Introducing empowr countries

Hello everyone,

 

Turn on the news

All you see is political chaos.

People everywhere are feeling insecure economically.

 

It’s going to get worse. Much worse.

Despite whatever people are getting emotional about at any moment, the major underlying cause is that:

        Millions of jobs are being wiped out by software and automation…

… depriving many of income, basic goods and services, and purpose.

The march of software and automation is not slowing down. It’s only accelerating.

 

The owners of the software companies are gaining all the power and wealth

While everyone is distracted by whatever the media companies succeed at getting us worried about, an important fact is being missed:

Billions of people are -- slowly but surely -- becoming slaves to a small handful of people: Those that control the software and automation.

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We must demand control

As more and more of our information, communications and income opportunities move to digital platforms…

… we will want, need, and demand more control over those platforms.

 

But they won’t give it to us

They are accustomed to having all the wealth and control. 

They believe they deserve to have all of it.

 

We must fight back

In the last century, millions of lives have been lost in the battles (such as World War II) to win freedom from fascist, communist, totalitarian, and other types of centrally-controlled systems.

We don’t question the cost of those wars. It was never a choice.

Here, too, we must find a solution to win our freedom.

 

A solution

A digital platform is needed that:

    A) Doesn’t take investor capital
    B) Can provide its citizens everything they need to create a comprehensive economy
    C) Pushes control and power to its citizens

 

Let’s take a closer look at A, B and C.


A)  A platform is needed that doesn’t take investor capital…

… so, the platform has the opportunity to belong to its users (its citizens) instead of a small group of wealthy investors & founders

This is why empowr exists.

This is why, YOU – all of us – the entire empowr community -- has been working so hard and patiently to make this successful -- one issue, one feature, one bug at a time.

 

B)  A platform is needed that can provide its citizens with everything they need to create a comprehensive economy

Together, we’ve come a long way.

You invented a lot of what enables social media work. View our patents here

I say, “You invented” because virtually all our ideas came from the community of citizens and success coaches.


And despite our complete lack of capital and resources, today empowr is the first and only platform to have built and integrate ALL the things it takes to create a comprehensive digital economy:

Social network (feed, communication systems)
Marketplace (products, services, product sharing, auction/fixed-price, photo-bidding, one-off/recurring revenue)
Currency, micro-billing and maturity
Transparent socio-economic levels and system
Scalable educational system
Credit system
Reputation system
Transportation system (next phase launching soon)
Collateral system (needed for product sharing and transport)
Political system
Work flow (circle of trust, daily goals)
Scalable dispute management

To be clear, empowr is NOT the only platform doing each or any of the above.

In each category, there are other players – some of which are doing a better job than empowr is in their category.

They all got built with investor capital, so they could move faster.


But still, thanks to the community, empowr is still the first and only platform on the planet to have successfully built and have integrated ALL of the above systems.

Without all of these features, an economy like we’re envisioning together isn’t possible.

As a result, empowr is best positioned to quickly ramp up to become the leading digital (and then non-digital) economy of the world.

The others are moving in that direction, just not fast enough, given the complexity and difficulty of building and integrating all of those systems.

We must continue to quickly improve all these systems and ramp up our marketing efforts.


C)  The platform must voluntarily push power and control to its citizens

The empowr engineering team is working to give you the power to form local countries, discuss and set the policies and laws, vote and elect your leaders and judges, and control the platform at a local level.

Last week, we discussed the reasons behind this approach. For a refresher, go here.

Of course, the empowr team will always be available to support you.

 

As you know, we have a lot to do.

There are so, so many features, issues, and bugs you are asking us to resolve, and we are extremely motivated to do that.

We are simply humbled that you choose to believe in us. We feel lucky to continue having the opportunity to serve you.

The next step now -- to giving you more power and control -- is to enable you to create and join empowr countries.

 

Today, we’ll discuss: 

  • How to create an empowr country
  • Accessing your country account
  • How to join a country
  • How to find countries
  • What you should focus on now?
  • What’s next?
  • The Mission Wheel
  • What powers should countries have?
  • We need your input

       

    How to create your own empowr country

To establish your own empowr country, there are several steps that need to be taken.

The first step is to create a “pre-country”.

The primary power of pre-countries is to give country founders a platform to discuss their beliefs and values with other empowr citizens. In that manner, empowr citizens can decide if they wish to join that pre-country.

As a pre-country, you can begin discussing important topics and issues, and policies that you’d like to implement as a country.

Once a pre-country has had enough people join (more on this soon), they will shift from their pre-country status into full empowr country status – which will open-up a wide-range of controls for the citizens of that country.

To create a pre-country, simply visit the Communities page, select “empowr country”, and then click “Create your empowr country”

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·         Country name

·         What’s your country’s purpose or mission?

·         What are the shared beliefs and core values?

·         Why should people join your country?

·         Do new citizens need to be approved before joining your country?

o    By selecting “Yes” for this option, the country’s founders will need to manually approve all citizens from joining by adding them as friends. This functionality will be updated further soon.

·         List your country’s founders (add up to 8 people)

o    Note: Founders will have the ability to log into the country account and have access to many of the controls that countries will have. Choose your founders wisely.

 

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Always do your best to make sure that the information you provide is clear and detailed, so that potential citizens are more likely to join your country. When you’ve added the information, click “Submit”

You can then review all the information you submitted to ensure that it’s accurate. Once you’re ready, click “Create Pre-Country”, and your pre-country will be created.

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Your country profile

At the top of your pre-country’s profile, all of the information about your country will be displayed for other citizens to view and learn more about what you are hoping to accomplish by forming your empowr country.

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Accessing your country account

As a founder of a country (or pre-country) you will have the option to switch back and forth between your account, and your country’s account, by either clicking the link at the top of your profile page (while signed into your country)…

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… or by going to the Communities page, clicking on “Communities I Admin” and clicking on your country (while signed into your personal account).

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How to join a country

Citizens can join countries (or pre-countries) by simply clicking “Join country” on the country’s profile.

There is no limit to the number of pre-countries that any empowr citizen can join, however, once one of those pre-countries has established full empowr country status, each citizen of that pre-country will become an official citizen of that country and removed from any other pre-countries they had previously joined.

Introducing empowr countries

 

How to find countries

The ability to create a country was just launched last week, and already over 150 pre-countries have been established by empowr citizens.

To view them, simply visit to the Communities homepage, and notice the new filter at the right. Pull that down and choose “empowr country”, and you will then see a list of existing countries and pre-countries.

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What should you focus on now?

Very soon, we will announce exactly what criteria is needed for a pre-country to become a country. Before we announce that, we need to determine that with your input (more on that below).

In anticipation for that announcement, if you’re interested in creating or joining an empowr country, we believe you should now focus on TWO things:

1.       Create and grow (or join) your pre-country as quickly as possible

Now that you can begin creating pre-countries, you should be focused on getting as many productive citizens to join your pre-country as possible. 

Note: Countries that have provided clear and detailed information, will likely get more country citizens, compared to countries without.

 

2.       Continue increasing your Mission Points every day

empowr citizens earn Mission Points by hitting their Daily Goals and successfully selling products and services (that are marked as “Item Received” or “Service Received” by customers).

