Melting Pot, Wealth Generator

The Melting Pot Brings Wealth, Power and more.

globe_america_simpleAs so aptly described by many authors, those who leave their homes to search for new horizons  are survivors: they face and overcome great challenges and adversity to create a better future for themselves and their families.   And the melting pot of NYC has successfully given them the opportunity to pursue their life, liberty and happiness for many centuries.

Sanctuary cities, which have historically taken all immigrants from all countries has supported wealth creation, invention and human progress, have supported the 20th Century American model of the melting pot, a concept that is still relevant and applicable today as it applies to our current America immigration policies.

This is evident in multiple studies from 2017 and 2018 that suggest (some would say demonstrate) that ICE policies are destroying the USA’s sourcing for wealth, creativity and work ethic. Simply put, Sanctuary Cities and their suburbs and satellite communities not only pay more in taxes than the moneys they receive from the federal government, but they also have wealthier inhabitants than those in rural areas.

For example, New York City (NYC) is a sanctuary city made up of around 27.5% of workers born in foreign countries. These jobs include labor in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, aside from construction and other industries critical to our country’s well-being.  The studies show that New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston are all major immigrant destinations and economic powerhouses, yet their immigrant workers are constantly threatened and distracted by news about upcoming Immigration and Citizenship Enforcement actions.

As a child immigrant I observed other migrants, family and strangers who came to this country,  and read the history of NYC as a cultural and economic melting pot that accepted migrants from around the world even when the other colonies excluded them, I am convinced that the US’s supremacy was built on immigrant hard work, creativeness and dedication.  In fact, I observed that the original US immigration strategy allowed relatively free 2-was border crossings that allowed foreigners to cross into the USA, create wealth, and then go back home.  Cutting that 2-way access forced people to stay in the USA until they “retired” since they could be unable to come back if they left without proper papers.

I propose that the 20th Century “Melting Pot” concept of immigration focused on the benefits of immigrants, and the fact that only hard-working immigrants would want to stay in our capitalistic system.  Our 21st Century focus on “undocumented” migrants uses the same strategies of the failed war on drugs and the immigration failures of other countries that are still attempting to seal their borders.   As the millennial Chinese civilization demonstrated, building the Great Wall took millennia and did not keep out people who would stop at nothing to reach their chosen destiny.  It was and is far easier to simply absorb them into your customs and people.   The false solution of using violence to deter migration doesn’t work when a person is terrified of returning “home”.  Immigrants are survivors who face and overcome great challenges and adversity to leave a greater fear behind in order to create a better future for themselves and their families.

Instead, I also propose that the USA quickly focus on using the strengths of the survivors that come to our borders and not treat them as animals or inferior beings.  Our media and some leaders may see them as weak and uneducated, yet they know enough to decide that they will build a new future in a place that requires hard work and initiative if they are to survive.  And I will also point out that callous and cruel treatment of children and families undermines the US values and principles that we hold dear and takes away from our greatness and power.

The crucible of the Melting Pot offers the opportunity to purify and upgrade our precious human resources, present and future, and to generate ever greater wealth as long as we follow the rule of law and hold true to the values of the founders who understood that “we, the people of the United States” is every single one of us.

Sources (Worth Looking at):

Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, by Aviva Chomsky

Manuel Perez, New York State Democratic Committee Member representing Jackson Heights, Woodside, East Elmhurst, and Corona, home to many migrant families.   Longtime Community and Democracy Activist in NYC and Venezuela.



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Does Representative Democracy represent you?


We are One, so lets build Democracy by the People!

We are each a single individual, yet also identify ourselves as one with our families, communities, religions, countries, etc.  In addition, I propose we remember that we, as humanity are one in which the individual is necessary and interconnected.

“Take me to your Leader” is a widely understood and shared idea.  And it really sounds weird in 21st Century North America, where we often have more than one leader, depending on the situation.   Historically, humanity has seen “leaders” as people who make decisions that others follow.  And leaders are often compared to shepherds and parents, taking care of those that are with them.   Think about the people you see as leaders: are they making decisions, or enforcing rules?   Are they inspiring and setting goals?   Oh, and are your leaders usually right?   This train of thought could make you wonder if you are a follower, a member, or as a late US president put it, a “silent majority”.

Even our time-honored teen rebels and revolutionists have leaders they follow, with very few exceptions.  These rebels follow many learned rules and priorities that are largely shared with their communities and neighbors, and usually become leaders themselves thanks to their willingness to be different.  Of course, leadership is also a military trait, and people often assume that military leaders are also great leaders in other areas, but this would be the subject of another article.

So, what does leadership have to do with democracy?   Do we elect leaders, or do we elect persons to represent us in government?  Or Both?   Well, I know we often elect popular individuals, other times we elect strong leaders and even warlords, and lately I’ve also noticed dictators being elected as well as individuals who openly declare they do not believe in democracy and serving the people of their country.   This is truly a paradox if we assume everyone wants to practice “self governance” in their nation.   Yet we do it regularly, either following the rule of “the squeaky wheel gets the oil”, giving votes to the loudest complainer, or following the path of least resistance or least effort.  Of course, there is also the so-called protest votes where people think they are punishing their elected representatives by replacing them with someone they would never otherwise elect.

