Thriving World

Thriving World is a global social resource networking site designed to elucidate and mediate access (via online exchanges) to the inherent abundance that each person, community, organization, and institution has available to them when they are given the means to the appropriate distribution of those resources.

About You

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About You

First Name

Eric

Tell us about yourself/your team.

Passionate innovator and networker of systems that encourages and enables humanity to thrive.

What makes you an intrapreneur? What are the skills, capabilities, and personality traits that make you an intrapreneur?

I look at the current systems in place and see how they can be adjusted to serve humanity better so it can thrive as well as be excellent stewards for this Earth. I have looked through a variety of different culture, communities, and societies to sort out what aids in humanities success and what leads to its failure. I have visionary skills, intuitive prowess, facilitative capacity, the willingness to delegate when necessary, and the desire to collaborate with others on projects that cultivate goodwill, joy, and passionate service in the world. I see that individuals who do their own inner work can be relied upon to then offer more wholesome and holistic approaches to the current net of crises that we as a species face.

About Your Organization

Company Country

United States, OR, Talent, Jackson County

Primary country where this project is creating social impact

United States, OR, State of Oregon, Jackson County

Additional countries or regions

Begins with State of Oregon

Industry

Other

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Innovation

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Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Idea (you're poised to launch)

The Need: What social or environmental problem are you trying to solve?

There are many problems that need to be addressed both socially and environmentally. I see my idea as a tool that can aid in the addressing of these needs in a more efficient, cost effective, and engaging way that also serves as a great means to build local and global grass roots community.

The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!

Thriving World is a social internet platform that gives users(individuals, communities, schools, institutions, governments, etc.) opportunities to get needs met & skills/services/gifts/talents to be shared with others. Think of it as a cross between freecycle/ebay/craigslist/prosper/facebook within a gift economy. Each user will create a profile, filling out an in depth questionnaire via software that fields their needs (from the basic Products level - I need a crib for my son to the Service level - I need consulting help building my organization to the Relational level - I need some emotional support - to the Regional level - our local area needs food shelter assistance) and then it fields their skills, gifts, and talents to be share with others. Here's the thing, everyone has something that is of value to give to the world and everyone has needs. Right now the way that our system distributes the massive amount of resources that we have as a species and within the planet is poor.

The Solution: Why is this solution innovative for your company and industry?

Individuals can be aided in clarifying what their needs and skills/talents/gifts are, In some cases Thriving World gives insight to individuals about gifts & skills that they aren't even aware that they had or that others were in need of. The social service platform acts as a linking service provider giving each user the ability to be in contact with those who need their gifts & those have have gifts that they need. Each exchange can be via trade/donation/cash/credit/or gift.

The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities.

A person comes to the site, goes through the profilin software system, an inventory of their current needs is assessed: Joe Fella, needs his toilet fixed, a babysitter on weds. nights, his PC fixed, a massage, and consulting on his next business proposal. His gifts are then assessed: He has the ability to listen attentively, he can fix old mercedes, he loves to read stories to children, he has traveled the orient extensively, and he knows how to cook mandarin cuisine. Then the website offers him lists of people that have already been entered into the system that have similar needs that have gotten those met but different users, showing the exchange history (so he can have ideas of how to meet his needs) as well as users that are currently available to offer their gifts for his needs. Then his gifts are cataloged and then offered to users that have need for his gifts. Then when he finds an exchange that is fitting for his needs or someone contacts him about accessing one of his gifts he has the option of choosing to asking for a donation from the user as a gift, paying cash/paypal/credit card, trading for one of his gifts, giving the exchange credit to the thriving world organization(or other charitable organizations and users) or having the credit added to his store of credit to use in other interactions. The same situation applies to when a user wants to exchange around his gifts. Then users leave comments & feedback about how the exchange went, benefited them, and encourage relationship building. These exchanges improve lives and communities in the process.

The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?

Sacred Economics or gift economy is the new rising market economy. The Thriving World social net platform provides a concrete way to help transition to the gift economy model within the current existing models of exchange. Similar projects are City2.0 at http://www.thecity2.org/ and http://www.tedprize.org/. This world is overflowing with abundance. Human beings are affluent in so many ways. The main problem has always been the distribution of and relationship to that abundance. Zuckerberg says Facebook and other forces on the Internet now create sufficient transparency for gift economies to operate at a large scale. “When there’s more openness, with everyone being able to express their opinion very quickly, more of the economy starts to operate like a gift economy."

Impact

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Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world.

I had a dream 10 years ago of a website that people would come to that would help them identify their needs/gifts & then link them to others so those needs can be met & the gifts can be given. It is a deeply meaningful experience to feel your gift has been given and needs are met. I realized that needs are meant to be met & the reason we have gifts is to give them. However sometimes we don't have the resources to realize what those needs and gifts are or the help to get them met or distribute the gifts to those who need them. Now with the development of new technology it is easier to create the network needed to address the large issues of basic survival needs and higher levels of needs (see Maslow's hierarchy of needs). I see Thriving World as a platform that aids humanity in a more efficient & effective means to assess & access our resources, utilizing them wisely, and actualizing those different types of needs which in turns rises the degree of meaning and happiness on the planet.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

I have not yet created the software program that fields the data for the users. Once I have this created then I can create the service and get the website running. I need the financial support and social recognition so I can gather the team and resources to put the idea into form. Thriving world can grow exponentially just as craigslist, facebook, freecycle, and ebay have.

What is your projected impact over the next 1 to 3 years?

If I get funding and recognition, the sky is the limit.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Finding the right team members, getting the funding and social recognition to put the idea into form. I plan to overcome them by entering my idea here and other similar project that can give it funding and resources.

Sustainability

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What is the benefit or value you're creating for your business?

The project would be funded by the users. One of the options that each exchange has is to offer the gift or credit to Thriving World to cover its costs.

How are you leveraging internal resources (funds, time, knowledge, etc.) to support this initiative?

Right now I am putting my own time and energy into it. When I have more funds and people to share resources I can do more as a team!

Expand on your answer, explaining the long-term funding and support plan.

First step is to get some financial backing. Then to find some design experts for the software program. Create the website. Then test the software. Then launch it.

Tell us about your partnerships across your company and externally that are key to your project's success.

I seek to utilize the Holocracy framework for company management style. Currently I am the sole member of the Thriving World organizational idea.

What internal support have you gotten for your project? What kind of push-back have you received?

I have not gone out much with my idea, I have been waiting for the right timing to bring it out. So I have not received much push-back either.

73 weeks ago Eric Grace updated this Competition Entry.
73 weeks ago Eric Grace submitted this idea.