Why empowr (Part 13)

by Johnny Cash on March 12, 2017

Why empowr (Part 13)


Hello everyone,

Together, we've been reading the Why empowr book, written by one of the empowr founders. 

If you're interested in why empowr was created, or want to know where it's headed, this is a good way to find out. 

Just joining the conversation? You can read the earlier parts here:  
Part 1:   Here
Part 2:   Here
Part 3:  Here
Part 4:  Here
Part 5:  Here
Part 6:  Here
Part 7:  Here
Part 8:  Here
Part 9:
  Here
Part 10: Here 
Part 11: Here 
Part 12: Here 

As always, many thanks for your thoughtful comments that you left in the earlier parts; we're all reading your comments very carefully.


The world's experiencing problems
that threaten humanity's future
 

Yet, as a result of setbacks with democracy, education, and technology, many countries are being governed very ineffectively, and voters are either too uneducated or too worried about providing for their families to do anything about it. This is making it much harder for the world community to effectuate the changes that are needed to avoid catastrophe.

Between climate change, terrorism, technological unemployment, pandemics, economic collapses, natural disasters, and growing first-world inequality, there are some very serious issues facing our species that require equally serious solutions. 

 

So, to summarize the bad news covered in the first half of this book:

      First-world democracies are being hijacked by special interests and big money;

      Educational systems are leaving students woefully unprepared to participate in the modern, global economy where only highly skilled labor jobs matter, as software and automation replace low skill jobs;

      Network technologies are making it much easier for single corporations to rapidly take over entire industries and form job destroying monopolies;

      To add insult to injury, each structural problem is making the others even worse, leaving the human race completely unequipped to face the many complex threats facing humanity.

 

I understand if you winced a little while reading all that; it wasn’t particularly fun writing it, either. That said, in the interest of clarity, I’d like to elaborate just a little on these points before moving forward to examine what we believe are the most dangerous global problems. I promise I’ll make it fast.

First, the hijacking of democracy has left the governments of many influential countries unable or unwilling to respond to the worldwide issues humanity must deal with. As a species, we’re facing challenges that very clearly require visionary leadership and innovative thinking to address them comprehensively.

At the same time, because of the erosion of democracy in leading countries such as the United States, the governments that would be most able to push forward international efforts to meet these global challenges are being held back by utterly dysfunctional political systems. As the world watches this dysfunction unfold, global enthusiasm for democracy wanes, and other more dangerous forms of government (which we’ll discuss later) become more appealing. This puts humanity in danger of backsliding.

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Meanwhile, many educational systems are failing to give students the skills they need to succeed in the post-industrial workforce and become productive members of society.

Even as secondary and postsecondary education becomes more important to prosperity, underfunded schools are forced to hire teachers from the bottom half of graduating classes. Those teachers go on to inadequately educate their students, many of whom eventually go on to become the next generation of teachers. As this happens, a “dumbification cycle” is created which produces consistently less capable graduates each time the cycle repeats. Consequently, students around the world are expressing their frustration with schools they see as having wasted years of their life, actually sabotaging their chances of success rather than enhancing them.

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Next, while democracy and education falter, the Network Effect threatens to create behemoth global corporations that monopolize entire fields. As these tech-heavy companies evolve, they shed their human assets in favor of more efficient robotic workers. This leads to unemployment, which shrinks the middle class, concentrating wealth and political power at the top to an even greater degree.

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These social, political, and economic structural problems are putting many of the world’s most powerful countries in a position where they aren’t equipped to deal with important crises, e.g., climate change, government shutdowns, the expansion of international terror networks, and the global spread of drug resistant diseases, to name but a few.

There are other examples:

      We are still exploring new fossil fuel resources even though our top scientists tell us that our burning of the many fossil fuels we have already extracted will cause irreversible global catastrophe.

      Major political parties across the world are becoming more polarized each year, as each election cycle pushes them further away from the center.

      Rather than find ways to properly integrate disaffected segments of society, many countries are choosing to go down dangerous, authoritarian paths in order to feel secure against global terror.

      Despite their role in creating superbugs, antibiotics are still one of the most over-prescribed medications in the world, leading to more resilient and deadly diseases every year.

 

And, while all the problems discussed in this chapter are real and require serious attention, there are three core problems that worry us, at empowr, the most (and for which we’ve spent the last decade and a half working on solutions):

      Poverty and inequality

      Terrorism and extremism; and

      The backsliding and destruction of democracy.