Government is certainly designed to be for the people, with elected representatives making decisions for their communities… but it is not yet of the people, and much less by the people, simply because after voting the citizen’s power cannot be enforced directly.   This is one of the reasons why most politicians are seen as untrustworthy: we often elect who we see as the most effective to solve a problem, and not the most effective to help us thrive as one: one community, one region, one humanity.

Historically, there was no choice and no other way to have government.  Even the development of bureaucratic organizations and the rule of law followed the pattern of leaders making decisions for their people, and elected representatives had many of the prerogatives of monarchs and nobles because that was the way you treated heads of government and other leaders.   Diplomats learned all the rules, the protocol of who decided what, and under what conditions, and many constitutions made it clear that the military served the elected government, called the civil authority.

Yet the 21st Century offers technology in which we as individuals are categorized and our choices and behavior predicted by algorithms (mathematical formulas) that are worth big money for Amazon, Facebook and Google, to name just a few of the marketing services that use “big data” to predict and manipulate what we do with our money.   Sadly, these same tools seem to have been used to influence our choices in elections, too, bringing political propaganda to new audiences.

But this technology could actually help us create the government by the people and of the people, since we could all instantly share our thoughts and preferences with our elected, not as a Facebook post, but with the precision the big three have in suggesting what we would like.

Thus, as individuals we could be unique, yet as a community we would clearly be one: working directly to assist our elected representative in the exercise of the authority and power we delegated to him or her.   And I am proposing to develop this new way of using technology in the coming months.  How?  Well, I’m planning to have you, the reader, become one of thosein the community whose incites   will be helping in the development and testing of this new form of leadership and government.   Will you join me?   I hope so.


Manny, Manuel Perez

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We Are One, Yet we Fear

creemcias_limitantesIf we are One, why do we fear?

One of the confusing elements of humanity is that we fear others.  As babies we are taught to fear our parent’s anger, strangers, and many other individuals and communities that seem separate from us.  Yet, we are one.

My inner rebellious child is part of me, just as much as my angry uncle is.  Our minds carry within our subconscious what we have learned from every individual we have somehow met, and we respond to those memories with our emotions.  And those emotions make us separate or move close to those around us.

Newspapers have promoted the idea that “Blood Sells”, that violence attracts attention from the public, and this reflects our biological survival instincts to identify dangers, so we may fight or run away.  Yet we start learning to fear as children, and few of us learn to overcome childhood fears when we become adults.  Teenagers, for example, often vent their frustrations and fear as anger against what they consider injustice.   The elderly, on the other hand, often fall into despair or plain old cussedness due to their body aches and pains, and the inability to do what they used to do in their youth.   Many individuals of every age simply focus on their pain and limitations, and don’t observe that life changes and every day brings new opportunities.

Every day is a new day and if you are going into battle, you had better not be preparing for yesterday’s battle: that is a good way to lose.  As individuals we must learn from the past and find opportunity in the new day by looking towards the future, towards our goals.

We are one, yet we separate ourselves with our fear, anger, and despair.

We are one, but our unity can only manifest when we declare that we want to be counted in and that we assume responsibility as individuals for what we achieve or fail to achieve as we learn to be what we truly are: one humanity made of individual lives that decide to come together for mutual benefit.

Democracy is like that:  a government for the people, of the people and by the people.  Yet most elected representatives just stay at the first phrase, full of vanity that they know what is best for the people!  No wonder the youth and the elderly are angry!   No wonder adults feel disenfranchised!   Our representatives are often like the nobility of the past, second class inhabitants of their nations while the ruling class decides in their name.   I affirm that this is a travesty of democracy, demonstrated by rigged elections that elect dictators and autocrats.

We are one, though, and we can mature into the government of the people and by the people if we decide to.  I invite you to join me finding the way to this goal that can work for all of us.

Thanks!…………..  Manuel (Manny) Perez

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We are Truly One

global-peopleHumanity is a truly complex organism, and it is now – in the 21st Century, that we are learning how to go beyond our individual organic bodies into the interconnected possibilities of a greater collective Self.  But it is a conceptual process that can be traced back to the ancient Greek ideal concerning which required them to be educated and self-disciplined to withstand the constant temptations of power, self- gratification and other inherent biological instincts.  Yet humanity has, in spite of the destructive nature of many leaders and malcontents, gradually advanced arising in new forms from the ashes of failed efforts to enslave the poor and uneducated.

Large metropolitan centers, as the ancient Greek city- states were, are crucibles for the coming together of diverse and disparate individuals and groups. Today these urban centers usually bring together large populations of different races, creeds, cultures and lifestyles.  In these modern mega-communities, individuals are able to live alone with little interference, yet they also depend intimately on services and conditions that can only be sustained by the collective effort and commitment to each other.  Thus, a metropolis becomes a protector of life, self-expression and opportunity that is impossible to achieve on farms and other less populated areas of human groupings where it is understood first-hand how close  loss and death are to the individual and to nature itself.