Going forward, your Mission Points will determine your voting power, as well as your potential stock option ownership. I imagine that the countries will also use Mission Points as their primary way of deciding who is entitled to how much (in AMCO cash outs) but of course that will be your decision.

Countries whose citizens have the combined most Mission Points will become the strongest, most productive countries. 

You’ll want to focus on earning more Mission Points to ultimately strengthen the country you decide to create or join.  Mission Points will be the most important factor in determining when a pre-country qualifies to become a country.

To see your current Mission Points, just roll over your all-time Daily Goals badge on your profile:

Introducing empowr countries

 

What’s next?

Soon:

  • We will announce what is required for pre-countries to become countries, after we’ve had a chance to digest your opinions, thoughts, and ideas on this, below.
  • You will have the ability to post to the pre-country profile that you are a citizen of, to help get your pre-country more attention.  
  •  A country leaderboard based on Mission Points will be launched – so you can compare countries (and pre-countries) based on their Mission Points and other metrics.
  • Important stats and data will be added to each country profile page (i.e. number of citizens, cumulative Mission Points for all citizens, average Mission Points for citizens, etc.).
  • Official countries will be provided an AMCO cash out tool, with which they can view each citizen’s performance statistics, decide how to distribute cash outs, and apply (distribute) those AMCO cash outs.
  •  The Circle of Trust loop will be removed from the country profile page, since countries will not earn like regular empowr citizen accounts, and the founders will not want the country to be closing loops with people.  Note: I have been informed that this has now launched.

Stay tuned for these upcoming updates.

 

The Mission Wheel

While we’re in this transitionary period – before countries become responsible for AMCO cash outs -- be on the lookout for the Mission Wheel:

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What is the Mission Wheel? The Mission Wheel is a fun way to reward and distribute prizes to our best citizens, who are working hard to achieve the empowr mission. Prizes includes free shopping, earnings, and cash (AMCO cash outs).

What is the purpose of the Mission Wheel? The purpose is to reward those citizens most responsible for building the empowr economy (and therefore most responsible for achieving the mission) without creating a sense of entitlement for cash, an objective recently discussed at length.

When might it appear? It can appear as soon as you hit your Daily Goal.

Who’s eligible? Blue Power Users and above.

How often does it appear? It’s randomly set to appear. All Blue Power Users (and higher power levels) have a date already set by the system. If they hit their Daily Goal that day, it will appear. If they don’t, that specific opportunity will be lost.   

After it appears, what can I do? Spin it now, or if you’re not feeling lucky today, tell it to come back in exactly X days (you set X).

Any other choices? Set the spin speed (slow, medium, or fast) and even tell it when to stop. Or, don’t tell it to stop and, after about 30 seconds, it will stop on its own.

What happens when it stops? Your prize is instantly revealed.

Do I always win something? No. Sometimes you land on “Sorry”. The good news? This gives you more time to further build up your Mission Points which makes it so, the next time you see the Mission Wheel, the prizes on it will be even larger. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

After I spin, whether I win something or not, what happens next? The system picks a new totally random future date, which could be as early as the next day.

What happens if I hit my Daily Goal on the chosen date? You are presented with the Mission Wheel, and you get to spin again.

What happens if I do NOT hit my goal on that date? You lose that spin. The system will then pick a future date for you, that you can look forward to.

What are the amounts on the wheel based on? Your Mission Points earned in the last 30 days. The higher your Mission Points (earned in the last 30 days) the higher the amounts.

How do I earn 30-day Mission Points? Your number of Daily Goals hit, multiplied by the number of sales (where the product or service you sold was marked “received” by the customer in the last 30 days)

 

What powers should countries have?

As a reminder, the objective of empowr countries is for you to gain the freedom and opportunity to self-govern and have control over the decisions that most affect your life. The alternative is for empowr to continue to make these decisions for you, which is not as likely to result in optimal decisions for you.

As a country, some of the powers that we believe will be needed include the ability to:

  • Vote and elect your country’s leaders and judges
  • Create community and commerce rules and procedures
  • Decide how AMCO cash outs will be distributed. (Normal cash outs will remain unaffected)
  • Choose what opportunities should be opened to new citizens at various stages of their citizen process
  •  Control Success Coach hiring, training, managing and auditing
  •   Launch and control billing platforms
  •   Enforce citizen penalties, suspensions, and removals


We need your input

What should pre-countries need to do or have, to become countries?

How many Mission Points should be required before a pre-country becomes a country?

What other powers do you believe that countries should have?

Which powers are most important (IE what should empowr work on designing and developing for you first)?

 

Again, if you’re just joining the conversation regarding countries, I highly recommend that you read last week’s post on the topic of countries.

Any questions? We’re here for you.

 

Yours truly,

 

Brian Woosley
Your president

Democracy NOW

by Johnny Cash on May 09, 2017

Democracy NOW

Hello everyone,

The empowr engineers have been reviewing the AMCO cash outs that the system is about to distribute, and the summary is that the per-person cash out amounts are not going to satisfy many of you.

There’s just not enough cash to go out to provide meaningful cash outs to most, given that your sales and purchases have more than doubled, yet again, from the month before (from February to March) but cash flowing into empowr has not. 

Why is that? Why do cash outs per person shrink as the empowr economy succeeds?

The success of the empowr economy is good news – it’s exactly what you have been working so hard for.

That success means that everyone can use their empowr profits to purchase any of millions of products and services. It means that we’re that much closer to fulfilling our mission.

 That same success also means that the average size of each individual citizen’s AMCO cash out is shrinking, because cash outs are based on sales, and sales have grown more than 200 times (20,000%) in the last 8 months, while the outside cash flowing into empowr has grown only 2 times over that same period.

I know this concept (why empowr’s success is leading to smaller cash outs) has been difficult for some of our citizens to grasp. Again, take a moment to refresh your memory here.

I know it’s frustrating because you could really use more cash, to pay for living expenses as well as things like shipping costs for your product sales.

As you know, we’re in the process of rolling out many different features to help alleviate many pain points you have brought up – features such as empowr transport (to near-eliminate shipping costs) and the app platform (to allow thousands of developers to bring features to you, without waiting for empowr).

 

But while we’re working on those things:

Rather than provide tiny cash outs that we’re sure will insult many people, I believe it’s time for the community to take control of many aspects of the community, including AMCO cash outs, in accordance with empowr’s mission.

In other words, it’s clear that we’re getting to the stage as a community where more democracy is becoming a requirement, as opposed to a “nice to have”.

Today, I’m going to suggest that we begin our move to democratization immediately, pushing power away from the empowr corporate headquarters, to our community members.

 

NOTE: You’ll want to pay very close attention here, as what we’re discussing will affect a lot more than your AMCO cash outs.

 

In this post, we’ll discuss:

Democracy... why now?
The Approach
Questions
Next Steps

 

Democracy... why now?

It’s simple. empowr was set up to “enable opportunity, hope and influence” for you, our citizens -- as opposed to “maximizing shareholder value”, which is the main driver of most other corporations.

With all the progress we’ve made together in recent months and years, we’re rapidly getting to a stage where many of the things you want and need, will most optimally be determined and controlled by you, as opposed to empowr employees working in an office on the other side of the country or world.

