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Hello everyone,

Throughout the history of the empowr project, about once every few years, together we’ve engaged in important discussions that resulted in very big changes in empowr...

… in everything from the product features, to the community policies and methods.

Today, I believe, is another one of these days.

We have a lot to talk about. And we’re going to need your input.

 

My apologies to you, in advance, for the length of this post

May I suggest taking a couple of coffee breaks in the middle of reading this, or complete it on different days, so that you can pay very close attention?

When we’re done discussing this, I believe that much of what we do together here at empowr may be changing, dramatically, forever.

To understand the direction we’re considering, we’ll need to first discuss a little bit of economic theory. I promise I’ll keep it simple and quick.

Then, I’ll tell you a brief real-life story about someone famous you’ve probably heard of – a story that I think may surprise you.

After that, with the economics and related story as a backdrop, we’ll discuss what those concepts might mean for our future here in the empowr community, the timing and the results we’re trying to achieve.

And then, we’ll need your vote and your thoughts.

 

Let’s get started

First, let’s discuss some economic theory.

It’ll be quick and painless, I promise.

Most of us have heard of the economic theory of “Supply and Demand”.

It suggests that the price of something is based on the combination of:

… the supply (availability) of an item in the marketplace…

… and the demand (how much it is desired) that it enjoys in the marketplace.

 

Lately, economists have been having a hard time using this theory to explain why the cost of many items are falling dramatically.

For example, the cost of electronics, such as cameras and computers, have been falling year over year, even as the demand for those products has increased significantly.

The theory of supply and demand would have predicted that the price of those items would have increased dramatically as the demand for them exploded in recent years.

This old theory is no longer convincingly explaining what’s happening with a growing portion of our economy.

 

A different economic theory

For decades now, many economists have been arguing that a different theory better explains how items find their pricing.

The Labor Theory of Value argues that the economic value (or price) of a good or service is determined by adding up the total amount of socially necessary labor required to produce it.

So, according to this economic theory, the price of a shirt is determined by how much labor when into making it.

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Let’s say the shirt is handmade in Bangladesh by a young lady in a factory.

The price that the shirt will sell for, will include the cost of paying that lady to make the shirt.

The shirt is made of cotton, which the factory purchased from a local cotton provider.

According to the theory, the price that the factory paid for the cotton was arrived at by calculating the cost of any human labor it took to pick and prepare the cotton, plus the cost of delivering it to the factory (which included paying a truck driver and warehouse worker).

After the shirt was made, it was transported to New York City, where it was marketed to a retail store.

Of course, the price of the shirt was increased to add in the labor cost of the people transporting the item to New York, along with the marketing and other people working to make the shirt available at the retail store.

The retail clerk that works the cash register is also getting paid, and her salary must also work its way into the final price.

But what about the general manager of the retail chain? She must also be paid. Perhaps she’s paid a lot because she has highly specialized skills?

What determines the high salary of the general manager?

Continuing with that same line of thinking, to arrive at a market price for the general manager, you need to look at the labor that went into her education, which means you need to add in her share of what her teachers got paid when she was at the university; the labor that went into producing the food she ate; and the labor that went into producing and providing her with an apartment while studying -- along any other costs it took to produce someone with her skills and capabilities.

According to the Labor Theory of Value, the price of the shirt ultimately consists of what it took to pay the cotton farmers, the laborer in Bangladesh, the warehouse workers, the truck drivers, the marketing folks, the store general manager and the retail clerk, among others.

According to the theory, if you add up all of that, you’ll arrive at approximately what the market will bear as far a price that the shirt will be sold for.

You can see how it can be very complicated to calculate all of this.

But just because it takes a lot to calculate something, doesn’t mean it’s not factual.

Thankfully, the market does all of this for us “automatically”:

We just compare prices and if we find a better price for the same thing, we buy it from the place selling it for less…

… which means the more expensive shop will be forced to find a way to lower its price…

… which means it will need to figure out how to provide the same product or service using less labor – or, it will not be able to competitively offer that item to customers.

Summary: The Labor Theory of Value suggests that the price of a product or service is ultimately determined by the cost of all the labor that went into it (including the cost of labor that went into each component or aspect of it).

 

Alright, that’s it! Didn’t I tell you that would be simple?  Smile

OK, now that we all understand the Labor Theory of Value, let’s change the subject for a moment.

(Don’t worry, it will become clear why the information we just covered is useful to our discussion).

I mentioned I would tell you a quick story about someone that I am sure you’ve heard of.

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Few people had more impact on billions of people’s lives than Marx did. His economic theories formed the basis of Marxism and communism which, as it turned out, had some very serious flaws in them.

It was 1858, and Karl Marx was a wanted man in Germany.

He was living in London, working for the New York Tribune in the daytime.

Marx wrote: “At nighttime, I’m working like a madman right through the night, so that I’ll at least have the outlines clear before the crash”.

He’s referring to the crash of capitalism that he (incorrectly, obviously) predicted would be happening at any moment.

He was busy frantically filling 8 notebooks in German; free-flowing observations, thought experiments and notes-to-self.

These 8 notebooks were later purchased by the Soviet Union and were not read by anyone in Western Europe until the late 1960s.

Not read in English until 1973. the ideas (called the Fragment on Machines) are a complete departure from classic Marxism.

Of course Marxism has proven to be an inferior approach to organizing people and economies than capitalism is…

… as evidenced by the misery that Marxism brought onto the people of one nation after another in the last century, all while many of the democratic and capitalist western countries thrived.

In Fragment on Machines, Marx made several observations that were discarded by Marxists who saw no value in them; those thoughts flew in the face of everything Marx had previously written.

Indeed, many scholars that read his Fragment on Machines concluded: “These writings challenge every serious interpretation of Marx yet conceived”.

(Perhaps this explains why the Soviet Union bought up the Fragment on Machines notebooks and, basically, buried them for a century).

Fragment on Machines starts with the observation that as largescale industry develops, it changes the relationship between worker and machine.

In early industry, there was a person, a tool worked by hand, and a product.

As time passes, instead of a simple tool, the worker gradually inserts a more complex tool into the equation that allows the person to ultimately step to the side of the production process…

… instead of being its chief actor.

Marx imagines a future economy in which the main role of machines is to produce, and the main role of people becomes to supervise the machines.

An example he uses:

The ‘self-acting’ cotton-spinning machine:

Instead of the person doing the work, this “new at the time” machine did the work, with the person stepping to the side and merely supervising the machine.

He then drops this bombshell prediction: 

People will keep improving the machines.

The machines will keep getting better and better.

People will learn the latest information and knowledge about the machine and its latest improvements…

… and will use that knowledge to produce even better machines…

… which will take more and more work away from humans.

And that knowledge is inherently “social”.  It will basically belong to everyone, as it will be hard (for the owners of the innovations) to stop it from spreading to other people through law or by using force.

Therefore, over time, as knowledge and information make every machine better and better…

human labor will become a smaller and smaller portion of what it takes to produce a product…

... until that portion is zero or near-zero.

Well, unlike some of Marx’s other predictions, this prediction seems to have been incredibly accurate, if you think about it:

We are literally now entering an era where machines (software-driven hardware including robots) are already doing more and more of the work…

… and are expected to take nearly 100% of the human labor out of the process for millions of jobs that people are currently doing.

From factory workers, to driving jobs, to sales people, to doctors…

… software and robots are predicted to continue to eat up, or even fully replace, many or most of today’s most common jobs.

 

OK, so do you remember the Labor Theory of Value that we discussed before this little story about Marx?

As you recall, the theory suggested that the price of something is determined by how much human labor goes into it.

But if Marx continues to be right with this prediction…

… (that machines will keep improving, and the result will be that less and less human labor will be required in the production of everything)….

… As the human labor portion of everything continues on its way to zero %…

… then the Labor Theory of Value tells us that the price of everything is headed to zero.

 

In other words, as computers, software and robots become better and better at replacing humans…

… meaning the labor portion of everything heads towards zero….

… everything will become free or nearly free.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, we’re talking about a future of total abundance for humankind…

… where everything you want or need, is available to you for free or nearly free.

 

And if everything becomes free or near-free, then most people won’t need to work for money, because money will have little value (since, well, everything will be free).

Perhaps people may work for reasons other than making money, such as to have a sense of purpose, feel challenged and/or exercise their creativity.

(It’s also easy to imagine how a future like this might result in the reduction or elimination of war; as people or countries won’t need to fight for resources. Resources will be available to everyone for free or nearly free).

