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Topic: Requests For Businesses
 
 
Reach the heart of any topic
– Grasp this issue deeply.
– Find what is valid or insightful about each perspective.
– Is there a way that changes assumptions, that all sides can agree with, and that works at the heart level?
 
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What is true or insightful about each Request? Can they help produce a business that improves the well-being of customers, the community, and the world?


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"Share the story of your business and the people who work there"
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Topic: Requests for Businesses


Share the story of your business and the people who work there

A business is more than a way to make money or sell a product or service. It is a part of the community. Help your customers understand who you are and what brings you here. What is the purpose of this place? What are your personal interests in it? What are your hopes and dreams for its future?

There are any number of ways to present these stories. Put them on a bulletin board. Create a small separate area for your customers to explore. Build a new section of your website. Just make sure it is accessible to any who might be interested. And make sure to allow each person to speak with their own authentic voice!

Include anything of interest: history, pictures, hobbies, social or personal ideas, etc. Invite any staff member who is interested, including front line, managers and owners, involved. Share the story of your place. Let us see who you are!
 

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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"Pay staff a living wage. Distribute salaries & profits ethically."
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Topic: Requests for Businesses


Pay staff a living wage. Distribute salaries & profits ethically.

Pay staff (and those of contractors) worldwide a living wage.
Employee wage scale should be within a reasonable proportion. For example, it’s not fair to pay one employee hundreds of times more than another. Senior executives should receive an amount that reflects their actual work and is in line with what is paid to those at the lower end of the pay spectrum.
Profits should be distributed fairly. Part of profits should be used to improve the well-being of customers, not just to enrich owners and shareholders.

 

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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"Support local businesses and the community"
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Topic: Requests for Businesses


Support local businesses and the community

Buy locally whenever possible, purchasing from rural, inner-city, and other locally owned companies and producers, protecting local natural resources. Seek out and develop human-scale processes. Serve the interests of all stakeholders, including those who are effected indirectly and the community as a whole. Take account of the indirect and long-term effects on all those who are affected by your activities.

Engage in dialogue with, and become accountable to, the communities and ecosystems in which your business functions. Interact not only as sellers and buyers, but as neighbors, citizens, and friends.

 

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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"Marketing should address real human needs (not provoke fear)"
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Marketing should address real human needs (not provoke fear)

Businesses should address the real human needs and genuine interests of customers. They should not manipulate the desires of their customers. They should not appeal to or prey on greed, envy or lust. Advertising and marketing should not be used to produce artificial needs, encourage excessive consumption, or use deceptive or manipulative techniques. Do not lie, mislead, or manipulate.

Manipulative advertising works by stimulating desire, envy and fear. Advertisers use many strategies to manipulate consumers, including emotional appeals, advertisements disguised as entertainment and appeals to fears or insecurity. They use sexual imagery, they make us feel insecure about our bodies, they confuse us with scientific-sounding jargon. They create new needs we never had before. They pressure us into celebrating invented holidays. They create a sense of urgency with limited time offers. They falsely attach themselves to causes we already care about.
 

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
Opinion added by
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"Prices should be fair, transparent, and in proportion to costs"
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Topic: Requests for Businesses


Prices should be fair, transparent, and in proportion to costs

Prices should not be excessive, deceptive, hidden or manipulative. They should be based on actual expenditures and costs and what the patient can pay. Do not take advantage of a captive audience. Charges should not be unexpected. The business model should not depend on charging customers for services they do not ultimately receive or requiring unnecessary updates.

 

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
Opinion added by
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"The product or service should satisfy genuine needs"
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The product or service should satisfy genuine needs

Ask yourself what the value of the product or service you provide is. Does it satisfies real or artificial needs? Does it help develop healthy, meaningful lives? Does it appeal to greed, envy, or aggression? Does it prey on desire or fear? Does it produce pride, division, loss of awareness or the ability to think? Or does it improve well-being and quality of life? What kind of human beings and human values does it produce?

 

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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"Play music by local musicians, and display art by local artists"
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Play music by local musicians, and display art by local artists

Limit your use of music and art that is commercialized, mass produced, or desensitizing, that is meant to manipulate the listener or viewer, or is distributed by national organizations.

Take account of the impact of the music you play on your customers or visitors. Do not play music with lyrics (or other qualities) that appeal to the lowest motives or instincts. Do not play music at a level that makes it hard or impossible to think.
Commercial music is often used to manipulate the feelings and thoughts of customers. It stops conversation. It makes it hard to reflect. It stimulates the ego and the urge to buy.
We are not asking you to stop playing whatever you like. But we should bring at least a little humanity into everything we do. For every song that stimulates hedonism, that encourages self-satisfaction, play one that awakens sensitivity and awareness about our shared humanity.
Optionally, think about creating a music free space – a quiet area where those who wish can be free of the impact of hypnotic music.
 

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How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
Opinion added by
Visionary {name_l}
on August 27, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
Conclusion
Ask the impossible question!
Which Requests are relevant or useful to you? How can they help build better, more humane, more meaningful businesses?


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