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Competitive, Cooperative, Creative

“Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.” – Herbert Hoover

Adam Smith (1723-1790), the father of modern economics, believed that competition in capitalism would benefit society by lowering prices, improving goods and services, and keeping everyone honest.

As a theory, it works nicely. In general practice, however, business competition isn’t necessarily focused on what’s best for society and consumers.

In recent times, bailout money, pollution, cooking the books and untrue advertising shows that some companies favor profit over societal values.

We’ve all heard stories of competition in business going way beyond what Adam Smith ever envisioned as fair and equitable, becoming self-destructive cannibalization of the organization. Think Enron and the auto industry bailouts.

Our current paradigm of capitalist competition is steeped in a world-view of scarcity of resources where the objective is not necessarily to better society at large, but to eliminate your rival. In this model, limited rewards trump ethical behavior and the rules of engagement are skewed toward selfish self-interest rather than a focus on everyone involved, including customers and society.

Let’s consider some approaches to doing business.
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Best Gluten-Free Sandwich in Asheville

OK, Just got turned on to one of the best sandwich shops in Asheville, and even better every sandwich can be had gluten free. Also, ton’s of vegan stuff. Local ingredients. Spinach. Mmmmmmmm.
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Sometimes there’s just a restaurant so new and so good it needs to be on the blog. Going to check out the Cuban special next time.

Website / Menu: http://www.romanstakeout.com/

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Urban picnic

Rooftop Lunch SpotLunch time on the integritive “lawn”

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Would you follow Dogbert?

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Going IMAP

For several years now I’ve used GMail along with Thunderbird (if you are a Thunderbird user and haven’t tried Thunderbird 3 and its tabbed email, then give it a spin.  Its pretty sweet) as an email client and POP3 to access, read, and send email.  Its been a nice solution for me and I’ve had little to no trouble.  With the recent acquisition of an iPhone however, I had been itching to switch everything over from POP3 to IMAP.  Afterall, accessing your email with POP3 on multiple computers/devices leaves you open to not only losing emails, but its a tremendous waste of time to have to sort thru emails on your desktop, then sort thru the same ones on your laptop, iPhone or whatever. Read the rest of this entry »