The world is divided into different districts though. Factory workers, labourers and the like in the furthest 'district' out. The richer, cleaner, at the highest, decadent areas in the middle. The people in poor regions are stuck in debt, labour, poor security, and live life, literally, by the day. The rich, who benefit off the lower levels, less so.
To get into the next district though, it costs you money. It takes time.
But it's nearly impossible for most to move up into the next level. The struggle to keep your clock running makes it near impossible to move to the next one.
We spend our time at work, we get our money for that time we spend. Then we spend that money, those hours we spent working instead of having fun, on things we want and need. This movie shows us... time really is money.
Where In Time, when Justin Timberlake's character shared his time around led directly left the world's systems rocked, as everyone stopped working when the system of reliance broke; our world doesn't have that limitation.
The internet is realising it. One of the biggest sites on it; Facebook, recently announced the introduction of Internet.Org.
But for the world's poorest - that challenge is MUCH easier. Simply connecting them to the internet, in any small way, gives them access to knowledge and education that we take for granted.
But this isn't just philanthropy from Facebook. It's great business too. Its primary business model, based on advertising, either requires you to make your users use Facebook more; requiring billions of dollars of investment in research, new products, and infrastructure, OR Increasing Your User Base.
5 billion people don't have access to the internet right now. What better way to increase your user base than to get them connected and hooked?
But we can either outline those, put research behind them and put a dollar figure on 'giving' and speak the only language they know; money, and HOPE industries and investors will follow (what I suggest in the above posts).
We need to incentivise businesses directly and give them a way to give where they not only get recognition for it; but something in return too.
- My blog post on how Aid, Charity and Giving needn't always be a sacrifice. Often, it's a great investment.
- A MicroFinance site - where YOU become a bank and loan money to poor, potential business owners. You fund people, who you fund is your choice, who have no collateral to secure a loan, and they pay you back over a 6 month - 2/3 year period. Their repayment rates are higher than our home loans, you can make money and interest off some loans and you literally get all your money back to withdraw or lend again! http://www.kiva.org/
- A MicroFranchise organisation; an extension of the microfinance idea, which, though helpful for many, and effective in raising household incomes still leaves many working long hours - microfranchises reduce the work required in running a business while doubling the income of their microfinance peers. And remember - MicroFinanceers are much better off than millions stuck in the cycle of poverty!
This site allows you to INVEST in them! A minimum investment of $5,000 is required, but you get a very good return! You can literally make money and save lives at the same time...
Find out more here: http://microfranchises.org/investor
Businesses are getting on board quickly - achieving global success and establishing their brands in populations that are about to explode; all the while giving jobs to the world's poor and spreading goods to them too. One cool example - Nestle, starting microfranchise style stalls in the Dominican Republic!
- Buy from Social Enterprises. Companies which operate as a company should; for profit - exact their profits go directly back into the poors' pocket. They exist solely to give back to charity. Companies like ThankYou (who sell water, muesli bar/cereals and body care product), Pollinate Energy (sell solar lights, and electricity plans which help provide environment friendly, healthier for the lungs, cheaper lighting to slum dwellers) and HeroCondoms (every condom bought = 1 life saved) exist solely to benefit their poorer stakeholders; not rich business. So if you're gonna buy something... why not buy from them? There are many of them around by the way! Look one up near you!
These are but one of many ways you can do good on top of the amount you donate to charity already! If you've got money around #WhyNotDoIt?