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Authority and Conviction

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This paper was extemporaneous in response to a call for papers in a leadership class at the University of Phoenix. Authority and conviction encompasses authenticity, commitment, ethical standards, honesty, leadership and a host of complementary character compliances.

The Attention Getter

For some reason I asked for viral meningitis back in the mid 80s. At the time I was in the midst of trying circumstances and questioned the very nature of behavior beyond words of commitment and loyalty; the trust we seek in relationships and life. At least choosing the illness is what a progressive self-initiating viewpoint might offer. I was in a very conflicting and difficult internal place dealing with a job that meant working with airborne weapons –  helicopters, fighter jets and missiles for the Department of Defense.

I was also feeling like there was no support in my marriage because instead of counseling or therapy, my wife chose to follow the pattern her mother set… involve other men. I was especially conflicted because we had just completed a spiritually-focused process in our church, too, resulting in eternal commitments that I took quite seriously. So I created a time for me to take stock in my own life’s mission and purpose once again. The analysis of authority and conviction brings varying opinions. I took it to new depths.

I spent several weeks flat on my back with a headache so bad that I wished I could make my transition and free myself of the pain and turmoil. It was not meant to be and I learned to go much deeper into my own being and nature to find the place of peace within. It did not change what was happening on the outside. It sure gave me some clarity on the inside, though. I began to recognize how I had set up my own cognitive dissonance. The culmination of the current dilemmas produced the proverbial ‘time out’ that I had to take due to the fact that I could barely open my eyes because of the pain from the light, even in a darkened room. What does that say about the metaphor of keeping your light under a basket?

Occasionally I have to remind myself of the wonderfully nasty headaches when I get too focused on the mundane and my mind wants too much control over processes that are not controllable or in my best interests. Even understanding the amazing ability to choose what you experience, sometimes we have to be reminded to stop, listen and look around. As I paused by our pond recently, a couple of decades later, in a moment of contemplation attempting to move through my headache, I heard a cicada for the first time this year. It seems a bit early for them here. Maybe I’m just not noticing time the way I used to; seeming to move much faster as I get older.

As I just relaxed and released to its song I felt a deep sense of gratitude. My headache subsided as my mind responded to the stillness. The song of the cicada reminded me of the ‘white noise’ that I’ve found many hear. I’ve used this ‘noise’ to help me meditate as focusing on it without ‘trying’ to listen often decreases its pitch and leads to some very interesting places in consciousness. In this ‘pause for the cause’ I was gifted with the following stream of consciousness. A natural desire for argument may cross your mind as you read. However, I would ask that you read with an open mind and heart as much as possible.

The Inner Stream

One who truly speaks with authority does so because they HAVE IT. It is a part of them, often beyond the scope of their own knowing, exuding from their presence even as a young person. When in positions of power and public view, leaders who speak with authority can be heard not only with the head; the heart responds as well. Their words are FELT in the depths of one’s BEING. Everyone has felt the difference at some point in their lives, whether verbally acknowledged or simply logged in their own consciousness. Consider the difference when you are looking for people to work with on a personal or professional basis.

One does not need an office or position to speak with authority of the heart. There are many who weather the storm of personal, political, or professional resistance to authenticity, honesty, and integrity of our natural desire to bond with one another. We’ve been duped into believing that duality is a natural state of being when in fact, non-duality is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. Science is even proving the notion of an anthropic universe [life-friendly] through quantum physics and complexology, a new field of study that uses a holistic approach to understanding our physical world. Holistic philosophy, aka spirituality, maintains that all things are connected. So we have no excuse for not being responsible for the affects of our actions and thoughts.

One who speaks with unauthentic conviction, not having ‘authority’, is convicted almost before they begin… of many false beliefs because of the lack of FEELING. It is noticeable in the lack of resonance in one’s depths and audiences recognize it as well, or at least some do. Emotional manipulation is easy with these types as their mission is to intimidate (covertly and subtly) the actions of the audience toward their own personal agenda or bias. There is often a ‘hidden’ agenda behind this type of presentation. The awareness in our own feeling without emotional attachment is intuitively how we know, or feel, we can trust someone.

The feeling is undeniable and the lack of it irrefutable when one relies on the heart-felt resonance of vibration, whether uttered from the mouth or displayed in print through one’s words doesn’t matter, it is in their energy field for those who have the ability to feel. That would be everyone for those of you wanting to feel separate from your own power now. It appears that our ability to act as citizens prompted by this authentic presence and natural desire to be friendly and loving toward others has been depressed and even subverted by those who speak with a lack of authentic conviction, meaning their agendas do not support life or love, even though they may say all the right words to make the willing believers (our natural state is trust) feel safe. In fact, many have become so desensitized by the rapid-fire information age that this natural internal state of discernment and recognition has been lost.

