Getting Sh*t Done

progress

Sometimes you have to go slow to go fast. Sometimes “going slow” looks like going backwards.

But slow is smooth and smooth is fast. It seems our progress is slow. It’s actually fast.

But it’s hard seeing that. Sometimes, someone frustrated with our pace leaves us. When they return, maybe after a year or many years, they’re shocked by our progress.

Progress when it’s happening, looks slow. But slow is smooth and smooth is fast.

A lot still must be done before Copiosis becomes a global reality. I encourage those in the fray with me with inspiration. It sounds like metaphysical mumbo jumbo, but taken to heart, its accuracy reveals itself. This inspiration undergirds our transition approach. It’s a Positively Focused approach.

It’s how we get sh*t done without us each turning to sh*t.

Many things get started, then stop. This year, 2020, we’ve started at least three potential, very large demonstration projects. But each met with intractable barriers for now. So we changed course.

That may look like going backwards, but so long as we keep trying, we win. It’s that simple. Besides, a lot happens in unseen areas humans can’t possibly control. More happens there, in fact, that is more important than anything we’re doing with our hands and minds. We have powerful allies with us doing most of the work. Which is why I say our “work” is play.

The real work happens behind the scenes and is mostly done.

I talked with a Copiosis funder recently who said, summarizing: “Perry, you told me several years ago that in the future you’d have a group of people helping you bring Copiosis into a reality. I see that now. Your press is amazing.”

It is amazing, unless you know how to create reality. I’ve said all along knowing how to create reality, I called that “creating luck” in previous posts, is our advantage. Knowing how to create realty, one isn’t amazed by how things happen. It’s just how it happens.

We’re going slow with a bias for getting things done. Sounds like a contradiction. In a way, it is.

Progress is sometimes a two-steps-forward, one-step-back dance. I go to bed with 10-20 things I could still do for Copiosis that are not getting done. It’s thrilling to think that there is always something interesting to do each day that can move Copiosis forward.

But we can only move as quickly as there are resources to play with.

I’ve always said what I’m doing is about Copiosis not me. Copiosis has attracted a number of people who are contributing extreme value. New people find us all the time and ask how they can contribute. Our newest initiative, the live stream Devil’s Advocate featuring Jill Dell, came together that way. It happened effortlessly and in a fun way.

There’s as much good stuff happening as there are things not getting done. The good news is, we don’t have to have all those things done in any particular time. It’s all happening in perfect timing.

We’re going slow with a bias for getting shit done. Sounds like a contradiction. It is in a way. But this is the paradox at the center of Copiosis’ transition plan.

 Looking at our results so far, I’d say it’s working pretty well.

When joining forces masks insecurity

everything is possibleWe are often asked these days to join forces, work together with others, help others with their work while expecting we’ll be helped with our work. The basis of these asks is we’ll all be stronger, better off, by working together.

Recently, someone urged me to sign an agreement he created that he affirms will make the world a better place. I told him I’m selective about supporting others’ work. He got very upset and said (via text) “Perry, you are truly small.”

I think that was an insult.

Obviously, I have different ideas on this whole collaboration thing. When people are making these asks, to join forces, for alliances and such, they are coming from a place of insecurity. I believe there’s an unconscious fear they don’t have the resources to make what they want to happen and that, somehow, by joining forces with another individual or group, that individual or group will bring what is missing, making their chances of success much better.

I don’t agree with this approach because I don’t believe anyone lacks any resources needed now or in the future. It sounds like what I’m saying is Copiosis has everything it needs at its fingertips, ready to be employed: all the money, all the computing power, all the people needed to make things happen.

This obviously isn’t the case. What we do know though is at that right time, the right resources, whether it be money, people or equipment will arrive. It’s been demonstrated time and time again since we began this work.

We’re not any different from any other individual or group. We’re not special. We have no lock on this ability to create opportunity. We just know it exists and we trust that it works. And so it does.

Making what seems impossible possible depends on this trust. It depends on knowing you have all you need within you to make something happen and, most importantly, you trust this knowing.

In that trust, everything is possible.