 

Massive new technology breakthroughs, that support this conclusion, are headed our way

If you’re paying attention to the world of technology lately, you’ve already noticed that a few massive waves of technology are on the way…

     … movements that seem to completely support the future we’ve been discussing:

·      -- 3D Printing will make it so that you can simply download the blueprint for any product, and print it out at your home

·      -- Nanotechnology will make it so that the supplies (materials) used by those 3-D printers are abundant and cheap

·      -- Solar technology, among other green technologies – is getting better and cheaper…

... making it so that energy will be abundant, and humans won’t need to fight for fossil fuels...

... or burn them to create energy, which is hurting our planet.

Did you know?  The amount of solar energy hitting the earth in just 8 minutes, is enough to fuel humankind’s entire ANNUAL energy consumption?

If we could harness about one thousandth (1 / 1,000) of one single percent (1%) of the sun’s energy that’s hitting the earth, humankind would need no other energy source.

And the price of solar and wind harvesting technology are dropping exponentially, just like what we’ve seen with the cost of computer chips over the last few decades.

Which means that, soon, each of us will easily be able to harvest the power we use, and possibly sell some of the energy back to the energy companies – or even share it with our neighbors.

(The sharing of energy with our circle of trust is something that I predict we will discuss and execute on together in about 2 years from now, as the price of energy harvesting technologies comes down to what a smartphone costs today).

·      -- And with the massive emerging “Internet of Things” (IOT) (http://time.com/539/the-next-big-thing-for-tech-the-internet-of-everything/) every object -- even a cheap can of soup or carton of milk -- will be equipped with a communicating chip, hooked up to the Internet. 

Everything you own, even your pieces of clothing, will be able tell you relevant information such as where they’re located, what the temperature is, if they’re expiring or damaged, and even order their own replacement, disposal or recycling.

 

Therefore, soup -- and literally ALL other products -- are going to become exponentially more of “knowledge and information” based products…

… meaning labor will continue to become responsible for a smaller and smaller portion of their price.

Just about everything -- including their parts and materials, and the energy they require -- will be made or managed by software-driven hardware and robots…

… as well as delivered, maintained and recycled by robots.

Yes, even the robots will be designed, made, serviced, improved and recycled by robots.

If humans are needed for any portion of the process, humans (or robots) will quickly figure out how to replace even those portions using software and robots.

Humans can instead focus on what they want to do (to uplift themselves and others) instead of doing mostly what they must do to survive.

By the way, if this future is hard to imagine, that’s reasonable and simply OK. 

Someone living just a few decades (or, imagine, 100 years) ago wouldn’t be able to imagine the world as it is today.

But thanks to software, a relatively recent invention, every field of research, and every industry, is about to be (and IS being!) eaten up by software...

... and the effects of each of these exponentially improving areas are about to multiply by each other...

... to create more massive change than humankind has ever experienced in such a short period of time.

 

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OK, thanks for staying with me.

Now that we’ve taken a glimpse at where the world is headed...

... next, we’ll want to put our heads together to figure out how that glimpse may apply to what we’re doing together here, right now, at empowr.

This is the perfect moment to take a break, grab some coffee…. give your brain a break. 

When you’re ready, come on back and let’s get started again.

 

 

 

Welcome back.

In summary, I believe that, together, we’ve just had a glimpse of the future.

In the future

everything we want or need,

will be in our hands very quickly

for virtually free

We’re talking about abundance for humanity.

 

OK, well, that may be a glimpse of the future…

… but I’m wondering…

  does that sound too futuristic…

… as in -- NOT something we can achieve here at empowr, anytime soon, with our current resources?

Maybe so. 

Let’s break it down to its parts, so we can accurately answer that question.

 

First, let’s start with putting our vision into one simple statement:

Everything we want or need

for Free   or for doing what people are already doing for free

and while we’re dreaming, we might as well add the following word:

Fast  (as in, “in your hands in as little as one hour”)

After all, who can resist getting what they want – fast – (as in, almost as soon as they think about it) for free?

 

So, the idea we want to break down into smaller parts…

… is how we might be able to provide to our citizens:

Everything, Fast & Free

 

 

Let’s start with analyzing the word “Everything”:

Everything

Just a few months ago, together we decided to focus on ramping up our marketplace.

We discussed the importance of everyone listing products, to boost the empowr economy.

In that short period of time, together we have witnessed the number of products being listed daily, weekly and monthly grow over 100 fold – or 10,000%.

Congratulations on that, by the way!

It seems like every time we put our minds to something, we always – ALWAYS – accomplish it.

Sometimes it may take a try or two… a failure or two before we get there…. But we never quit and we keep trying, until we succeed.

Congrats mighty, mighty empowr community!

 

Now, imagine that instead of the massive number of products we’re listing being sold, and taken out of the community forever…

… imagine if, instead, we could easily earn by “sharing” them.

 

Sharing? What does that mean? What would that look like?

Let’s use an example.

Imagine a tool like, say, this drill:

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Did you know that the typical drill is purchased and then, over its lifetime, used for an average of less than 15 minutes? (That’s a fact)

Most of the time, the purchaser needed it for something quick, then threw it in the garage or closet, for it to be hardly ever seen or used again. Sound familiar?

Now, imagine, if instead of listing a drill to sell on empowr, you instead had the option to “Share” it with someone.

Imagine instead of selling it for, say, $30, you “Share” it for $3/day.

It would only take 10 days of sharing it, for you to capture the same earnings. Every day after the first 10 days would represent profits.

If, over the drill’s lifetime, you were able to share it 50 (or even 100 or more) days, you would end up making 5 (or 10 times or more) the amount you would have earned by selling it.

It would make more sense for you to share it -- instead of sell it -- wouldn’t it?

 

But what about the customer (the buyer)?

If you were the buyer, and you needed a drill for just a few hours, it would make more sense to just “use” it for $3/day -- instead of purchasing it for $30, wouldn’t it? 

You, too, would be ten times better off, wouldn’t you (because paying $3 is ten times better than paying $30)?

In addition, you wouldn’t have to fill up your limited closet or garage space with even more stuff you likely won’t be needing for a while.

 

Now imagine:

… If together, many or most of us here at empowr, shared hundreds or even thousands of different types of products.

Imagine how much better off we would be as “Sharers” instead of Sellers…

… and “Users” instead of Buyers.

Oh, and how much better would planet earth do...

... if factories ate up less of the planet’s natural resources, because they’re making less things that are hardly ever utilized to their full capacity?

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The first suggestion I am making is that, together, we add the opportunity for everyone to Share and Use, along with the current capabilities of Selling and Buying.

 

But wait.

Did we forget something?

How will delivery work (that is, transportation of the product from Sharer to User, and back again)?

In other words, if I click to “Use” the drill, how will the “Sharer” get it to me?

Perhaps I can go pick it up. 

Or, perhaps the Sharer will be willing to deliver it to me.

Or, perhaps together we can create a new way to easily earn in empowr, which we might call the “Transporter”.

Imagine as soon as someone clicks to “Buy” or “Use” a product, empowr transporters in the area are notified of the opportunity…

… and specifically told where they need to pick up the item (Point A),…

… where they need to drop it off (Point B)…

… how long that delivery should take (in minutes) given current traffic levels on the current fastest route from Point A to Point B…

… and how much they’ll earn if they choose to capture the opportunity for themselves.

 

Do you like that idea?

You have been reporting that, as Sellers, one of your top concerns – or “pain points” – is the hassle and cost of shipping the items that you sell.

Imagine if at the very moment you sell (or share) something, by simply pressing a “Transport” button, an empowr transporter will be on the way.

Imagine that you’ll hardly need to wrap or package the item.

Imagine that the transporter shows up really fast – in just minutes…

… so you don’t even need to think about or deal with scheduling, or making sure you’re home at some exact future moment.

Just press the “Transport” button wherever you are, and the transporter will quickly show up, take the item from you, and deliver it.

 

Now, imagine that the price of transport, for you, is virtually free.

In other words, imagine if empowr pays for transport so that you (or the “buyer” or “user”) don’t need to.

In fact, let’s say that a transport would cost only $1, to ensure that there does exist a tiny cost (in order to reduce waste -- so that people might be less likely to abuse a free service like this).

Sounds fair, no?

But also imagine that you receive a whole bunch of free transports every month with your Silver, Gold or Platinum daily earning options that many of you are already enjoying.

 

But I digress.  Let’s get back to our vision of the future:  Everything, Fast & Free

Instead of millions of products being listed for sale, and then quickly leaving empowr as soon as they’re purchased – which is what’s currently happening…

… imagine if most of those things don’t leave the empowr ecosystem – because now they’ll be “shared and used” instead of “sold and bought”.

