Folks at Radish.org and Compassionate Economy have started the first Community Café in Rosamond, California, a brand new model which we will replicate and deploy—all around the world—as part of what we call “The Hungerless Games”: the global goal and indeed commitment to end world hunger by 2020.
Please watch a short introductory video:
In the few sections to follow, we introduce the “marketplace solutions to market-based problems” mentioned in the above video, beginning with the Community Café of Rosamond, California.
The Community Café
We are creating the Community Café as a model for worldwide replication and deployment in the great global effort to end world hunger by 2020. And the Community Café forms a piece of a grand platform we are architecting to reverse impoverishment—of people and the planet—everywhere.
Together with our proud partners in Rosamond and around the world, we will evolve and expand the Community Café to be the best—the most efficient and effective—way to nourish our neighbors in need, at home and abroad. By serving three wholesome meals a day, made fresh from whole foods, we will serve thousands of people per day, per café.
The United Nations reports that roughly 21,000 people die daily of hunger or hunger-related causes, so we have no time lose. Therefore, instead of standing by and awaiting some so-called “perfect” solution, we are geared up to prototype the first Community Café at the 20th Annual Parade of Lights in Rosamond, California.
Here in Rosamond we will strive to improve upon the prototype for a new type of Community Café. From there, we will actually assemble Community Cafés into 40-foot shipping containers. Imagine—Community Cafés coming in a big box and going out to communities around the world!
Community Cafés “in a box” are containers we can ship wherever and whenever needed. Within a mere matter of hours after a given delivery, Community Cafés may become fully functional. With the financial support of the Compassionate Economy (see the section, below), finally we will solve the persistent problem of world hunger. Better yet, the process of permanently eradicating world hunger is only one part of a holistic process to transform the world in a radical way (whence the name, “Radish”).
The Compassionate Economy
Thus this brings us to a central component of that platform we are erecting for the eradication of world hunger by 2020 (along with the simultaneous and holistic transformation of all the world’s problems): the emerging economy consisting of Compassionate Companies engaged in a genuinely compassionate mode of production. Compassionate Companies are part and parcel of that Compassionate Economy which challenges and eventually changes the way we do business by abiding by these three basic principles:
- All profits shall go to eradicating world hunger by 2020 (and to reversing impoverishment of people and the planet everywhere, thereafter);
- All practices shall be socially transformational;
- All practices shall be environmentally sustainable.
Together we will grow the Compassionate Economy, from the ground up, until it amounts to a truly meaningful portion (or sector) of the global economy. Indeed, it does not take much penetration into the global economy to make all the difference in the world. In order to generate the annual budget of $50 billion needed to end world hunger, the Compassionate Economy needs only 1% of global market share. Think of that statistic!
Now the $50 billion question: How will the Compassionate Economy go from 0% to 1% global market share by the year 2020? An answer to that question may best be found right here in the real world.
The world’s first Compassionate Company is Sato Hemp of Tokyo, Japan, a fashion house pioneering the principle of “Compassion in Fashion.”
Please watch a short video of a conversation between Jamen Shively, president of Radish.org, and Takuya Sato, president of Sato Hemp:
Sato Hemp is taking a stand and leading the charge to be the change we so desperately need to see in the world. Together we will co-create the Compassionate Economy. May the Hungerless Games begin!