Creative class, let's create something


Most Americans are familiar with the term, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.” This is a saying that shows how much we, as a community [small or large] are better off when we share. Feeding someone for a day is an incredible thing to be able to do, but feeding someone for life…that should get you into Heaven. I don’t know if you’ve ever gone hungry but let me tell you, it sucks. Especially in the morning when you wake up after you have had a late meal the night before and you are so hungry that it hurts. I’m sure we’ve all been there. Here in San Francisco homelessness is no joke, poverty is a real topic and most people either help or want to. But the problem with most of the help is that it isn’t sustainable. You know what’s the problem with handing out free food to the less fortunate? Once the food is gone, that individual still doesn’t have the resources necessary to purchase or make their own food. And that is the true problem, not the hunger. The hunger is just a byproduct of the lack of economic strength one has. People who help by giving finite resources that last for a short period of time could, contrary to popular belief, do better. The general consensus is that because they are making a direct impact, i.e. meeting with people and giving away resources, that they are doing the most one can do. In my opinion the small business owner that hires people from the community that she serves is the real hero. When you open a business, not only are you helping a community of people get what they already want with a certain level of convenience. You are also giving out opportunities to your future employees. An opportunity to earn an income which allows one to purchase food for them and their family, pay for shelter and what ever else one feels is necessary for survival. This opportunity is sustainable, respectable and relatively infinite. As long as business goes well of course. When giving out resources such as meals etc. it isn’t really free, someone is paying for that meal. Which depends on someone else or another organization to continuously have a surplus of funds. A surplus in funds that allows them to afford to give money away and have enough money left over for themselves. Month after month, year after year. Now, if this sounds sustainable to you, then I challenge you to open an additional tab in your browser and Google: Sustainable.

When you first started reading this post you seen that in the year of 2015 there were at least 12,000,0000 people who were unemployed in The United States. What does this mean? This means that there were 12,000,000 more people than there were jobs. Not that there were 12,000,000 untalented, uneducated, unmotivated, unambitious people in this country. No. We all know at least a handful of educated college grads who either are currently unemployed or spent a long time unemployed before they found a job. Or even more common are people who have a degree or a specialization in one field, but a job in a totally unrelated field. I know a guy that graduated from Duke University with a degree in finance. He even did a semester abroad in China which means he’s cultured now. He worked at Olive Garden post graduation for almost two years before he got his corporate-entry-level-job. Not that there’s anything wrong with Olive Garden or their bread sticks. But a graduate of a highly recognized university, who studied finance abroad in a booming economy and is waiting tables at Olive Garden just doesn’t add up. When there’s unemployment or a lack of job opportunities the first place we look to is the White House. When we really should be looking at something located in our house. And that’s the bathroom mirror. Job creation is a job for the creative class. Entrepreneurs. Us. A lack of job opportunities is a sign of a lack of active entrepreneurs. When a nation has a lack of jobs, it means one thing and one thing only. That nation has too many entrepreneurs posing as employees. If we want to do something great for people that are in need, we need to give them something that they can have long term and call their own. Let’s start a business, create a job and “give” it to someone who needs one. In that order.

“The  Creative Class are a key driving force for economic development of post-industrial cities in The United States.” – Richard Florida

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