As you may remember, about 90 days ago, I suggested we move forward with further democratization (in a post titled “Cash outs, frustrations and democracy”) but you overwhelmingly convinced us to delay moving forward.

Well, I sincerely believe that the time to hand over power of the community to you, is now.

 

One size doesn’t fit all

It’s becoming quite clear that things that work for our citizens in, say, South Carolina or Malaysia don’t work optimally for our citizens in, say, Mexico or New Jersey.

 

What things?

By things, I’m referring to the community and marketplace policies and rules, enforcement, approaches, features and capabilities.

We’ll get into more specific examples in a moment, but the list of those things is endless -- limited only by your imagination.

The bottom line is that unless we open up the power to change things to you, in the ways you want them changed, many of the issues or opportunities you want or need will continue to remain unaddressed.

Of course we're aware of the many issues, but imagine the ability to resolve many of them much faster, and on your own terms.  You'll no longer be waiting for empowr to address each and every issue.

 

The Approach

Take a look at what’s happening in your country or neighboring countries. In most cases, it doesn’t look pretty.

Here in the United States, our federal government has become a joke. Approval and trust in our government and its various institutions has fallen to record lows based on the U.S.’s government’s inability to get anything accomplished.

Part of the problem is that the people – the citizens -- in most countries are becoming divided.

The people disagree with each other on many important topics. And therefore, their national governments are at a standstill and cannot generate forward progress.

There is some hope, however.

At a local level much more progress is happening. The more local you look (cities vs. states) the more progress you see.

That’s because it’s a little easier for people in a city, or even a state, to agree on a set of policies.

So why do we think that most citizens in empowr will agree on most things?

We don’t.

As empowr grows, its citizens will disagree with each other on a lot of things...

... from what types of content or commerce activity should be allowed... 

... to what should happen when people break the rules...

... to how funds should be spent including how cash outs should be distributed...

... to what opportunities should be opened up to new citizens at various stages...

... to... the list is endless.

 

Local governance is the better approach

Along with giving you the power to vote and choose the empowr’s president, we believe that – just as importantly -- you should have the ability to vote and elect your local leaders, and you should have the power to control and change things at a local level.

In that manner, if the people of, say, Ukraine are frustrated by the inability of the platform to accept their local billing systems, they can change that.

Or if some of our friends in, say, Saudi Arabia believe that some of the photos people upload to their empowr accounts show too much skin, they would have the ability to create and enforce new rules.

Or, if our empowr citizens in Mexico believe that the platform should be available in Spanish, they would have the ability to localize the platform to their liking.

Therefore, as quickly as possible, we want to give you the power to form local countries, vote and elect your leaders, discuss and set the rules and approaches and control the platform at a local level.

 

But wait.

 

Didn’t we just say that people all over the world are having tremendous difficulty in agreeing with each other in their countries?

So, does that mean that, once we give empowr citizens in, say, Russia the power to modify empowr to their liking, that Russian empowr citizens will have an impossible time agreeing on most things?

Yes, I believe that’s exactly what will happen.

As an example, some people in the Muslim world are quite conservative in their social lives, and they believe that women should have their faces covered when in the public.

Yet others in those same countries are more liberal in their views. They may have opposing views about women's rights and freedoms. 

 

To use another example, here in the United States:

Nearly half the country believe that Donald Trump is fantastic (and Obama was a fool). 

And the other half believe almost exactly the opposite.

The people of the U.S. have probably never been more divided, with only a few exceptions in the country’s history.

 

It’s clear that localizing down to the country level is not going to work.

     Unless...

Unlike the world’s countries, which are based on unmovable land, empowr has one key advantage. 

We exist in cyberspace.

 

Just imagine....

... if our citizens could form their own countries, created to best match their citizens’ values & beliefs, wants & needs.

For example, what if one of our citizens formed a new country and called it “Liberal Pakistan” – making it clear that she’s founding this country as a place for Pakistanis that are liberal in their social thinking. Do you think some people would join it?

Another country might be formed with the opposite values and beliefs in mind, where (as an example) lingerie and bathing suits are not allowed in photos. Some people would want to join this one.

 

Or, imagine a new country being formed, with its founders making it clear that this country is being formed by people with “fiscally liberal and socially conservative values”.

And of course another might be formed by people that are fiscally on the conservative side, but liberal in their social views.

 

A new way of organizing the world?

As more and more of everyone’s commerce, communication and information move to the web and apps...

... people around the world will want a greater say in the way all of that happens for them.

By being the first to enable our members to form democratic economy-enabled countries that don’t force them to be directly tied down to their current (land-based) countries, I believe together we are the pioneers at what will become the primary way the world will be organized.

 

Why?

 

I see this approach as, quite possibly, the only path for the people of the world to come out of the deep division they’re facing...

... a division that’s causing a lack of progress in many areas that are important to them.

Now, instead of two (or more) sections of society endlessly battling each other...

... a battle that neither side will ever win but is resulting in the paralysis of both society and government...

...  we’ll all be able to join like-minded people in democratic economy-enabled environments, where at the very least, we start with an agreement about our core values and beliefs.

 

With those common values and beliefs as a foundation, we can then have lots of discussions and agreements, fights and disagreements, trials, errors and successes...

... in our common quest for progress and prosperity.

Those healthy disagreements between people who share the same general values and beliefs, are exactly what’s needed to make a democracy healthy and successful.

Starting next week, empowr citizens will uniquely be able to create countries without physical borders; for the reasons stated here, I truly believe this is the beginning of a new world order.

 

Questions

Can anyone form a country?
What’s the process of creating a country?
What does it take to become the citizen of a country?
Can you switch from country to country?
Who is the leader of the country?
What’s to stop people from creating many (fake) accounts just for voting?
What if we end up with millions of countries, each with exactly one or few citizens?
Can you be a citizen of multiple countries?
What powers will the countries have?

 

As far as answers, I’ll quickly share my opinions – but they are just that – opinions. 

The more optimal answers will come from our collective intelligence, as well as from practice (trial and error) until we get it right. 

Let's get right to it.

 

Can anyone form a country?

Yes

 

What’s the process of creating a country?

Creating a country will be as simple as naming it, and mentioning what it stands for.  What makes it different such that it deserves to be a country? More details soon on the creation process but it will be that simple.

 

What does it take to become the citizen of a country?

One click.

 

Can you switch from country to country?

Yes. But not more than once every 90 days. So choose carefully.

 

Who is the leader of the country?

The country’s President, elected by the citizens of that country, through multiple rounds of voting.

 

What’s to stop people from creating many (fake) accounts just for voting?

Each account’s voting is not equal. If your account was just created a few minutes ago, or has had no activity, it will have nearly zero voting power. 

Your account will, however, have lots of voting power, if you have been building the empowr economy:  Take how many times you hit your daily goal (all-time) and multiply that number by your all-time number of “item received” sales.

Do you remember the “stock option points” calculation? Soon that will be renamed to something more appealing such as “Mission Points”.

Starting in about 48 hours from now, you’ll be able to click or rollover your all-time daily goals badge (at the top right of your profile) to see your Mission Points already calculated for you.

Now, your “Mission Points” will determine your voting power, as well as your potential stock option ownership.


What if we end up with millions of countries, each with exactly one citizen?

