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I am So Tired of Sustainability... Let's Try Thrivability.

I am so tired of hearing everyone at every conference or strategic meeting I attend, promoting the overused buzzword that originated several years ago out of Davos of "sustainability". Economic sustainability; environmental sustainability; social sustainability; educational sustainability; sustainability in marriages; sustainability in interpersonal relationships and yada, yada, yada. Sustaining is maintaining but thriving is living. Personally I prefer "thrivability".

Thrivability is an movement that is being brought to life by innovators, visionaries, and just ordinary individuals who want to be positive change agents for the extraordinary. It is a positive, all encompassing ideology that steps away from messages of inflexibility, worrisome burdens, and unproductive sacrifice - the avoidance of the depletion of resources in order to cultivate a peaceful balance and into the mindset which empowers people to take on the most challenging of problems with courage and determination. It is founded upon the premise that thriving is not something that just happens to only inspired individuals, but it is something that can be actively fostered into individuals, organizations, communities, and entire populations.

Thrivability starts with the conviction anything is possible. Thrivability focuses on continual growth and improvement. It takes the last success and makes that the baseline for the next. To do this, a ‘thriving individual" focuses less on identifying and fixing problems and more on creating as well as refortifying the constants that provide the greatest opportunity for individuals, organizations and communities to advance, to express themselves authentically, and to operate in a mutually edifying manner within the broader environment in which they are in.

Better put, thrivability’s approach is holistically salutogenic, it's Gestalt. It's akin to not only a doctor helping a patient live a stress-free, meaningful, and healthy lifestyle, as opposed to a pathogenic approach that prescribes medications for diagnosed ailments; but it looks to at the patient holistically - understanding how each of the core element of the patients life and how it interacts with other elements in and around that patients life is the key to improving the their quality (and quantity) of their existence. It isn't concerned with chasing symptoms, it takes everything into account and operates from the aspect of continued improvement in all areas. By contrast, sustainability addresses the symptoms and seeks to stabilize them, improve them, and make them maintainable, even if the body of the patients has other serious illnesses.

Sustainability is predicated off of fear and maintaining existence in negative situations and circumstances. The popular concept of sustainability is the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. It promises to improve profitability, fund innovation and increase market share for current stakeholders but rarely delivers because it is choked in bureaucratic red-tape, paralysis by analysis in over defining processes/methodologies, internal politics and managers (not leaders) jockeying for who is going to oversee governance.

The biggest reasons these sorts of "sustainable" environments fail to deliver on expectations is that fear driven mentality is always looking for alliances to that they can be the implementer of the governance (control) they feel they need so they can feel safe. The problem with operating like this is that in most cases such individuals, presume everyone operates the same way they do, so that they are always looking over their shoulder for someone else to come in and overthrow them.

These fear driven environments give way for stonewalling important changes, and make implementation of new programs as difficult as possible; they cut budgets, staffs, and collateral capacity to a minimum, proving the adage that the logical extension of doing more with less is doing everything with nothing; they used their political connections at the C-level to decapitate other department/divisions through fear mongering, and lobby to appoint more than their share of like-minded, allied individuals; so they can muddy the project, tolerate seemingly unethical conduct(while blaming it on others), and gaming the performance measure process to guarantee failing scores for as many of the policies as possible.

Typically after all this blows up, they begin to scale back, downsize, look for the lowest common denominator that will finish the project with a modest profit - then try to create a new standard operating procedure around this "fix" (fixing the problem they caused or allowed) it and market it as being apart of their new sustainability initiatives. The sad thing is in such an fear-based environment the smartest and most capable employees don't get promoted nor do innovators, visionaries, or just regular individuals who want to be positive change agents to try to bring about excellence. In such environments, the people who get promoted are the ones who most wholeheartedly embrace the fear-based culture. Since a company has to make money to stay in business, fear based environments have to implement sustainability campaigns just to keep the lights on.

Usually when I begin sharing ideas of thrivability, some will assert that I am just trying to rename what sustainability really is. When I start asking question like: 

  1. Do people where you work talk about collaboration and out-of-the-box thinking but no one takes them seriously?
  2. Is following rules and avoiding blame are every team's top priorities whereas innovation, creating, collaborating, experimenting and having fun do not making the list?
  3. Do people where you work talk incessantly about who's up and who's down on the company's food chain and is the rumor mill is more credible than official communication?
  4. Do your managers and HR people specialize in assigning work, measuring results, punishing infractions and maintaining order, rather than listening to employees, problem-solving with them, celebrating successes and envisioning even greater successes?
  5. Do your managers feel like they have to watch their employees like hawks and strictly enforce rules and policies to cover every situation, because they do not believe that their employees will rise to every challenge?