Humanity is one.  Yet you and I think that we are “one,” that when I take something from you “I win.” In truth, humanity loses when anyone makes another less, when anyone wins over another.  In fact we make jokes about this, where we describe how different parts of the body are the “boss,” and the only part of the body that no one thinks is important ends up controlling everyone else.  Similarly, too many of us let bullies and abusive people take charge and “defend us.” Yet change comes and we have evolved from warlords to chieftains to monarchies to democracies and we are now facing different ideals that are manifested in different types of elected governments and representation.

But can the dream of a humankind that works together overcome the individual desires and fears that make individuals want to benefit personally even if this means hurting or controlling others?  Can we as individuals actually learn to think of long- term goals and deferred gratification as being more important than the short- term benefits and immediate gratifications which can in the longer term destroy our communities and organizations?

My international experience with corporate, public, non- profit and volunteer groups has shown me that we can do marvelous things, but that temporary success usually breeds complacency and an unwillingness to continue working towards a better, stronger civilization. The long- lived Chinese civilization has cost many individuals their lives and self- determination as the price paid for its longevity, while Western civilization has gone through many iterations of revolutions and phoenix- like rebirths from the ashes of war.   The Islamic grandeur of the past was brought down by Western civilization and its warring factions, and consequently Western civilization developed an unconscious belief that wars and destruction are excellent ways to promote “growth and expansion.”   But is it?

Certainly, all living organisms are composed of cells that die and are replaced, but aggressive groups of cells that grow with no concern for the whole organism are actually destructive and are called cancers.   Could this be the what humanity is facing?  We are certainly actively destroying not only huge populations of species in our environment, but we also are interfering in natural processes that maintain conditions necessary for humanity’s survival.  Farmers think of their own needs and experiences,  nerds often seem to think only in terms of video game logic, and entrepreneurs often only focus on making money:- We are all necessary for human well- being and growth.  In fact, I propose that there is no “useless” activity for humans, since we are such adaptable beings and history demonstrates that a single lifetime is usually not long enough for substantial change to take place — it is usually a multi-generational effort that brings about the change of major growth and development.  Democracy, for example, was an ideal and dream for at least 200 years before it became a popular notion for people around the world.  Capitalism itself developed slowly as a product of the legal concepts born in ancient Venice and Europe and the Industrial Revolution.

Yes, I insist that we are one, that “no man is but an island” and that individuals and groups who focus only on their own opinions and self-benefit are actually limiting themselves when they propose win-lose solutions to issues they confront.  In fact, I invite you the reader to start questioning all statements, including mine, and ask whether you agree or disagree. I ask that you look beyond your immediate thoughts, responses and conclusions; think of what you want from life and how you can leverage your connections to others to achieve what you want. If you want to ensure a future with growth, don’t focus on what you don’t like, as you’ve done so many times before.

Let’s work together to achieve that future.

Obviously, you can count me in!

Manny Perez, MPA,,,

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It’s Up to Me, So “Count Me In”

adolescence-attractive-beautiful-573299(1)Its up to you (or me).                          

No one else.

Even if they call you crazy.
Even if they threaten you.
Even if you might be wrong, its up to you to create your future!

As the legendary “Think Different” Apple ad, said…

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.
They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Attributed to Rob Siltanen and Apple Computers, 1997

We have thought leaders would help us out of our problems for millenia.   But, have they?
We get excited following a leader who tells us to do one thing or another, but does it help?
We elect representatives to speak for us in public office, but do they serve us or themselves?
Civilization has certainly advanced, but are the “have-nots” living better?

We think we know the answers to problems, but are taught to keep our opinions and most of our actions to the privacy of our home, and to certain public spaces where we are among “trusted” friends and acquaintances.  But has this worked?  Has this helped humanity build a better future for all? Or for just a few?

Modern Management invented a tool for organizations that have to handle a lot of change, much as we do now: complexity leadership, in which each member of an organization can assume different leadership roles according to the needs for that moment.  In many ways this emans that each member of the organization is prepared to step in at any given moment and do what he or she does best, with total support from the organization (one interesting article on this development can be read at

Not surprisingly to me,  this fits in perfectly with what Life Coaches and Ontological Coaches (of which I am one) have been teaching for the last few decades:  that you, specifically, create your future with your thoughts, words and  actions.  Or, to rephrase this, that I create my future through my thoughts, words and actions.   Many religions and “New Age” paths speak of this creative aspect of humans and in the Twentieth Century US many successful individuals, including Wallace Wattles, Napoleon Hill documented and publicized this new way of living, and later research done by neuroscientists and the “crazy people” who developed “unproven” tools such as NeuroLinguistic Programming, Cybernetics, “The Law of Attraction” (and more) keep on proving that somehow we can definitely create new futures.  And, since the 15th Century Renaissance different political and social movements proposed radical changes in traditional ways of working and governing the people, including the labor unions that wanted a fairer world for workers, the freedom fighters who advocated radical social changes, and that even introduced democracy and modern concepts of civil and human rights to the Earth.  Yet until now, very few human organizations have dared to move outside of the traditional hierarchical leadership model, preferring to simply take the place and prerrogatives of former rulers when change is successful. Yet this has meant that we still have a global situation where a few decide for everyone else, and whole sections of society are considered useless by the few who govern.  But the people are never useless: they might be unused and might simply have been taught to be incapable of running even their own lives, following the rules for children that are supposed to be “seen and not heard” and totally unproductive until that date when the law said we were “of age” and had to take charge of their responsibilities. Under that model usually only the rich and powerful ensured their children were trained to become rich and powerful themselves in adulthood, though this belief is slowly changing thanks to social media, the Internet, and global public education for all.

