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Do You Have an Idea That Could Change the World?

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Seventh Generation Corporate Consciousness Report 2007Our 2007 Corporate Consciousness Report has a $5,000 Contest for Ideas That Will Change the World.

We are working with JustMeans, a social media platform for people interested in sustainability, to engage folks in an online social happening to promote change. Do you have an idea that could change the world?

The 2007 Spheres of Influence contest will award $5,000 for one winner to implement a social business idea. Here are the steps you need to take to win the award:

  1. Read the 2007 Corporate Consciousness Report
  2. Submit a summary of your idea on JustMeans
  3. Rate and comment on other people ideas on JustMeans

The contest ends on December 31st at midnight. Have fun.

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jamesschafer
12/15/08
I came up with an idea about a year ago, and although it is complex, I am certain it would work. But first I will spill some of my thoughts. As a species we have one major problem that ties into every other problem that we have; distribution of resources. Economics, is the study of how resources are distributed within a society. In today's case this means the global society. Government is not capable of taking care of economic problems and almost any attempt has ended with little to no gain. On the other hand, a free market in it's current definition is incapable of fixing our problems, as anyone could see just by watching the news or strolling through the ghetto. We face poverty were education is absent, pollution because of corporate greed, starvation were people lack the tools to grow or raise food, war when there is ignorance, and the list goes on. The simple fact of the matter is that unless we change our direction as a species, we will parish. With the advent of the information age we are finally capable of tapping into the single most important resource that we all share, IDEAS. Step #1 Open a single store that would be similar to a Super Wal-Mart in that it would not be particular to a single type of durable or non durable goods. We will refer to this new store as "ConsumerSmart" (CS). This store can NOT be opened using borrowed money or money generated by selling shares. Both will drastically decrease efficiency and destroy the long term goal of the project. Step#2 Issue all new patrons that enter CS with a card that can be scanned to track all purchases made at the checkout. These purchases can be stored in a database were all equations will take place. By placing a booth within the first entrance and requiring the patron to show his or her card (a system similar to Sam's Club) it will be much easier to control theft thus improving returns. If a patron were to steal from the store his/her card would be confiscated ensuring the thief would not be back again. Step#3 On the patron/cardholder's birthday 100 percent of the profits made from their purchases at CS will be sent back to the patron. This means that only 1/365ths of all profits will be withdrawn from the main account in a single day. This is because birthdays are generally random and spread out across every day of the year. Profits are considered to be any money left over after overhead is accounted for. Since the store will not have investors or shareholders this means that all profits will go back to the patron. This is a double edged advantage for this type of store in that it will attract larger numbers of patrons which will drive down operation costs. Step#4 Use the money in the main account to open another store and repeat steps #1 and 2# until there is enough money to either buy out or build a power plant. Using the same mathematical principles, and database system, the CS brand would then be able to offer power to consumers within the system and to those outside of it. This will encourage more people to shop at CS and switch to CS power to bump up their returns. Step#5 Just as Walmart and Kroger have their own brands of goods, so will CS. By offering patrons an opportunity to purchase these goods it will further "bump" up the patrons returns. For example; the CS brand purchases a bakery and then ships those products to the CS store. If a patron purchased a CS brand of bread then they would get 100 percent of the profits made from the sale on that bread(profits from the bakery) and 100 percent of the profits made at the store. Any profits made from outside sales would simply be but back into the main account for further investment. Step#6 At this point the CS brand could start expanding in every direction and sector of the economy including (but not limited to) banking/finance, communications, industrial, mining/logging, real estate, services, construction and the list goes on. Just imagine paying all of your bills including your mortgage knowing that all profits will be coming back to you on your birthday??! Step#7 After an undecided amount, a cap will be placed on the return. The patron will have to "vote" on were the rest of the money goes, via the Internet, or a kiosk located at the store. It should be divided up in such a way, that a percentage would go to local, state, and global projects. It is very possible to set the system up so that areas with a larger population of impoverished people are able to send more of that money to local projects thus improving many of the local problems. For example: a stronger police force to fight crime, and better education to help those people get out of poverty. On each level there would be several projects to choose from. In order for a project to be put on the list it will be voted on. This will help to avoid things like fleecing. Global projects could include such things as zero CO2 pollution and funding for space programs and exploration. The possibilities are endless. Thank you for reading, and please tell me your own thoughts.
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lexpython
12/04/08
Here's an idea that would change the world: legalize LSD and all psychedelics and have courses in college that encourage mind-expansion and alternate thinking. Maybe that would help re-popularize intellect and personal responsibility. In conjunction, maybe stop advertising fast food, huge cars and other non-sustainable commodities. Instead, run ads for books. L
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donM
12/04/08
Stop making guns and warplanes and bombs, in other words stop being so controlling and self-defensive. Instead start throwing the entire weight of the US into beneficial works at home and abroad...schools, hospitals, agriculture, water, sanitation, people, children. For example, in Iraq keep the troops there but destroy all the weapons and armor ( throw them in the sea) and inspire the troops to help the Iraqies rebuild. Just step back from all the conflicts and start spending the entire military budget on helping people...all people. Help them to be happy. Help them to green-up. Help them to learn to love, by being loving even among those who hate and ward. I think the time has come to work for Man, for all humanity. All are worthy. All our worthy. Give love!