 

That would mean that the millions of products that are currently being listed would quickly accumulate to become tens of millions…

… and then hundreds of millions of available products in the marketplace…

… because after a product leaves the marketplace (to be used by someone) it would now come right back to the marketplace, when the “user” is done with it.

 

Therefore, doesn’t it make sense that, with so many products being listed (that now wouldn’t permanently leave empowr)…

… that soon virtually everything you can imagine wanting or needing, will be available for “use”?

 

And what about those things that are not available in the short-term?

Imagine if empowr reveals a sorted daily list of the things that people have been searching for – things they want to “use” – but that were not currently available.

The people looking to earn by “Sharing” would be able to earn more, by quickly offering those products – perhaps at premium prices given the lack of competition.

It’s easy to see how, within just a few months, just about everything you want or need, might be available to you to use.

 

Wait. What?

It seems like the Everything part of our “Everything, Fast & Free” vision might just be very doable – with our current level of resources!

 

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OK, maybe so…. but how about the Fast part of “Everything, Fast & Free”?

Fast

Well, what if the new “empowr transporters” earn bonuses, when they do their work fast?

And what if they earn even more transport opportunities when they are “fast” or “super-fast”?

In other words, what if, together, we decide to reward transporters that are rated the best by their customers, and can get the items from Point A to Point B most quickly?

Do you think we can satisfy the Fast part of our “Everything, Fast & Free” vision?

My opinion, if you care to know, is a big, fat YES.

 

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OK, but let’s move on to (what might seem like it would be) the hardest part.

I mean, what about the Free part of “Everything, Fast & Free”?

Free

On the surface, this challenge sounds really, really hard.

Well, we just talked about making transportation free (or virtually free, by pricing transports at only $1).

 

But what about the cost of “Using” any product?

Well, if the cost of using the drill (from our earlier example) is, say, $3 per day…

… but everyone can earn that $3 just for doing the (social networking) things they’re all already doing for free on Facebook, Instagram and elsewhere...

... doesn’t that therefore make using the item virtually free?

 

Look, after deep analysis, we’ve come to believe that we…

… you, I and others already here in the empowr community…

… now have everything we need to fast-forward into the future…

… and (assuming we had all the software we needed to enable all of this)….

… could soon offer “Everything, Fast & Free” for our community members to enjoy.

 

By the way….

When I say we “could soon offer”, I DON’T mean “in just a few years”.

 

By soon, I mean RIGHT NOW.

 

 

 

Pssst.  May I share a secret with you?

Well, then, come a little closer so I can whisper something in your ear.

Given that we live in a highly competitive world, dominated by powerful tech giants, empowr has been very quietly and secretly working on this future for quite a while…

… in the hopes that -- after you’re shown the evidence, from the economic theory to all the product, policy and other details --…

… that you too will believe in this future, will see the logic in it, and will give us “two thumbs up” to charge forward into what it takes to enable that future.

 

Now, to be clear, if you don’t believe in this vision, we can and we will stop working on it immediately.

You have got my word on that.

 

But we wanted to make most of the progress before discussing it, so that -- if you decided that Everything, Fast & Free is the correct future we’re headed for, and you believe we should commit ourselves to that vision immediately…

… we wouldn’t be sharing our vision and strategy with competitors too long before we’re just about to launch.

 

Ladies and gentlemen…

…. my dear, mighty brother and sisters in arms…

… my fellow revolutionaries that, for months or for years, have sacrificed much to enable empowr to exist and progress…

… I am beyond delighted to have the opportunity to now tell you that:

 

We are in the final testing phase for EVERYTHING it takes to launch and manage the future described above.  

 

Once you understand all of what will be entailed…

… if and only if you give us the thumbs up…

… we can begin rolling this vision out, one important platform at a time…

… starting in the coming days.

 

Change can be difficult

Convincing all empowr employees and engineers to add to their currently workload, to work on this vision, wasn’t easy.

Why?

Because they’re all already overworked (and underpaid).

But after carefully considering all the facts, discussing the obstacles, and crunching the numbers…

… they agreed that this -- Everything, Fast & Free -- can and must be accomplished.

A few have actually said goodbye to most friends and family members, before getting busy working nights and weekends to make this a reality.
 

But empowr employees are not the only ones that will need to sacrifice and face change.

If you agree that this is a future that, together we should work towards, YOU will also be challenged.

Remember, all new complicated software has issues, bugs and missing features.

Like all big software rollouts in our past, there will be frustrations.

 

But, like we’ve always done, we will report those issues.

We will work overtime to fix the bugs, and to design and build what’s missing.

We won’t stop until everyone’s satisfied.

 

 

But first…

First, we need to hear from you.

If most of you are not wholeheartedly bought in, we need to pull the plug and stop this push.

After all, without you – the empowr community of citizens -- empowr has (and is) nothing.

 

Before you make your decision, here are some of the details you’ll want to consider: 
 

A.   Removing bidding from Daily Goals

Many of you have reported that it’s hard to hit your Daily Goals, because of the amount of bids required.

As part of this push, we are suggesting the removal of bidding from the Daily Goals requirements. 

Of course if you do bid or buy – and now, “Use” – something, that will continue to count towards closing the loop with people in your circle of trust.

But by not being forced to bid and buy, we’ll have a lot less Unpaid Items…

… which means less cost for buyers…

... and we’ll have less frustration for sellers, who are (rightfully) complaining about having so many unpaid items.

And not requiring all that bidding should also mean that, when you actually want to buy something, it’s more likely to be available in the marketplace…

… because other buyers (people that may not have even wanted the item in the first place, but were only bidding / buying to hit their Daily Goal) won’t have inadvertently blocked you from buying it.

 

B.  Cash outs (AMCOs) for Transporters

Another huge pain point you’ve communicated, is the amount of time and out-of-pocket cash that the shipping of items requires from you.

To attack this pain-point, we’re suggesting launching what’s internally become known as “ETL” – which stands for “empowr transport layer” – but you’ll probably get to know it as the new earning role called the empowr “transporter”.

Playing the biggest part in the “Everything, Fast & Free” vision will be the empowr transporters, and we want to ensure everyone has both the opportunity and desire to try their hand at transporting.

Therefore, we feel that Transporters should be among the largest earners of AMCO cash outs…

… and that they should be paid as quickly as possible (at end of the month, as opposed to the following month) so that they have the money for gasoline that they’ll need.

By the way, in the interest of not making this blog post even longer than it already is, more details on the transporter role…

  as well as for every other new feature mentioned in this blog post …

… will be soon coming your way, if most community members vote to move forward with “Everything, Fast & Free”.

 

C.  Cash outs (AMCOs) for Service providers

As part of this effort, we believe that everyone should be able to earn AMCO cash outs from the Services they provide.

Why?

Service providers are basically product providers that are also transporters.

Think about it:

If I offer to wash your car, I will need to first transport my body and washing tools to where your car is…

… and then, of course, my product is, basically, your clean car.

So, it’s time for Service providers to also earn AMCO cash outs.

 

D.  Sharing, Transporting and Servicing should all count towards your listing goal

Currently, each time you successfully sell a product, it counts towards your listing portion of your Daily Goal.

Now, we’re suggesting that each time you successfully Transport something…

… or provide a Service to someone…

…or simply Share something with someone (meaning they pay you to “use” a product of yours)…

… that the “event” should count as a Listing towards your Daily Goals…

… making it much easier to hit your listing goal.

 

Think about it:

By providing value to the community…

… as measured by your selling or sharing a product, service or transportation to the community…

… you equally gain access to the products, services and transportations that the community is providing. 

That just makes good sense, no?

 

E.  Let’s change the name of “List” in the Daily Goals area to “Provide”.

To hit your Daily Goal, you’ll now want to only Share, Post and Provide.  (IE: No more Bidding required)

To enable this, first let’s making listing products and services 100 times easier!

Here’s how:

Simply search for a product or service like what you want to offer…

  then click a new “List it” button – to instantly – magically -- list the same product or service into the marketplace…

… using the same photos, title and descriptions used by the original listing.

And since you’re utilizing a previously moderated listing that’s been approved, your listing will be automatically approved.

 

Hot stuff!

In fact, as soon as you give us the thumbs up on this new “Everything, Fast & Free” vision, we’ll give you a new “Hot stuff” page where you can see all the most popular services and products being listed in empowr…

… and directly on that page you can simply click the “List it” button to have the same item listed with zero effort.