Critical self-reflection as we listen to or read our own words is always happening within the truth circuits of our naturally oriented love consciousness, which resides in truth. “As I speak, therefore I AM” to paraphrase a wise one. We have the ability to be Self-monitoring in alignment with Divine Flow within us at ALL TIMES. We choose to remove ourselves from it. It is that simple. All the kingdoms sing praise when you can stop and listen to their song. Our natural state is one of love and surrender, faith and trust. This can also swell into a torrent of energy, commanding resonance in ALL THAT IS when we focus on the awareness of Oneness, non-duality thinking.

We might call this the ‘War in Righteousness’ that is beyond any ONE person yet is encompassed by ALL. It is a sense of serenity that, paradoxically, disrupts anything that is out of alignment with itself, humans being the most obvious example at this time. Humans have in turn, affected their very survival by infecting the Earth with their selfish acts backed by evil intent. btw… this is not the work of some EVIL ONE. This was the choice of individuals who then drew together to support one another. See what they/we have done? In the formality of non-dualistic thinking, us and them become ‘we’ and there is no ego without ‘wego’ in the sense of our collective responsibility. Without pointing fingers, we can acknowledge that life as we know it can get much better and we have the methods and technology to affect change toward a more holistic local, national, and global renaissance of simply looking out for one another instead of destroying ourselves and our environment.

Now imagine what we could do with the same, or even greater, concerted effort in calling for authentic authority and responsible action. Imagine what pure motives and unselfish behavior could do to turn the tide of desire, desolation, and destruction. We often resist the religious or spiritual messages that promote our divine unity and brother/sisterhood of spirit across the sand-drawn boundaries of cultures and ethnic distinctions. Recent scientific discoveries in tracking genetic lineage shows that we are all related, so why are we not able to act as a family? Serendipitously, I had an experience when first contemplating the depth of my connection just after going through a rather disheartening divorce. Being adopted with no results of research for lineage, I have an over-riding “Who Am I?” question that is a precursor to action of any depth in nature.

Inquiring Even Further

One early morning shortly after midnight in June of ’88 I asked the question internally and was answered externally by an elder friend setting next to me. We had been talking about other matters earlier so his verbal outburst would have made little or no sense had I not just asked the question. His words were, “You are Zendor!” in a rather loud and authoritative voice. He was not a ‘channeler’ or psychic that I was aware. Still, out it came.

As it did, my second sight turned on and the video screen showed a starscape and stone-arched huge wooden castle door in the center, slowly opening outward toward me. I laughed as I head the phrase, “door to what is” echo in my head as I watched the scene silently. What a piece of work! I was in awe for years…still am during these moments of reflection and writing. It makes me realize how small I am in the great generosity of God. Still, what the heck do you do with experiences like this?

Now I’m going to take it to another level, so remember that I asked for an open mind and heart as you read further. I’m not asking you to believe a thing that I write. Many believe that we came from somewhere else initially and have been watched for millennia by our predecessors or progenitors. Much like the Star Trek Prime Directive, in order for our ancestry (forefathers, space families, or whatever you wish to call them) to engage actively with our Earth, logic would seem to dictate that we must first meet some requirements mandated for developing civilizations before they can be taken into any Confederation of Planets or Galactic Federation of any kind.

Looming Questions

I’d say that makes good sense, wouldn’t you? Barbarians on the loose in space just doesn’t sound like a good idea now does it? So what must happen? What are their requirements? What do we need to do if there is some ‘event’ looming in our near future? What exactly could it be? Is it truly conceivable that a whole planet could be wiped out? Would it be possible to avoid it? What does this ‘end of time’ scenario really mean? What can we demonstrate of our knowledge and wisdom to date? What does the scientific evidence, empirical and unemotional, give indication toward possible outcomes?

As I understand it TRUTH is pure, intuitive, logical thought which then translates into a multitude of sensations within the mind/body/spirit complex of the SOUL. Where does it all lead? Do we really have a choice in the matter, or is it simply an imminent program poised in the cosmic computer queue ready to self-correct? Hmmmm…. Imagine that… on all levels of our known existence and more. Resources that are currently allocated to less-than-friendly actions need to be redistributed to life-friendly causes, eh? And what of the effect of thought on our personal experience or our environment?

Love is said to be the true foundation of the Galactic Federation or Confederation of Planets, and the mission of the Ashtar Command as many are finding in their search for extraterrestrial assistance in the face of non-conformity of life-friendly international actions on the planet’s surface now. Quite a number would probably find the idea of such an organization totally coming from fantasy land. Maybe it does. Truth is often stranger than fiction. To some, just the opposite is true as well. To those of the latter mindset the agenda of the Ashtar Command makes perfect sense and they live in quiet support of it.

It’s been said that the ultimate understanding from studying the world religions is to move beyond the separative notions within them. Divine mysteries are too big for one religion. Perhaps the unity in diversity concept for organizational management could also fit into that category. Through study and understanding of the various belief systems and cultural differences there can be a peace, or at least working relationship, from finding and focusing on what makes us all the same. Good leaders focus on common elements and, in fact, make sense common to their rank and file through their efforts of demonstrating by example. Actions speak louder than words. We learned that as children.