When a new country is first being formed, it will be called a “pre-country”. 

As soon as it grows to have enough “Mission Points” (by adding up the Mission Points of all the citizens that have joined the “pre-country”) it qualifies and becomes an official country on empowr.

At first, only 100 countries will be allowed to form. (If we need to, we’ll open up the opportunity for more). 

After that limit is reached, periodically the bottom-performing 5% of countries (based on their Mission Points) will be warned, and if they don’t get out of the bottom 5%, they’ll automatically be converted back into a pre-country. 

That means that new (pre) countries will need to wait for any existing countries to drop back into pre-country mode -- at which point the pre-countries with the most Mission Points will become new, official countries.


Can you be a citizen of multiple countries?

No. By becoming a citizen of a country, you’re agreeing to abide by and live with by the policies, rules, approaches and features of that country, so being a citizen of multiple countries will make it impossible for you to know what the rules are that apply to you.

You can, however, be a member of many pre-countries. As soon as any of them become a country, your citizenship will be transferred to the new country, and you won’t be able to switch for 90 days. You’ll also be dropped from any other pre-countries you joined.

And by the way, you don’t have to join a country if you don’t want to, although you won’t enjoy many of the benefits they’ll provide. So for maximum empowrment, we highly recommend that you join (or create) a country.

 

What powers will the pre-countries and countries have?

The primary power of pre-countries is to prepare to become a country. Once you set up a pre-country, people can join it, and discussion can start.

The powers of countries and their elected officials will be limitless. We imagine that, going forward, our jobs as employees of empowr will be focused in a large way on opening up more and more controls to the countries.

Also, using the empowr app platform, we will open up APIs so that you can actually build your own capabilities, features and controls -- and even provide (or sell) those innovations to other countries via the empowr app platform.

 

Here are some of the items that we’ll be working on opening up to your local control:

Localization and language
Community and commerce rules and procedures
Content and marketplace moderation
Success Coach hiring, training, managing and auditing
The ability to launch and control billing platforms
Distribution of AMCO cash outs
Presidential election and terms (president chooses cabinet members)
Election of judges
Citizen penalties, suspensions and removals

 

Let’s get back to the topic of AMCO (Accelerated Matured Cash Out) distributions

Note: Here, I’m only talking about accelerated AMCO cash outs -- and NOT regular matured cash outs or ECOs (early cash outs).

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, your sales and purchases (from Feb to March) doubled yet again. Congratulations!  But of course that means shrinking cash outs on a dollar to dollar basis. 

Do you remember the story we shared a few weeks ago, where the citizens in some imaginary island went from $2 in “AMCO cash outs” for each dollar they sold, to only 3 pennies ($0.03) per dollar they sold? 

Well, following with that example, with sales doubling again you can expect those “3 pennies” to drop to “1.5 pennies’ per dollar sold. (Again, that was just an example).

 

Going forward, AMCO cash outs will only happen at a local country level... with decisions coming from your elected officials, using rules and approaches that you create with them.

 

The new AMCO cash out process

1.  Each month, empowr will add up all the cash that comes into empowr from each country’s citizens – regardless of what they were paying for (ads, ad platform fees, power user subscriptions, marketplace purchases, etc.).

2.  empowr will then provide 97% of all that cash back to each country. For the sake of transparency, if we can get around everyone’s privacy concerns, empowr will provide full details to the country’s elected officials, showing exactly which of their citizens brought how much cash into empowr.

Note:  empowr will use the other 3% to run the company, servers and payroll for employees, and to fund item no. 4, below.

3.  Each country will decide how they want to give AMCO cash outs to their citizens.

4.   empowr will provide an ability for citizens to contribute cash to their country’s cash out pool. 

When they do that, it will add to their personal and their country’s “Mission Points”.

empowr will match that cash (dollar for dollar) -- and 100% of that combined cash will be provided to the country, for distribution as AMCOs to the citizens of that country.

5.   All profits from citizens that are deleted or removed due to inactivity, will be returned to the country for distribution to that country’s citizens.

How will that happen?  Perhaps each time you progress to the next power level color, at that moment you’ll automatically receive a lump sum payment that was sourced from accounts that went inactive or were removed.

 

Let’s make this happen fast

The sooner we form our local countries and conduct our elections, the sooner we will be up and running again with AMCOs.

Again, I am talking about accelerated (AMCO) cash outs here, not regular matured cash outs that have not accelerated.  Nothing is changing with regular (non-accelerated) matured cash outs.

And for the people that will still be in pre-countries – meaning they’re waiting to become official “countries”:

We are working on an idea to get cash to you. We'll talk about it in a just day or two – the moment our engineers have confirmed the approach and built any enabling technology needed. It's basically a fun way to distribute all the cash to you, based on your mission points (sales and daily goals) and yet have no one be offended by the amount of the cash. Think of it almost as a lottery approach. Again, more on that soon.

 

Next steps

The only step for you right now, is to start thinking about what country you would like to form.

What beliefs and values do you have, that you believe are shared with enough other citizens in the empowr community? 

In other words, what is your country’s purpose or mission? Why would a fellow citizen want to join you?”

What will you name your country?

Who will be the founders of your country (your nation’s mothers and fathers)?

Discuss this with other empowr citizens.

We’ll give you a couple of days, and then later this week we’ll open the process so you can form your country, broadcast your pre-country’s existence, and people can start joining it.

 

An important milestone

This is an important moment that -- speaking for many of us here at empowr -- we have all been working towards: 

Giving YOU the freedom and opportunity to self-govern and have control over the decisions that most affect YOUR life. 

This is exactly what empowr has been building toward... a platform for its citizens, operated by its citizens.   

This has always been one of the major objectives – and why the empowr platform was created.

We promise to listen and work as hard as we can...

... to open up more controls and abilities for you...

... so you can have the power to decide and take action, when specific things become important to you.

 

Nothing but smooth sailing ahead?

That was a trick question.  I’ll answer that question with a quote from Robert Kennedy:

         “Democracy is messy, and it's hard. It's never easy”. 

 We are committed to do our absolute best, to make it as easy as possible for you.

But we would be lying if we pretended that any of this will be easy. Or that change will come fast.

What we can promise you is that we will keep at it.

We will not quit. We’ll keep marching forward, one issue at a time, one line of code at a time, or feature at a time.

Each time we get egg in our face or are knocked down, we will get right back up, wipe our faces, raise our chins and keep moving forward until everyone is satisfied.

 

Summary

1.  Together, 8 months ago, we decided that the most important thing we needed to do to accomplish our mission was to grow the empowr economy.

Since then, you have succeeded in doubling the size of empowr’s economy (sales and purchases) every single month.

2.  To continue our rapid pace of progress, the next step needed is to push more power to YOU so that the decisions being made are optimal to your needs.

Effective immediately, our engineering team has been issued a mandate to shift control of as many platform functions and features as possible to the community, including language, policies, moderation, coaching, billing, accelerated cash outs, judicial systems, elections, and enforcement.

3.  No AMCO cash outs will be distributed tomorrow.

Regular matured and early cash outs are not affected.

4.  AMCOs will now be handled by countries.

You’ll be able to start forming countries approximately 48 hours from now.