The growing dangers of poverty and inequality

At first glance, statistics show that poverty and inequality may be problems that are shrinking at a rapid rate. However, in large part because of China’s unsustainable economic growth, assessing either statistic on a global level is misleading.

The fact is that inequality in industrialized nations grows worse every year, and, when China is excluded from measures of global poverty, the problem seems barely to have been addressed by some of the world’s poorest regions.

This should concern everybody because both issues, historically, have had some very nasty consequences. 

 

In recent years, leaders around the world have been patting themselves on the back over the perceived progress in the global fight against poverty. And, to their credit, a few aspects of worldwide poverty are being addressed in some noteworthy ways: for example, the global childhood mortality rate has fallen by nearly 50% since 1990; pregnant women in many poorer countries are receiving improved prenatal care. On the surface, even the overarching problem of global poverty itself appears to have been addressed meaningfully in the past two decades, with the poverty rate falling 25%-30% since 1981.

Unfortunately, a more detailed examination of the poverty numbers shows that China accounts for the vast majority of the reduction in global poverty. This is largely due to the huge trade surplus China has been running for the past decade, with industrialized nations pumping tens of billions of dollars into its economy every year.

Without China, improvements in global poverty have been mediocre at best, with only a dismal 5%-10% reduction over the course of the past two decades contrasted with huge advancements in technology and the continued march of globalization. Adding insult to injury, in a number of critical regions, the number of people living in poverty has actually increased in recent years, with sub-Saharan Africa being among the most worrisome.

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Worse, as I’ll discuss in greater detail later on, China’s current economic model is simply not sustainable in the long term. The impact that the shrinking of China’s trade surplus will have within its own borders and on the global poverty numbers is not certain. But, as democratic reforms are slowly rolled back within that country, as income inequality grows (now even exceeding U.S. numbers), as a monstrous real estate bubble prepares to burst, and as some minority populations become further disenfranchised every year, many global authorities have begun to express a great deal of concern.

 

Inequality is a growing problem for the world's most powerful and influential nations

Even though inequality has been “reduced” on a global level, rising rates of inequality in the world’s most powerful countries threaten everything from the effectiveness and desirability of democracy to the very stability of the global economy. Worldwide inequality has fallen as wealth from industrialized nations and their post-industrial economies has been pumped into developing countries, due in large part to the availability of cheap manufacturing labor within those countries. Despite this phenomenon, many first-world nations are being forced to come to terms with the issues created by increased economic inequality within their own borders.

The United States is perhaps the best example of the threat posed by this growing first-world inequality. The percentage of national wealth controlled by the top 1% of American society has skyrocketed since 1980. While the share of U.S. income going to the top 1% of earners has jumped over the past half century, America’s middle-class has seen its income growth stagnate, and some of the poorest segments of society have seen their standards of living actually fall. Currently, over 45 million Americans and nearly one out of every five American children live in poverty.

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This doesn’t just pose an enormous credibility and public relations problem for a country that has been selling the American Dream to the world for the past century. As inequality grows, so do a number of very severe problems, such as declining social mobility, decreased political stability, a less healthy population, reduced child well-being, increased prevalence of mental illness, rising prison populations, and lower educational scores, to name just a few. The damage that inequality is causing to the very fabric of society in a number of industrialized nations comes as no surprise to many historians and prominent public figures who, for years, have been warning of the dangers that inequality poses to our world.

The upshot of these two growing problems is that the gains that have been made in first-world nations since the end of World War II are being threatened by the very issues they committed to addressing in other developing and third-world nations back in the 1990s. The irony of this situation could be humorous, if not for the fact that poverty and inequality have led to revolutions or even worse, over the course of human history.

165 Comments

Wallace Johnson

Thanks Empowr Team for the new Tool of profile history for the SC's to do a better job of guiding users of Empowr.

5 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Wallace! We're happy to hear that you're finding our newest SC tools helpful. We want our coaches to have the best possible tools and resources so that they can do an awesome job serving their students. Thanks Wallace!

5 months ago
Magnum Cassandra

Where is this tool, I do not see it...?

5 months ago
Dubere

Thank you so much, Empowr .

5 months ago
Yuriy Baragin

Thank you, Johnny

People are busy with the issue of survival.
The world is changing the industrial age has passed, it's time to change the approach, the look to the methods and opportunities
But you just have to believe, as when you told me, believe me

I believe in you, I believe in the success of the idea

5 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Yuriy, we love your passion and belief in the empowr mission. We hope that the empowr model can serve to alleviate the struggle of survival, by giving others a means of earning through the empowr economy. Thanks Yuriy!