Yet, at your level and mine, changing this situation isn’t that difficult.   All you and I need to do is say “Count me in!” and start preparing and training for the leadership role we will assume as we create a better future for yourself and others.  How does this work?  Well, a leader simply helps others get to where they want to go.   Sadly, many people only want a “job” or “income” where someone else tells them what to do.  And we have leaders for that.  LOTS of leaders who will give the job-seeker a low paying job, or other similar so called opportunity to be unhappy just like millions of other individuals are looking for.

Are you keeping low and hiding from what you fear?   You are counting yourself OUT!
Are you a follower without assuming personal responsibility?  Then you are counting yourself UNDER.
Are you doing your best to control others and everything, to be the Boss? To judge what is right and wrong with respect to other people? Then you are counting yourself OVER.
Or, do you feel that you are happy following a leader you did not choose?  You could be counting yourself BEHIND.

My suggestion is that you assume responsibility for yourself, the ones you love, your future and your decisions, so you can count yourself IN.
Why?   Because it is your life, just as my life is mine.

Mind you, as an elected official in my community,  I am there to help others become leaders. And as a writer, scholar and coach, I help others create a better future.  But I can’t do everything:   I, and you, can only do what we can do, and we just have to do it to the best of our ability.

As for the question of where to count yourself in, its your decision.  If you like to be among saints, you just have to own up to your decisions and its consequences and sacrifices. If you like to be among criminals (and I sincerely hope not), you just have to own up to your decision and its consequences and results.    Just remember that whatever you decide is always going to be your responsibility anyway, so why not decide to create the future you want?   Is it crazy to think you can lead a better life?

Maybe its crazy, but I can tell you that being a slave of any type is simply insane, and as far as I can tell being happy, satisfied and successful is simply up to me.

Manny Perez, MPA, CAMS, Master Coach

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A Quien Agradeces por tu Exito?

Tomado de mi Facebook Live, en, estos son podcasts cortos que cubren distintos topicos de interes.

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Early Tremors of the Space Renaissance


In attention to the multiple changes occurring in all areas of human endeavor, Space Renaissance USA, a group dedicated to promoting US leadership of civilian space development, wishes to point out that pressure is building within Earth’s planetary bounds and that restricting civilian space development could lead to greater consequences than those of the predicted Dutch Disease and gravity well isolation issues that we of Space Renaissance USA have previously presented.

Briefly, we will refer to Dr. Peter Diamandis’ (Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation) predictions and observations on the progressive lowering of costs of basic necessities that will lead to the demonetization of most human necessities.  You can see the video here: He implies that within the next few decades it will be relatively more expensive to charge for some services than it is to provide them, and he waxes poetic on the opportunities for humanity to transform itself, to redesign itself without the concern of basic survival and the need to work for a living.  In fact, he suggests that creative work will be the most critical in the coming decades, as humanity develops more and new ways to interact with its environment.


Sadly, the leading world powers who wish to maintain dominance and centralized control as their path to greatness are falling behind. They are mighty in the military prowess field, but not in the renaissance or disruptive technologies that are transforming the world.  It is the disruptors of the global economy, the innovators that have migrated from places where they were not allowed to be creative, to develop their innovations, who are decentralizing human advancement and using the tools of participative governance and global markets to develop their ever-cheaper alternatives to traditional services and products.  Many countries are quietly supporting this “brain drain”, this movement of intelligent innovators from their place of birth to a place that will allow them broad success, as former world migration magnets lose their attractiveness for the geniuses among us.


So, what are some of Dr. Diamandis’ suggestions?

First of all, hydrocarbons and coal industries are in for major changes as clean solar power gradually replaces traditional energy systems.  We could imagine that the first place this will take place is in locations that have suffered major natural disasters that destroyed existing distribution networks, grids and systems.

Second of  all, robotics and AI will continue to replace certain traditional job markets, making union-busting moot, cruel and foolish since unions could be instrumental in transforming old tech workers into new tech employees.

Additive Manufacturing (including nanobot and 3D printing processes) can already create complete houses in a matter of hours, and at low cost, which will impact on the construction industry and construction materials markets, such as steel and concrete.  He made no mention of transition technologies where the old and new construction methodologies leverage each other to meet market needs and interests.

Space X initiatives are demonstrating that traditional limits to our technology are simply not absolute and disruptive innovators are already creating new opportunities for human endeavor.