5.  A new lottery system is being designed to distribute AMCO cash outs to citizens in pre-countries, citizens not in countries, as well as those citizens of countries that choose to utilize this new distribution approach.

We’re rushing to launch this feature this week with objectives of continuing to provide AMCO cash outs while also increasing the average size of those cash outs during this peaceful transition of power.

 

Are you ready to take control?

What features and controls do you need or want first? 

UPDATE (5/4/17): As of 11AM PST (Pacific Standard Time) PayPal claims to have fixed the issue with their bulk sender. However, we are still experiencing technical issues, and continue to be unable to send your cash out payments in bulk.

Instead of waiting any longer, we have begun manually paying all pending cash outs one by one.  There are now thousands of cash outs waiting to go out, and unfortunately this is very time consuming process, but our finance department is working non-stop to ensure we are caught up with all pending cash outs as soon as possible.

Please keep in mind, if you’ve just recently requested a cash out, before these PayPal issues cash outs would normally take 10 business days (or more, depending on the resolution time of this issue) to be paid to you. Now, you should expect a longer delay, as our finance department works to process all the cash outs individually through the PayPal system.

Cash outs requested by bank check are not affected and continue to go out on time.

We are optimistic that PayPal will successfully fix the issue with their bulk payment sender as soon as possible. And we appreciate your patience during this process.  Thank you again for your support.

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Hello everyone,

The PayPal system has been undergoing upgrades and experiencing issues these last couple of weeks.  For example, on Monday, May 1st, we uploaded a bulk payment for cash outs for 845 of our citizens. This process typically results in your cash out being reflected in your PayPal account the same day or next day.

Unfortunately, yesterday we were alerted by PayPal that another technical issue has caused those payments to remain pending for a longer than normal (which is why your cash out is not reflected in your PayPal account yet):

PayPal system down for cash outs

 

After speaking with the PayPal bulk payment team multiple times today, our PayPal representative has confirmed they will have this resolved as quickly as possible, but we will unfortunately not receive a new update from them until tomorrow (May 3rd) morning at the earliest.

As soon as we have more information (including that your cash outs have been fully processed by PayPal) I will be updating this post.

 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Your president,

Brian Woosley

 

P.S.   For those of you that have requested a cash out payment via check, your cash out has already been processed and is in the mail.

P.P.S As a reminder from a post earlier in April, the 6th and 7th of May fall on a Saturday and Sunday.  With all the new things rolling into the AMCO process (sharing and services), we want to be extra cautious and ensure that the empowr analysts and engineers are carefully examining the AMCOs before they go out.

So therefore, please expect AMCOs to be late (Weds May 10th, at the earliest).

I can assure you that if empowr can beat those dates, it will.

Hello everyone,

 

In our recent discussion, we concluded that, thanks to rapidly advancing technology…

 

… the future will be one where fundamentally

 

everything we want or need…

will be ours fast,

for virtually or nearly free

 

If you’re new to this conversation or need a refresher on the above, you’ll want to read this first.

 

 

Together, we then decided that, instead of waiting for the future to come to us…

     … we uniquely have everything it takes to make the future happen RIGHT NOW.

 

The game plan

 

1.  The first step we discussed, was to make it much easier to hit our Daily Goals, by removing the requirement to bid.

As you’ve noticed, that item is now complete:

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In the coming weeks, you’ll see a completely revamped Daily Goals approach, which will allow YOU to choose your daily goal, as well as what activities you wish to utilize to hit your goal.

 

Pretty cool, right? I love the idea of giving you choice!

 

 

2.  Then, we released a series of optimizations to services by enabling empowr citizens to:

 

•        List services easier than ever before

•        Sell services locally (to those in your circle of trust)

•        Secure payment for sales with in-person validation

•        Have your sales of services count towards your Daily Goals, AMCO cash outs & stock option points

 

 

3.  And today, we're excited to announce the launch of the first versions of Sharing and Transporting…

 

… which are the key to the future we’ve been envisioning.

 

 

 

Starting now, you’ll notice that when you attempt to list a product…

 

… you're given the option to either Sell it… Share it... or do both.

 

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Sharing will allow us to generate repeat (IE:  recurring) revenue from the things we list…

 

… allowing each of us to earn more from each of the things we list.

 

 

 

It will also encourage us all to list more things…

 

…  because now we’ll want to list (to Share) many of the things we have that we don’t want to sell.

 

 

So, let’s discuss exactly what sharing means, how it works, and how you can start increasing your earnings by sharing TODAY!

 

What does “sharing” mean, exactly?

 

Let’s imagine you’re the owner of this drill.

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 You bought it for $50 at the store over a year ago, and since then, you've used it just a few times.

Fact: The typical drill is used for an average of 13 minutes over its lifetime.

 

Wouldn't it be great if you were able to share the drill with others so that your $50 didn't go to waste?

With sharing on empowr, citizens can “use” products (like, say, this drill) by paying a “daily use price” to the “product sharer”.

In the case of the drill, if you decided to share your drill for $5 per day, after sharing with just a few people, you'll not only recover the cost that you originally paid for the drill, but you can then continue sharing it with others (earning $5 every day) for as long as you’d like or the drill lasts.


Each time you share that drill, you’re generating recurring revenue.

This means, you keep earning every single time you share with someone else.

So, you can very clearly see how you could easily make that $50 back and MORE after just one or two shares, plus even MORE every additional time that you decide to share it.

 

Now let’s learn about how YOU can “share” on empowr:

To share a product in the marketplace, simply “create a listing” as you’re accustomed to doing:

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You’ll want to add photos, name the product, description of what it is, and then select a category that accurately illustrates what it is you’re listing.

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From the top of your settings, you’ll see a drop-down menu which gives you the option to “Share”, “Sell”, or do “Both”.

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If you select Sell youre choosing to list your product for a one-time sale (as youve been doing).

If you select Share youre allowing others to pay to "use" your product daily (but not purchase it).

If you select Both youre allowing others to either pay to "use" your product daily OR purchase it outright for your sale price.

 

If you've chosen to share your product, you'll want to set your daily "use" price, which is the amount that you'll earn each day someone uses your product.

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To protect your item, you’ll also want to specify a security deposit amount for the item. This is the amount that empowr will withhold from the product user, until the item is returned to you.  

Keep in mind - if you set your security deposit too high, many citizens may not have enough profits to be able to use your product… Or, even if they do have enough profits, they may be reluctant to use it because of the deposit being too high.

So setting your deposit too high may result in less customers for you!  Be sure that your security deposit is fair and reasonable, to attract more potential customers.

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Perhaps you want to set it very high so that people won’t want to keep it for themselves? Don’t worry, we have a solution that we believe will stop people from doing that. More on that in a moment.

 

Lastly, don’t forget to select the shipping weight of the item (this will help us find the right empowr transporter for the job - more on that soon).

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Once you click “Save”, you’ll be able to review your listing details and then click “Sell it now” to officially list your item in the marketplace!

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Using other people's products

Earlier we explained how sharing enables empowr citizens to earn recurring revenue from things they’re not using all the time.

Now imagine, that instead of purchasing the drill in the example above, you simply use someone else’s drill for $5 a day on those few days that you need it each year.

That $50 that you spent on purchasing the drill, would have only been $15 - freeing up your earnings for a wide variety of other things.