So much has been happening to a certain portion of the planetary population that cause for concern, possibly consideration, is noteworthy in the expansion of our knowledge base in the information age. Those who feel some level of participation in the AC’s precepts sense a greater connectivity to cosmic cooperation and even cosmic consciousness – awareness of non-duality thinking and living. In most circles who are aware or feel involved, the AC is known for its Divinely-driven spiritual and material union for the benefit of all mankind, like a self-correcting program. It could be said that we are that self-correcting program that is now operational and seeking to serve humanity in a most profound and prophetic way.

What Can We Do?

As with any vision, someone has to see it, hold it, and share it without fear of repercussion in order to bring it into manifestation. It has to anchor into the consciousness of ONE first, and that ONE may be thousands in body, before it can manifest ubiquitously amongst humanity. This is what has to be realized as a collective organization before anything can proceed. Each one has assigned duties. I know this because I remember the meetings on board (conscious and participating in the process), while many others were in a dream state, unable to recall upon awakening yet having a faint remembrance. Some remember bits and pieces of such encounters and ignore them as some manifestation of archetypal imagery being addressed in the psyche.

The mental health professionals have been perplexed for decades regarding these experiences and stories of questionable validity for lack of proof. Still others have full memories of these experiences that are beyond the ‘normal’ scope of dreamtime. Indigenous elders have shared that we can affect and are affected by our dreamtime work. One set of these meetings, for me, lasted for nearly a week in February, 2001. Some of you may begin recalling them as you are reading these words. That means its working, beyond your belief, and you remember the EXPERIENCE. Now here’s the kicker… do you actually remember or do you WANT to have been there so bad that you create a memory of it? Just relax… all things will be revealed in time.

Others of you may want to totally disregard this paragraph. I’ve been called many things for my authentic expressions and questions of ‘reality;’ most of them not so nice. Many so-called Christians have thought me to be white-washed on the outside and full of Satan on the inside. I realize it is nothing personal – concepts and ideas are the triggers and I’m just a guy writing about his contemplations and ponderances of life’s offerings. I have to admit that I often have sincere doubts until I run into someone that says they met me on board or saw me in a dream or heard about me some other way. Not too many folks are willing to talk openly about inner things yet.

Now that this door has opened for you, if indeed it has, it will take a bit of time for the memories to surface, or not, to the point of actually performing your assigned duties if you have them – divinely orchestrated and perfect just for you. Truly.. I’m not sure everyone has a ‘mission’ of this type. There seems to be a natural hierarchy of order within this process, like the organizational structure of a large corporation. The premise is that we are cosmic consciousness condensed into form, becoming aware of the fact as we perceive our unity within diversity, the oneness of all things.

If this seems like total fabrication and science fiction, then it probably isn’t for you or maybe it is in you imagination at least. This process is beyond any one of my wildest dreams and possibly the culmination of all of them. Its magnitude and potential for success is beyond belief, yet very real as the potential of conscious activity proven by quantum physics and doctoral level metaphysicians continues to grow. Literally it is appearing as through a mandate of Creators’, so to speak, being a natural process for our planet and people at this juncture in the development of our specie.

For those that have the eyes to see and the ears to hear, my words may resonate with some authority, not because I wish to lead; because you are inextricably part of the process, too. No ONE of us is any better than another. Each has their role, and like the corporate hierarchy, each role is just as important to the achievement of the goals and objectives. To the rest of you it may just sound like it makes sense, but you have your doubts or you may feel like you are someone specially sanctioned to deliver a message. I think I got over the messianic complex long ago, even though it still rears its little head occasionally in my feeling world.

Those who resonate with this kind of experience know the plan is about representing a collective soul of sorts, the Christ Consciousness (Cosmic Consciousness) based in love and natural order of creation, beyond heretofore ‘human’ understanding, which becomes the outpicturing of faith and trust. This is how Creator will dwell with Man, in my opinion. There is still much more as we are indeed sons and daughters of this Creator, Source, the ONE or whatever your word is in your region of the world. Of course the original texts refer to Creator in the plural. The three suns I was shown over a decade ago may hold the key. What could that mean? That would mean ancestry that bridges quantum physics and religion.

We intuitively know of the ONE deep within us, yet there are many aspects that evolve in and around us. We’ve been collectively unaware of anything in between the dots we’ve connected. It has been referred to as the ‘dark matter’ that exists between particles of light, such as the proton, neutron, and electron. Imagine that! The current rapidly dwindling mindset would have you believe that there is a huge chasm between us and our Creator with little to no hope of ever reaching the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. Would that ancestry reside in what we call Heaven? What really is Heaven? What about bringing it to Earth?

Could Creator exist in the ‘space’ between the dots so that as we reconnect them, re-link our natural state, Creator’s presence is unmistakably present. Religion, after all, means reunion with Creator. Quantum physics is proving the theory mathematically. I say we can prove it physically with a trance-end-dance of dualistic consciousness and movement toward the natural harmony of the mind and heart. This seems to be happening beyond any personal opinions to the contrary. Would that ancestry maybe be connected to a few already? Hmmmm….