Now, you should be able to list 10 or 20 or more new products or services in less than 5 mins.

 

So, now that listing things is much less of a challenge, let’s set the focus of our Daily Goals to Providing.

In other words, we suggest that simply listing a product or service shouldn’t count towards the Daily Goal.

Instead, let’s focus on how many times we successfully provided value to another empowr citizen – by selling, sharing, servicing or transporting.

 

Let’s set the Daily Goal target (for Provides) to 2 per day….

… except for new citizens that are still learning and trying to get accustomed to everything.

IE:  Perhaps let’s set the goal to 1 for Orange Power User citizens – to give them more time to list their items, close loops and then sell, share, service or transport things successfully.

 

F.  Success coaching is as valuable as selling, sharing, providing a service or transportation

We’re suggesting that successful success coaching should count as Providing (previously known as “listings”):

That is, when a success coach hits ALL four (4) of their goals:

1.  Quality of their communications with their students

2.  Speed of their responses

3.  Success level of their students

4.  Happiness level of their students

... we think their work deserves to be viewed as an “economy builder” activity – the same as sellers, sharers, service providers and transporters…

… and therefore, their work should count as Provides.  Details to come.

In addition, we believe that the successful success coaches (again, measured by whether they are hitting all of their Quality, Speed, Success and Happiness goals) should earn free transport credits too.

Good time to become a success coach, eh?  Go here to learn how

      ... and if you're ready to start your training, go here

 

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OK, it’s time to take another break. 

Go give your mind a little rest.

And maybe give your body some more caffeine? (You’ll want to be fully alert for this next part).

Just come on back when you’re ready…

… I promise that we’ll be waiting for you right here, patiently. ;)

 

 

 

 

We're back. Please grab a seat, if you’re not already sitting down.

Are you ready for this?

 

G.    Hundreds of new and different earning opportunities

As part of this new “Everything, Fast & Free” vision, we believe there should be hundreds or even thousands of new ways for everyone to earn

  so the word “Everything” would also apply to the number of (different) ways to earn on empowr.

 

Do you have ideas, as far as new earning roles that should be made available to citizens?

If so, empowr has been preparing to provide you up to $1,000,000…

… to help your idea take off and succeed. 

 

Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you

That’s $1 million, in AID, to help you get your idea launched and successful.

 

AID = Application Innovation Dollars

Here’s how it works:

Let’s say that you have an idea…

… and want to launch the ability for empowr citizens to earn by, say, offering home-cooked meals to each other…

… or house-cleaning services…

… or gardening services…

… or baby-sitting …

… or playing games of skill …

… or renting out a spare room in their house…

… or a farmer’s market…

… parking cars…

… gig buddy…

… life coaching…

… soccer or guitar lessons…

… accounting or setting budget services…

… investment controller…

… organizing parties…

… or dog-owner social network…

… or performing handyman or other tasks around the house…

… or car repair…

… or driving each other around (like Uber or Lyft)…

… or performing or providing some other product or service. 

 

We’ll help your idea take off, by helping your app or website gets lots of eyeballs (users… empowr citizens) – for free.

In addition, if you qualify, we’ll start you off with $25,000 (in empowr earnings) that you can utilize to pay empowr citizens for working within the role(s) you offer.

As your idea begins to take off, we’ll then give you $50,000 more in AID.

What we’ll want to see, as a condition to providing you with more and more funds, is that you’re getting better and better at empowering empowr citizens…

… and enabling opportunities for them to earn.

We’ll also want to see that your app or website’s earnings are growing…

… which means that you’re beginning to show that people are liking what you’re offering…

… so much so, that they’re willing to spend their earnings in your application or website…

... which means that your app or website is beginning to look like it will eventually sustain itself and become self-sufficient.

In other words, we’ll look for evidence that you’re working towards building a long-term viable and successful app or website…

… one that will be around for the long-term, so you can continue to work to improve how it serves the empowr community.

After ensuring you’re providing opportunities to empowr citizens and growing your own revenue too, after you consume those initial funds, we’ll give you $100,000 more…

… then $200,000 more; and so on and so forth, until you’re off and running – up to $1,000,000 in empowr AID…

… so that you don’t need to think about getting investor capital, and can make your dreams a reality much more easily.

We are challenging everyone to think about how they can help citizens improve their lives by offering them new, innovative earning roles.

Your app can be a mobile app, a desktop app, or even a website. Do it your way.

And when you’re a mega success, you’re app and company will belong to you.

You don’t need to give empowr any shares or a piece of your company.

Your success is yours and you deserve it.

When empowr’s citizens like you succeed, empowr is accomplishing its mission.

 

Are you an application developer?

Well, then, what are you waiting for?

Virtually everything is provided for you!  Go here to get started or learn more

 

Are you NOT an application developer?

You can simply look online for tons and tons of apps already built, that can be yours for cheap.

For example, if there’s an app out there that you like, simply Google their name, and add the word “clone”…

… and you just might find a bunch of competitors that have copied the app and will sell it to you for almost nothing.

For example,  Google “Uber clone” or “AirBnB clone”, and you’ll notice a bunch of copycat already-built products that are available for you to purchase for almost nothing.

Simply plug them into empowr’s simple APIs (you’ll need a software developer for just a few hours to do that)…

…. and your app can grow and benefit from everything empowr offers it, including:

·      -- the empowr community features and social network feed stories

·      -- viral growth of empowr citizens (user traffic)

·      -- the ability to (one-click) collect revenues from empowr citizens (who may be willing to pay for your app upfront and/or via in-app purchases)

·      -- cash outs for you

·      -- scalable global customer service

·      -- customer arbitration, dispute and refund management

·      -- virtual currency and micro-billing

·      -- revenue collection via credit card and PayPal

·      -- reputation management

·      -- empowr transport layer (fast and near-free shipping)

 

… and much, much more.

Need more ideas? Simply Google for ideas – here’s an interesting list: http://www.ideaswatch.com/startup-ideas/app

 

H.  Larger potential ownership in empowr

If together we approve this new vision and approach…

… to thank you for your upcoming sacrifices and to help you become a larger owner of empowr…

… we suggest that you earn triple the number of “stock option points” in the next 90 days – which is the most exciting and rewarding part of any big software launch.

 

As a reminder, your stock option points are calculated by taking the number of Daily Goals you’ve hit (ever) and multiplying it by the number of sales you’ve had.

To see your (or someone else’s) numbers, simply scroll up to the top of your or their profile, and you’ll see a circle at the top right.  Learn more about it here

 

So, if you hit your Daily Goals 30 times in the next 90 days…

… and successfully provide 20 sales, transports or services in that timeframe:

You would normally take that 20 and multiply it by the 30…

… to arrive at 600 points.

 

But now -- instead of earning 600 points for those activities during the next 90 days, you’ll earn three (3) times that number – or 1,800 points.

The next 90 days represents the largest opportunity you’ve ever had to potentially own a bigger piece of empowr.

 

Even more for high achievers

In the next 90 days (April, May and June) – if you hit 80% or more of the possible Daily Goals in that period (there’s exactly 90 days remaining in April, May and June) – including today, April 2nd…

… empowr will double that final (already tripled) number.

That means that you could earn 6 times more potential empowr ownership by hitting your Daily Goals at least 80% of the time, in the next 90 days.

Keep in mind that, with these stock option points, as detailed earlier, you’re taking a chance on the empowr community of citizens, success coaches and employees -- betting that, together, we will succeed.

 

I hope you’re as excited about the changes described above…

… and the impact those things can have on the empowr community (and the value of the empowr platform – which will translates into the value of empowr ownership).

 

I mean, can you imagine the onslaught of new citizens, into empowr, in the coming months as they begin to hear that (along with earning in so many new ways)…

… that they can gain access to everything, fast & free just by being an empowr citizen…

... which beats paying Amazon (or other ecommerce companies) full price to buy things…

… then waiting 2 days for shipping (but only if they’ve paid $100 / year for Amazon Prime’s free shipping).

Now, as soon as they think of something, they can press a button and it will magically appear in their hand, in as little as one hour.

 

Everything, Fast & free is a game-changer on a global scale

Who, on this planet, wouldn’t want to have more things, fast and for free?

 

And therefore, as empowr continues to push forward and succeed…

… we would love to see more and more potential ownership fall into the hands of our hard-working community members (citizens and success coaches)…

… who deserve great personal success and wealth just as much as empowr employees do.

 

History tell us that, ultimately, the biggest winners in tech companies have always been the people that get their hands on stock options (company ownership) before everyone else pours in.

