May 4, 2014
molly published this at 3:00 am
Money doesn’t make the world go ’round. Although commerce is, in many ways, the physical manifestation of energy which the global civilization agrees upon as a unit of measure, money itself isn’t the force that propels the world forward.
The emotion behind the expenditure of money is.
Since money is a manifestation of energy, its ebbs and flows are also subject to physics. Stagnation begets atrophy; circulation, vibrancy. Investing in people, ideas and ingenuity brings growth.
“The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And, on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
This week’s installment is pretty esoteric. There are no solutions, only questions. I’m interested in your perspective more than I care about my own digital $.02. I’d rather your comments fill this space than my words. Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to comprehend the confluence of love and money, and finding that I’m coming up short.
As I am wont to say, I’ve run out of brain.
- How do we make this a better world?
- How do we invest in each other?
- How does empowerment translate in the specific?
- How is consensus built by disparate groups?
Using the analogy of water as money as an illustration, I sometimes see pennies as water drops that run down the windshield of a car that is moving through the rain. Smatterings and droplets become rivulets that build larger and larger drops (dollars) until the collective mass of the drop becomes so large that physics kicks in and the water rushes past toward a target.
- What property of the “pennies”¯ drives cohesion?
- What propels the dollars forward?
- At what point does money reach critical mass and drive action?
- What is the symbiosis between money and intention?
- What serves as the gravitational center that determines the money’s endpoint?
- What does the shift between love and money resemble?
Will we recognize it when [as] it happens? Is it “impact investing“¯ Is it social capitalism? Is it social entrpreneurism? How do you reconcile the physical manifestation of your values? What does your money say?
Molly Cantrell-Kraig is a woman with drive. Possessing an innate sense of purpose and a pragmatic, solution-based approach to empowering people, she fused these two traits in order to establish Women With Drive Foundation. Based upon its founder’s personal history, Women With Drive Foundation is a means through which Cantrell-Kraig may effect change on both a micro and macro level. By providing women with something as essential as personal transportation in order to transition them from poverty to prosperity, she, through Women With Drive Foundation, seeks to empower women to help them help themselves. Through this action, the individual applicant benefits, as does society as a whole. Follow Molly on twitter as @mckra1g or @WWDr1ve (Women With Drive Foundation) or “Like” them on facebook.