Beyond any appearance of self-absorbed or arrogant behavior, my intentions have always been to be submissive to possibility, faith and trust in a new world order of holistic proportions that fully demonstrates what we have been calling LOVE. Supposedly this is what everything is… limitless oscillating vibrational energy… LOVE. We’ve known for some time now, through scientific discovery, that everything has a vibration – from dis-ease to the purest light. Knowing that as my knowledge grows my ignorance often exponentiates, I approach every situation with an open mind and heart. I encourage you to approach your every day lives in the same manner.

I know that in that genuine openness, vulnerability and the innocence of a child, which equates to faith and trust is the ultimate protection from any harm. Every religion speaks to this point. I’m not asking you to believe any of this. Your own experience will either confirm or deny these things for you. At least it makes for a good story and could potentially have an awesome conclusion. The truth is, for me at least, that I’m still unraveling the enigma, the cosmic conundrum of ‘what does this all mean and what I am suppose to do?’

It is a very humbling experience I might add. I hope you’ve enjoyed the read.

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E-Curriculum Technology

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The delivery of curriculum through electronic means is a growing trend in America. Using a Community Technology Center (CTC) to compile and deliver e-curriculum serves not only the community of residence; it also allows businesses, home-schoolers, and public and private schools across the nation low cost access to state-of-the-art curriculum. This paper will examine internal and external elements of procurement, supply chain management, and distribution as applied to the development of this project.

Procurement

“Electronic commerce decreases the cost of creating, processing, distributing, storing, and retrieving paper-based information. For example, by introducing an electronic procurement system, companies can cut purchasing administrative costs by as much as 85 percent.” Pg. 62 Several methods are used for electronic procurement of e-curriculum. Cyber savvy teachers with a passion for sharing regularly post their achievements to electronic repositories. Traditional textbook manufacturers are developing their own brand of e-curriculum. Bundled thematic units are being created by teacher collaboratives, electronic curriculum developers, and even companies that are aligning practical academic knowledge bases with real-world applications.

An active procurement process involves setting up extranets with the variety of suppliers as well as curriculum analysts. Procurement also involves leveraging existing systems, resources, and repositories as functional pieces for intranet and extranet purposes, with ultimate application across the Internet and World Wide Web. Using intelligent agents, the results of searches for state-of-the-art curriculum can also categorize and identify preferred curriculum bundles and/or subjects. This feature should increase utility for customer relationship management as well in fulfilling specific requests. In the case of specific curriculum developers, the agents can identify and compare relative factors within examinable parameters on supplier websites and return ranked scores for internal analysts. Intelligent agents can also be used to seek out teacher-made curriculum, contacting potential candidates, and notifying internal resource developers for follow up on potential suppliers. Collaborative alliances will develop as the project evolves because of the nature of educators’ willingness to support a collective approach to solving many of the problems with traditional curriculum delivery.

Supply Chain Management

“A more recent trend, however—direct-to-consumer selling—is driving an even larger logistics shift in the U.S., according to Ron Riggin, vice president and general manager of MARC Global Systems. MARC is a global supply chain execution (SCE) systems provider for tier-one and -two customers at hundreds of sites worldwide. The latest 3PL trend is application hosting, a.k.a. ASP. ASPs disseminate logistics applications over private networks or the Internet from a location other than the customer’s. “The world is moving back to data centers, like 20 years ago when IT occupied the IBM universe,” said Mr. Riggin. “Especially in the last year to 18 months, IT architecture has been moving to the ASP model via intranets. Now, with Web technology, ASPs and 3PLs can deliver software on demand to end users in real time. You get local processing ability but central management.” (Navas, 2003)

Designing the CTC with data center capacity increases electronic disintermediation in the B2C supply chain. Storage of electronic curriculum on local servers increases uptime and deliverability to local clients via intranets and distance clients via extranets and the Internet. Once the hardware infrastructure is in place, intelligent agents will again deliver accessible product for perusal, acceptance or rejection, and categorization for inclusion in the e-catalog of available material or queued for additional screening. Licensing and User Agreements will promote low-cost accessibility for low-income communities, un- or under-employed professionals and small businesses. Through collaborative alliances and consumer survey development, suppliers can further refine products for specific clients and extend their product development potential.

Distribution

Clients will include on-site users at the CTC, home-schoolers, life-long learners, small businesses, and charter, district and private schools. The distribution model includes our ultimate consumer satisfaction, supply chain management, and relationship building marketing model to ensure future growth and sustained use. Although the direct link between producer (in the case of teachers) and consumer may not be possible, the capacity to collect and store data, concerning curriculum, allows an ever-greater market for the individual or collaborative teacher teams.