Six reasons the RBE needs money

Your gonna need this

We’re going to need money to make the resource-based economy (RBE) a reality, though not as much as you think.

I’m perplexed when social activists scoff at the idea of needing money to make something happen.  Where do they think we live?

Others get puzzled into inaction or apathy by the amount of money they think necessary.  I’m perplexed by these people too, until I realize few people actually know how things go from “idea” to “overnight success”.

Here’s why the RBE will not happen until the idea is “fed” money.

You need people working on it full time.  I’m equally perplexed by people who think volunteers are going to make something as substantial as the RBE our global reality.

The path to the RBE is easy, but complex.  The path to the RBE must wind through capitalist society as well as mental paradigms billions of people have about society.  Human society is full of people, like you, who may believe the RBE can be our reality.

It is overflowing though with far more people who don’t believe the RBE is possible, who believe capitalism is just fine, who believe that while capitalism is terrible, it’s the best we have.

There are far more people who would prefer watching a baseball game, reality television, or enjoying dinner with their kids than considering some new idea.  They’re too busy living, making a living, paying bills.

Reaching all these different people requires people working full-time, focusing all their energy on reaching these people. Volunteers alone don’t have the time, energy, or sophistication to make this happen, which brings me to my next point. Like everyone else, volunteers have families, bills and other financial needs. Many volunteers, while well-meaning, don’t possess relevant skills, let along dispositions resilient to long timelines and short-term disappointments.

Which brings me to the next reason:

You need SMART, CAPABLE people working on it full time.  Hear me out.   I’m not saying people currently working in The Venus Project (TVP) and The Zeitgeist Movement (TZM) are dumb.  The sophisticated nature of the transition path requires effectiveness in critical skill areas.

Promotion, branding, outreach, communication, design, leadership, salesmanship, persuasiveness and grace under fire are just some of the tangible skills.  It also requires people who have a sufficient emotional quotient to operate with others at peak proficiency (see the Tuckman Model for more on this). Nearly all these people are either gainfully employed now, want to be, or going to be.

They have mouths to feed, including their own.  They won’t put their life on hold while working for free or meager wages when they could command good-paying salaries working for The Man.  They may not like the work, but such work pays the bills and then some.

If you want these smart people working full-time, dedicating their skills and aptitudes, you’re going to have to pay them.

Another reason the RBE needs money involves choosing.  The options are . . .

Fast, cheap, effective—pick two.  Wonder why it’s taking so long for the RBE to happen?  Here’s why: you can’t EFFECTIVELY make something happen QUICKLY, on the CHEAP, let alone free.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, you can reach a ton of earlyvangelists by word of mouth.

But if you want to reach average people, overcome their apathy, get them off the couch to do something, you’re going to need smart people coming up with effective ways to do that.  That doesn’t come cheap.  Money used well can (but not always) shorten the time it takes to make something happen.

You need great leadership.  Not only do you need skilled people in the trenches making things happen, you need a core group led by a really great leader, preferably the Servant Leader variety.

That person must, among a large amount of other things, understand where things are going moment-by-moment and how they relate to the larger transition picture.  That person needs to be able to lead a group in a way so that people don’t jump ship because of poor leadership style, communication, organizational stagnation, or what-have-you.

That person must build a succession plan and a resiliency plan all while driving forward the transition plan.  She must be able to read the global environment—the way things are—accurately and continually modify the transition picture to stay on course.  And he or she must also be able to calmly, confidently represent the entire movement before a wide variety of audiences while honoring all people on the planet.

It’s going to take everyone to make the RBE happen—Jew, Christian, Moslem, Sikh, Japanese, women, trans people, gay people, young people, atheists, the one percent, conservatives, liberals . . . everyone!  The transition needs someone who gets all these people, sees them as they see themselves.

Such a leader aren’t waiting for a phone call opportunity.  Nearly all of them are already in action on their own thing, driving that thing’s success as a reflection of their passion, or they’re making millions leading large organizations.