In summary, to maximize your ownership potential, for your sake, as well as the sake of the mission, please, please, please – do everything you can to hit your new, simplified, Daily Goals as many times as possible in the next 90 days.

 

 

OK, I realize I've given you a lot to think about, so we better wrap up and let you think.

We have tried to find the most optimal juncture between:

1.   where we think where the world and technology are headed…

… which is a world where practically everything becomes accessible fast and virtually free…

… based on the Labor Theory of Value...

... and the evidence we’re already witnessing, which is that software and hardware are gobbling up parts of (or entire) human jobs...

... and that gobbling up process is growing exponentially.

 

... AND… 

 

2.   Many of the pain points you’re currently experiencing in empowr, including:
 

The hassle of packaging and shipping 

empowr transporters to the rescue!   

  

Near-eliminating the cost of shipping 

empowr transporters to the rescue!   

  

Earn much more revenue for your products 

With Sharing, you can earn recurring (repeating) revenue from the things you list, as opposed to selling each item once and it’s gone forever. 

  

Don’t have products to sell? 

With Services and Transporting, now you no longer need to just sell products to hit goals and earn AMCO cash outs. 

  

Eliminate the hassle of listing products and services 

See a service or product that someone else is offering – that you think you can offer too? 

With only one single click, now you’re offering it too. 

  

Much larger variety of products available to you (as a buyer) 

Imagine having ten, fifty or even one hundred times the variety of products for you to access, as a buyer, in the empowr marketplace. 

When everyone shares, that’s what happens. 

  

Much lower cost of products you want 

At the same time, imagine the cost of accessing the products you want dropping by as much as 90 or 95%? 

That’s what Sharing enables!

 

Literally hundreds of new ways for you to earn 

Now everyone can dream up new ways for you to earn -- and empowr will support your success with $1M in AID. 

 

Too hard to hit daily goals 

Dropping the requirement to bid, hitting Daily Goals gets much easier 

 

Timing

Only if you give us the go-ahead…

… we will be ready to start rolling out all the above…

… one after another…

… beginning in the coming days.

 

We’ll be sure to give you all the details about all the new features…

… as well as provide highly actionable tips for how to maximize your personal success in the new platform.

 

But we can’t push forward-- and we won’t push forward -- without your full support.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

Yours truly,

- JC, Brian Woosley and all the other empowr employees committed to -- and thankful for -- the opportunity to work with you to enable opportunity, hope & influence for millions of people

1456 Comments
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Amada Marcelino

Dearest President Brian ,
GO AHEAD!
I know all your ideas are for the betterment of our community.
You really feel the pain and hardships of shipment of products that's why you are FOCUS to improve this issue.
Good luck, health and success to all of us!
May GOD bless us all --mady

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Thanks for your vote on this push Amada -- and for your vote of confidence.

27 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Amada, of course all of the pain points that JC discussed in this post are because you and the rest of the community spoke up and shared your concerns. We're glad to hear that you're on board with the features that JC talked about. Thanks Amada!

27 months ago
Jacqueline Smith

I vote Yes Plz too Johnny Cash, I just sent my first product n shipping was $13.70, n I have been charged for Editting ads n resubmitting, have had trouble getting to Nigeria, tho this issue over. Thanks for great info.💞💖✋💛☕🌼

27 months ago
Soni

Thank you very much for a meaningful blog. I will like to read this blog again and again as many secret theories are there. Need more attention and more close reading. Thanks again

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Thanks for your thoughtful consideration, Pranati. Looking forward to your thoughts.

27 months ago
Soni

Good thoughts should be welcome all the time by everyone. Thanks agian

27 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Pranati, that's excellent to hear! Yes, there is alot of really interesting theories and ideas that were discussed in the blog post. Sometimes reading it through multiple times helps to fully digest all of the ideas. It's encouraging to hear that you're taking the post seriously, and doing your best to disect it fully. Thanks, Pranati!

27 months ago
Catharina Claessens

I like this new approach.
I have read the blog a few times and I like the new way of earning and how easy it is to increase our stock option points.
You have my full support. Thanks Brian and empowr team.

27 months ago
Catharina Claessens

Thanks JC.

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Thanks for your support Catharina.

27 months ago
Željko Sokol

You have got my full support I believe in you and go-ahead!

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Thanks for your full support, Zeljko.

27 months ago
Zlatko Miko

I like new ideas and I am prety sure I'll vote for new system, but I think I need to read your study several times more and take more coffee breaks.
Thank you..

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Zlatko, I really appreciate your taking the time to study it carefully, before commenting. Thank you!

27 months ago
Valentin Beşliu

Cam asa "stau sau merg" lucrurile in intreaga lume !
Decat sa cheltui multi bani cu salariile angajatilor in tara lor,mai bine construiesti o alta fabrica intr-o alta tara si afacerea merge ca pe roate,intr-un singur sens ...insa :)
Referitor la Empowr observ ca in ultima vreme toti sunt ocupati cu vanzarile/cumparaturilie,(rar gasesc cate un blog ce merita luat in seama)....ceea e nu inteleg e ca acestea nu sunt luate in calcul la acel AMCO .
Sper ca lucrurile vor merge pe un fagas...bun!
E o dorinta,nu numai a mea.
Multumesc.

So "stay or go" things in the world!
Rather than spend money to employee wages in their country better build another factory in another country and the business goes smoothly, in one sense ... but :)
Empowr on notice that lately everyone is busy with sales / cumparaturilie (rarely find one blog worth heeded) .... I do not understand what it is that they are not taken into consideration at the AMCO.
I hope things will go a rut ... good!
It is a desire, not only mine.
Thank you.

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

I am very sorry Valentin, but the translation software (Google) didn't help in this instance. Hard to understand, unfortunately.

27 months ago
Delilah Jones

Hi Valentin, thank you for taking the time to voice your concerns. We understand all change, especially change of this type, will take some time to adjust too. It will likely come with some "growing pains" as well! That's why we're reaching out and asking what YOU think. We appreciate your insight into the situation and your continued support.

27 months ago
Valentin Beşliu

Acest post trebuie citit de cateva ori ,chiar daca traducerea nu e de calitate ,se intelege esenialul !
Sunt " paralel " cu engleza,si totusi ma descurc !

This item should be read several times, even if the translation is not quality means esenialul!
Are "parallel" with English, yet I got it!

27 months ago
ღ DarkNymph Aka Cyndi ღ

There's a lot of things that should be considered though it all sounds great on the surface. Transport for $1. But what if the person lives 40 miles away across traffic? I'm looking forward to learning more about how the transporters earnings and services are calculated in the next announcement. Another issue that hasn't been addressed is shipping charges. We should be able to offer 3 different shipping charges with this option. Transport for local deliver, a price for say US shipping (since I'm in the US) or a different price for international shipping. The marketplace has limited us to trying picking one option when we create a listing.

My concerns with the transporter position. How can someone's safety at pick up or delivery be guaranteed? how can someone who goes to do the pickup and delivery know that they will get credit for their time?

My Concerns with the share aspect of products rather than selling. Who pays for the transport to Return the item? How do you make sure both parties are available for the transport? what happens if someone that shares or borrows an item doesn't return it? Just going to keep charging them so much a day forever? or until the purchase price is reached? or what?

I think it's great that services will now be allowed to help people earn AMCO because I think the services people provide have a lot more benefit than buying stuff!

As difficult as it is on the coaches to meet all those goals I think it's good that they will get credit for their service as a coach but is this going to be additional earning on top of their CAMCO and other coaching earnings? or with this replace and hopefully increase their earnings over what they currently receive? Cause Sadly I've talked to people, I know how challenging it is to be a coach and how much time goes into it especially for the newest coaches. Seems like just a select few can actually meet those goals.

very happy about the bids going away, though I wonder how much it will affect the sales overall. Hopefully it will allow everyone to buy things at a more realistic price and will result in more legit sales!

I could go on but I'll stop here. I'm not sure about the whole everything fast and free theory you're putting out there. But there are definitely aspects of this msg that I support like giving credit for services and removing the requirement for bidding.

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Hi Cyndi, you make good points all-around.
A few points are things that will be discussed when each feature launches (given the length of this post).
Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts and concerns!

27 months ago
ღ DarkNymph Aka Cyndi ღ

I would love to see some of the overall bug fixes and improvements implemented first. The issue with disputes and people that sell and never deliver. Other issues with the marketplace like automatically relisting fixed priced items that are sold ore deleted. Or the numerous issues with the Leaderboards where people show up in the wrong country and I haven't shown on the leaderboard at all in more than 7 months. These are the types of things that provide encouragement and motivation and are many for many!

