With social networking media, the way we do business is rapidly changing. Nearly all businesses make sure they are connected, at least with their customers, through Facebook, Twitter, and a few other sites. But to use social media for collaboration is a little different. Here’s a website, HumanIPO, that is connecting entrepreneurs across the globe. They list their companies and ideas online, and get the help that they need from others who are connected the site. They base their site on several key observations, including that people have become much more valuable in startups as the amount of capital needed has decreased. Check out the website, it has some really cool stuff!
“As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19
A few weeks ago, we brought up a video series that discusses the fact that creativity is a reworking of something already done – a remix. I just finished reading Alejandro Chafuen’s book Faith and Liberty, which is an analysis of the economic thought of the Late Scholastics – Catholic thinkers following the same method of inquiry as St. Thomas Aquinas, who lived in the 15th through 17th centuries, and primarily of those in Spain. Chafuen gives a thorough account of their writings and how these dealt with free markets, the determination of just prices, private property, profits, and more. It was these writers who really had an impact on the Scottish thinkers that followed them, and that we often consider the fathers of modern free-market economics: first and foremost among them, Adam Smith. And these Late Scholastics were often working from thoughts developed by Aquinas, and through him, Aristotle. The first few lines of Chapter 12 in Chafuen’s book bear a striking resemblance to what Kirby Ferguson says in that Remix post from a few days ago: Actions are the result of ideas. In studying the origin of ideas, we are actually studying the origin of actions. The ideas… Read more