You need resources.  Our transition plan at Copiosis requires a tremendous amount of resources that will not be given for free.  We’re going to need printing, IT services and equipment, pens, paper, musicians, actors, playwrights, stage directors, technical writers, editors, photographers, tables, office space, and more.  As I have said on our social page on Facebook the transition to the RBE is SERIOUS BUSINESS.

Every business needs money.

You may cringe at the idea of business making the RBE happen.  That’s your prerogative.  What I know is that the majority of things that happen in capitalism happen because someone has a great idea, then creates an organization to make that thing happen.  More often than not, successful things are made via commercial enterprise.  All commercial enterprises are businesses of one form or another.

You need to convince those in charge. In my opinion, volunteers, mass demonstrations, passive resistance, and all that will in no way make the RBE happen, because to make it happen, you must convince those in charge (the 1%) to go along with the plan.  Convincing these people is actually easy, but that’s another matter.

The challenge with that “easy” task is it will take a LOT of money (but not as much as you think).  That’s because part of the convincing means you can demonstrate that a sizable minority of the global population is behind you.  You can’t get a sizable minority behind you unless you can reach Joe and Jane Average.  And you can’t reach the Averages unless you can catch their attention.  You can’t get their attention unless you’ve got something entertaining and worth their time, something proven.  You need smart people with sharp skills to create something worth their time.

Beginning to see the circular picture?

Is profit evil?

Before I get to explaining just how little money is needed to make the RBE happen, I want to address a knee-jerk reaction some RBE supporters express about business and profit.

Let’s talk bout what “for profit” means. It means the organization is organized to maximize a specific outcome in a particular way. That outcome is “profit” or, more accurately, net income.

Net income is money left over after all accounts and expenses of running the business are covered, including taxes.

Just because an organization is organized for profit doesn’t mean it always generates net income, nor does it mean the company is inherently bad.  

Employee-owned, for-profit companies, for example, distribute all their net income to the owners (the employees).  There are other for-profit companies that plow all net income (aka “profits”) back into the operation.

If you hate business because of the profit motive, it may interest you to know that “nonprofits” also generate net income.  Many of them don’t because they’re run inefficiently, lacking the discipline of a business.  Those that do generate net income use it to benefit nonprofit shareholders (the public) when net income is used to expand programs, add staff, and acquire assets.

“Profit” isn’t negative or inherently bad.  It actually indicates something quite valuable—that the organization’s leadership is running the organization (nonprofit or for profit) so efficiently that there’s money left over after all operations are paid for.  That is a good thing.

It is my experience that for-profit companies are the best at efficiently using their resources for producing value for customers and shareholders, usually in that order.  So to knee-jerkingly say “for profit” is inherently bad says more about the person having the reaction than anything accurate about what for profits do or what “profit” is.

Landmark Education, is a highly successful, global for-profit company.  It operates quietly behind the scenes, with little fanfare.  However Landmark Education pretty much single-handedly transformed human relationships and boosted human potential since the 70s. It’s graduates literally changed our reality as a result of the “technology” Landmark Education offers for a fee and at a profit.

The founder, Werner Erhard, organized Landmark Education as a for-profit because he knows what I do—that it is the most efficient organizational structure for accomplishing a commercial objective.  And since money sits at center of capitalist societies, all objectives are commercial.

Some RBE supporters and social activists “fighting” the status quo, argue nonprofits are the preferred organizational structure. I don’t understand why they say this.  Because they don’t generate “evil” profits?

But what about accomplishing the mission?  Who cares if people earn a good living if they actually solve hunger, poverty, drunk driving, child abuse, or human trafficking, rather than perpetuating a bunch of jobs “addressing” these problems?

Name five nonprofits off the top of your head that have gone out of business because they have actually accomplished their social mission. I doubt you can.

Nonprofits are woefully inefficient. Very few have viable solutions,  so they focus instead on advocacy, treating symptoms, or making matters worse in some overseas nonprofit initiatives. 

I make no apologies for Copiosis being for-profit for many of these reasons.  My commitment as the founder of this organization is any net income will be celebrated, then used in a way that benefits the mission.  That could be unique performance bonuses for employees, or increased spending for mission-oriented needs.