Yet, as he points out, there are risks to individuals in this global and human process:  many individuals could find themselves worse off, much as buggy whip makers and their employees did after the advent of the Model T automobiles.

The Dutch Disease could arise in unprepared countries as a result of these new technologies, and protectionism is not the answer because the affected industries will be draining their nation’s wealth every day they refuse to adapt and work with the new realities.  Adam Smith was quite clear in considering that a Nation’s wealth is not measured just by monetary values, but that it requires looking at all the elements of life quality and resources the populace has at its call and beckon.  So our suggestion is simply that all organizations begin to think about change and how to navigate towards their desired goals working with change and not trying to block or escape from it.

The 21st Century is already characterized by national polarizations around truly difficult issues such as global migration, class and wealth divisions, diversity and inclusion, and the empowerment of previously excluded segments of society, to mention a few.  This is nothing compared to the threats of a demonetized society as described by Dr. Diamandis and envisioned if we simply project societal developments since the 15th Century Renaissance to today:  greater individual freedoms, intellectual advancement, industrial and economic capacity, and more show no signs of stopping, and feudal, authoritarian and centralized structures continue to lose ground to decentralization, participation and individual freedoms.  These and not “Dutch Disease” or other economic risks, are the true challenges to humanity because far too many individuals are enamored of the past and want to return to outhouses and oil lamps instead of embracing the benefits of the future.

Manny Perez, MPA,

President of Space Renaissance USA  and founder of Coach Hispano Inc.
Crypto and Digitized Currency Advisor at the new CRYPSA and Author of “CASH IN” and developer of the concept of monetary ecosystems.

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Turning a Lost Cause into a Phoenix

phoenix 1My focus today is on organizations that are dying, that seem lost causes and that honestly seem to be a waste of time for their leaders.  From the point of view of the different theories of group coaching and personal success, it seems as if the organization has lost its will to live, its excitement, and its direction yet leadership has done all it can do, or imagine, to save the organization, and becomes desperate to find a way to revive it.

In some cases, a new leader is brought in to no avail, much like the individual who buys a new car because of tardiness getting to work.  In other cases, an investor might buy the organization and take it apart for the elements and people that seem to be productive.   In other cases, the Board might just give up the pretense of keeping the organization alive, especially when only one member of that board is the one still working to keep things going.

In truth, my experience is that reviving an organization is an act of courage.  The mere idea of throwing out the old ways of doing things that evidently killed the organization and possibly abandoning investments in money , time, and emotional commitments that were not able to give the desired results often makes matters worse because members and leaders fall into a rut of routine actions that prove they are doing the best.  It takes courage to think of whether or not you are doing the best, and it takes even more courage to take corrective action when you conclude you are doing badly.

It all starts and ends with the dream, vision and purpose the organization was born to fulfill.  If the dream is one that motivates others, the organization is born, and if the leadership, vision and purpose are aligned with the dream, the organization will grow.  But when changes in the environment, membership or leadership push the organization if a different direction, the organization can suffer and deteriorate, much as the healthy athlete turned office worker faces the danger of losing muscle mass, becoming overweight and becoming ill over time.

It is common for members to blame leadership for these problems, but this is short sighted: the organization needs everyone’s participation for the dream to become a reality.  The focus needs to be on the future, and it is a rare individual that can lead the transformation from a lost cause to a Phoenix without the active support and participation of the organization’s members.  In fact, this can actually generate resentment among those members that don’t want or are afraid of any changes in the status quo.  “Change Management” is a specialty that must be addressed during the transformation.

So, without laying blame to anyone, what is needed for such a transformation?

First, just as in personal development for individuals who want to reach success, old paradigms and limiting beliefs must be cleared out to allow the dream, the vision and the purpose to take their rightful place in the future of the organization.  The organization must go through the cleansing fire of change to burn off what doesn’t help and leave only that which works and which is its essence much as if a new owner were taking it over and cleaning our all the dross and nonworking parts and people.

This means a “lean and mean leadership team” is needed, to do what needs to be done in the present conditions and environment, quickly and effectively, learning from mistakes and taking chances for success.  Internal politics might require some flexibility with what are often called sacred cows, but even the sacred cows must understand that radical change is needed and the “lean mean” leadership needs to be able to face off with these sacred cows successfully.

Why “lean”?   To stay focused on the dream and a single strategy for success.

Why “mean”? Because even though compassion has its place and is necessary for team building, the Phoenix must rise out of the ashes of what did not and does not work.  Many individual stakeholders in the organization will need to face tough decisions and clear options from leaders if the transformation is to be effective.

Internal politics in mature organizations is common, and is often part of the problem that is destroying the organization.  Many individuals look for short term gains that are contrary to the vision and purpose and anathema to the dream, but they often use impeccable logic to justify their intent.   I really don’t know if they are right or wrong, but in many cases such “principled divergent views” have broken organizations apart and led to the demise of the original dream.   The Phoenix might be one part of the old organization, but it takes courage look beyond the confrontation and work solely on using the vision and purpose for determining the future.

