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About me:  First-time father at forty-something, forest-dwelling, Finnish sauna fanatic, emergency physician, ED Medical Director, ultrasonographer, professor, student, photographerfilmmakerauthor, localism entrepreneur, and real estate developer. Led team that created and manages the Viroqua Public Market, an award-winning adaptive reuse of a historic Viroqua, Wisconsin landmark building and home of the Rooted Spoon eatery.  

Infatuated with the region where I reside, the "Driftless Area", a unique and mysterious zone in SW Wisconsin never bulldozed by glaciers - resulting in an ancient, undisturbed lands of artisan spring-fed streams, foggy valleys and magestic rocky bluffs covered in prehistoric oak savannas. A real-world Middle Earth. A destination sanctuary bioregion with an abundance of water, sustenance, energy, connectivity and cooperation. Arguably the richest soil on the planet and notably, mostly controlled by interconnected families.  A geographic locale with an optimal balance of wet and dry, warm and cold, individual and collective, allowing us to not only survive but thrive as the Earth inevitably churns into its next version.

I have playful recurrent dream: This enchanting zone of land, is like an Arc!  And we, the people of this Driftless Nation, venture together upon the waters of a world-wide calamitous flood, on 2,000 year mission to foster collective bliss. 

 

      And thus healing is not a destination, but daily practice.

 

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Next big adventure - spearheading an eco-housing cooperative here in Viroqua.  Skinny: design and develop all local material, intact-tree, timber-frame, Earth-burmed homes set into edible garden landscapes on the undeveloped lands of Viroqua.  

 

Owned by a cooperative of shareholders, where one share equals one vote equals one home.  Furthermore, we cooperate in a variety of side-gigs, like AirBNB innkeeping, destination micro-weddings and events, utilizing otherwise unused vacancies in or homes!   So, a housing and business development cooperative company....  Neat, eh?   

 


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F E A T U R E D   F I L M S

 

Music Video Short: Work & Wisdom

 

 

Music Video: Elephant Love (version 1)

Original works by the band Soul Music

 

 

F E A T U R E D   P H O T O G R A P H Y

An assortment of my photography our beloved Driftless Area and beyond.... 

Entries in solution to worlds problems (1)

Friday
Jun072019

Hive Capitalism 

The 10,000 year run of the cult of private wealth accumulation has mostly failed us. Mother Earth is kicking back and for many whatever comes, will be disruptive and unpleasant. The aforementioned threat is real. However, must all suffer and what precisely shall we do about all this? 

Parking capital in the coffers of an elite few, putting morality aside, is simply unacceptably inefficient.  

Moreover the interconnected digital world, has grotesquely distorted our natural tendency to cooperate into a destructive abomination. Instead of nurturing individuality our binary avatars have become soldiers of in-group bias, concentrating us into likeminded groups. Comrades to a few and enemies to all else. Including ourselves 

Thus we have been indoctrinated into a death cult of the amassing of individual wealth at all costs, of Competition over Collaboration. We perceive humanity as groups not humans, self as group not soul. 

The solution is not about redistribution of wealth or other impossible measures - it’s about what shall we choose to do with the wealth we are about to create! 

Those holding the capital cards are perhaps 1 billion times more wealthy. What could possibly overcome this magnitude of disparity?  It is the power of the mind and true self, repentant, re-directed, revived. Specifically, it is the power of each interconnected revitalized soul, cooperating together, each following their bliss mission, generating capital, the surplus of which is shared equally.  And with each added member, the power grows exponentially, soon eclipsing our folly and forging a new way. 

Let us form a scaffolding that allows participants to sculpt a web of bliss energy that joyfully tangles us together. Thus manifesting a village where each citizen rides the currents of Devine flow, interwoven. For it is this flow state, that sustains our souls.  The garden of Eden before shame.

To repeat, one person actualized in Bliss flow added to another exponentially grows the bliss energy. 

This bliss flow may seem intangible and hypothetical but we are incorporating something acutely real. Bliss flow is joyful tasks that benefit our culture, infused with the love energy of Mother Earth and the others who have gathered here (and likely generating profit).  All built on a shared wisdom ensuring sustainability despite our egos and flaws.  

Certainly in Viroqua and the Driftless we already participate in a spontaneously formed primordial cooperative society.  Now is the moment and place to formally organize into hive capitalism. Mission Driven Cooperative Companies Owned by Shareholders. One share equals one vote. No hierarchy; there is no guru upon a throne to disappoint us. In fact, each member is a guru. And when it is our time to lead, it is accomplished with service and selflessness.

 The vision - create wealth generating cooperative ventures which fill cooperative coffers. Then supply capital for additional worthy projects. And of course, celebrate and appreciate. 

Our mission: to leave a lasting positive effect.

The timeline, 70 generations of our descendants, living within a society, we are poised to revise and optimize. 

Thus, I propose to you, hive capitalism.  Now is the place and the time to energize our tribal mind (and our tribal banking).