Co-operation Rather Than Competition
By Tom J. Kennedy
In the mid-1960’s, I began my career as an elementary school teacher and set out on my life’s journey satisfied to survive with a salaried income as I married and began to raise a family. Little did I know of the future twists and turns my life would take in this incarnation.
In the late 1970’s, I was introduced to what was known then as the multi-level or network marketing industry through the Amway business opportunity - one of the pioneering, part-time, opportunities of the industry. I have a statement etched in my mind spoken by Rich DeVoss, one of the co-founders of the Amway Corporation. I heard this statement at the first Amway meeting I attended in the spring of 1979, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Rich DeVoss said and I paraphrase: “This industry has the potential to market everything from hairpins to airplanes.” Indeed, Rich DeVoss’s vision has proven to be on target.
I quickly recognized the power and potential of this innovative, sales and marketing strategy, but over the years, I have been dismayed at the number of charlatans whose greedy actions tainted this almost, perfect, marketing model. In an effort to leave behind the negative images associated with multi-level and network marketing and move forward with renewed vigour and new visions, myself and other associates in the industry created another name - the SDI (Self Directed Income) industry.
During the 1980’s, I pursued free enterprise on a part-time basis with an SDI enterprise, while continuing my full time career as an elementary school teacher and my role as a husband and father of three children. In the early 1980’s, I was also fortunate to learn the “truth” about modern, money creation and how the design flaw of usury is the killer machine that keeps debtors in financial bondage to creditors for generation after generation.
As well, in the 1980’s I was introduced to the usuryfree community currency movement. I learned that by simply introducing a usuryfree software to replace the malfunctioning, usury-bearing software used in our orthodox, economic system, everyone on planet earth could potentially experience a usuryfree lifestyle.
For almost 30 years, I have held the vision and worked towards twinning the best aspects of the SDI industry with the optimal elements of the usuryfree community currency movement to initiate a proven and workable, co-operative model of free enterprise where all participants would be winners - potentially living a usuryfree lifestyle.
Over the years, I have written numerous letters to CEO’s of leading “home office” companies in the SDI industry suggesting creative ideas to implement, but as of this present date no “home office” of a leading SDI company has responded with a positive intent to implement any of the suggested concepts.
I have often been told that my ideas are creative BUT there is not sufficient political will to motivate conventional entrepreneurs who are still holding on to the “competitive model” of free enterprise to change their way of doing business. “Not sufficient political will” can be translated to mean “not sufficient numbers of debtors who double as SDI entrepreneurs,” and who are willing to risk implementing the co-operative model of free enterprise. I daresay, our time to pursue the “co-operation model” of free enterprise is coming early in this 21st Century
In the late 1990’s, I launched my first website titled The Cyberclass Network to teach what formal education neglects to teach and what the mainstream electronic and print media dismiss as “not newsworthy.”
In 2001, I created the NoUsury Network which later evolved to become The UsuryFree Network. In 2005, the UsuryFree Network in co-operation with the Family Life Foundation and other active usuryfree creatives launched the first annual UsuryFree Day (November 13th) and UsuryFree Week (November 13th to 19th). This year we will be celebrating the Seventh Annual UsuryFree Week from November 13th to 19th, 2011.
In 2007, I opened an account with Facebook to likewise, share similar, information, resources and knowledge with a global network of friends in cyberspace. In August 2011, I reached my capacity of 5000 “friends” on Facebook - the majority of whom were referred to my Facebook account by “cyberspace friends” who are seeking to learn what formal education neglects to teach. Since Facebook Inc. does not permit anyone to have more than 5000 “friends,” I created a page at Facebook for The UsuryFree Network where anyone can “Like” the page and visit often to keep informed of relevant information and happenings.
Early in this 21st Century, I created the twin blogs (a) The UsuryFree Eye Opener and (b) The SDI (Self Directed Income) Eye Opener to facilitate the re-education process of those who are ready and willing to pursue a self-imposed course of study on topics that are (a) commonly dismissed as “not newsworthy” by the meddling, mainstream media and (b) ignored by our orthodox institutions of formal education.
Though the “followers” statistics indicate that I have only 19 followers for these twin blogs, as of this present date (September 24, 2011) I have had over 31,000 visitors to these blogs. I am pleased that more and more people are seeking knowledge and resources from alternative sources, rather than relying on conventional news, this is evidence that there is a shift in the consciousness of the masses.
I created the blog - The UsuryFree Eye Opener for two reasons (a) to educate (or re-educate) debtors on the truth about modern money creation and to enable them to fully understand how the design flaw of usury functions as the killer machine within our orthodox, economic system of debt money and (b) to inform debtors that indeed, usuryfree living is a possibility are we progress into this 21st Century, given the worldwide acceptance of the perfected model of usuryfree finance - the usuryfree community currency movement - with its co-operative elements.
I created the blog - The SDI Eye Opener to educate (or re-educate) active and prospective, SDI entrepreneurs about the SDI industry - otherwise referred to as the Multi-Level or Network Marketing industry. In my humble opinion, the SDI industry, though about 60 years young, is still in its birthing process as a sales and marketing strategy.
As we now progress into this 21st Century there is much evidence to indicate that old paradigms are crumbling as they are not sustainable for the survival of human beings on planet earth. At this time, the SDI industry is well positioned to lead the way in uniting people both locally and globally to facilitate the shift from “competitive enterprise” and all of its malfunctions to “co-operative enterprise” with all of its perfected elements.
The Co-operative Spirit Trumps the Competitive Spirit
Daily news broadcasts clearly indicate that our paradigms are shifting - the competitive models of doing business in the 20th Century, and previously are breaking down. The co-operation models - of all who choose to participate in selected free enterprise opportunities are steadily improving and rising up to fill the gap.
As the model of “co-operative enterprise” gains popularity as the optimal way to engage in business transaction, the SDI (Self Directed Income) industry is leading the way with a plethora of unique, online, business opportunities surfacing. What is noteworthy is the fact that the spirit of co-operation and teamwork is being woven into the sales and marketing strategies of various, recently launched SDI opportunities. This spirit of co-operation when twinned with essential background knowledge about why the “competitive spirit” of doing business is failing enables the participating SDI entrepreneurs who are open to building an SDI Portfolio to multiply and duplicate their efforts with new recruits who are seeking secondary sources of income(s).
The Role of the SDI Industry
In any business, SDI or otherwise, the amount of energy put in is relevant to the amount of gain received. This is very true of these newest, online, SDI opportunities. It is important that any legitimate SDI opportunity have a marketable product and there must be no misrepresentation or promises about earnings. One can only say what one knows to be absolutely true about any SDI business opportunity. Having fun, earning income(s), and trying something new is the underlying intent of pursuing new, SDI, business ventures. Given the ease of modern technology it is possible to grow one’s earnings from a home-based , SDI enterprise.
Readers are invited to read this article about the evolution of the SDI Industry: “Analysis, Projections, Observations & Proposals For The SDI Industry”
In the late 1990’s, I enrolled with the Pentagono, SDI, business opportunity where the sales mantra “buy one, sell three” was extolled. I did earn some significant, extra income with the Pentagono SDI opportunity, as did those SDI entrepreneurs who networked the program with our team of usuryfree creatives - and we learned lots about the spirit of co-operation.
Since 2000, I have continued my research with the evolution of the SDI industry. Given the ease of modern technology and social networking, it is my humble observation that the newest SDI opportunities are focusing on “business centres” cycling through 2x3 matrices (boards) whereby commissions (rewards) are paid to participating SDI entrepreneurs when they cycle off at the top level. (snip) ...
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