Another key element is to bring in new members who can identify with the dream, vision and mission and can support the series of trials to find new ways to meet the organization’s goals.  These new members can also become leaders in their own right and their own niches, as the organization transforms itself. And, during this process the lean mean leadership team must also care for the old timers, the core believers in the dream that gave rise to the old-new Phoenix.

One of the advantages of a Lean Mean Leadership Team is that it is small and must delegate in new leaders some of the activities that will be undertaken, especially those that are totally new to the group.  And they can do it without creating positions for people that don’t do any work.

In my work on Volunteering, I always remind people that volunteers do only what they want to do, and many organizations forget that members are usually paying for the right to participate, and to get them to do more the leaders need to offer those paying members the opportunity to do more of what they want to do.  In effect, anyone who leads a membership organization is there to serve the membership, which strengthens internal cohesion and recruitment efforts.

And lastly, I want to remind the organization members and leaders that if you continue doing what you did before, you will surely get the same results that you have been getting.  The transformation of an organization is not just a change in leadership accompanied by a press release: tangible actions and reaffirmations of the dream, the vision and purpose are needed to rekindle the fire, the enthusiasm of members for their organization and its activities.

Having worked on restoring and transforming more than one lost cause, I know it is possible even though sometimes the internal politics are so very vile that the Phoenix dies as it is being born.  This is a real danger if existing leaders have reasons to desire to keep things as they were, but I still believe it is still worth making the effort if you believe in the dream and the future, if you are willing to face off against the self-destructive forces.  For this reason I hope all of you have benefited from these brief statements and remind you that my services are available if you want to undertake one of the greatest challenges a leader can ever have.

Manny Perez, Jan 14, 2018

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What? Success requires Discipline?


This might sound like a no-brainer, but I have met many adults, parents and students in the US who don’t seem to understand what discipline actually means, and why we need it to be truly successful.

In much of my work I emphasize the steps needed for each of us to become a successful leader.  And though some people are afraid of being leaders, but they forget that they don’t have to be meeting people for those other people to say “I want to follow that example”, so please do accept that when you achieve success you will be a leader, for yourself, for friends and family, and/or for those that hear or read about you.   Discipline is a key element for lasting success, and so is also a key element for lasting leadership.

For the record, I don’t see winning the lottery as a great success, except if you are using the lottery to fuel and build something larger.  Luck is nice, but true Success is reaching your goals and knowing that you can do it again if you have to.   That is where discipline comes in: discipline is the ability to do what you plannet to do, what you committed to do, and what you need to do to reach your goals.  Lack of discipline, on the other hand means that you are easily made a victim of other people’s decisions, since you do not know how to follow through your own objectives.

Discipline might not really fun at the beginning, because it is much easier to do what your friends want to do rather than do what you need to do.  So there are children (young and old) who will put aside work or chores every time they can in order to play or distract themselves, though they later pay the consequences.  In my case, the consequences were pretty serious since my parents were very strict, so I learned to do my chores and do my work first, and then have fun while others were rushing to finish up homework, chores or whatever.   Books taught me to be grateful for what I had and to plan for achieving more, and I studied to learn new skills and ways of solving problems, testing different strategies for success since my success – and yours- is not necessarily that of our family or friends.   Many of us quickly learn that family and friends often criticize our reading and working to achieve our goals, instead of enjoying their company and games.    Well, for the record, my Facebook page is proof at all the fun I have and how many fun people I know, of all ages!   Discipline lets me have it all!

Discipline involves planning what you are going to do in the day, and doing it (following through).  And, when surprises come up, or when you have an emergency, you can turn to your “Plan B” alternative to follow, and discipline lets you continue to work on your success!

This leads to the next important step in discipline:  if it isn’t part of your plan, your goals, then you are simply following orders or instructions, and it isn’t true discipline.  Oh, many parents and authorities will insist on  “discipline”, and will “discipline” the errant individual, which actually means punishing the person, but they see discipline as the ability to follow orders or instructions, and not the ability to do what  has been planned and agreed to.   In fact, self-motivation, initiative, and persistence are true components of discipline, while mindless obedience is simply a sign of a victim mentality, where decisions are not self-determined. 

Each goal requires its own discipline, habits and skills.

So, which is the discipline that leads us to success?  In general, it is simply the practice of those decisions, skills and actions that move us closer to our goals and to becoming the person we want to become.   If we want to be a sports practitioner, our discipline will include daily exercises and working with a coach that can help us improve our game or abilities.  If we want to be great physicists, we have to study every day and learn how that science is evolving as we achieve mastery.  If we want to be great parents, we have to learn the skills needed to raise a child effectively and to build the community that will support the child as it develops.   So each life purpose and goal has its related discipline, and it is up to us to discover it.

In my case, though I am trained in various professions, as a professional coach, I focus on listening to the person’s desires and basic beliefs so I may ask appropriate questions that may lead to their finding great answers, action plans, and opportunities.  That discipline means I won’t interrupt the person with advice or information, instructions or conclusions about what the person is saying.   As an expert consultant or when I manage an organization, I don’t listen as much and focus more on getting the data needed to make a good decision.