The CTC infrastructure increases the capability to deliver the e-curriculum through the internal LAN and across intranets, extranets, and the Internet. Special intelligent agents are again involved to monitor access and means of distribution in order to increase customer satisfaction, monitor internal processes within the software systems, and continue quality delivery to end users. In-house servers with DS3 lines ensure enough bandwidth availability during peak accessing times so that the real-time delivery is not interrupted.

It is also conceivable that collaborative alliances will develop as distribution channels grow. Many charter schools are hampered by the high cost of e-curriculum packages that are poorly serviced once they are delivered and installed. Third-party distribution channels will develop through the relationships that are built with schools and small businesses, expanding the delivery capacity of e-curriculum. Using the intranet server within the CTC as an application warehouse helps to reduce maintenance and support problems.

 

References

E-Business Principles and Practices, © 2002, Boston, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing

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E-Business Trends

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E-Business has revolutionized the worlds of business to business, business to consumer, consumer to consumer, business with Government, and Nonprofit relationships. Although e-business is not ubiquitous in its applications to every consumer, niche and target marketing have become a necessary focus of the evolving business models. Products and services offered via the Web are growing at an astounding rate and simultaneously growing the marketing methodologies. This process is not only synergizing marketing strategies; it is transforming the way business is done. Education, across the spectrum of child to adult and life-long learners, is also part of this transformative expansion.

Educational Trends

At the time of this writing there are 116,910 public and private schools with K-12 students in the United States alone, of which 89,508 are public. Virtually every public school is now connected to the Internet. In the US alone, there are over 52 million K-12 school students and 4.2 million K-12 teachers. USD 351 billion was expended on K-12 education in 1999 with an additional USD 232 billion spent on post secondary education, not including vocational, specialty and professional development training. (Source: National Center for Education Statistics) It is also estimated that schools write 25 million purchase orders in a year at a cost of between USD 100 and USD 150 above the actual cost of the product for each requisition. (Source: Lamar Alexander, CEO of Simplexis.com, February 1, 2000). .

The Information Age and the pundits of propaganda (traditional textbook producers) are at war. Public schools, even with the technology that is now being incorporated, are slow to respond to the changes in the learning behaviors of students. The incorporation of the Web in the classroom is underutilized by most students due to the unavailability of technology in the classrooms themselves. Web-based learning, along with the use of LAN and WAN capacity development, is increasing faster than most schools can manage. Technology is changing at such a rapid pace that even the best Technology Plans often fall short due to the lack of skills, or resistance to change old teaching patterns within the classroom.

Inclusion of new information regarding the nature of learning, including multiple intelligences and emotional intelligences, puts even more pressure on the professional development of teachers and the need for state-of-the-art curriculum. Some schools have incorporated computer-based instructional programs that have been developed to meet or exceed State Standards for educational proficiency levels, or levels of mastery of the material. These programs incorporate multimedia, which is supposed to make the material ‘interesting’ and ‘fun’ to learn for the students, yet provide little more than clicks and giggles. The ‘giggles’ come from students who think they are ‘getting by’ simply by following the same linear educational philosophy of the industrialists (Dewey, et al.) who created the current system. There is very little challenge for them.

Charter schools that have incorporated these ‘stand alone’ programs often have less-than-adequate teachers at the helm of the classroom, believing that following the bouncing ball (prescribed path) will meet the educational needs of the students. Of course, that is providing that there is adequate technology in the classrooms of the charter schools, which unfortunately is usually not the case. Many schools have donated computers that essentially are the leftovers after companies have upgraded their own. Charter schools, although publicly funded, do not receive the same financial contributions per student as district public schools. This affects the level of utility that a charter school can effectively perform for the community it serves.

CTC Trends

A Community Technology Center (CTC) is where people get free or low-cost access to computers and computer-related technology, such as the Internet, together with learning opportunities that encourage exploration and discovery. Partnerships create shared ownership of vision and distribute responsibility of task completion in the achievement of collaborative missions, utilizing both click and brick assets. Socially responsible action in creating low-cost solutions for educational content and delivery to the end user creates community utility.

“Enormous resources are being spent in the public and private sectors on education and workforce development. Last year, an estimated $5.7 billion was spent on technology in schools alone. The challenge here is not finding resources but deploying them effectively. There have been many experiments deploying technology and training in low-income communities over the last decade. These promising models, from technology training programs for youth to online content development efforts, provide useful lessons for going to scale — lessons not yet widely applied. There is a growing constituency for these issues: business leaders concerned with a quality workforce, parents who want opportunities for their children, and educators and others who want to see technology tools for youth not only in schools but in after-school programs, housing facilities, faith institutions and libraries. Elected officials are interested in technology, workforce, and education issues and are ready to move ahead with policies that suit their districts and state.” (Children’s, 2003)

E-Content Forces

Global E-commerce revenue will top USD 1.1 trillion by 2002, up from USD 15 billion in 1997, according to recent estimates from Deloitte Consulting. (Source: Forrester Research) The following figure charts the increasing activity of the internet sector and projects continued acceleration in growth over the next few years.