I have a list of longer questions but usually after these five, their attitudes begin to change especially after I follow up with:

Is every continual project failure or half baked launch proceeded with doing a "lessons learned" divisional meeting and announcing that they will be creating a new standard operating procedure around this "fix" as apart of their new sustainability initiatives? To all those I asked who gave me a "yes" on the first five questions, I haven't received a "no" yet on the follow up. In my opinion, that's sustainability in a nutshell. Whether it is applied to the concept of business or the environment. It is always birthed out of fear, it looks to correct the symptom being addressed by making that solution to maintain in a lowest common denominator existence in hopes to maximize what's left of the resources available.

If we look at the definition of sustain, it in my opinion, defines what the unspoken nature (and very truthful) nature of what sustainability really is and why I perfer thrivability.

Sustain [suh-steyn] Verb (v)

  • to support, hold, or bear up from below; bear the weight of, as a structure.
  • to bear (a burden, charge, etc.).
  • to undergo, experience, or suffer (injury, loss, etc.); endure without giving way oryielding.
  • to keep (a person, the mind, the spirits, etc.) from giving way, as under trial oraffliction.
  • to keep up or keep going, as an action or process: to sustain a conversation.

Sustaining isn't thriving and if it isn't thriving it really isn't living.



Thrivability embraces the flow of the sources of life, joy and meaning, it adds to the flow of life and rides the waves of every situation looking for was to create a new way of succeeding, instead of trying to fight against all the elements and attempting to nullify the effects. Each aspect of thrivability includes and also transcends the previous the last success, expanding both interconnections as well as expanding system awareness as each success hits limits and discovers that more forces are at work than can be explained within their purview. Also, thrivability is not linear per se, nor is it a progression, where you need to move through one before beginning another. You can have aspects of yourself or your organization in multiple places in the chart and movement within the chart can be from any one area to any other. It is not a spectrum of progression. It is a spectrum of viewpoint."

Thrivability offers what the advocates of sustainability promise. Thrivability builds on itself. It is a cycle of actions which reinvest energy for future use and stretch resources further. It transcends sustainability by creating an upward spiral of greater possibilities and increasing energy. Each cycle builds the foundation for new things to be accomplished. We intuitively know that it is not enough to birth something new that provides the necessities of life without acknowledging and attending to the holistic implications for each person in their own lives. To the extent that sustainability is about maintaining a fix of the lowest common denominator, thrivability is about each of us embodying (living our true nature) that new success but manifesting primary principles of truly living.

So to all those pushing sustainability... you can have it. I prefer to thrive and would rather see everyone else thrive as well.

Thursday, 26 April 2018 17:35

Back to Basics: No Website = No Business

In today’s business world, running your start up or small business successfully can be a challenge - especially with all the competitors out there who are doing something similar in your market... even in your city. That's why you should never make any excuse on taking shortcuts when it comes to having a memorable online presence and visibility. In having a site that attract customers, consider these ten reasons why a professional website is important for your start-up or small business.

10. Make a Great First Impression
Today people will Google your business before they visit. Not only that but they will also check online reviews before making any purchase. That’s why you should have a great first impression. Through your website, customers are passing judgment and make their decisions whether or not to take your services. You have less than 10 seconds to get their attention after page load... that's when you have to make it count.

9. Competition
Not having a website for your start up or small business, you may discover that you are steadily losing business to competitors who not only have a site but have started capitalizing off of having a great web design. While you may doubt the validity of the need for a website the likelihood is that your competitors have embraced the reality and are cashing in on the round the clock advertising.

8. Being there 24/7/365 For Your Potential and Existing Customers
Research studies from firms like Gartner have shown that a many people conduct their research on potential products and services online before using it. So by not having a website, you are failing to promote your services within a huge proportion of the market that you competition probably is.

7. Reach New Markets
The obvious is of course being on the web means that you aren’t just a simple local small business anymore, you can effectively business across the world. Undoubtedly, the Internet is the best way to trade both nationally and internationally.

6. Around the Clock Customer Service
By giving answers to customer’s queries on your website, information and sales requests can be processed instantly and automatically. Using contact form people can directly request a quote or any other information even at mid nights and of course you can put up Wikis, FAQs and Answer Bots to fill in those Customer Service gaps when your business is closed.

5. Project Success
For start-ups and small business, a well designed site can make you looked larger and more established than you r competitors. Plus it is the best way of instilling self-confidence as well as setting yourself apart from your competition.

4. Websites are Effective, Affordable and Expandable Way To Market
Whatever you’re selling – products, services, or just yourself – a professionally designed Website is a great way to do it. Websites are can be like a catalog/brochure or webinar that is easily produced, updated, and quickly distributed to your potential customers.