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Yes, the dispute system is one of many required parts to make this happen, most of which I was not able to discuss given the length of this post. The new dispute system is ready to roll in the coming days!

27 months ago
Prashant Dimri

Thumbs Up..And Big Salute.
I Joined here as on 3rd April 2013 and celebrating 4th anniversary tomorrow and warmly welcoming the new arrivals.
Thanks.

27 months ago
Delilah Jones

Prashant, your kind words of support are so amazing to hear! Congratulations on your anniversary and we're very happy to have you here! :)

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Happy Anniversary, Prashant. And thanks for 4 years... you've taken empowr a long way, from where is was then to now. Proud to be with you on this journey.
And thanks for your vote!

27 months ago
Patric De Nooijer

New idea's are good, but can it be turned into reality, for instance i got 3 dogs that need to be cut and washed, somebody on Empower claims to have that service worldwide, i live in the Netherlands and he in australia. He cannot fly over so he needs in my neighbourhood somebody who actually do the work, of course somebody from Empowr. If the dogs are cut and washed, the service is supplied and i pay the person from australia and he pays the person in my neighbourhood.

Looks good, but it has still a lot to fill in.

If you buy a product, it needs to be send and delivered and you got a real product in your house, if you sell a product and it is sponsored shared or whatever it's called, it is not in your hand. So if you sell a bucket of air, you can fill a bucket with air, but it is still not the air you sold me. Some thing to think about.

Patric

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Hi Patric, I must admit that I'm having difficulty understanding your points. Yes, dogs must be washed in person, products need to be delivered, and buckets of air are, well, not sure what the point is with that.
I know you're very intelligent and it's probably just me not understanding you. Any chance you could rephrase that? Many thanks in advance.

27 months ago
Delilah Jones

Patric, we completely understand the hesitation. All empowr citizens are, hopefully, setting their location when they sign up originally; with features like empowr Transport and services, you will be able to put a range of where you're willing to travel (30 minutes from me, 2 hours, etc) and you will not be presented to anyone outside of your range. Just make sure your location is accurate! :)

Unfortunately I'm not entirely sure what you mean with your bucket of air example. Hopefully no one bids on that as it is not a good you can actually be given (unless you really want that bucket). If you're willing to expand a bit I'd love to go into this a bit more with you! We appreciate your honest concerns and your continued support of empowr.

27 months ago
Patric De Nooijer

Thank you Johnny and Delilah,
It's a very old Dutch expression and positive meanted, so we will fill it with some extra love.
What i really meant is things need also time to settle, sometimes you go to quick, that peoples mind are dazzling.
Building a Network worldwide With technology that people has to learn to work with and then the language barrier.
We get a lot of questions from different parts of the world from: How to sell a product, How do i do item received, ect... We try to show them ;"the learn how video links and blogs" and also i try to translate some with google, some times it helps sometimes it won't. I am not a SC, i cannot be at the highest level of sky star and be a good SC.
but i will assist.
We pushed up the sales and item received and try to qualify every day, But it would be wonderful to have a button that say. Holliday Freeze or for Sabina who has a Second Frozen shoulder, Number two on the leaderboard.
If we can freeze our accounts for a month and come back where we left would be ideal
A kind of "Need a Break Button" in case of sickness press here...
Patric

27 months ago
Nikolina Vucemilovic

I also like new idea, and hope that it will help everyone, also hope that people will not lost in all new features, maybe little harder for our country with "transporter" idea because I do not see many active members from Croatia so not sure how this will work for our country, but all other ideas I like and support!

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Nina, you are right that we'll need to work hard to bring on more active participants from Croatia (and everywhere) quickly.

27 months ago
Delilah Jones

Nina, you bring up a very valid point! We're hoping will all these new features more and more people will be drawn to the empowr platform which will make this point you so rightly mentioned a non issue. However, this would be something that would need to be considered in the short term, you're absolutely correct. We appreciate your input and continued dedication!

27 months ago
Asrar Ahmad

I like new ideas and I am prety sure I'll vote for new system, but I want to be to reduce the number of bids in daily goal.
I need to take more coffee breaks.
Thank you..

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

I hear you Asrar. And looking forward to your vote.
Careful with drinking too much caffeine!

27 months ago
Asrar Ahmad

Thank you #Johnny_Cash

27 months ago
Umair Siddique

Wow, speechless, we're talking about ideas and things that can be a big "Game Changer". Count me in, totally support and in favor of the ideas. We'll definitely have to consider the concerns, though, like:
What if the person who got the shared product doesn't return it?
Are we completely going to eliminate the buying and switch it with sharing or both of them go hand in hand?

Lets see what others have to say about it :D

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Hi Umair, agreed - if/when we pull it off, it's a game changer as many consumers will ask themselves why they should go to Amazon or even their local store when they get their hands on the item fast and for virtually free?
If the person doesn't return it, they'll have to pay for it -- and their funds will already be held to ensure that can happen. So, as the item moves from the Sharer to the Transporter to the User, and then back to a Transporter and to the original Sharer, a smooth handoff of funds happens instantly in the background.
This is possible because of how empowr, uniquely, has integrated the social platform, the marketplace, bank and the transport system -- so every platform is fully aware of the others which is why empowr is uniquely situated to enables this type of future right now.
I don't think there's a need to eliminate buying as some products lend themselves better to buying as opposed to using. Thanks for your thoughts!

27 months ago
Umair Siddique

Sounds great :)

27 months ago
Sean Gaddis

is there going to be insurance options offer to the person who is getting the shared product?

27 months ago
VICHY M.T.V.

Surely these new ideas and features will bring many improvements, and I vote for this.
I read carefully this blog, I can not deny that I have some reluctance how it will work, this "Fast & Free"? But certainly after this method will be implemented and we will see how it works, everyone will have new opportunities, and I hope that everyone will be happier.
It is salutary and giving up bidding goal.
Thanks, to the whole team for their hard work for improvements.

27 months ago
Sasha O''Neil

Thanks for sharing your input on our vision Viorica!

27 months ago
Angela Jurmoni

Interesting ideas and new opportunities for empowr citizens!
Go ahead! You have my vote even if I felt like reading a Jules Verne novel looking into the fiuture of empowr!
It is a huge effort I have always admired and supported. And I will support this unusual project as long I wil work on empowr. Changes are part of our life and we have to face future confidently! Good luck!

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Angela, you are the exact kind of person that changes the world.
Thanks for all your hard work and belief, and for your vote!

27 months ago
Sasha O''Neil

Great! Thank you for the support Angela, we are happy you support our unusual project :)

27 months ago
Angela Jurmoni

Thank you, JC. Thank you, Sasha O"Neil.
Your confidence honors me! I try to do my best! Be the change that you want to see in the world - are not simply words as long as they are sustained by facts.

27 months ago
Floyd Foulks

Wow!! Excellent.This is the game changer. Looks like I have to return to coaching. (with my doctor's permission) Umair you brought up a very good point but I am sure that penalties can be applied to deter such behavior.Bring it on JC.

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Fantastic, Floyd. We appreciate your vote, and yes, let's get that doctor to sign off - SCs will be needing your help! :)

27 months ago
Sasha O''Neil

This is a game changer Floyd!! Hope you can rejoin the success coaches too!! Thanks for the support!

27 months ago
Ilona C

OK Brian, I am impressed, you have addressed majority of our complains. But still could we clean up the disputes? and there are many people that do not have a physical product yet then list lot's of products, than when product sells they say sorry I am out of that product or I don't have any more product. I than go to their profile and here are again products ( some numbered at 25 products) that they are selling, the same one that I bought yet was told that they are out of all products. This is so frustrating to me. Another point is that many people so not go back and rate the sellers and buyers and if that isn't happening than I do not have the sell of that item so I don't get any points . Otherwise all your ideas are spot on, I do hope that we implement it quickly so that we can make some money together. Thank you for listening.👌

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Many thanks Ilona - and the dispute process has been redesigned and is ready to launch soon.
Another item that will help the issue you're pointing out, is the seller ratings, along with buyer and transporter ratings. We're about to get very serious about ratings, and the system will use them to flush out people that are causing trouble like what you explain above.

27 months ago
Sasha O''Neil

Hi Ilona, we are trying to help ease or eliminate the pain points like disputes with these new features. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and helping us work on knowing what needs to be fixed!

27 months ago
Happily Married Couple (Fan Us)

Hi JC, What is going to happen with the old unresolved disputes? Will they need to be resubmitted or is someone there going to get to them?