We’re going to need billions

Speaking of spending, let’s get back to the money.  How much money will be needed to make the RBE a reality?  It’s hard to say. Probably billions.  But here’s the thing about this number, and many don’t realize this because they don’t understand how things get done in capitalism, and especially in capitalist America:

You don’t need billions of dollars all at once.

Any well-run organization serious about making the resource-based economy a reality will have as a main strategy becoming a self-funding operation.  That means the organization will offer something to the public they are willing to pay for which perpetuates the mission (making the RBE happen), while generating revenue to run the organization.  This is a tricky balance, and it’s what we have built into our transition plan.

There’s a chasm, however, that all young organizations operating in capitalism face.  It’s getting from where the organization is now to the point where revenues from its operations sustain the operation.  Usually in business, this chasm is bridged by investors.

People provide money to the organization to fuel the business’s “start up” costs, in “return” for a share of the profits (there’s that word again!) down the line.  The trouble with organizations like TZM, TVP, and Copiosis, is that most traditional investors aren’t willing to give their money for something which offers no share of the upside.

Did you catch the key word there?  The key word is “most”.  In reality, some people will make such an investment, with no expectation of a return other than the good feeling of having invested in something they believe is worth the money.  Some is all you need.  So the key here is offering these people something that’s worth their money.

Another way to raise the “start-up” money requires more effort.  That approach requires going to everyday people, people who will benefit tremendously from the RBE happening and getting them to see and then believe the promise.  

Rather than asking a few rich people for a lot of money, in this approach you ask a lot of people for a little money.  This bears repeating: You have to offer something they believe is worth the money.

At Copiosis we’ve set up a page on Patreon.com. We chose Patreon because it allows people to become patrons of the work. For as little as $2 a month, anyone can support the real progress we’re making as we head down our transition path to the RBE. That “real progress” includes demonstration projects which proved Copiosis can work, an algorithm and software that distributed Net Benefit Rewards to actual participants, and growing numbers of people who believe so strongly in what we’re doing they’re willing to give us something more important than their money: their time.

There are advantages Patreon has over other crowdfunding sites I won’t get into.  The point is, our transition plan includes this site for specific, strategic reasons that support everything else we’re doing to make the RBE a reality, including everything in this post.

So how much money will it need?

In the short term, defined as the first five years post-money (post-money means after the money is “in” the organization), about $5 million dollars.  I’m laughing as I look at that sentence I just wrote.  I’m laughing because I know already that many readers don’t have a clear understanding of what $5 million is.  They think it’s a lot of money.

It’s actually not that much at all.

Why you “earn” nothing

Earn itEarn [urn] (Verb: used with object) 1. To gain or get in return for one’s labor or service: to earn one’s living.  2. To merit as compensation, as for service; deserve: to receive more than one has earned.  3. To acquire through merit: To earn a reputation for honesty.  4. To gain as due return or profit:  Savings accounts earn interest.  5. To bring about or cause deservedly:  His fair dealing earned our confidence.

People learning about Copiosis get confused sometimes when they hear about net-benefit reward (NBR), what Copiosis rewards producers with when they make people and or the planet better off.  People come to the conclusion that NBR, like money, is earned by a producer when they create net benefit.

Even people who have been involved with Copiosis for some time use the word earn such as “After you earn your NBR, you can use it to buy luxuries.”  “Buy” is another word misused in talking about Copiosis. You can’t “buy” anything with NBR because NBR is non-transferrable.  You can’t exchange your NBR as “payment” for receiving a good or service from someone.

I want to explain in this post why you don’t earn anything in Copiosis.  Instead you are rewarded for your productive action that makes people and the planet better off.  As a result you’re far better off living in a Copiosis society psychologically and practically.

You are blessed

What did you do to earn the sunshine you enjoyed today?  Did you do anything to earn the rains that replenish your rivers, the atmosphere that filters the sun’s harmful rays, leaving you with life-giving heat and light?  Did you earn the planet itself, which provides you with so much in so many forms?  What did you do to earn the heart that beats in your chest, or the trillions of cells that operate beyond your conscious awareness, sustaining your body, mind, and spirit while on this planet?  What did you do to earn these?