3. Lead Generation and Useful Information
Through your website, you can use forms and surveys to collect information about your customers and prospects or to even solicit important feedback. This information can be further used to maintain a relationship with clientele.

2. Offer Quick Gratifications
At Tapestry Global Enterprises, LLC., we understand that people have a hectic/busy schedules and don’t want to wait for information. A business online can give them what they want, when they want it.

1. No Website = No Business
By now it’s very much clear that if you don't have a website, you’re most likely missing out on new customers who you are in need of the goods and services that you offer. Granted, it’s better to have no website than to have a bad website even though no website means missed opportunities, but a bad website can certainly be worse as it makes your company appear unprofessional.

 

Tapestry Global Enterprises, LLC. knows what it takes to make your business successful. We are committed to help start up and small businesses make a great first impression in their new digital space. Call 865-234-2855 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today and let one of our Online Design Strategists help you determine how to create the best custom tailored solution for your web success.

Saturday, 02 June 2018 17:27

World Economic Forum: Blockchain by 2025

The World Economic Forum anticipates that 10% of global GDP will be stored on the blockchain by 2025. We think by 2025 it will be closer to 30 - 35% at the current rate of technological growth and adoption. That means companies all over the world are preparing for this disruption, and are ready to adopt this technology so that they do not get left behind. Just the impact of distributed ledger technology alone could potentially be as significant as the beginning internet revolution back in the 1990's.

Although the use cases differ, the benefits derived from using the technology remain unchanged: transparency, immutability, redundancy, and security. This year, an explosion of blockchain initiatives have launched literally every day and those embracing this change are propelling themselves to new levels of success. Below are just 50 examples of blockchain use cases implemented around the globe.

Tapestry Global Enterprises, LLC. is leading the way in assisting companies with adoption, integration and implementation of blockchain solutions. If you are interested in discovering how Tapestry Global Enterprises can help you take full advantage of blockchain or our new Tapestry IO blockchain platform - let our one of our consultants help you discover what your current business needs are and if blockchain is the best solution for you.

 

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 17:19

Blockchain and Autonomous Vehicles

Blockchain and Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles may be the future of the automobile industry according to the McKinsey and the Boston Consulting Group which projected widespread adoption of autonomous driving by 2035 and valued that particular sector between $77 - $80 Billion dollars. Suffice to say the top auto makers saw the writing on the wall. Two years ago, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Volvo Cars and Toyota USA announced their partnerships with software companies, like Google, Uber, Tesla Motors, and Apple to help develop autonomous vehicle applications. One of the biggest obstacles in this development is how that has been on everyone’s mind is to pass all this information safely, securely and without data collision - let alone any on-road collisions?

Enter Blockchain. Blockchain technology has come intriguing implications for autonomous vehicles. "Hundreds of billions of miles of human driving data may be needed to develop safe and reliable autonomous vehicles, Blockchain and distributed ledgers may enable pooling data from vehicle owners, fleet managers, and manufacturers to shorten the time for reaching this goal." said Chris Ballinger, TRI's Director of Mobility Services and CFO.

Because blockchain doesn't rely on a central authority to store and verify the data exchange, this means that there isn’t a single point of failure, where malfunction or hacking could equate to serious setbacks for autonomous vehicles on the road. The ability to compile, mine, and analyze data on a blockchain as well as integrate that data into the logistical ecosystem could be instrumental in making autonomous vehicles a safe and viable option.

In order to do so successfully, autonomous vehicles will need to utilize secured, integrated technologies such as radars, LiDAR, GPS, remote odometry, computer vision and hardware and software. These technologies allow the vehicle to accurately assess and navigate within its environment. Vehicles will no longer be self-contained but rather seamlessly connected to roadside infrastructure, with each other and traffic management systems. In this way autonomous vehicles will fall within being part of both the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain.

Tapestry Global Enterprises with the Tennessee Blockchain Coalition proposes to help work with tech companies to come up with the solutions which will seamlessly integrate blockchain, AI and IoT. Such solutions will need to be able to economically, and efficiently solve:

  • Data Collection. The way autonomous vehicle data is collected, stored and transacted, by incentivizing it, securing privacy and immutability;
  • Data Security. A major security problem of conventional technologies is the threat of hackers installing a modified, malicious software update which easily compromises the affected systems. Blockchain through usage of public key and private key functionality of cryptography, can require every software update to be signed by the exclusive private key which only the driver, law enforcement, the owner of the vehicles and software developer companies have access to;
  • Reduced latency. Blockchains have many local nodes involved in their architecture which can allow for faster data collection and data transfer - especially through LiFi networks integrated in street lights, traffic lights, et al;
  • Car Sharing. The way car sharing solutions are operating, by offering solutions for intermediary-free ride hailing, car sharing, carpooling, leasing services;
  • Payments. The way payments and micro-transactions systems are designed, through usage of smart contracts and trustless transactions;
  • Insurance Products. The way car insurance products are designed, allowing innovative insurance products, bringing, efficiency, transparency and speed into the car insurance process;
  • Data Audits. The methods that information and history of a vehicle is stored, enabling a transparent database that could give an elaborate account on any given vehicle;
  • Smart City Integration. The way the transportation ecosystem communicates, exchanges, detects errors and self-corrects within smart cities. 

