Developing Selfport.com, a business approach to improving socio-economic conditions world wide. The theme of the product is "an entrepreneurial tool set."
Selfport could be characterized as philanthropy for profit, and has elements in common with Kiva, Prosper, Facebook, the idea of "social business" as defined by Muhammad Yunnis, or social entrepreneurialism, as seen through the Skoll Foundation, Ashoka, Endeavor, etc.
All that said, our first products will revolve around entertainment, and look more like American Idol than some stodgy do-gooder charity. After all, we are moving towards a golden age in which Kurzweil's "law of accelerating returns" will allow for a higher standard of living for everyone that has ever been experienced by anyone, even today.
In this world soon to come, creativity and imagination will translate immediately through technology to experiential products (a la Second Life, full sensory vr, and tools like emachineshop morphing in to assemblers.)
And Selfport is designed to help set the stage, along with lots of epi-phenomena of technology, from web 2.0 to nano, giving beings the socio-economic paradigm to rapidly improve their lives, and our environment and world, through mutual benefit.
Henry Miller, Loren Eiseley, Neal Stephenson, Maurice Collis, Thomas Cleary, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, DH Lawrence, Buckminster Fuller, (esp Critical Path), Terence McKenna, Rudy Rucker, Antoine de Saint Exupery, Roald Dah, Carl Jung, Ray Kurzweil, John C Wright, (esp The Golden Age), Nick Herbert, Dylan Thomas, HH the Dalai Lama, Ram Dass, Alan Moore, CS Lewis, (Parelandra, The Chronicles Of Narnia), Robert Anton Wilson, Asimov, (Foundation series), EJ Gold, Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut...
Midnight's Children, Love Medicine, Tao Te Ching, Air, Songlines, Trash Sex Magic, Against the Grain, (Huysmans), Ayahuasca Visions, Childhood's End, Stranger in a Strange Land, Chaos Gaia Eros, VALIS, (last few books of Phillip Dick), Alexandria Quartet...
AN EARTH DAY EXCERPT - A DOG'S EYE VIEW
Ziggy put his paws over his floppy black ears. He knew what was coming. He knew the Professor was ready to launch into one of his long tirades and he couldn't bear to hear it. It was just too painful for his sensitive ears. He had heard there were places on the earth that were messed up. Word had gotten around. His friends had told him. The birds, who traveled back and forth through the seasons, flying everywhere over water and land, had seen it. Bird told Rabbit. Rabbit had been frightened when he told the gentle deer. And Deer had told Ziggy. Something awful was happening in these places called cities.
The squirrels were gathering more nuts than they needed, afraid there wouldn't be any more trees. Their friends the frogs were disappearing and no one knew why. They needed the frogs! They're the ones who sing to the thunder being. Their song brings on the rain.
Everyone was talking about it. They told Ziggy the problem was his friends, the humans. They were taking up more space than the Great Universal Source had allotted them. Turtle said the humans should learn to slow down and look around. Snake said some of their poisons would wake them up soon enough. Spider said not to worry. The humans had created a web and gotten caught in it. But some of them would see their way out. They could see the light, the weaving of the whole universe. And after all, even flying insects knew to go to the light, didn't they?
"Why should there be hunger and deprivation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life?" ~Martin Luther King, Jr.