27 months ago
Lori Mooney-Taylor

AWESOME! Let's go I'm ready for the future. I think that it will help the community out a lot & improve it for everyone. You 2 THUMBS UP FROM ME!!

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Thanks for those thumbs up, Lori!

27 months ago
Deborah Rolon

Very exciting idea! Yes, there are lots of times I need something and cost makes no sense to purchase, a pressure washer to wash my house for example. Hiring a service can be expensive 100.00. If I could use one on "share" that would be great! There are tons of opportunity I could see here for everyone! So many ideas could come from this!
I am really excited about the transporter idea. Going on the pressure washer again, Wow if I could use on a share and have it delivered too! Fantastic!
A great way to rid the marketplace of shipping problems and enabling opportunity at the same time!
All in all there are so many opportunities that can stem from this post in general, I love it all the way round!
Count me on a YES vote! A special thank you to the Team for all their hard work and dedication.

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Thanks for your YES Deborah.
And thanks back to you for all your hard work and dedication for all these years!

27 months ago
Alexander Antonyuk

Привет Джонни. Мне нравятся все ваши идеи. Я поднимаю палец вверх)

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Большое спасибо за ваш голос Александр Антонюк. Мы ценим вас!

27 months ago
Atif Ali

WOW!!!! Empowr My tumb is up for you. Bring it on!!!

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Many thanks for that upward pointing thumb, Jawad!

27 months ago
Zulay Ruiz

Pulgares arriba JC... son buenas ideas.... Aunque hay que seguir leyendo este post para entender todo lo que esta escrito, gracias al servicio de traduccion de Google que me ayuda un poco ...
Hay detalles como el saber que pasa cuando un articulo que se presta en uso sera devuelto en las mismas buenas condiciones que se le entrego?.... Como aseguramos que el articulo sera devuelto a su dueño original?.... el pago por transporte de $ 1, sera suficiente segun la distancia a recorrer?.... De todas formas a grandes rasgos las innovaciones se reciben con los brazos abiertos... Que tengamos muchos AMCOS y buena produccion en la comunidad Empowr!! ;)

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Esas son todas buenas preguntas y puntos, Zulay. Les responderemos con todos los detalles en breve. Pido disculpas por la necesidad de acortar el puesto para que todos puedan leerlo. Respuestas próximamente. ¡Gracias por tu voto!

27 months ago
Sasha O''Neil

Gracias Zulay! Estamos felices de haber podido leer el blog con google translate! Es bastante útil! Podremos entrar en más detalle cuando las características salen con todas esas grandes preguntas!

27 months ago
Vadim Shiryaev

I agree that this is all, Fast & Free - can and should be implemented! Forward! Forward! Forward!

27 months ago
Sasha O''Neil

Thanks for sharing your vote Vadim!!

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Many thanks Vadim! Your 3 votes have been recorded! ;)

27 months ago
Сергей Пермяков

Hello to be pleasant to me Empower the fact that you is constant in the movement at you constantly some new maintaining which facilitate our partnership with you very laudable, I am more than such projects in principle and I don't know. And about transportation you want to apply it worldwide or separately taken country. And how it to carry out some centers to create or these are isolated cases of transportation only of the goods? Thanks.

27 months ago
Sasha O''Neil

Hi Сергей, I am having a little trouble fully understanding your comment here, I apologize for that! But for the transportation part, we will be able to go into more details for the new features answering most of the main questions!

27 months ago
Alexxia

Woohoo!! FANTASTIC!! :)))
This can be one great change for Empowr and all of us and a lot of great ways to work on!
I definitely vote for one big YES, you have my support for all those ideas!
I've totally blown away with this news! :D
<3 Alexxia

27 months ago
Sasha O''Neil

Thanks for voting Alexxia!! We appreciate the enthusiasm. :)

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Many thanks for your vote, and for your continual and incredible stream of enthusiasm, Alexxia! :)

27 months ago
Сергей Пермяков

Two hands Pro for all your new ideas!

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Many thanks!!!

27 months ago
Judith Hoffman

I look forward to this being rolled out. I can already see one likely role for myself in hooking up the empowr API to cloned apps. The one requirement would be that the API is well documented, includes all the standard interface parameters, and the empowr side correctly implements it. Otherwise, without that, I would not be able to generate a working interface.

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Judith, you speak the truth.
And thanks for your vote.

27 months ago
Sasha O''Neil

That's fantastic Judith, its so exciting to hear you're looking forward to the empowr API! We will be able to go into more details on this feature to help ease any concerns you may have.

27 months ago
Neal Walters

You guys are geniuses, and have really thought ahead. I love that!
Very exciting on the first fast read. I will go back and read again later.

1) I'm assuming we can continue to sell products, if that is something we we like?

2) I'd like to see something like Microworkers.com, where for example, I could say I would pay someone in a given city or country to watch a YouTube video and provide a brief verification for a micro-payment, for example 25 cents or 50 cents. I can use this to boost my videos and the Search Engine Optiimzation on my various sites and my customer sites. Another example is to search for "dallas plumber" on Google then click on a certain URL or plumbing company (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7QJwvjO0BQ). Having 100s of people do this can really help with SEO. Currently, we don't have a way to request a service, only to list a service. Similarly, I would like to hire more people to do Virtual Assistant type tasks, both of an online/marketing nature, and/or of a local nature (like grocery shopping, or pick up something).

3) I love the idea of hiring a maid or something like that on Empowr. As above, if there are no maids in my area, it would be nice to have a way to express that I'm seeking a maid, to encourage someone to list that service or to match up.

4) So many things still need to be fixed in what we have now. I fear that adding new stuff will postpone basic fixes.
I could probably think of more, but here are some for example:
a) Need a way to show me a list of things I need to ship (without sorting through everything)
b) Need a way to show me blogs I need to leave feedback on (right now, they are same color as the ones that I have given feedback on).
c) We really need a system like StackExchange (Stackoverflow) where people can put in questions, and other people can give answers. Answers could be voted up and down, and the person who asked the question can pick the best answer as well. This would keep people from asking the same questions over and over to their Success Coaches. Those systems have "badges" where people earn the right to edit and improve questions for example, or delete duplicate or spam questions People who do that for Empowr could be awarded. Then Success Coaches could focus on issues that involve a private or specific individual issue.

Thanks,
Neal

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Hello Neal,
You, my friend, are the genius.
1. yes, you can continue to sell products.
2. Those are all great ideas! Perhaps you can build an app that does that, or work a developer to launch an app like that?
3. I love the idea of a "wish list" - so people can see what services are being asked for.
4. a. Yes, a good idea - and it's currently being designed.
4. b. Good idea
4. c. Also a good idea.
You mention StackOverflow. If you are a coder, you could provide all the things mentioned in $4 to empowr citizens, via an app that you launch!
Thanks for weighing in!

27 months ago
Aemie

Each innovation brings new opportunities and it is always intriguing. Forward to new heights, Empowr!

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Thanks for your vote of confidence, Aemie.

27 months ago
The Fritz

..this was one to read carefully and take some time with to really grasp what's presented, no disrespect to quick commenters - so maybe it's a good idea to go over it again, a bit closer next time.

I was impressed to read about the lack of value of the dollar, and essentially all fiat currencies... one of the many reasons I see empowr as a new and burgeoning world-level economy - because without the necessary agreement (labor is a form of agreement), dollars are worthless - it is only the massive agreement that comes from marketing ploy that gives any value to any currency in circulation. Imagine for a moment that dollars do not exist, would you not then do all the things necessary for survival simply for the sake of survival? Such as building shelter, gathering necessities such as food and water, protecting you and yours from danger? Dollars are intricately connected to Maritime Law and the systems of control that govern the lives of ALL peoples of the Earth who have allowed themselves to be duped into supporting those who enslave them with imaginary debt.

E. is the only one I see an issue with, in particular the 2 products, etc. for daily goals. From experience, it's very difficult as it stands at this moment to get completed transactions - either by buyers not entering their shipping details, marking items as received, or sellers not shipping.. My point here is the inaction of empowr users hurts active users - whether the inaction is due to complacency, lack of knowledge or ability, or some other reason of seemingly countless reasons, deliberate or otherwise. A lot of words to simply say, I have ample reason not to trust many users - especially when it comes to my success with empowr, unfortunately.

27 months ago
The Fritz

I forgot to mention that I appreciate the dynamic attitude of empowr, and its ability to shift on the fly.. It can be difficult to keep up with, as things are constantly changing, but personally I love it.