How about the billions of people who have contributed to the creation of everything you currently enjoy in this moment—bridges, cars, roads, homes, clothes, pets, blankets, medical care, relatively peaceful societies, weather predictions, education, etc.?  Most of the things you enjoy would not be around but for the lives of these people and innumerable non-human beings that came before you, including single-celled organisms, dinosaurs, all the way up to your parents, the elected officials running your city, and the many other people you will never know who are inventing things right now that will benefit you and that keep your life running smoothly.

Do you think you can do anything to earn all that contribution to your life?  I seriously doubt it.

Yet, each of us benefits from these and so much more as nature, the environment, the Uni-verse surround us with life-giving abundance.  There’s no way any one of us can do anything to earn all that we receive.  Yet, nature, God, the Universe, or whatever you want to call all that has come before you continues to make your life possible.

In response to this knowledge and awareness, early deep thinkers came up with the idea of debt.  They believed man owed something to someone in return for all this.  Somehow, through man’s quirky logic, debt to nature or God became debt to kings.  I suppose this happened because kings were at one time thought to be descendants of, or at least ordained by, gods.

So became the world we see today where you owe a debt to your parents, to your country, to your fellow humans.

Earning a living has similar origins.  We’ve swallowed the propaganda that comes with markets, money, and government, and the politics that run them—if you’re not earning your living, you’re a drain on society.  You don’t deserve things you need to survive, or certainly to thrive, unless you earn it (through labor presumably).  We believe this propaganda so completely we defend it, causing us to label those we believe aren’t “earning it.”  We call them deadbeats, bums, welfare mothers.

Is it possible to earn NBR?

In Copiosis, we wipe all this talk of debt and earning.  Copiosis reconnects us with all the things with which we are blessed.  In this context, there is no need to earn anything.  Producers who benefit people and or the Earth through their acts are not doing so to earn something.  They are expressing themselves and their passion and in so doing practice their unique art of creation.  Those creative acts are rewarded.  NBR can’t be earned.  There is no amount of effort you can do to repay society or the individuals you benefit from for blessing you with all that you receive.

How much NBR producers receive is determined by our algorithm, which takes into account all the variables we believe are needed to make such a calculation. No person or group of persons is responsible for determining NBR—the algorithm does that.  The process is administered and facilitated by the Copiosis Organization acting in behalf of humanity or human society.  NBR then is a recognition of the blessings bestowed upon people who engage in the act of creation.

Society rewards producers for the valiant effort they make to make the human condition more enjoyable, more worth living, more interesting, more efficient, more fun.  Producers do this using their imagination, creativity, industry, and drive born of their passions.  A producer who makes our biosphere more capable of supporting all life, remediates damage done in the past, or enhances the environment so that other species thrive, is rewarded for her initiative, her commitment, her passion for nature.  She is rewarded for her stewardship of nature.  No matter what it is producers do, they are all rewarded for creating more.  More is what the Universe is all about.

Some ardent resource-based economy (RBE) adherents and environmentalists believe more is a bad thing for people and for the planet.  They don’t understand that nature is fundamentally in favor of more.  The entire Universe is predisposed to “more.”  If you don’t believe that, look around.  There is more more in nature and the Universe than we can identify.  We are still finding new species of life and new planets in the cosmos.  Plants produce an overabundance of seeds.  Our earth teems with more.   More more is being created all the time.  The upward spiral* is nature’s fundamental expression.

