Democratic congressional leaders are so bereft of ideas that they can only propose an increase in the minimum wage! The Republican leadership, Bob Dole in the Senate and Newt Gingrich in the House, has shamefully given up again on even a minor adjustment in the capital gains tax – the one growth ingredient of their 1994 mandate. Now carry the impressions forward to the modern mechanisms of the market- the banks, credit unions, insurance companies, stock and bond markets, and all other market elements that can extend or withhold capital. Unhappily, the western economists who advise the democratic government of Boris Yeltsin have little appreciation for the role the market plays in assessing macroeconomic tax and monetary risks to capital investment. The capital gains tax is not the only tax that bears upon the market’s assessment of ROI, but it is by far the most important. 

The market mechanisms that absorb and dispense capital must cope with the monetary variable in reckoning the true after-tax ROI. Riskier enterprises cannot hope to find capital and credit in an inflationary environment, even without the compounding effect via capital gains taxation, because sources of capital simply disappear. Sources of capital become more plentiful in a deflationary environment, but those who might otherwise employ that capital are discouraged by its high real interest costs in a world of falling nominal prices. As a matter of simple arithmetic, the risks to capital in a combination of inflation and unindexed capital gains are at a maximum. In a U.S. 

economy that would suddenly shift to a gold-standard with no tax on capital gains, untapped capital would rapidly flow into the marketplace and be dispensed according to a steepening schedule of risks. A mature enterprise that has all or most of its capital gains behind it does not need a gold standard or zero capital gains taxation in order to coax working capital out of those who have it, promising to repay it with interest or dividends. The most worrisome complication for Big Business is that policy changes that enhance the flow of capital to the market put upward pressure on the price of labor. The American Council for Capital Formation, for example, is a Big Business Washington lobby, which technically supports a lower tax on capital gains, but which spends little of its time or resources toward that end. A dramatic increase in the flow of capital to the market would have the unusual effect of eliminating jobs over time. 

Keywords: [“capital”,”market”,”tax”]
Source: http://polyconomics.com/essays/esy-960329.htm

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 02-06-2018

Win a FREE SUMMIT TICKET or a collection of four books on mindful leadership and mindfulness at work. Everyone who LIKES our Facebo…ok page between now and this coming Monday, December 4 at 5pm PT will be entered in a drawing to win four insightful books on mindful leadership and mindfulness at work. We’re also giving away one GRAND PRIZE: a free ticket to your choice of Summits. To be eligible for the grand prize, please like our page and share this post, ALONG WITH A MESSAGE. The winner gets a free ticket to their choice of either the Mindful Workplace Summit or Mindful Leadership Summit at 1440 Multiversity in April. You’ll join hundreds of leaders from around the world. Winners will be randomly drawn Monday night, and we’ll announce who’s getting the prizes on Tuesday, December 5. If you’ve already purchased a Summit ticket and you win, you’ll receive a refund. Everyone who likes our page, or likes it and shares WITH A MESSAGE by 5pm PT on Monday, December 5, will be AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED into the drawing. Why not take a moment now to like our page – and share the post along with a message? Please be sure to include a message to be eligible for the grand prize. Thanks a lot for helping us launch our Facebook page!

Keywords: [“Win”,”SUMMIT”,”page”]
Source: https://www.facebook.com/Compassionate-Capitalism-1675919916002744

Buy Compassionate Capitalism Book Online at Low Prices in India

There are lots of wealthy people out there but most aren’t truly happy. This is largely because they aren’t fulfilling a higher purpose with their businesses, they’re simply out there trying to survive in the often cutthroat business world. DeVos explains what it takes to make your business a positive force in the world; “Positive” by virtually any standard. Contrary to a lot of advice you may have heard out there on how to successfully build a prosperous business, DeVos claims that integrating compassion for your fellow man with lucrative opportunities is the real secret to security and happiness. It’s the knowledge that what you’re doing is making a difference that makes you feel worthy of the privilege and comfort of wealth. Even before the wealth comes, having a compassionate attitude along with sound business acumen goes a long way towards increasing your chances of attaining wealth and influence. A great book written in a language anyone can understand. I don’t have any complaints, but I refrain from giving it five stars because it didn’t “Knock my socks off!” Highly recommended reading for anyone looking to understand the attitudes and principles necessary for *true* success.