So, is discipline necessary for success?  Most definitely yes, unless you measure success in a superficial and fleeting manner.  Finding the correct discipline is critical, and I do suggest studying and consulting with people who have already reached the goals you are striving for, so that you may choose intelligently.   Are there basic disciplines that most successful leaders follow?  Yes, and they include starting the day early, taking care of their body,  reading and studing, and making informed decisions.  Please note that there are no negatives or “forbidden” concepts in the few suggestions I listed:  Your life, and your success and your disciplines are a product of your decisions.   So choose wisely, so we may celebrate your success!

Manny Perez, MPA, CAMS, Professional Coach dedicated to Success


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2 dangers/opportunities  posed by a
space-age economy.

Christopher Werbos, Space Renaissance USA Intern, Economics Student
Approved by Space Renaissance USA

Gravity Well Isolation1Civilian development of space carries with it a plethora of benefits. Space solar power and moon-based resources may make energy, rare earths, and heavy metals extremely abundant within the next few decades. Properly managed, these resources may help to kickstart an economic boom the likes of which the world has never seen before. And all nations with access to these resources and technological advances will be able to benefit. However, several problems within our present economic structure may cause this change to be negative overall for an extremely large amount of people around the world: The huge economic threats of what is referred to as “Dutch Disease” – the overspecialization of a nation’s economy- and that of “Gravity Well Isolation” which excludes the nation’s economy from the benefits and interactions of regions beyond our atmosphere.

In the case of Dutch Disease, when a nation becomes overspecialized, they almost inevitably fall into recession when the good they have specialized in sees a price downturn. Space-sourced resources pose this threat, the threat of Dutch Disease, to a plethora of nations: from the developing world in Africa, to the rich nations of OPEC, to the most worrying example of Russia. Space is unique from other supply shocks that have affected nations with Dutch Disease in the past due to the sheer volume of resources which will soon become accessible. So, instead of making certain industries obsolete, as past shocks have, civilian space development poses the threat of making entire countries obsolete on the global goods market. If this were allowed to proceed unchecked, it would likely result in massive unemployment and the deterioration of world security and worldwide diplomatic relations.

The first and most apparent threat posed by Dutch Disease is, in and of itself, an economic one: the potential for widespread unemployment in industries that will be facing competition from space-based resource extraction. Asteroid mining in particular has the potential to add trillions of dollars’ worth of minerals to the economy.  For example, let us look at Cobalt, which is rapidly becoming one of the most essential minerals for its key role in consumer electronics and car batteries.  Asteroid mining is hardly good news for nations such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which presently provides 60% of the world’s cobalt, and 90% of the economic behemoth of China’s cobalt needs. While the quasi-legal nature of extraction operations within the DRC do not permit us to acquire accurate figures as to the percentage of the Congolese GDP that such operations represent, we would be well-advised to assume it comprises a massive percentage thereof. Extensive space development could easily dethrone the DRC from its role in the world supply chain, and weaken their economy dramatically. Moving further along with this analysis, mining operations in the DRC are well-documented as being labor-intensive endeavors, which adds the possibility of massive unemployment to the DRC’s problems unless they diversify their productive economy in the near future. This threat remains constant across the mining industry in the developing world, for most African countries have experienced what UN research has referred to as “a mining boom” in the production of metals such as Copper, Gold, and the Platinum-group metals. All of these metals have been identified as relatively plentiful within asteroids, and speculation around space mining has involved them heavily. Obtaining massive quantities of space-based substitutes for these materials has the potential to cause massive economic harm to the entirety of Africa’s mineral industry, presently the largest in the world. However, space-based resources extend beyond minerals and rare earths.  The potential of Space Solar Power and moon-sourced Helium-3 is also extremely high, and it may cause similar economic shocks to nations such as those of OPEC and the Russian Federation. Ultimately, many of the resources that space would make abundant are those that critical regions of the world rely on to remain scarce – and expensive. Ignoring the disruptiveness of space in this regard would undoubtedly spell economic disaster for much of the world.

As with nearly every massive economic disruption, this also carries with it the potential for disrupting the world’s security situation and balance of power. Many of the nations that stand the most to lose from the economic development of space are also relatively unstable, and already add an amount of volatility to the security situation around the world. The history of Africa is rife with relevant conflicts, especially in the context of the mineral industry (for example, the DRC is still experiencing echoes of the first and second Congo wars, wherein militia forces use cobalt and other minerals to fund their anti-government wars). Many similar conflicts can be found throughout the continent, and though the conflicts seem to be stabilizing, a significant recession brought on by falling mineral prices could aggravate them. Unemployment and poor economic circumstances have been established as being linked with social unrest and rebellions. Thus, social unrest and rebellions could become another consequence of engaging in space development without sufficient foresight and preparation. However, the security consequences of the aforementioned economic risks extend beyond the developing world and beyond insurgencies in general: for an example of these other risks, one must look no further than the Russian Federation, which has engaged in a series of normally questionable geopolitical moves in response to a prolonged economic downturn. When considering the industries that could be threatened by space development, it would seem that Russia is at further risk of GDP shrinkage and unemployment than we would expect. Allowing these space developments to proceed unchecked allows for a greater chance that the Kremlin may go forward with additional geopolitical gambits that could serve to threaten world peace. A quick analysis points out that stabilizing Russia’s actions and relations with the west is mutually exclusive with the risk of further degradation of their economy, which careless development of space may bring about.