By having access to anything you could ever want, when you want it, your options will quickly become much greater than you could have ever imagined.

 

So where do you find items that you can use, and how do you go about using them? 

From the marketplace, you can view listings that are specifically available to “Use”.

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Don’t see that many items available to use in your area? Don’t worry, the number of items available will be growing rapidly in the coming weeks and months.

How do I know?  Already, every minute hundreds of new items are being listed to share!

If you find the product that you’d like to use, you can simply click “Use Now” to see all the details about it...

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... including more photos, a description, the use price per day, and what the security deposit is to secure the use of the item:

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Why the need for a security deposit? 

By using products that other empowr citizens are sharing, you're responsible for the safe return of the item so that the product sharer can allow other empowr citizens to use the product after you. As a product user, if you were to ever break or lose and item, your security deposit will be used to pay the product sharer so that they can fix or replace it.

 

What if I don't have enough profits to cover the security deposit for a product I want to use?

When attempting to use a product, your security deposit can be covered by reserving a portion of your empowr profits, which will be returned to you as soon as you return the product back to the product sharer. 

To make sure both product user and product sharer have an awesome sharing experience, citizens that don't have enough profits to secure an item will be unable to use it at this time:

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Does distance between the product user and product sharer matter?

To ensure fast delivery, to use or share a product with others, the product sharer and product user must be located within at least 20 miles (30 kilometers) of each other.  In fact, the sharer can shorten this distance even further when listing the item.

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Before you get started sharing and using products on empowr, you'll want to first set your location where empowr transporters can meet you to deliver or pick-up packages.

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Now that I'm ready to use a product, how do I receive my item FAST? 

Once you find exactly what you’d like to use, just click “Use” and confirm that you’d like to use the product.

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From there, the system will look for eligible transporters in your area that can drop-off the product to you.

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If a transporter is available, you'll be notified that they're on their way…

            … and most likely it will be within less than an hour!

 

But… how will you be notified when a transport has been initiated?

We’ve come up with an easy, convenient way to make sure that you’re notified the moment a transport is initiated.

As you’re going through your Circle of Trust, the moment the transport is initiated, we’ll notify you with a bright green banner at the top of the page, which will appear on any profile that you’re visiting.

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You can act directly from the green banner to arrange the transport, confirm the pick up or drop off, or contact the other party.

 

 

And what if there are no transporters available?

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Why wouldn't there be any transporters available?

Being a transporter is a big responsibility. We want to ensure only the best folks are allowed to take possession of citizens’ shared products and deliver them safely and punctually.

Therefore, to be eligible to earn from transporting, you’ll need at least 10 transporter ratings of 4.0 or higher. This is to ensure that only the best, most trustworthy transporters can pick-up and drop-off products to other empowr citizens.  

Wait!

Question: How can I get rated at least 10 times as a transporter, before being allowed to earn from transporting?

Answer: You can transport for yourself – when you’re the user of a product. The product sharer will be able to rate you as a transporter – both when you pick up the item, as well as when you return it. In that manner, you’re only being entrusted with a product that, as the user, you would be handling anyway.

And soon, you’ll also be able to transport the items you’re sharing, in order to get 10 good ratings under your belt.

And that’s why, at first, no one will have enough transports (and a high enough transporter rating, based on at least 10 transports) to be able to transport items for others.

As soon as many of you have reached 10 transports with good (4.0 average or higher) ratings, we will open up transporting and you'll be able to start earning from transporting immediately.

(And to make it even more fun, at that time we’ll list the top rated transporters, that have surpassed 10 transports, so we can all congratulate them!)

 

Transporting the stuff you’re using 

As discussed, when picking up or dropping off an item that you're using, you'll have the opportunity to be rated as a transporter.

That means, by transporting the first few items you've decided to use, you should focus on doing an awesome job so that you receive a 5-star rating every single time.  The more 5-star ratings you receive as a transporter, the more transporter earnings you can earn later.

We’ll discuss why else ratings are so important in just a little bit.

 

 

The different roles in the transportation process

To make it easier to discuss this, let’s agree on some terms.

Let’s say that Joe is sharing a product with Sally, the user:

        Joe is the product sharer

        Sally is the product user

 

When the transporter is going to pick up the product from Joe…

… along with being the sharer, Joe is also the sender.

 

When the transporter is delivering the product to Sally…

… along with being the user, Sally is also the receiver.

 

Now imagine that Sally has finished using the product, and requests a transporter.

This time, Sally (the user) will be the sender

… because she’s sending the product back to the sharer…

… and Joe is the receiver

… because he’ll be receiving his product back.

 

I know, lots of new roles/terms to think about (sharer, user, transporter, sender and receiver)…

... but that’s it!

Now that we’ve agreed to these terms, now we can move on.

 

 

If you need to pick-up the product yourself (acting as the transporter) you’ll want to select “Open my empowr inbox” to communicate with the product sharer and agree on a place and time to pick-up the product.

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Once you’ve both agreed, you’re ready to exchange the product!

When you arrive at the agreed upon location and have picked up the item, you’ll both need to confirm the pick-up in-person with each other.

To confirm, you can both simply click the provided link in the inbox message:

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By clicking the link:

If you’re transporting the item (even though you’re also the user) you’ll be taken to the “I’m Transporting” page:

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If you’re the sender (you’re sharing the product, and you’re waiting for the transporter to pick it up from you), you’ll be taken to your “En Route to Me” page.

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From there, you’ll both click “Confirm Pick-Up” to confirm the pick-up:

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Once the pick-up has been confirmed, you’ll both have the ability to rate each other:

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To rate each other, we’ll use a simple 5-star rating system (1 star being the worst experience, and 5 starts being the very best experience).

You may also choose to provide additional feedback, that may be helpful for the other person to improve.

 

And there you have it…

Congratulations! The product user has successfully received the product, and the product sharer is earning.

 

Now, just enjoy using the product!

 

Ready to return the product back to its owner?

Once you’re finished using the product, you can return it to the sharer.

As the product user, simply visit your “I’m Using” page and select the item you’d like to return.

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Then, select “Return this item”:

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Once you decide to “Return the Item” empowr will look for transporters in your area.

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If there are no transporters nearby, you will see the following message:

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By clicking “Open my empowr inbox” you’ll again be taken to an inbox message between yourself and the product sharer. You’ll want to confirm the drop-off time and location for the return.

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Once you successfully meet up with the product sharer and you’ve returned the item, you’ll both want to confirm that the drop-off occurred. To do so, simply click the “Confirm Drop-Off” link in the inbox message:

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Once you both click the link, you’ll both be asked to confirm that the drop-off occurred.

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Remember – it’s important that you confirm the drop-off together, so that empowr can verify the transaction.

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Once empowr has successfully confirmed the transaction, you can rate each other:

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Note: Leaving additional feedback is completely optional and is not something you need to do. The important thing is to simply rate the other person (1 to 5 stars).

Your rating of each other will not be shared with each other. Also, your rating will not take effect instantly, so they won’t be able to know how you rated them. That should give everyone the peace of mind to rate as honestly as possible. 

 

To view any items that you’ve successfully used or shared, just visit your “I’ve Shared” or “I’ve Used” pages.