Keywords: [“business”,”wealth”,”out”]
Source: http://www.amazon.in/Compassionate-Capitalism-Rich-DeVos/dp/0452270510

“Capitalism & Compassion: Why Morality Matters in a Market Economy” a talk by Dr. Arthur C. Brooks & Mr. Gurcharan Das at Godrej Auditorium, WWF, 172-B Lodhi Estate > 6pm to 7:15pm on 20th November 2014

For free registration, send in your confirmation to samarth. In much of the world, including India, the free enterprise system has come to be associated by many with material greed, or wealth creation for its own sake. President of the American Enterprise Institute, Dr. Arthur C. Brooks believes that supporters of the free market system need to develop a new way of addressing the big human questions of our time. Based on both empirical research conducted as an economist-as well as interactions with some of the world’s leading spiritual figures, including the Dalai Lama and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar-Dr. Brooks argues that supporters of free enterprise must make not just an economic case, but also a moral case for their ideas. Exploring the dilemma over making money and doing good, Ananta Centre presents a candid conversation between Dr. Brooks and India’s acclaimed author and commentator, Mr. Gurcharan Das on ‘Capitalism and Compassion: Why Morality Matters in a Market Economy’ Speaker : Dr. Arthur C. Brooks, President, American Enterprise InstituteMr. Gurcharan Das, Indian Author and Commentator.

Keywords: [“free”,”enterprise”,”Brooks”]
Source: http://www.delhievents.com/2014/11/capitalism-compassion-why-morality.html

Top 10 Reasons To Hate Capitalism Why Is Bad 2018

Capitalism pits one another in a race to reach a fictitious goal – that of wealth. Yes capitalism is bad Because history and current events prove it is wrong and we are educated and informed. Regulations came into being because so many bad businesses were doing so many evil things to destroy other companies. I explained back in 2013 that there is a big difference between being pro-market and being pro-business. With the passage of the tax reform bill, corporations across America celebrated by passing on some of the tax savings they would receive on to their workers. It has been only a couple of weeks since President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act into law, but the legislation is already springing into action by offering the country a raise. Despite the plan containing many flaws, one part of the Republican tax bill – the corporate tax rate – is opening the wallets of Corporate America. When the GOP slashed the corporate tax rate from 35% to. These concerns did not influence significantly the actual preferences of voters. The thing is that there are no time machines to whisk us back to an earlier age so we can correct a bad decision or rephrase a careless comment.

Keywords: [“tax”,”bad”,”corporate”]
Source: https://iswhen.org/tag/why-capitalism-is-bad

The Compassionate Hunter’s Guidebook

Wild meat, hunted in a responsible way, is one of the most healthful, sustainable foods possible. Depending on how it is done, hunting can be as local, intimate and humane as it gets. Aside from this, it demands the hunter enter a world of awareness, wildness, life and death that as a culture we have lost connection to. The Compassionate Hunter’s Guidebook is a guide for those that come to the act of hunting with pure intentions, motivated by a desire for healthy food that comes directly from the land where they live. This practical manual suggests that hunting is not a ‘sport’ and the animals whose lives are taken are not ‘game’. Understanding your prey; Tools, techniques and preparation; The act of the hunt; From forest to table – processing, preserving and preparing your kill. A unique and comprehensive, fully-illustrated guide to the complexity, ethics and spirit of the hunt, The Compassionate Hunter is a must-read for beginning and experienced hunters alike. It will appeal to anyone who wishes to delve more deeply into the complex, humbling and ultimately profound reality of our relationship with the food that nourishes us.

Keywords: [“hunt”,”food”,”live”]
Source: http://www.newsociety.com/Books/C/The-Compassionate-Hunter-s-Guidebook

JR Test Site News for 01-23-2018

The Capitalism Site

“The neoconservative vision of a good America is one in which ordinary people work hard, read the Bible, go to church on Sunday, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, practice homespun virtues, sacrifice themselves to the”common good,” obey the commands of the government, fight wars, and die for the State…. In summary, the neoconservatives are the advocates of a new managerial State-a State controlled and regulated by a new mandarin class of conservative virtucrats who think the American people are incapable of governing themselves without the help of the neocons’ special, a priori wisdom. Neocons] see nihilism as the inevitable outcome of Enlightenment liberalism and America’s founding principles. The real problem with liberal-capitalist society for Strauss, Kristol, and Brooks is that individuals do not sacrifice themselves to anything higher than themselves and their petty self-interest. What America needs is a two-step antidote for its cultural malaise: the inculcation of public virtue and the promotion of nationalism. The neocons seek to restore a public philosophy that promotes sacrifice as the great moral ideal and patriotism as the great political ideal.

