Solving Our Personal, Community, National
    and Global Success Puzzles.
    Together, Yes We CAN DO!

    Given Our Social, Economic, and Environmental Challenges,
    What Attitudes and Skills Could Help Us Apply More
    Positive, Creative, and Sustainable Strategies and Solutions?

    What Critical Problems Could We Solve With 100 Million?

    Here are three more question​s​ for your consideration:

    What Critical Problems
    Could We Solve Together
    With $100 Million?

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    What GOOD Would You,
    Your Company or Non-profit
    Do With A Million Dollars a Year?

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    If life is a University for Successful Living, what are the primary Successful Living Skills you believe we are here to learn for Solving Life’s Ultimate Success Puzzles?

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    Collecting and Sharing Solutions to Problems
    That Affect People, Places and Our Planet!

    Helping Provide Greater Access to Successful Living Skills and Other Resources for Expanded Individual and Collective Capabilities to Address Social, Economic and Environmental Challenges.

    We are inviting individuals and organizations interested in developing a collaborative response to the 100 million dollar MacArthur request for proposals to solve a major problem to collaborate in a campaign for Expanding the Circle of Success. That will include our project to establish a network of Community Economic Development Resource Centers to help introduce the unprecedented resources available for innovation, collaboration, job creation and sustainability through the Benefit Corporation model and forthcoming Equity Crowd Financing provisions of the US JOBS Act.

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    “Given the global social, economic, and environmental crises, what attitudes and skills
    can help us apply more positive, creative, conscious and sustainable approaches

    Here are some of the answers we receive when we ask that question in our workshops:

    • Awakening to our spiritual identity
      Realizing more of our inherent potential.
    • Harnessing our creative mind power
      Flowing our energy to solutions rather than problems
    • Remembering who we really are and why we are here
      Fulfilling our life purposes and missions
    • Making a difference and leaving a legacy
      Maintaining a positive mental attitude
    • Loving, serving and blessing others
      Applying creative thinking and problem-solving
    • Manifesting stewardship over the rich talents and treasures entrusted to us by God/Spirit/Source/Creator

    Loraine’s visionary statement and the inspiring words from the song Earth by David Roth encompass our ultimate vision and mission of fostering personal, community, national and global transformation. We seek to accomplish that by providing expanded access to state-of-the-art resources for Community Economic Development training while incorporating CED principles of Self-Help, Empowerment and Capacity Building.

    In our work as community organizers and community economic development specialists, the cofounders of Universal Stewardheirship, Inc. have conducted visioning, planning and strategic planning exercises for companies, non-profit organizations and communities. Two of the main questions we usually include and the top three answers to each one revealed through The Three Round Method of Brainstorming (developed by the National Center for Community Education and the CS Mott Foundation) are provided below:

    (1) What are the greatest problems affecting the quality of life in the community?

    Inadequate citizen involvement in community affairs.
    Inadequate leadership throughout government.
    Lack of community unity and cooperation and collaboration.

    (2) What corrective measures can be taken to address those problems?

    Develop more community-based programs.
    Expand church and community involvement.
    Provide access to resources that will enhance self-help, empowerment and capacity building for individuals and organizations.

    In response to that feedback, successful prototype Community Resource Centers have been established for a Public Housing Authority, a Community Development Corporation and for a small city. As a result of the positive outcomes, we created the Expanding the Circle of Success campaign to help establish a network of locally initiated non-profit CAN DO! Community Economic Development Empowerment Resource Centers.

    Excerpt from Graduation Remarks for the CED Master’s Program by Charles Betterton

    During one of the classes in the 1990-1992 Community Economic Development Master’s program at Southern New Hampshire University, we spent time discussing the root causes of the problems that threaten our society. We developed the following list:

    • The me generation
      Getting away from God
      Lack of spirituality
      Lack of common vision
      Absence of wisdom
      Focus on accumulation versus circulation
      Spiritual and cultural disintegration and the
      Lack of an appropriate value system and ways to express it

    The following month we considered potential solutions to these problems by reflecting on the values of community economic development which we described as including:

    • Spiritual underpinning, a sense of oneness
      Application of cooperative principles
      A focus on human development along with community development
      Retention of wealth in the neighborhoods
      Valuing community and the larger society
      Consideration and appreciation of multicultural differences in religion, values perspectives and communication and
      Enabling people and communities to empower themselves

    Here are initial cover concepts for 2 books we will publish ASAP as part of our strategy to respond to and leverage the MacArthur Foundation’s Competition to Award $100 Million to Help Solve a Critical Problem of Our Time. If you read the Say YES! to Success with Les Brown information below, you will see that we have been preparing for years to distribute 100 million dollars worth of development training resources to help
    Expand the Circle of Success and facilitate greater individual and collective problem solving capabilities.

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    Click Here for a PDF with some of hundreds of newspaper articles on related projects.

    Award-winning Success Center Partnership developed for the Muncie, IN Public Housing Authority
    (Click Here for a PDF of this award-winning prototype)

    “We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims. The challenge is to make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time, with spontaneous cooperation and without ecological damage or disadvantage of anyone. How can we make the world work for 100 percent of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone?
    R. Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller

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    Survey and Invitation to Collaborate

    “Given the global social, economic, and environmental crises, what attitudes and skills
    can help us apply more positive, creative, conscious and sustainable approaches?”

    See MacArthur Foundation

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