5 months ago
Ahmad Ramdono

Nice Blog, Johnny

5 months ago
Gennadiy Beloglazov

good post

5 months ago
Mishael .

Interesting, Inequality is not in the daily discussions because the policy is to cover the unequal to continue enriching few regardless of whether in many African countries men women and children starve. It takes a revolution (perhaps technological to save the excluded)

5 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Miguel, this is exactly why empowr hopes to provide opportunity to those who may not currently have access to improving their lives. We want to make it easier for anyone to feel empowered, and not just a few people at the very top of an organization. We're lucky to have individuals like yourself on board who understand the current situation, and can see how empowr might have an impact on improving the world.

5 months ago
Yvan Dolan

I ' m learning so much..can't wait for the next blog!

5 months ago
Алексей Пасечник

good post!!!!Thank you so much, Empowr

5 months ago
David Bruyland

Very interesting information, thanks.

5 months ago
Ekaterina Zhernokleva

Interesting article about what is happening in the world

5 months ago
Rizanka 001

Thank you for the next chapter of the book.
Empowr united people and made it possible for every person to feel responsible for the development of its economy.
This is powerful!
I wish everyone patience and inspiration.

5 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Rizanka, you're right that how each of us plays a part in being responsible for empowr's continued development. It's a very heavy and important responsibility, but empowr will only succeed if others understand this very concept. Thanks for reminding us!

5 months ago
Madonna Marie Perez

Thank you for this interesting post! I hope poverty and inequality will soon be solved. Thanks to empowr, it can greatly affect this world's biggest problem.

5 months ago
Mila Sorensen

We hope so too, Madonna! If we keep working together to build empowr and make it the most powerful economy out there, we could play an important role in reducing or eradicating poverty! Go empowr!! :)

5 months ago
Imad Nissan

Interesting, also we need not to forget the regulations, restrictions and middlemen.

Unbelievably how agents and administrations with their divisions and subdivisions and sub sub divisions are involving in every part of our lives and businesses, they are putting tons of obstacles against many important and even simple projects, I just feel that this country is slowing down in development because of all these, all these intruders are putting heavy burdens and wants their shares, ending up sucking the economy, that's why we don't have any more strong industry, and everything is imported, because it is cheaper and less headache.

I know I am not against all the regulations, of course, some regulations are very required and very important, but this really too much, If you, as an example, thinking to start any business no matter how simple it is, you will collide with many obstacles and unbelievable regulations, and you will end up paying all your money to them and in regular basis.

And the funny thing is that any group of people can create their own organization and start regulating or stopping certain things.

It may seems I am talking out of topic, but I am sure this is also one of the reasons.

Networking now has a bigger margin of freedom, but I am sure it won't stay like that forever, so we need to be prepared!

Thank you for this interesting part.

5 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Imad, regulation is definitely an aspect of any economy, nation, organization, etc. Regulation and it's role within any organization is intricate, and it can both negatively and positively affect that organization. . In empowr's case, we want to build a community that belongs to the community itself, so regulation and centralization is an important aspect we will always need to consider as we continue to grow. Thanks for bringing it to the forefront.

5 months ago
Yar Nov

Very interesting post ! Thank you!

5 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Thank you, Yar! Stay tuned for more to come :)

5 months ago
Crispina Palopalo

Global issues can possibly be solved if there are no self interest, hunger in power and the love of our very own resources.But sadly, due to global pressures that some countries are unable to go ahead and make some resolutions and poor future generation are the ultimate sufferer of the worst outcome if not addressed. It's true that when there's an issue in any country there certainly be an effect that creates more problem. But regardless how powerful the issues are that we're facing which are so scary, I still believe that there are still some solutions that is more powerful than those taking advantage of the global situation using their big money and self interest. Am sure that Empowr will be a light to the world leading other companies globally and will be an answer to our needs. Thank you JC for this awesome article and glad to be with Empowr and hope more citizens to join for more awareness.

5 months ago
June Hinton

Hey Crispina, thanks so much for weighing in! It is great to read your positive perspectives regarding solutions for these powerful issues along with the magnitude of light in empowr's mission! We very much appreciate your contributions and support!

5 months ago
Jedidah Jesnare

Thanks for sharing the story. Now I know a little about the history of Empwr. Good job Admin.

5 months ago
Vadim Shiryaev

Good part. But sad. Leads to thoughts about being.

