"Everything in nature bespeaks the mother. The sun is the mother of earth and gives it its nourishment of heart; it never leaves the universe at night until it has put the earth to sleep to the song of the sea and the hymn of birds and brooks. And this earth is the mother of trees and flowers. It produces them, nurses them, and weans them. The trees and flowers become kind mothers of their great fruits and seeds. And the mother, the prototype of all existence, is the eternal spirit, full of beauty and love. "The mother is everything - she is our consolation in sorrow, our hope in misery, and our strength in weakness. She is the source of love, mercy, sympathy, and forgiveness. He who loses his mother loses a pure soul who blesses and guards him constantly." -- Kahlil Gibran
The landscape of economic opportunity is changing rapidly as it is impacted by disruptive technology, millennial workforce and a growing wealth gap. It is imperative to activate more community stakeholders to engage in growing an economically sustainable community, which requires utilizing technology to work at the grassroots level to partner with community to co-create solutions. It’s a simple plan: meet women where they are, give them better tools and the support structures needed to root & grow thriving economies locally.
It is the roles of spinning and weaving that is the work that’s done by women in our society. It is the work that is both invisible and essential to our quality of life. It’s been categorized as soft skills or emotional labor, and, as such, is often uncompensated. The missing piece for a complex thriving regenerative future in the current funding model is the ability to provide access to capital to businesses that root deeply, the businesses that support the community at the ground level. Remember, the ‘last mile’, which is the place that many big ideas stop, is the ‘first mile’ when you’re looking up from the ground.
Invest in the 'planters' who plant the seeds of the future
Invest in the 'spinsters' who spin the threads of identity
Invest in the 'weavers' who weave those individual threads into the fabric of community
Invest in the 'tenders' who tend to flow, assuring that all is well
Invest in the 'rooters' who deepen the roots
Invest in the 'makers' who make sure all are included
Invest in the 'producers' who produce well-being for all
Invest in the 'risers' who look beyond to support what the community becomes
Invest in the 'visionaries' who see solutions before the community sees problems
Invest in the 'perennials' who feed the soil so the next generation can root
Invest in their knowledge to grow community wisdom
Invest in women where they are rooted if you really want to change the world.