Yesterday was a day where it seemed everything in the universe was a bit out of whack. The timing of things, equipment breaking, and the overall un-synch of everything – even though all was planned, just left for a comedy of sorts where you couldn’t even get upset and complain. You knew even that would not make you feel better.
With Agrowbox, we shifted production of goods offshore from the USA mainly to offset the high container shipping costs from the USA. I thought it was high, until I saw the bill from Brazil for a container half the size. Part of me thought, “why do we want to cut the costs down for the villages to a level where you don’t have to fund-raise a million dollars to put 70,000 overseas like many of the not for profits?
I guess we are odd? The goal of Agrowbox and Agrowvillage is to work our ways out of the project so that healthy human capital can learn, work, and develop a better life for whatever part of the world they live in, via systemic change and growth. It won't be, "lets see how big and how much money we can make for our organization."
(I will never claim to have a solution for pride, greed, corruption, and lust for power in humans. I will also never claim i have a solution to people that you can give all they need and they won’t help themselves.)
There is another breed of not for profit groups that claim “awareness” to issues that I really have to wonder what and where much of the money goes. Why don’t’ they just operate as a public relations firm? Please don’t misconstrue this as a slam on groups trying to improve life or issues, but from a business standpoint, and after having to start up and build companies, it appears the not for profit world is very profitable.
I guess that is why the Agrowbox project will be a for profit inside America and we will simply give the money away where it is needed to build inside the USA as well as sites overseas. Call our goal to be a self-sufficient entity that doesn’t need to beg and grovel for funding, or fill out papers to get grants a bit unusual. But after studying the way the industry is structured and seeing how it works overseas, there is simply a lot of well paid people at the top, a small army of good hearted volunteers, and lots of breakdowns with the actually growth, disguised with too many charity fundraisers and people getting pictures in the paper.
Maybe i should have drank a coffee before typing this?
What saddens me is that it doesn’t matter where on the planet you are. The developed nations are eating an abundance of bad food. The developing and 3rd world nations aren’t getting enough.
I looked at the news-wires this morning, and just shut it off. There is so much junk happening in the world today, that I doubt man even knows what his fellow man wants, thinks, or needs.
Part of me is kicking myself with trying to find ways to cut the cost and teaching people how to fish for themselves with village development- knowing the not for profits don’t want the less expensive and higher quality ideas out on the market. It will make them look bad.
Now I understand what brother Vincent meant when he said, “your idea is going to upset a lot of people.”
He didn’t mean the poor, hungry or ones in need. He didn’t mean the ones overeating an abundance of junk foods with poor nutritional value.
He meant the people controlling the spigots to the money flow.