5 months ago
Wlad-nik.anton

Very deep and critical analysis of the current world situation. Thank you for your work! Well, we, the citizens of empowr, we will work to strengthen our community and strengthen social democracy.

5 months ago
June Hinton

Wlad-nik.anton, we appreciate your feedback! empowr would not be the same without the amazing dedication and insight given by all citizens, such as yourself, to help keep the community growing strong! Thank you!!

5 months ago
Alexxia

Fantastic one too. :)
Thank you, Jonny, I do believe that Empowr will succeed in its idea with all of the people in here who is truly dedicated to it, and help other, poor people, who really need it. We're all here to help accomplish the mission !! :)
With love,
Alexxia

5 months ago
June Hinton

Alexxia, we totally agree! We are so thankful for all citizens who are dedicated to helping make our mission a reality! Thank you!

5 months ago
Quentin Xavier Viljoen

Thanks!

5 months ago
Sergei Kobelev

Very good and interesting post, thank you!

5 months ago
Sergej Kalinin

Amazing blog!

5 months ago
Syed Muhammad Motamid

Thankyou for amaizing and interesting blog, poverty is the big problem in the world but it is goog that there is empowr to help simple people, Thank for sharing and kindly empowr inform me how much time for a new payment method in empowr because i'm unable for any cashouts

5 months ago
June Hinton

Hi Famouz, we appreciate your feedback! Yes, our mission is very much dedicated to helping with the fight against poverty along with empowering people by enabling opportunity, hope and influence. Thank you for helping us along this journey!

5 months ago
Olga Zhuravkova

Very interesting information, thank you.

5 months ago
Katherine (nl Citizen)

It is too scary to look at the picture of your story. Facing our future is not that easy and life is too short to correct it.
It looks like the world we live in has a lot of pain, in trouble. All is about economy and power (politics). I think we are misguiding our reason to live. Something is missing and sad that this will pass through the new generation. Hope they will learn better. Hope Empowr will be there to stand for them and help them learn from the past mistakes. Rebuild the world and continue to help fight against inequality and against terrorism. Thank you for the post-JC.

5 months ago
June Hinton

Katherine, we always appreciate your continued support and insight! We truly believe that empowr will stand strong for generations to come as we accomplish our mission and goal; thus contributing to humanity's fight against poverty & inequality, extremism and terrorism, and the decay of democracy. Thank you again!

5 months ago
Maria Dolores Rara

Hope in empowr economy we can't experience that such of problems. And, we can do it if we remain focusing our mission. Thanks for the great blog!

5 months ago
June Hinton

Thank you for your support, Maria, and helping make our mission a reality!

5 months ago
Yury Arzhannikov

Thank you for the information provided. It was interesting. I will definitely come again!

5 months ago
Sylvie Atisse

It is very interesting to read. Thanks for sharing those useful informations!

5 months ago
Valeriy Yanuchenok

Great blog my friend!Thank you!Have a good day!

5 months ago
Аслан Хубиев

Thank you for an interesting and useful blog, friend!

5 months ago
Ihor Hutsalo

Its very interesting. Thanks

5 months ago
Oxana Altanets

Very interesting information, thank you my friend that he shared with us!

5 months ago
Normina Esmael

Thank you for this very informative part of empowr book... We are happy to be a part of the empowr mission to lessen the poverty and inequality problem that the world is having right now. Thank you JC!... God bless you!

5 months ago
June Hinton

HI Normina! So glad to see that you appreciated JC's chapter update. We are ecstatic that you are part of making the empowr mission a reality, as well! Thank you for your kind words!

5 months ago
Amy Maria Talledo

Thanks for the posting of interesting information.

5 months ago
Александра :)

Thanks Empowr Team for the new Tool of profile history for the SC's to do a better job of guiding users of Empowr.

5 months ago
Maria Dolores Rara

This tool will definitely encourage all student to be more successful. Thanks for your time ;-)

5 months ago
Irena Aisha Shahzad

Very interesting and valuable article.Thanks for sharing with us!

5 months ago
Дмитрий *

Thanks Empowr Team for the new Tool of profile history for the SC's to do a better job of guiding users of Empowr.

5 months ago
Sergey Zubenko

Good post, interesting information! Thank you!

5 months ago
Valeriy Yanuchenok

Great post!I believe and hope that all will be well!With thank you johnny!

5 months ago
Maria Dolores Rara

To achieve that we need to focus and be positive in every aspect and follow the mission on empowr. Thanks for your time!

5 months ago
Wiko Suwiko

Big thanks for your information

5 months ago