Category: Smart City Perth

What’s the difference between Local Government and a Cartel?

King Solomon ~ “There is an evil I have seen under the sun, Kings and rulers make grave mistakes when they give great authority to foolish people and low positions to people of proven worth”.

I can understand parts of the world where autocratic rule and nepotism becomes the burden of the state. I can’t understand how free states with the democratic power to determine our own destiny gets derailed; unless we the people blindly let them have too much power.

The key question to the wisdom from Solomon should be, Who has the authority to do what?

Another version of the same proverb ~ I have seen servants riding on horseback like and princes, and princes walking like servants.

Dealing with Local Government on behalf of Not For Profits and Businesses can be exhausting.

I don’t blame local government, I blame us, we have given them way too much power, a power they haven’t earned. The problem we have now, they aren’t willing to let go of such intoxicating authority.

If local businesses operated in the same fashion as local government, they’d be investigated on the grounds of practicing unconscionable business practices likened to a cartel.

Why does local government act like a cartel of landlords?, because they are. Rather than be the administrators of a city creating greater opportunity and traffic flow for businesses and community groups to flourish, they compete with us.

Only a Cartel and Local government has the power to increase the price of their services automatically (Rates) and we the people have no say in it. We can’t go to another competitive provider, we can’t stop the service, we simply must yield to foolish servants acting like princes.

The role of local government is to create the best administrative services with minimal disruption. This then allows the true princes and princesses of the world who create the social wealth and financial stability to build wholesome and prosperous cities.

I’m confident in the democratic process only if we the people show an interest in it and participate in some way, shape or form.

We are a multicultural nation built on the shoulders of small business and social consciousness. We are far from perfect and as long as we the people have a say, we truly do have the power to make a difference.

While I’m wildly independent, I’m also passionate about community and business engagement. Join your local chamber of commerce or not for profit and participate your democratic right to make a difference.

Disclaimer: I have no issue with any public servant, I have issue with a dysfunctional system that burdens both the public and the private sector.

Survival tips on starting a new enterprise

No matter how grand the vision is we must pace ourselves

Just because change is needed or you see a market opportunity doesn’t mean success will happen on our time schedule.

You have a dream to start a business and you take the leap. It makes perfect sense because you see the need and you’re equiped to facilitate that need.

You’ve been endorsed by family, friends and your own personal sense of past accomplishments. When you start you have the energy you never knew you had which we’ll call the honeymoon period.

It doesn’t take long before negativity sets in. People aren’t buying into your vision or engaging in your services and you lose focus wandering if you really have anything to offer?

It’s at this point where the real opportunity can be revealed. It’s called a reality check.

1. Do people really want to change providers just because you need their business?

2. Do you have a competitive edge that can influence decision makers to change service providers?

3. Are you committed for the long haul?

Like any worthwhile relationship, we get what we put it. The most exciting part about starting a new business or enterprise is that it strips away all our preconceived ideas about ourselves. It allows us to scratch that itch that’s been bothering us for a while.

Most businesses won’t even see the real effect of their efforts within the first two years. For a first time pioneer, two years can feel like an eternity.

Can I encourage you not to lose heart and go back to your original vision and do the following.

1. Clarify to yourself was it a vision or a mirage. Did you really want to go all out and do something that you saw in your mind’s eye or did you want to avoid getting a job.

2. Is your service recognised and if not you may want to extend the two plan of return to a longer one. It takes time to evangelise and let the world know your unique and much needed product or service.

3. Do you have the resources to continue until your vision is realised?

4. If you no longer care and it’s not that important, there’s no shame in shutting shop immediately. You are never a failure for venturing out. You may become a huge failure when you don’t recognise that the horse is dead and you refuse to dismount.

On a positive note

There truly is nothing more exciting than the romance of a visionary. To pioneer a new idea that has been deposited in your heart makes perfect sense.

1. Write out your vision in as much detail as possible and leave it be to reference off when the going gets tough.

2. Take baby steps when first starting.

3. Talk to positive people that will encourage you and also advise you with a bit of tough love.

4. Make as many real connections as possible and engage.

5. Always reevaluate and adapt.

There is no greater reward than realising your vision should you press in.

On a final note

1. Do it for yourself.

2. Look after your well-being

3. Don’t forget those around you because reaching success alone is the most unsuccessful thing you can do

I’m stirred after Linda Reynolds Australian Senator talked on Ending Slavery

End World Slavery and the exploitation of Orphanages.

Senator Reynolds shared at a Swan Chamber Business of Commerce Breakfast and I must admit she got my attention.