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Hi Chris,
Thanks for your thoughts about fiat currencies.
And we are working on a broad set of new trust-building features, including diversified and simplified ratings, so that you'll be able to rate the buyers, users (of shared products) , transporters, etc. The bottom line is that by setting your Buyer's Requirements, you'll be able to block people from using or buying your goods if they are rated poorly by other sellers -- meaning that you'll soon get relief from those hurtful situations you're mentioning.
Trust is everything; thanks for these thoughts!

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Thanks for those additional thoughts, Chris. One of the things that happens when we commit to not going to investors, is that we must work harder to listen to our customers and react fast. That's one of my favorite parts of not being flushed with cash. I've seen it the other way too. As hard as you try, companies and people slow down when they're comfortable. Thanks for the affirmation.

27 months ago
Datti Adamu

Greatest project to make our world a better ever !! We must make it work

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Thanks for your vision, Datti! We must and we will!

27 months ago
Katherine Nlcitizen

Hello JC, I´m having fun reading your articles. You know how to trick me and stay put to continue reading all of it without a coffee break. There´s a lot to swallow you know. Well, you need an answer to EVERYTHING you had said on the article as FAST and as FREE to say YES or NO.
I love the idea. It gives everyone more space and opportunity to earn and more ideas to evolve.
Adding an option for more earning opportunities like the USE and SHARE, it is a very good idea for good for the environment too. It is a sort of reusing things and at the same time, we´ll get earnings, is an awesome idea. The mother nature will love the Empowr Community for that. – You´ll get 2 thumbs up from me.

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Katherine, you are funny! I hope you did take a coffee break, though... too much to digest in one sitting (but I'm happy you made it through).

Yes, I had earlier included a very long section about the impact on mother earth, as global warming is, in my opinion, one of the top issues facing humanity in the coming years. But I cut it all out, except for the few sentences that were included, so that the people (who don't care about that topic) wouldn't have to read it. Thanks for point this out. Capitalism is pushing mother nature to her limits, and she's starting to get upset. As another billion consumers come out of poverty and into consumerism, she will be showing her anger more often and with more passion. The time is now to see what we can do to get more out of every drill, car, chair and computer that's not being utilized to its capacity.
Thanks for your thumbs up!

27 months ago
Katherine Nlcitizen

If I have more thumbs to give, you will get more, lol

I am happy that you think that way, I am also concerned on the damages we (in general) did to the earth, If the earth had got enough ( or push to the limit as you said) we have nowhere to run and hide, no matter how well built technology we have.

Hey JC, really Empowr has a lot of potentials to do all the ideas mentioned become possible and since the brainy like you and the others behind it has tested and planned this for a long time. I´m sure the result will turn out perfectly in the end. Think what you have achieved now, it is huge without any investors around. Only the brainy you and the rest of the brainy team and the brainy community, thank goodness I´m in :P

27 months ago
Vikash Chokhani

Hi Brian
I feel this is the best community announcement ever made on empowr because I believe this idea can really bring a huge change on empowr. Also its a big challenge for us but being a success coach I am ready to take the challenge to make it a success and I am sure that all the other success coaches will also take this challenge and will work for the success of this Idea.

You should implement this idea as soon as possible and I am sure that it will be a huge success.

Regards
Vikash Chokhani

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Vikash, many thanks for your comments and vote.
The voting has just started, as you can see above, but thus far, the Yes's seems to be outnumbering the No's -- so everyone at empowr is getting both excited and scared. There are a lot of moving parts, more than meet the eye at first glance, but we are up to the challenge if you are!

27 months ago
James Rabb

I will need to re-read this to understand it better, but initially few questions for clarification.
This will limit products being sold to local areas?
This will stop the use of drop shippers?
It will require all products to be part of the sellers physical inventory before "Providing" whether it draws interest or not?
Return on investment will be subject to the available physical funds of Empowr. Cashouts that take time can become a hardship for Transporters and Providers (which will have to stock up on inventory) to meet goals. This may be covered in your up coming updates. It seems this will be moving to digital products being offered.

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Hi James, yes products can be limited to certain areas. Drop shippers can still do their thing. Return on investment is not just cash but earnings and access to the exploding marketplace. Transporters will be able to get cash faster, given that their part is complete the moment they accomplish the delivery. Thanks for the read and your upcoming re-read.

27 months ago
Ron Bjork

This ideas expressed are exciting. I think Empower will go very far with these new changes. Very happy and excited about the coming changes.

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Many thanks for your vote, Ron!

27 months ago
Personlab Yb

Dear John

I like everything very much. Well done, as always, we all have a lot of work.

But I want to touch on such a question as security, personally, I can lose my account in a jiffy, following the link of the attacker, and then I will not prove anything to anyone. By whom and when goods were purchased from my account and the account as a whole was deleted

I am now interested in security, I have put a lot of time and energy to have here what I have, and I want to preserve and multiply it

I respect you and your entire team, but I have reason to worry about this

Regards, Yuriy

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Yuriy, you have good reason to be worried about security - and this is something we have thought about a lot, and worked hard on improving for these features. After you learn about all the details, I am very much looking forward to hearing your thoughts and whether you feel more confident about it all. Hopefully you'll be impressed. Thanks for your vote.

27 months ago
Personlab Yb

Thank you dear

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Welcome... and thank YOU, dear.

27 months ago
Md Nizam Uddin

I think it is very good decision to eliminate bid from goal hit. Day by Day empowr is going up and to be continue...... and in future empowr will be number 1 social platform number 1 marketplace and empowr currency will be number 1 in the world.

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Md.Nizam, I appreciate your confidence and that is the future we are working towards. Thanks for your vote and belief!

27 months ago
Marijke Van Giffen

And again I am overwhelmed, impressed, excited and in awe. And that on a bad day, as I experience it myself. It was the kick in the behind that I needed, the injection with vitamin Enthusiasm that turns on the bright light again. How fortunate I feel to be part of this adventure. I feel proud to be working and teaching here. I am bubbling again with excitement and anticipation of what more is going to come out of this box of Pandora team. Time and again the most inspired and innovating ideas that find their origins in people with a vision and a mission. Thank you, empowr team, thank you, Brian, thank you JC. I am in favor of all that is proposed.

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Marijke, your passion is felt and appreciated. And much needed, as we double down and charge forward (as the votes, above, seem to be leaning to).
I am sorry that you were having a bad day -- hopefully your day will be nothing but roses from here forward.
By the way, your enthusiasm and positivity are making my day, and many others too, I am sure, much better. Thanks for that.

27 months ago
Marijke Van Giffen

Well, my day ends on cloud nine!

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Ditto! :)

27 months ago
Ioana Dumitrache

You have my vote too, I am sure that it will work great after we will get use to all these great ideas ! EMPOWR ROCKS !!

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Many thanks Ion! YOU rock!!!

27 months ago
Dragan Vicovac

Hello peaple,
It is super plan!.
Only to developpe return of transport after using.
Lets go !

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Yes, Dragan, the transport is for before and after using. Thanks and let's go!

27 months ago
Dragan Vicovac

Service is main thing. It is for me first. There are a lot of platform for sale , and a lot of platform for service. It will bee first for both, actualy for third - Using is greate too ! . When Service will count on Daily Goal ?

27 months ago
Annet Hoogenboom

Wow, I knew already that it was exciting to be part of this community. It is like a science fiction world that becomes reality and I am glad to be part of it. You have my vote! I think participating in this new type of economy will be challenging and exciting. Perseverance and flexibility will be important. Thank you, Brian, JC and the empowr team for introducing these changes and new opportunities.

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Wow, Annet, you could not have been more accurate, in my opinion: it will be challenging and exciting; and preservative and flexibility are the most important 2 traits that it takes for all great success, according to survey after survey done with the most successful people in the world.
Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and understanding. It is that kind of community fuel that gives us hope and motivation on this end.

27 months ago
Sasha O''Neil

It is pretty cool to see all the new features and concepts Annet! It is a lot like science fiction coming to life :) Thanks for the vote!

27 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Annet, that's definitely an interesting way to put it... I suppose it does feel like a science fiction world at times! :) Awesome, glad to have you on board with the features that JC discussed. You're right - flexibility and perseverance are necessary ingredients. The empowr community has shown time and time again, that it has both of those ingredients. Glad to have you on the team, Annet!

27 months ago
Pete Moss

wow! excellent ! let's try (a very quick question, hope it's ok , will the length of time someone has been part of the community be taken into account re empowr stock options ? )

27 months ago
Johnny Cash

Pete, I think it should be, because the people that came a long time ago (before there were daily goals) had already put in a lot. You've got my word that it will be.

27 months ago
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