Further examples of security situations at risk of economic downturns due to space-induced supply shocks abound: from radical Islamists in mining-reliant Southeast Asia and the energy-rich Arab world, to South American oil producing nations. In any case, we must recognize the potential for space based industries to disrupt the world’s economy and security, making foresight and economic planning of paramount importance for every nation.

The risk Dutch Disease is something that every nation, and the world community, can mitigate through adequate planning and preventive actions, as we will mention further along in this article.  But what can be done about “Gravity Well Isolation”?   Gravity Well Isolation has great economic impact on those countries that would end up being excluded from the socio-economic and military benefits of space-based technologies and resources. This can be evidenced in the importance countries are giving satellite communications and their ability to control their own nation’s information channels, among other elements.  Low cost orbital access for small satellites is already allowing different communities to launch their own communications, weather and observation satellites, with multiple benefits for all.  And some satellites are being used for researching and testing new technologies, too.

As in all eras, we must realize that the world security situation is inextricably linked with the diplomatic situation. Extensive economic development of space is likely to be led by the United States, Europe, and China. Diplomatic ties between these nations and those most likely to be harmed by space development have been of paramount importance for a considerable period of time, and it seems the west is only capable of holding a tentative peace together in the middle east through the support of its regional partners.  It is easy to conclude that one should dread what a downturn in Russo-US relations may herald in Eastern Europe. These diplomatic ties may well be harmed by economic space development conducted with apathy towards the economies of nations at risk.

Gravity Well Isolation0History tells us that countries respond with hostility towards those that they perceive as causing them economic harm, so if the United States, Europe, and China are to maintain their efforts to create a peaceful and prosperous order in the Middle East and Africa, it would be in the spacefaring nation’s interests to encourage this perception among politicians and governments within the developing world and other nations at risk. Failing to do so, or causing a negative diplomatic perception of spacefaring nations within the developing world has the potential to cause significant detriment to joint peacekeeping operations and diplomacy with the developing world, to say the least. Furthermore, it may cause a negative perception of all spacefaring activities across the developing world – a perception that would be directly at odds with the vast economic potential of space. Ultimately, maintaining solid diplomatic relations with those nations most likely to be negatively affected by space development will, as many other things, rely on our ability to plan expansion into space in such a way as to mitigate the aforementioned negative effects.

Prior writings make it clear that economic changes caused by  space development pose a threat to those nations of the world infected with Dutch Disease. Its history is well-known throughout economic research, and there are many examples of nations negatively affected by it. A less well-known economic risk, however, is that of the inability to utilize resources immediately outside of earth’s orbit (Gravity Well Isolation). In comparison to the economic losses that might be incurred by developing space without a plan to mitigate Dutch disease, the lost potential incurred by gravity well isolation is utterly catastrophic, with tens of trillions in potential world GDP simply written off, much worse than what presently occurs in parts of the world without a technological base to support industrialization.

While similar afflictions have been posited in economic theory, such as Adam Smith’s notion of a nation entirely cut off from trade on the international market, the possibility of economic space development bears a resemblance to the age of European colonization. Within that era, it was clear that colonization was for the benefit of the European colonizing nations, even though their traditional resource providers suffered. Those nations that had commerce with the colonizers found that these had many new assets such as crops, minerals and foreign trade and investment opportunities related to their colonies.

In our modern context, we can assume that a similar process will play out: while many nations risk losses in the short term, the long-term aggregate gains for the whole world will vastly outweigh the apparent harm. Even those countries which stand to lose will see themselves benefitting from new scientific advancements and foreign capital. The dangers of Dutch Disease and Gravity Well Isolation are real, but they can be mitigated by pursuing a policy of making every terrestrial nation a “colonizer” – by giving them all the means to join together in extracting resources and wealth from the solar system. This will require nurturing many new industries within those nations at risk, and breaking down barriers to Intellectual Property proliferation throughout the world. If this is done in a coordinated and collaborative process, it will lead to unprecedented economic development of the world’s most at-risk regions, will generate a new intellectual renaissance, and will open the doors to vastly increased productivity and living standards for those moving into space-relevant industries. Failure to do this will result in losses of wealth and production capacities that far outstrip any of the potential losses from Dutch Disease and other negative consequences of global economic transformation.


Note from Manny Perez, President of Space Renaissance USA (Aug. 21,2017):

Mr. Werbos has brought to our attention some predictable socioeconomic risks that humanity faces from inappropriate development of a space economy.  History might have many examples of how economic development has destroyed societies and cultures, and it is easy to see risks when change is all around us. We, the people of Space Renaissance wish to set a different example, one of collaborative and coordinated human development and evolution.  Human space development needs to be a new beginning, not the beginning of the end.  We in SRI-US promote US leadership of civilian space development, and see this leadership as one of collaborative principles that support humanity worldwide.  

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