2012: The Year of the Local Entrepreneur

Occupy Oakland March

The next step in the Occupy Movement needs to instigate long term solutions that have a direct impact on our personal economics and revitalizes our communities. Beyond the posturing and blustery pitches made by our leaders and politicians, real change will happen when we create our own agenda.

We need to go into Phase Two: Occupy Our Local Economy.

There’s no mystery; there’s no need to wait for permission or to believe that our leaders will perform economic magic. It ain’t going to happen! Most of our decision makers have been swimming in the same cushy fishbowl for decades rendering the same old solutions. The situation we’re in speaks for itself.

Now, more than ever, the call for entrepreneurship has never been greater especially because our communities and local economies have been devastated.

If you want change that incorporates your voice and builds a sustainable future for those you care about, then do one simple thing: learn to become an entrepreneur . . . and then become one. Entrepreneurship as we define it in Urban FIRE is the 21st Century builders of the civil rights movement building equal pay for equal work. It’s not mandatory to launch a business but the lessons of entrepreneurs are first and foremost about building a life that matters to you, that’s self-directed and independent.

It’s about being in control of your future, getting financial equity for your work, creating meaningful work that you treasure and feeling great that you make a difference in the lives of your family and friends.

Now, more than ever, the call for entrepreneurship has never been greater especially because our communities and local economies have been devastated. We need to wean ourselves from the One Percenter-economic system. We need our own local economy that serves us.

That’s why 2012 is the Year of the Local Entrepreneur.