Keywords: [“themselves”,”neocons”,”America”]
Source: http://capitalism.org/category/neoconservatism

BE Good, DO Good, DO Well

Enlightened Capitalist, a division of World Incentive Network Inc, promotes business reinvention to create tomorrow’s business today – a business which is good, does good and does well. Our global community of enlightened individuals intends to make a large positive impact on our planet, society, communities, and individuals by leveraging the power of a healthy, wealthy and sustainable business. Enlightened Capitalist is a movement, an association, a community and it’s a tribe of dedicated members who are making positive ripples of impact by focusing on people, planet, purpose, performance, and profit. Enlightened Capitalist fulfills the roles of the connector, marketer, educator, advocate, community organizer and additional voice for our members. The Enlightened Capitalist team actively promotes our members’ work. We provide tools to expand influence, effectiveness, reach and sales. Through our Marquee sister brands, we provide professional services such as consulting, facilitation and advisory services, marketing, event planning, and life changing experiential Enlightened Journeys and Enlightened Retreats. Jump to more information about us by clicking on the links below.

Keywords: [“Enlightened”,”business”,”community”]
Source: http://enlightenedcapitalist.org

Robert Amen ’73 Lectures Students on “Enlightened Capitalism”

Robert Amen ’73, president of International Paper, recently spoke to operations management students about some of the ethical issues facing the company around the world. Amen encouraged students to consider the impact of social responsibility beyond the bounds of corporate life, and he put forth numerous examples of IP’s efforts in the area. In a Russian town where the company has a presence, it financed the rebuilding of a community hospital and instituted a maintenance program for the future. IP also purchased forest acreage along the Amazon in Brazil and designated half as a natural rain-forest preserve. Speaking to the dilemma posed by rising labor costs, he explained that IP would remain loyal to its American employees despite the allure of moving operations overseas. On the subject of toxic emissions, he noted, “The big enterprises should set a standard-we don’t wait for society to set a standard.” Amen ended by invoking the “Amen Doctrine”: “Build a sustainable competitive business model that maximizes the returns in total to constituents without violating key societal needs. This is really enlightened capitalism.”

Keywords: [“Amen”,”operations”,”students”]
Source: https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/leadership/newsn/558/robert-amen-73…

Capitalism, Short-termism, Population and

The Club of Rome’s warnings published in the book Limits to Growth are still valid. Remedies that are acceptable for the great majority tend to make things worse. Pope Francis says it clearly: our common home is in deadly danger. Analyzing the philosophical crisis, the book comes to the conclusion that the world may need a “New enlightenment”; one that is not based solely on doctrine, but instead addresses a balance between humans and nature, as well as a balance between markets and the state, and the short versus long term. To do this we need to leave behind working in “Silos” in favor of a more systemic approach that will require us to rethink the organization of science and education. We have to act now; the world cannot wait until 7.6 billion people have struggled to reach a new enlightenment. This book is full of optimistic case studies and policy proposals that will lead us back to a trajectory of sustainability. It is also necessary to address the taboo topic of population increase. Countries with a stable population fare immensely better than those with continued increase. Finally, we are presenting an optimistic book from the Club of Rome.

Keywords: [“book”,”need”,”world”]
Source: http://www.springer.com/de/book/9781493974184

Capitalism and the Tax System: A Search for Social Justice by Beverly Moran :: SSRN

The Enlightenment was one set of ideas that attended our birth and one Enlightenment belief as strong today as during the revolution is our faith in capitalism and the protection of private property. The United States tax system manages to violate fundamental capitalist principles as outlined in the extensive writings of Adam Smith – the father of capitalism. Comparing Smith’s vision to the current United States tax system reveals many important inconsistencies, particularly the current penchant for simultaneously taxing wages while exempting taxes on wealth and wealth appreciation. The article proposes more closely aligning the U.S. tax system with Smith’s capitalist vision by introducing a combined wealth and consumption tax each with significant exemption amounts. The expected result of a combined wealth and consumption tax system is the release of a considerable portion of the population from tax liability. Less expected rewards of a tax system that more closely resembles Smith’s capitalist ideal include: support for a living wage; class based affirmative action; and, reparations for slavery.

Keywords: [“tax”,”system”,”Smith”]
Source: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1162267