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The US is expected to generate the majority of the total Internet generated revenue, USD 842 billion. The rest of the world’s regions together would generate the remaining USD 300 billion. The Asian market is predicted to generate USD 50 billion in revenue. In addition, there are 92 million US and Canadian web surfers over the age of 16 and another 150 million people worldwide who actively use the Internet. Over 60 percent of these surfers shop on-line. By the end of 2005, it is predicted the global market will grow to over 300 million surfers of who 225 million will shop on-line. Nearly 70 percent of this Internet “universe” will be outside of North America. (Source: The Computer Industry Almanac, December 1999)

“The great untold story of online commerce is that business-to-business sales have already eclipsed the higher-profile business-to-consumer (B2C) market by a long shot. Annual B2B e-commerce is projected to soar from $34 billion in 1998 to $1 trillion by 2003, according to Forrester Research, while the consumer market swells from $7.8 billion to $108 billion in the same period.” (Source: Business 2.0, September 1999) According to the Gartner Group, 7% of the forecasted USD 15 trillion total global sales transactions will be done through B2B e-commerce. Updated figures by the Gartner Group on January 26, 2000 estimated the B2B market to grow from USD 145 billion in 1999 to USD 7.29 trillion in 2004.
Differentiation

The target market for this project includes K-12 learners, young adults, and life-long learners. These individuals are in public and private schools, at home, and at various places of employment throughout the world. The CTC framework allows low-cost accessibility of curriculum, assessment, and State reporting as a result of data storage and retrieval capacity within the local data center and direct links with similar facilities nationwide. Features and functions of the CTC website include most of the standard models of e-business, such as shopping carts, real-time inventory (ASP feedback), customer service (on and off-line), product information and catalog, customization for specific programs, wish lists, and intelligent agents. Marketing to educators, schools, home-learners, training and development departments, correctional facilities, and other potential clientele will occur through a combination of e-direct, reciprocal links, industry publications (on and off-line), and referral networks. Benefits of this project/program include time-saving lesson development and topic-specific thematic units, low-cost access (shared resource), training and development templates for ease of instruction, career and professional development for working professionals and life-long learners.

Conclusion
Educational reformation is unavoidable and is happening whether we like it or not. Much of this process is happening through underdeveloped or underutilized programs and click and mortar structures caught in paradigm paralysis. This paradigm paralysis occurs because there are no new models, no working examples, of what is truly necessary to develop strong youth and adult learning programs and ultimately a strong community. It is apparent by our ‘walled communities’ that we have forgotten the essence of what makes us strong as a nation. Sustainable growth comes from community involvement that is facilitated through the inclusion practices of the organization; developing a community capable of raising the new genre of children through a systems approach to learning.

References
Children’s Partnership, The, Young Americans and the Digital Future Campaign, (2003) [WWW document] URL: http://www.childrenspartnership.org/youngamericans/overview.html

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Enigmatic Ethical Dilemmas

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Enigmatic ethical dilemmas are prevalent in today’s world. Our society faces such perverted business practices, i.e. the push for the pipeline, in a surrealistic daily life. Yet, it is up to each individual to recognize his or her own accountability and act responsibly. Relationships, personal and professional, engage prioritized needs in the quest for balance and appropriate service to family, friends and profession.

Family presents a plethora of enigmatic dilemmas on all levels of intimate vulnerability. Friends, especially close ones, transcend boundaries of vulnerability to truly demonstrate their willingness to address concerns. Professional environments require a certain reticence toward the vestibule of vulnerability. Facilitating positive outcomes often requires one to be instantly critically self-reflective toward self and others in order to empower harmony in the world around them.

Family order, in its purest sense, relies on the familial sense of community within the core of the emotions that provide the foundation for action, engagement or response with the world. As a teen, we engage life in a more irresponsible manner as we search for identity and purpose. Our behaviors as teens and young adults do not always reflect the same desires for our children as they reach these critical periods of their maturation process.

Observing certain behaviors or habits in teens is not too difficult, especially having been down many of the same paths. That does not always make them pleasant. As a parent, we face a new level of responsibility for our beloved babies, yet nurturing their growth is often a moment-to-moment action driven by a desire for complete honesty. Truth does not always mean full disclosure. My father said those words to me as a teenager. It took me years to realize the depth of their meaning, let alone apply them with my children.

Teens nearing the point of being on their own develop certain attitudes as part of their process, to greater or lesser degrees, depending on their past environments. As flexible and malleable as children are to their own desires, they lack critical reflection of their action’s affects on their environment, specifically the ‘harmony’ of the house. Emotional stability, i.e. the single parent’s self image, is important to the well being of the house.

The enigmatic ethical dilemma here: How do you affect change with the least chaos and still require integrity and respect toward others in the teenage behaviors?

In the quest for successful outcomes, critical conversation between parenting parties is most important. Obvious as it may be, even adults often have considerable problems when critically reflecting on their child rearing skills. Vulnerability transcends timidity as a unified front evolves through this discovery process. It is the discovery in the sense that we, parenting partners, are establishing what we consider to be agreeable levels of acceptable accountability.