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As a product user, you can also rate the product you used, by visiting your “I’ve Used” page:

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As a product sharer, you can rate the product user by visiting your “I’ve Shared” page:

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Be sure to provide honest ratings regarding the product, the user and your experience. 

The more accurate and honest your ratings, the better the empowr economy will become.

 

 

Earning from sharing

Once the sharing transaction is complete, visit your balance to see your earnings:

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As a product user, you’ll also see that your deposit was fully returned to your balance.

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Always make sure that you return the product in the same condition that you received it, so that 100% of your deposit is returned to you. 

 

Sharing now counts toward your Daily Goals, AMCOs & stock option points

As you know, services now count toward your Daily Goals, AMCO cash outs & stock option points.

And now, so does sharing!

And very soon, transporting will count, too!

Disputes

We’re working on integrating the new sharing features into the new dispute system so that any sharing disputes can also be handled as quickly for you as any other dispute.

 

 

Unreturned item

 

We’re also working on a new Unreturned item feature, so that sharers can block anyone from using their products that has not returned someone’s shared product in recent months.

 

Remember, if a user doesn’t return a shared item to the sharer, they will lose their security deposit, of course. Naturally, the security deposit will be given to the product sharer.

 

In addition, the platform will automatically give the user a 0 rating for the use of that item -- which will also make it difficult for them to use more products.

 

But soon, using this new Unreturned item feature, sharers will also have the ability to make it impossible for anyone that lost or didn’t return an item (from any sharer) to use any of their products.

 

Users:

As you can see, it’s really important that you protect the sharers’ items even better than if they were you own. Otherwise, you’ll easily get locked out of using more products on empowr, for months.

If I were you, and I accidentally lost a product, I would quickly purchase the same product from somewhere and ensure it gets delivered to the sharer.

By doing that, your Unreturned Item count will not be negatively affected, and also the sharer will gladly rate you 5 stars, I am sure.

What matters the most?

 

Perhaps the most important thing to understand about Sharing, is that now ratings will matter A LOT.

 

For example, as soon as your customer (the “product user” of the thing you’re sharing) is finished using it, you’ll be able to rate them:

 

 

Did they treat your item as if it was their own? 

 

If not, rate them poorly, which will help lock them out of the marketplace.

 

 

 

As a product sharer, you’ll control who (based on ratings) will have access to YOUR stuff, and who will not.

 

The product users that do not treat the product sharer’s products well, will quickly be locked out of using that sharer’s products…

 

… and with just 2 or 3 bad ratings, blocked from Using products from everyone else too.

 

 

 

As a product user, you can rate the product sharer's items, which in turn will also affect the ratings of the sharer themselves.

 

Those product sharers with the best ratings, will have their items shown:

 

1.   at the top of marketplace searches

2.   at the top of profiles

 

 

The lower rated items and people (product sharers) will have a hard time being found.

 

And even when they are found, most product users will avoid using their items, after seeing their poor ratings.

 

 

The very best thing you can do to succeed

 

To set yourself up for long-term success, you’ll want to ensure the algorithms show you and your stuff first, before others, at the top of marketplace searches, and at the top of profiles.

 

To accomplish that, there are only 2 steps:

 

1.  Prepare to share a lot of things fast…

 

… to ensure you get top placement in the marketplace.

 

 

Get into as many product categories as you can.

 

The more categories you share in, as soon as possible, the better. 

 

You’ll want the system to see you there quickly, so it fills the top spots with you and your stuff.

 

 

 

2.  Then, as always, ensure your customers (the product users that pay you) rate you well.

 

You already know what to do for that – which is to simply treat people like you want to be treated:

 

        Under-promise

        Over-deliver

 

And:

 

        Tell the truth about your product

        Smile

        Demonstrate that you care about their needs, including showing a sense of urgency

        Always try and keep this thought in your mind: “The customer is always right”

 

 

If you do those things consistently, you and your items will grab the top spots – leading to many times more sales for you…

 

… which, in turn, will solidify you in the top spots even more…

 

… bringing you even more sales and “top spot stickiness” ….

 

…. and competitors will soon have a very difficult tough time unseating you from those top spots.

 

 

The winning game plan summary:

 

1.  Share as many things as you can, in as many different categories as you can.

2.  Focus on getting 5 star ratings from each “product user” (customer) every single time

 

 

 

 

Bringing you even more customers

 

As mentioned a few days ago, empowr has acquired a massive marketing budget to bring you local customers.

 

Specifically, empowr has secured millions of dollars that will be strictly used to promote your Shared items and Services.

 

empowr will start ramping up that marketing spend in the coming days…

 

… to promote your shared items and bring you customers.

 

 

 

 

What’s next?

 

Right now, all you need to do is start listing as many products as you can share, along with the services your think you can offer.

 

Check out the categories of products in the empowr marketplace…

 

… and do your very best to start listing as many products as you can.

 

Any big sales happening in your local stores?  Perhaps hit those up so you’ve got the items in your hands, ready to Share.

 

Need some ideas on services that you might be able to list? Check out the some top selling services on the Hot Stuff page, and list those too!

 

If you do your best to list as many products and services as you can, empowr’s marketing team will do everything in its power to start bringing you the customers.

 

Together, let’s watch the empowr marketplace explode, and become the greatest marketplace in existence.

 

 

 

Jumpstarting the future… now!

 

With this launch, I believe that – together – we are the first company & community to charge forward with what will likely become the largest single category of commerce in the world:  Sharing

 

(We’ve already seen two companies -- uBer and AirBnb -- become massive entities, worth tens of billions of dollars each -- by enabling the sharing of cars and homes).

 

And now, today, empowr is the only company & community on the planet that has built and integrated EVERYTHING it takes to pull off the “sharing of everything else”:

 

Social networking

Currency

Marketplace

Reputation management

Transportation

Collateral

Educational system

Arbitration and dispute management

… And so much more.

 

Yes, there are many companies in each of these categories, many of which are doing a good job in their category….

 

However:

 

Not one of them has yet been able to build and integrate EVERYTHING it takes to pull this off.

 

Not one of them was built without a penny of investor capital.

 

(And therefore, none of them are able to organize their priorities around making your life better, as opposed to enriching their shareholders).

 

And none of them has YOU, this incredible community of motivated, selfless individuals that have proven, time after time, that you’ll stop at nothing…

 

… in your quest in this to make the world a better place, with more justice and less inequality.

 

 

 

Together, we’re not just sitting back and talking about the future, but we’re making the future happen NOW.

 

The people of the world will be better because of our efforts, as they gain access to an exploding variety of items -- quickly -- and for FREE (or for doing that which they’re already doing for free: social networking).

 

When half the planet is living on $2 or less per day, can you imagine the difference we can make in their lives?

 And our planet will also be better. Much better: No longer will factories be needing to output massive amounts of things that will hardly get used.

 

Make no mistake: Global warming is real, and it’s almost too late to do anything about it.

 

But by moving fast & hard now, together we will have an answer when, in the future, we’re asked:  What did you do to make a difference, when scientists were all warning about this?

 

 

And, yes, of course there will be bugs, issues and missing features (don’t worry – we are always listening!)

 But as always, you can rest assured that, together, we will continue to overcome any and all obstacles in our path to enabling opportunity, hope and influence for everyone.

