Let’s dive a bit deeper in this idea of Micro-Entrepreneurship 2.0 and find out why it is a powerful tool to drive grit on a micro level to help redefine *collective resilience* in a world where local problems can scale globally at an exponentially increasing rate. Can small communities uniquely lead the way?
Powered by the core concepts of locally driven self-Sustainability, community Inclusion, Diversity of ideas, open Education, and regional Decentralization, small communities were uniquely designed to lead the resilience driven micro-entrepreneurial revolution, see previous post [Block 002]. Built on a tradition of individualism that freely builds purpose driven Unions, instead of exclusion powered Tribes, the core building blocks of robust community building are fundamentally built into small community DNA.
While ideas and goods in today’s world do flow between diverse regions at an exponential rate of openness and speed, the focus of the flow has been largely skewed toward the “consumption” driven identity of regions. Meaning, globalization largely looks for new consumer end-markets in its centralized growth model, not for new creativity hubs and production centers that can empower decentralization.
Over time, this old world (colonialist style) market consumerism approach renders individual communities essentially codependent and arguably incapable of leading independent self-sustainable lifestyles. Yes, this means that such communities often cannot even make local decisions on a micro level that could potentially have undesirable consequences for larger stakeholders in the game. Hence, decision making and power centralizes by default. This is how codependent intra-tribe dynamics work, not systems built as independent and freedom seeking unions powered by individualism.
Originally designed to foster such an independent spirit of individualism, self-sustainability, and creativity on a micro level, a nation like America was uniquely built to be extremely resilient. To fundamentally anchor resilience into a nation’s foundation, it all has to start with individual values. Yes, values that are indivisible and immutable, and always free to form unions as they see fit. The more of those diverse values we have, the better. So, diversity is king and inclusion is queen. Long live diversity and inclusion.
In an economic sense, this is pure micro-entrepreneurship. We therefore need to once again seek diverse communities as sources of creativity and production, and move away from our long lived habit of seeking diverse regions as end-markets. America’s founders knew this. They rebelled against it in an arguably the most important revolution in history; The American Revolution. It didn’t break away from Europe to be better than old established empires. It did it because it wanted to be different, self-sustainable, creatively diverse, more inclusive, fundamentally decentralized, and most of all uniquely resilient. It made America a superpower.
Old world tribes, with their Towers and Walls, only thrive as they consume larger and larger regions in their periphery. They cannot regenerate, they cannot robustly innovate, and they constantly have to exclude others from sharing in what has been gained. American’s founders saw this and decided to say “No More”.
The iconic American “homestead” was born. Self-Sustainability was reinvented. The frontier became home. Unions formed. Values flourished. People came and went. Wealth was shared. Schools were built. And micro-entrepreneurship propelled a group of “no-name” working class folk into the most powerful nation in the world. It wasn’t politics, it was pure grit. Grit that each and every one of us is born with… Life’s journey starts with a big push (not the big bang). So, let’s keep pushing forward. It’s simply what we were born to do.
The question therefore stands: Can small communities uniquely lead the way? Heck Yeah! They were born to lead the way, and if the *way gets lost*, let’s set it straight. That’s what small communities were born to do.
So, before we can make humanity great again, we must reappreciate what makes it great in the first place.
(to be continued)