I’ve attended more business events than I care to think about but every now and again one will just capture my attention.

Senator Reynolds shares a number of subjects. Then she bomb shelled my heart suggesting an audit of the top three thousand Australian companies to make sure they truly were corporately socially responsible. Senator Reynolds also went on about Orphanages being exploited and Australians giving spirit going towards those who live off vulnerable children.

Some subjects get my attention and it’s not roads and more freeways

The Senator’s comments would’ve been like water off a ducks back to the majority of the audience but they hit me like a hammer.

Imagine the ripple effect of holding people accountable not only fiscally but evidence of social impact as part of the audit.

Peoples lives been changed forever, communities transforming, the young and the vulnerable being safe.

I’d be the first to lift up my hand and investigate the grassroots impact of every dollar spent and the lives we can truly save.

I believe if our top three thousand Australian companies were truly socially responsible they will reap not only greater profits, they will influence others to follow suit.

I also believe if we stop building new Orphanages and rebuild communities to take care of their own we will see greater social impact.

Love is contagious – Profit alone destroys the soul.

Don’t stop Giving, it is a sign of health. Let’s just expect more from those that reap so much.

I’ve written to Senator Reynolds office after she suggested we talk further and look forward to being part of the solution.

Corporate Social Responsibility obviously goes way beyond our top three thousand companies that utilise labour and resources in developing countries, it must start in our own neighbourhood.

Women’s International Day – Millions who endured and shined in darkness

Women who birthed leaders need to be celebrated

Women’s International Day must be recognised because of the millions of women like my mother who endured unbelievable hardship in quietness. These types of women influenced future leaders to be individuals of integrity.

Who has been the greatest influence in your life?

My mother more than any other person taught me to live by a good conscience and to be a person of my word.

Mum would often work two jobs while raising her children. She managed money brilliantly and kept an impeccable home. In her aging years you would hear her say “I chased the sun just so I could be in the garden for one more hour in the evening”. Mum was the envy of many who had a much easier life because she stood tall in a world filled with hardship.

Mum’s first husband was missing in action during war and her one year old child was torn from her arms and fostered out. Like a slave along with thousands of other women, mum was sent to rebuild cities in Eastern Europe as a labourer.

After many years alone, mum met dad and it was love at first sight. We migrated to Australia, mum and dad with three children, a place she called her promised land.

The woman always had money squirreled somewhere – We always had a brilliant meal waiting and quality clothes – Love abounded and she let us find our way

My mother was a committee of one because she knew what she wanted. When her doctor visited us on her death bed he said with a smile “Sofia died on her own terms” she was ninety three years of age.

I’m so fortunate to have been raised by a lady who lived the wisdom that was depicted of a virtuous woman found in the book of proverbs. It describes a woman’s character that was led by wisdom. I was also fortunate to find my own woman of virtue, my beloved wife.

To all the women who celebrate Women’s International Day, I commend to shine and raise future leaders void of gender and filled with character.

The above picture was taken of mum’s third great grandson speaking to her in a couple of Greek words. He filled her heart with such joy in her nineties.

Great grandson marveled at her joy, don’t you just love innocence.

‘get M.A.D with us’ Belinda is MAD

A chance meeting with a real M.A.D (Making a difference) person

She’s soft natured, softly spoken but a lioness beneath her slight build.

I stumbled upon this pop up shop in the heart of Midland and the message is clear, it’s about social responsibility in our own back yard and effecting communities thousands of miles away.

Belinda tells me about the companies and products she supports are always being researched to verify a positive effect in society.

I asked Belinda, why she’s giving her time, energy and money into this project when she obviously is working through her own setbacks.

Belinda shares how she received a gift a couple of years back in the form of a transplant and feels that she’s honouring the person that she’s never met but gave the ultimate for her to be alive.

Belinda wakes up every morning with a sense of purpose.

I dig a little further and find out about her upbringing and what motivates her.

Belinda casually shares how her family have fostered 14 children and her heart goes out to children that don’t stand a chance as custodians of the state.

Belinda clearly reflects the spirit of a social entrepreneur taking her passion into the courts looking to change a broken system.

“After you give these children a safe home and nurtured them with love, it’s heartbreaking to give them back knowing the children won’t get the love they deserve”

People like Belinda, a local champion of everything that really matters isn’t alone in the struggle for a social conscience to thread us into a wholesome society.

Look up and see if you resonate with Belinda and may want to assist by buying products that make a difference.

She’s about to launch an online business.

More power to her.