Agreed, it is more than just good business, it is the only way.
Taking back our life from the banks is not going to be easy.
Eco-business means doing it right, and heading for ecology based ideals, potential and in a profitable way.
In every thing I see so far, it is more profitable to go eco-friendly than any other way. The ways our country had been doing business was so wasteful, it is also costly.
Fostering local is working.
"Localvore" is replacing carnivore, in a big way. Our small restaurant is getting a big following because vegans can have the entire menu, not just a salad!
Knowing that we grow and produce our foods right here, and prepare it all in our own certified kitchen is getting a lot of attention, already our restaurant and my studio have been covered by the local news, magazines and such for two reasons, the good quality and the ability to survive this recession doing what we do.
Most places people go to eat, have no such thing as "gluten free" on the menu. We have most of our foods gluten free, and with more and more awareness about food quality, it matters.
We were approached by the processed foods companies, even given grand tours, boat rides and all to get our business. We looked at all of it and turned it all down.
Not sure if good food is a part of the OBOD, but I think it is a part of the mind-body relationship and key to staying healthy, avoiding most of the problems in health and a foundation to local community.
From my view as a druid who runs two businesses, a studio and a restaurant, the way to recovery is eco-all-the-way.
Getting back to the basics, get rid of the vulture economy, and live life like it is what matters.
And from what I see, it is working like crazy!
While others complain of no business, we are slammed!
Speculation, the inflation of financial bubbles, risk externalization, the extraction of usury, and the use of creative accounting to create money from nothing, unrelated to the creation of anything of real value, serve no valid social purpose. The Wall Street corporations that engage in these activities are not in the business of contributing to the creation of real community wealth. They are in the business of expropriating it, a polite term for theft. They should be regulated or taxed out of existence.
Totally agree and the only reason I am still in business is bacause I never invested one dime in the wall street scams.
Greed is not a virtue; sharing is not a sin. If your primary business purpose is not to serve the community, you have no business being in business.
Agreed as well, being in business is being part of the community, culture and life of all around you.
A proper money system roots the power to create and allocate money in people and communities in order to facilitate the creation of livelihoods and ecologically balanced community wealth. Money properly serves life, not the reverse. Wall Street uses money to consolidate its power to expropriate the real wealth of the rest of the society. Main Street uses money to connect underutilized resources with unmet needs. Public policy properly favors Main Street.
Family and business "need to know" and stop acting like there is a pot of gold over some rainbow. Invest in local community, stay with local banks, keep in the loop and stay on top of everything. No one is going to do it for you, and that means government as well.
The proper purpose of an economy is to secure just, sustainable, and joyful livelihoods for all. This may come as something of a shock to Wall Street financiers who profit from financial bubbles, securities fraud, low wages, unemployment, foreign sweatshops, tax evasion, public subsidies, and monopoly pricing.
Pretty much what my first post was all about.