We believe that partnering together with automakers, research labs, educational institutions, transportation companies, suppliers, startups, as well as state and local government agencies - we, at the Tennessee Blockchain Coalition can help in the acceleration of blockchain technology via cross industry adoption that will help solve issues like these in growing market sectors. for the mutual benefit of businesses, consumers, and society.

Here are four questions business leaders need to be asking in regards to blockchain:

1. Which aspects of my organization are vulnerable to disintermediation and how likely is it to happen?

2. Where likely, how do I need to rethink and reshape my existing business—before others do it for me?

3. Where can I take advantage of blockchain-enabled digital continuity to build new offerings and business models?

4. Where blockchain-based solutions are advantageous, should I go it alone or collaborate for decisive scale?

Twenty-five years ago when Tapestry was Globalogix, Inc., we were operating like this. We implemented a decentralized business model and a horizontal management style with full transparency and accountability. What we discovered back then is employees will thrive (instead of sustaining) and so will your profits. As a technology development company, we realize the most important commodity we have other than our time is the network of consultants we have and the relationships we have with them. It is because of this that we can compete toe-to-toe with development firms that would be consider "outside our weight class and out last them. Our goal at Tapestry isn't the short lived "win", it's the long term success. We believe by fostering such an environment for our consultants is one of the reasons why we are so successful.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 17:05

Hashgraph vs. Swirlds

Though I am very excited about all the possibilities that Hashgraph brings conceptually (and a huge hat tip to everyone at Swirlds for all their amazing work) - the biggest downside I personally see with it, besides being susceptible to malicious successor transactions as well as the potential challenges with Byzantine nodes via public distributed ledgers AND it's a little more centralized in nature than I would prefer... it's the fact that it Swirlds patented this instead of keeping it open source. On the upside... this opens up numerous opportunities to use that patent as a conceptional template, so that the concept's shortcomings can be improved upon to not only create something better for the end users but to make sure that it stays open source so that the technology can continue to organically evolve into something better.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018 16:39

Why We Are Excited About Blockchain...

Why We Are Excited About Blockchain...

Blockchain is the technological conduit which will transfer decision making power from companies who now control it, back to the people. Their data, their privacy, their security on their terms. The decentralization of blockchain also provides the opportunity for better customization so that the application fits more around the business processes rather than changing the business process to fit around the application. It's the beginning of individual digital sovereignty in a world of centralized serfdom that became that way because someone else controls your data. It's an evolution that will start a revolution. A revolution of free thought, and free markets - uncensored and unregulated by those who believe they are entitled to profit off the works of others.

Blockchain is about empowerment. With blockchain you can create currencies which are not geo-politically controlled or burdened with fiat financial instruments that are collapsing in debt. It can allow the creation of microgrids, that empowers communities to be self-reliant rather than solely dependent upon utility companies for their power. It can open up a new way to do health insurance, which will restore the doctor/patient relationship decision model instead of having third party decision makers making costly decision for you. It can help streamline logistics and make purchasing real estate easier and more efficient. It can even make sure that your social experience online is not only secure, but your privacy is never compromised.

The best thing about blockchain, in my opinion is that it isn't the technological destination - it's only the beginning of the journey. As all of us who are helping to implement it, we must be mindful not to allow it to become institutionalized (existing to exist) that it stagnated innovation. I see blockchain as a springboard to many future technological developments that we haven't even began to conceptualize yet. It will continue to flourish so long as we remember that blockchain is merely a tool to help people achieve their goals and to empower them in this digital age. So long as we keep focused on that, then not only will the technology continue to evolve, but it will provide the maximum business, social and ethical benefits to society as it continues to evolve.

If you are interested in discovering how Tapestry Global Enterprises can help you take full advantage of blockchain or our new Tapestry IO blockchain platform - let our one of our consultants help you discover what your current business needs are and if blockchain is the best solution for you.

Saturday, 08 July 2017 18:23

Securing IoT (Internet of Things)

Securing IoT (Internet of Things)

IoT can pose many challenges from a security perspective that most do not factor into their IT Security Strategies. 

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