Some might say that there is nothing wrong with using the word “earn” to describe the act of doing something to merit NBR.  I disagree because the word is inaccurate. One doesn’t earn a reward.  Rewards (real ones) are more often given in recognition of a particular kind of achievement.  In fact, here’s the definition:


Reward (ri-wawrd) (noun) 1. A sum of money offered for the detection or capture of a criminal, the recovery of lost or stolen property, etc. 2. Something given or received in return or recompense for service, merit, hardship, etc. (verb) (used with object) 3. To recompense or requite (a person or animal) for service, merit, achievement, etc. 4. To make return for or requite (service, merit, etc.); recompense


Hold on now.  You might be saying “But this reads very much like the definition for “earn” that began your post!”  Notice something though—there is a key difference.  A reward is something typically given in return for acts of good. Rarely are rewards given for evil, and when they are, in the context of the reward the evil deed is considered good by the rewarder.  So while you can earn your money by doing all kinds of things, rewards are typically things given in recognition of an act of good.  “Good”  in Copiosis means “making people and the planet better off.”  Any act that doesn’t fit this definition receives no reward.

More esoterically, and coming from a recognition that there is no separation in the Universe, that all is one, NBR can be described like this:

NBR in Copiosis is a method by which one part of the Oneness (humanity) acknowledges another part (an individual human being) for doing good for other parts of that same Oneness (other people or the planet).

It is interesting, by the way, that NBR comes out of nowhere and, when used, returns to that nowhere place, or back to the non-visible part of the Universe, as I like to say.

Recipients of NBR—producers—are acting on behalf of themselves (some act because they want luxuries, others for other personal reasons), yes, but intrinsically, even though they may not realize it, they are acting as agents of the Universe (the totality of known, unknown, and supposed objects and phenomena throughout space; the cosmos; macrocosm) to improve the state of the Universe, by creating realities consistent with the Universe’s predisposition for more.  In other words, producers are rewarded with NBR for producing “more” and doing so in a way that benefits (not just protects) the Earth and the greater system in which we exist.

You are free

In Copiosis you are completely free.  This includes being free of needing to earn anything.  You also are  free of any kind of debt or incurring it.  That includes the financial kind.  Instead, you are blessed, and things are bestowed upon you. Some things require that you benefit others – by taking the responsibility of performing that role of producing more –  in the ways you are best equipped. The ways you best perform and acting from your passions.  In return for doing that, you are rewarded.  All that you need to thrive is provided, as is sunlight, air, a planet full of abundance, etc., at no cost.  Nothing in that regard is withheld from you, unless you act in ways inconsistent with the recognition that we are all in this together, whatever you believe “this” to be.

Think about what this level of freedom means.  You are not required to do anything you don’t want to do.  You are free to go wherever you want to go, be whatever you want to be, consume whatever you want to consume, produce whatever you want to produce (providing you can enroll others in producing that thing), believe whatever you want to believe, live how you want to live, so long as you don’t violate the freedom of others.

In doing all that, your fellow man will provide you with everything you need, just like the Universe does, just like your body does every minute of your life. Copiosis returns humanity to the Universes’ natural state, abundantly providing everything to everything.

Recently an attendee at a Copiosis meeting said Copiosis is creating an “ancient future.”  She explained that long ago there were communities of people, and when someone needed something, the community provided that thing to the person at no cost to him.  It was seen as the natural thing to do.  She said that Copiosis holds the promise of returning us to that civilized state, while maintaining all the technological advances we enjoy today.  I love the idea of “Ancient Future.”  It is a nice play on words.

In this profound, new, and yet ancient, level of freedom, you will naturally want to express your gifts to the world.  That desire may not develop within you right away as you wrestle with the indoctrinated beliefs you hold about the world as it is today and what is expected of you in that world.  It will happen though because a giving heart is the foundation of what all of humanity is.  It is generous, giving, life affirming, just like the rest of the Universe.  It cannot be any other way, because it (humanity) is one with everything else.  And everything else is generous, giving, life affirming.  That’s what love is.  That’s what you are.

It’s time we create and then live in a society consistent with that to which the Universe is predisposed—abundance, freedom, joy, optimism, and an ever-expanding desire for more.  More beauty, more love, more experiences, more adventure, more exploration, more discovery, more generosity, more giving, more creation, more, more, more.  This is what Copiosis is about.  It is the basis of the Universe.  And it is the foundation of the concept of net-benefit reward. Not earning.

You earn nothing in Copiosis. And you don’t need to because you are blessed with everything.

*Paul Krafel’s hour-long video is hard to get through at first, but those who stick with it are richly rewarded.