How does one inquire of what another feels acceptable without creating defensiveness or self-judgment of parenting progress to date? Interpersonal skills undoubtedly come into play, yet critical reflection of assumptions regarding discovery of another’s value system may not always produce pleasant results.

Friends, on the other hand are usually less intimate in their levels of expressed vulnerability. The best friends are those who risk their friendships to be direct and honest in respect of their friendship. Longevity of relationship often allows greater levels of vulnerability and depth of conversation. Shared activities in specific areas of passion, such as playing music, increases the opportunities for in-depth conversation and discovery of deeper connections to each other and to life.

Some types of music require a much greater sense of openness due to the nature and style of music and the need for ‘feeling’ each other’s groove, so to speak. Great improvisational artists are often deep thinkers and tend to relate to their environment more from a feeling level; a ‘gut’ instinct response as opposed to calculated reasoning.

Being able to honestly believe that I had no cause for alarm, the enigmatic ethical dilemma was in how to deal with obvious problems. Whether the problem was a lack of attentiveness or dishonesty and thievery only exacerbated emotions that were already in the undesirable category. A wise man, rector of a Taoist sanctuary, once shared that there is no right or wrong, only what is more desirable or less desirable in regard to outcomes.

Patterns are prevalent, whether obvious or not so obvious. What we do anywhere we do everywhere. If we are easily swayed by circumstances to act dishonorably, then how can we expect life to respond kindly? Unfortunately, these types of situations have the potential to damage relationships when they are not addressed. Occasionally situations cause normally honest people to act dishonestly. Can we forgive and forget? Are we are brother’s keeper, and as such, empowered to confront in kindness? What are the risks and rewards?

Professionally speaking, one has a commitment to performing in order to fulfill job description requirements. Right action is predicated upon desired results. In large companies, many people must work together cooperatively to fulfill the needs of the company, be it building widgets or providing software support. In these environments, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs plays a major role in personal motivations.

When one is confident and produces results with relative ease, others begin to question their methodology. Some will look at the success with disdain while others will inquire of the secrets to their success. A good manager will usually empower the people below them by capitalizing on the successful techniques and sharing them through less direct methods, such as interpersonal skills development.

In one particular case involving the aerospace industry, the use of interpersonal skills gave this one quite an advantage in an arena that seemed to be bereft of these types of individuals. Promotions came quickly into the most dynamic area of the company; production control. In a departmental meeting, consisting of nearly 40 individuals, the basic reaffirmations of job duties and requirements were made with special emphasis on soliciting ideas from the group as to how management could better support the department and its people.

This one, not realizing the inherent snake pit, spoke up with the request for interpersonal skills classes. He honored the ability of those who came up through the expediting realms and their success. He also stated that now the daily dealings were with professionals, most of which held degrees and had been in professional environments for some time, requiring a greater skill level to accomplish tasks without any real authority.

Traditionally the power hungry, go-to-your-boss types exacerbated these environments and inherent difficulties with production schedules if their needs were not met. Success was had at the expense of others in most cases and too often one had to watch the back to make sure that nothing was sticking out of it. Some of the personalities were so blatantly self-serving that production flow was stifled just because of insubordinate actions of others in retaliation of aberrant attitudes.

After suggesting interpersonal skills classes, this one was shunned by many of the department’s staff. Nearly a year later there was another meeting and it was discovered only after its completion. Acknowledging the faux pas, the suggestion of interpersonal skills classes was made again, citing that the job was people working with people no matter what the product. A request for a consultant was made and the search performed by myself, accessing the network of professional through University of Phoenix.

Three weeks later we had a small meeting, the consultant, the general supervisor and myself, who was still just a member of the department with no management involvement. The consultant presented his team building approach, referencing work he had been doing for the Navy, Motorola, Sperry, Honeywell, and Intel. The general supervisor genuinely liked the prospects of what this program offered and acknowledged that he would have to consult with his superiors before making a decision.

Another three weeks passed. One day my supervisor, along with the general supervisor came up to me with the news that I was being demoted. It was decided that I was not performing up to standards and with my personal problems, an imminent divorce, they thought it best that I return to second shift for a while, resuming work in an old position as an expediter. I was at a loss and felt totally degraded. What could I do?

Just out of curiosity I had a friend look into the statistical records of department performance. My rating was one of the highest in the department, always exceeding goals. The one thing that I could take pride in, having accepted the demise of my marriage, was taken away. To this day I have trouble rationalizing the results of my best efforts to serve the company. How could this have happened?

There were no other warning signs, or at least none I felt apparent. Now, what could I do to show the iniquity? Was it worth the time and effort to stir the pot to find out? Would it have been prudent to file a grievance with our human resources department? What could I base it on? The department statistics were supposed to be confidential and available only to managers.