 

 

Any questions? We’re here for you.


Your President,
Brian Woosley

 

Hello everyone,

We have VERY BIG news that we’ve just be dying to share with you.

As you know, a few days ago, we launched Services. You can read about that here.

 

And this morning, we launched the first version of product sharing & transporting. Please stay tuned for a post about those in the next 24 hours.

 

A key aspect of these new ways to earn is that they are local in nature.

That means that to maximize your earnings – to benefit from these new ways to earn…

… you need to have enough people around you locally.

 

Now, many of you do not live in areas where there are lots of empowr citizens… yet. 

So, what can be done to get your services and shared products in front of lots of people – to bring you lots of paying customers?

 

Are you sitting down? J

 

empowr has acquired a massive marketing budget to promote your services and product sharing, to the people in your community.

We’re talking about many millions of dollars from a highly interested party…

… someone we all know, that wants to do good with his money and success…

…  that’s become very impressed with what you’re trying to accomplish (the empowr mission)…

… and even more so with your recent successes in growing the empowr economy 100 times…

… he’s SO confident in the future success of our marketplace in fact, that he wants to help it grow even further…

… and believes that with a bit of marketing help, it will do just that.

 

In fact, he has not asked for, and will not receive ownership in empowr (we didn’t sell your soul and future to investors)…

… and there’s no interest payments (this won’t eat up your AMCOs).

 

Don’t worry. Our community is not giving up its soul or anything else.

He doesn’t even want recognition for his assistance.

 

Just like you, he’s simply worried about where the world is headed, and – also just like you – he wants to do all he personally can, to ensure we continue to succeed.

 

 

So, how will all of this work?

 

Here’s how it works:

A.  List the services, and the products that you want to share

B.  empowr’s marketing team will immediately get to work, using the marketing budget to promote your services and shared products to the people in your area, using a variety of global marketing mediums that they have been very busy securing over the course of the last 6 months.

C.  As all those new people from your area join empowr in order to utilize your services and shared products, treat them well and welcome them to your circle of trust.

Keep in mind that these people will, at first of course, be new citizens to empowr. So you’ll want to be a extra communicative and help them succeed.

These people are, quite literally, your neighbors. As they succeed, so too, will you.

 

D.  As those new people launch their own services and shared products, even more of the marketing budget will be applied to your area, bringing even more customers to you and your circle of trust.

Simple, right?

 

 

So, what can YOU do to get the lion’s share of that marketing budget now – and tons of new customers?

 

How to ensure more of the marketing budget is spent on YOUR stuff:

Maximizing YOUR marketing budget boils down to doing only two (2) things:

1.  List tons of stuff

The more things (specifically services and shared products) that you have listed, the more marketing dollars will applied to promoting your stuff, naturally.

To get the marketing team and budget working for you, I would simply try and get 30 to 50 (or more) services listed quickly.

(To be clear, that’s 30-50 or more listed, as opposed to sold. I’m saying simply have lots of services or shared products available for sale).

Millions of $$$ to promote your services & sharing

The Hot Stuff page lists the best selling products and services – the things that empowr citizens are looking to spend their earnings on!

If you think you can offer the same service too, simply click “List It”…

Millions of $$$ to promote your services & sharing

… change any settings (such as price) and, voila!  Now you’re offering the same service too (but to the people in your area).


2.  It’s ALL about your Ratings, Ratings and Ratings!

You want to absolutely make sure that each customer you receive gives you a 5 star rating.

To be clear, the ENTIRE marketing budget will only be spent on the citizens (service and product sharers) with the best ratings.

 

Why?

It makes no sense to spend any marketing funds on anyone that doesn’t make customers happy.

Some citizens will notice that, if their ratings drop, they will have less new customers from all sources:

·         From the empowr marketplace

·         From their profile feed

·         From the new marketing mediums that empowr will be using to bring them new customers

 

I cannot stress this point enough.

It’s ALL about your ratings.

We have heard your guidance and feedback:

You have made it 100% clear that you want participation in the empowr marketplace limited to only the very best sellers, providers, sharers, buyers, users and transporters.

Tip: The very best thing you can do to satisfy customers – and gain their 5 star ratings – is to communicate:

Truly listen to them, especially when they’re not totally happy.

Let them know you care, and will do everything in your power to make it right.

If you blow them away with your RACE (radically awesome customer experience), they will be disappointed that there’s no 6 or 7 star option to rate you with!

 

The concept is called “reciprocity”:

As human beings, we cannot help ourselves but want to do good back to people that we think truly care about us.

If you sincerely care about your customers, they will feel that, and the rest will take care of itself.

 And that’s it. 

 

Many millions of dollars will now be spent for you, promoting your stuff, to people in your local community.

Simply:

List as many things (services and shared products) as you can…

 and when a customer comes your way…

… think of how you like to be treated as a customer…

… (you like to be treated like a king or queen: “The customer is king”!)

And with that thought in your mind, you should have no problem truly satisfying them and scoring a 5 star rating from each of them.

 

NOTE:  Even one or two poor ratings will drop your overall rating enough to dramatically lower your customer flow.

So, what if your ratings do drop?

If that happens, you’ll need to focus and work harder to get new customers.

But if you ensure that they are all super-happy...

… so that they give you 5 stars…

… you’ll be able to get your ratings back up to the top.

When your ratings get back to the top, the marketplace, profile feeds and marketing budgets will all start working for you again.

 

Quiet before the storm

The marketing push will begin in the coming days, in a small way, and then will start to gently ramp up to a higher level every few days…

… until it’s going at full steam.

Within just 2 to 3 months from now, it will be going at full speed, at the rate of many millions of dollars being spent each month…

… promoting the best empowr citizens, as determined solely by their ratings, number of successfully sales, and their number of available services and products shared.

 

So, this is the quiet before the storm.

This is your chance to get your services and product shares live…

… and earn as many 5 star ratings as you possibly can from each other…

… to unlock the marketing budget for you and your area.

 

As marketing effort and budget ramp up, you’ll already be at the top of your game:

·         You’ll already know how to totally satisfy customers and get 5 star ratings every time

·         You’ll know which services and products work best for you

·         You’ll know which services and products DON’T work great for you

 

What does this massive marketing effort mean for the big picture of empowr?

The objective of the huge marketing push is for the empowr economy and community to continue to grow and succeed.

That means more of everything, including more products and services available for you to purchase with your empowr earnings, more AMCO cash outs, and more citizens that live closer to you.

It will also mean more resources for empowr – so we can hire more engineers and attack all the bugs, issues and missing features that you deserve and have been so patiently waiting for.

Together, everyone has worked so very hard for success of the community, economy and mission — and this should help accelerate and solidify those gains.

And finally, it should help generate more value for your stock option (ownership) potential in empowr.

As you can imagine, keeping this news quiet has been really, really hard for us. 

 

We are so excited to open up this opportunity to everyone.

The bottom line is that you have worked so very hard, and, based on the incredible results (100X growth!) you’ve achieved, you have earned this opportunity. 

We’ll do another post on this topic in just a few weeks, as I’m sure by then you’ll have more questions, ideas and feedback. 

Any questions?

We’re here for you.

 

Your President,

Brian Woosley

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