Building Our Own Communities

Recently I moved my tiny shop Awake & Aging to a place called "MidTown" in Reno, Nevada. It is a section of town that have many eccentric shops. Bernie Carter owns my shop and many others. When I speak to Bernie and ask why he is helping people he says; "because I want to bring back that mom & pop shop feel to the town. I want people that have dreams to be able to make them into businesses like yours."

When we look at what our country has turned into no wonder there is low wages, unhappy people, and homelessness. We have let large corporations take over and push the mom and pop shop business underground. Visiting other cities like Boulder along with living in Reno I can see a shift happening in our society. People are getting tired of living like this and are doing something themselves.

In reading this book I find that others feel the same. - The Way of the Radical Business -

"For example: over the last 40 years, North America has rapidly moved from

downtown “main street” economies populated by local independent businesses

devoted to serving community needs to a global “Wall Street” economy

dominated by huge predatory discount chains located in the middle of vast

parking lots seeking to extract the maximum profit from local consumers in the

shortest possible time.

With household names like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Costco and many others,

these chains mimic the behavior of predator species characteristic of immature


In simple terms, they destroy all other competing businesses in their path. Our

financial economy specialists proclaim how wonderful their increase in market

share is, without taking into effect the damage done to our communities.

Owned primarily by investors without a stake in the local community, these

"predators" force community based competitors out of business by pricing very

low, sometimes even below cost.

They accomplish this partially by making their suppliers dependent on them and

then constantly squeeze them for greater margin.

In the short-run, predator chains keep consumers happy with lower prices and

small investors with attractive returns on investment. The substantial costs to the

community are less visible, but become ever more substantial over time.

These costs include loss of entrepreneurial class local business, losses of higher

paid jobs, loss of environmental standards, increased need for automobile usage

and loss of support for building community infrastructure."

It makes me truly happy to be a part of this movement and creating new ways of living during my time here on earth. When we truly start to awaken we can see that it is not about the lowest price for an item, or the kind of car we drive, home we live in. Do these things really bring happiness?

As I always tell my daughter, everything you see started with someone dreaming or having an idea for a business. Now, its learning not to let all these high powered corporations treat us like slaves and truly take back our power as a society.

May you have many blessings on this journey.

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