Unfortunately I took the easy road and did nothing. I was emotionally bereft from major efforts to keep our marriage together. I felt like I’d put my best foot forward in both worlds and was currently legless, having lost both at the hips. Somehow I made it through and came to the belief that it was all for the best. I was fine being responsible for production of units used in commercial applications. I had recently just come off a task-team that had been working on reducing military spares delinquent shipments.

I’d made a suggestion to the team leader that, when he followed through, brought him an $800 suggestion award. It was apparent that if I was going to stay in that environment that I was going to have to become just like it. Rather than having to make the choice, it was made for me. Still, if I were in a similar situation today, I would do it all over again. The company eventually brought classes in a year after I left. The job got done, even though I wasn’t there to witness.

How does one guard against such situations in management today? Can companies truly excel when their employees are under constant threat of retaliation? Have we lost the concepts of doing good business with a handshake and your word as your bond? Are we so blind as to not see that true selfish motivations of even our president? Was the 9-11 event a total scam just to get to the oil in Afghanistan? Obviously there are conflicting opinions.

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Relaunching 15 Years Later

LogoStacked222Relaunching… A half a life ago I wrote a first draft of a model community concept for the business case project of my bachelor’s degree in business. I switched projects mid-stream after an eye-opening experience during the Harmonic Convergence. I worked for an aerospace company at the time. I was responsible for $7 million in shipments on a monthly basis, over 800 part numbers on the Commercial Spares desk. There was talk that I was going to be transferred to the Military Spares desk as part of a Customer Improvement Program (CIP) for the DOD. Our company was 27% delinquent on the military spares delivery schedule. I was known for being able to get things done, so I got picked for turning the tide. A year later, we were less that 7% delinquent and our $1 million/mo. progress payment was restored.

I was not comfortable with working military anything. My marriage was deteriorating and soon after the CIP results were in, I got demoted. I’d supplied some information that my boss took and got a suggestion award as a result. It’s funny how folks ruin relationships just to get ahead. I saw those same behaviors across departments in the aerospace company. I started Be The Dream as a consulting company in January 1988 as a direct result of the lack of personal and professional development in the manufacturing industry, specifically at this company. I thought addressing the issues and transforming attitudes would serve the good of all. Little did I know I was launching into an organizational development and management career. I’m still on the fringes after all these years, leading into the psycho-spiritual realms of thoughtmospheric conditions.

One of the first changes in direction came in the business project. I had been working on the CIP documentation. The more I did, the more I felt abused by the behavior of the supervisor and the powerlessness I felt in the face of telling the truth to upper management. The supervisor was a golden child in their eyes. I had been as well, up to that point. I felt my life changing drastically, so I went with what I had passion for then. My passion was ignited by getting people to work together better toward the good of all. So I took that concept to its logical conclusion – a model village that brought together cultural, religious and political ideologies and transcended their differences. I wanted to fulfill what I’d been told I was here to do as a teenager… facilitate a new world order of harmony among people and planet.

A decade later I’d finished my MBA and Secondary Teaching certification. I love surfing the Net and had engaged many discussion threads on a variety of topics in my ‘spare’ time. I’d taught for a couple of years and one night I got an email about an event that seemed to stir something deep within me. Long story short, a few months later I had presented a brilliantly scripted presentation and accepted a role that would take me to the next level of my life’s mission. As a result I had to learn how to build websites. I’d built my first computer a decade earlier and had plenty of instruction on desktop publishing, so I was excited to move forward on the Web. By the time I was done and with a little help from a friend early on, I’d crafted a website that had almost a hundred pages. In a few months it was getting over 20,000 visits a month.

At the time I wasn’t into e-commerce and had no compulsion to become an internet millionaire. The thought never crossed my mind, actually. I was more interested in growing a community of folks that thought much the same as I, that there is a group of people who are here to assist mankind in the transformation that’s necessary for us to create a sustainable future. We have to learn to get along in order to do that, a feat that many believe is impossible today. There are many distractions from the basic unity of humanity, that we are one people on one planet adrift in an ocean of emotion that tends to separate us due to our fears of each others beliefs and culture. Our planetary civilization is in the process of evolution, moving through the terrible teens of self-centered and selfish activities that only benefit the few. The transition of maturity is learning to behave toward the good of all.

Now after continuing to add to that website, BeTheDream.net, I’ve observed the dwindling of traffic and the need for a redesign. I’ve thought about this for a few years now and just couldn’t take it down and wipe the folder clean. After all, I had nearly a thousand pages by the time I was done, according to the crawler reports. Regardless, it was time to let go and start over. I’d done that a few time with other social media accounts, starting over after acquiring over 10,000 Twitter followers. That was when you could do the automatic stuff through special programs that did it for you. I felt that was a bit to easy and non-organic. So I started over.

I’m starting over again here with BeTheDream.Net in its new form. Perhaps that traffic will return, the energy will recycle and we’ll all have a grand time with a resurgence of creativity from the interactivity I pray happens. That will remain to be seen. Thanks for showing up and reading this now. It means its working… one person at a time.