An unusual writers holiday.
You Bring your drama, your questions, your chaos (if you have it) and we provide your meals, your accommodation, and as many ears and hours of analysis and review as you wish.
It's what lies behind all of what else we do.
It's how we first made our dough.
In a recent management book published by Simon and Schuster, the author referred to one of his most successful, i.e., successfully "leveraged" team members as a "hippie."
That "hippie" was Olive Retreat's Co-Owner Ray, who in Omnipreneurship & The Hippiepreneur outlines why - though he's not really a hippie - it's important to acknowledge that a large component of hippie ideology was way ahead of its time, and in light of serious global challenges, still is.
For example, what does Ray think of during a meeting with Tony Blair?
"I just don't get it. In his Europe, a History (1996), scholar Norman Davies' estimates that more than 8,000,000 people died in the Thirty Year's War, what is one of Europe's most destructive wars.
How can I be too intrigued by a global leader who continues to wear 1600s Croatian mercenary fashion as a work costume? Would one not have thought that with all our great technology and learning we'd come up with a better outfit than a few minutes hassle in the morning demands of us? That requires a known environmental toxin and proven carcinogen (perchloroethylene) to clean?
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has designated perchlorethylene a "potential occupational carcinogen." The National Toxicology Program has designated it as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen." And the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has designated perc as a "probable human carcinogen."
Why do we follow people who persist on using outdated and toxic customs, like invading countries on humanitarian premises?
On the other hand it makes sense. Since I was born the world has been engaged in as many as 250 armed conflicts, in more than 150 locations around the world, with as many as 190 million deaths being directly or indirectly related. More than in the previous 4 centuries.
A tie and suit are weapons of mass destruction, trust me."
It's no surprise therefore, that in that same best-selling leadership book in which Ray was called a "hippie" we find the Fortune 500 CEO and Chairman author also describing Ray as "a little crazy."
"I was never comfortable with the word leverage.
We have to think about words, even if just for the habit of it.
When I read about leverage, I read about force.
In fact, a lever is used to exert forces over distances using a fulcrum.
Our economic models and business strategies are based upon living creatures being used as tools. People are tools. Animals are tools. Rivers, trees, and air are tools.
Tools don't feel, or have children and loved ones, or lose them. At least none of the tools I have.
Tools are recruited into the service of a mission, of gaining mechanical advantage. They are required to become the manifestation of ideology only. Ideology has no material embodiment outside of form, which is why when people and animals are formed into the tool ideology, when they are leveraged to "amplify an input force to provide a greater output force" they become sick.
When they become sick and can no longer perform, when a fulcrum or bearing breaks due to stress, when the lever itself snaps, we throw them out.
One can get a new one cheap at either linked-in, amazon, or the Chinese shop.
"Duōshǎo qián yīgè hǎorén?"
Join us for a time, and see what comes out of the mix.