Way Forward – ‘Whatever it takes’: Life Imitating Art

Go Lean Commentary

First, we planned the plan …
Now, we must work the plan.

We must pursue the end goals of this plan, ‘whatever it takes’. This is the closing message for our April 2019 series on the Way Forward for the Caribbean. This Way Forward is the plan that was planned, that now needs to be worked.

Why is this plan so important? It might be the best hope for our failing Caribbean homeland.

This Way Forward plan is embedded in the 2013 book Go Lean…Caribbean; this book presents the strategies, tactics and implementations to impact Caribbean society. But first, the book assesses that the 30 member-states of the region are in a crisis – at the precipice of Failed-State status.

The book asserts that all Caribbean islands and coastal states have failed to adapt to these undeniable Agents of Change impacting our society, as well as the whole world:

Globalization, Climate Change, Technology and an Aging Diaspora.

These Agents of Change are devastating Caribbean life … for all people, in all communities. But, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste – according to the Go Lean book (Page 8). The Go Lean book therefore asserts that since we are “all in the same boat” we need to work together – to form the Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU) – to seek solutions to our problems. This is the Way Forward; this is the plan that we have planned and must now work. But this is more than just a plan; this is a movement.

The movement behind the Go Lean book posits that one identifying symptom is the high societal abandonment rate. The countries of the Caribbean region are experiencing high abandonment rates. Some communities have lost 50 percent of their populations; (think Puerto Rico, USVI, French Antilles, Dutch Antilles); while others have lost 70 percent – on the average – of their college-educated populations – this constitutes a brain drain.

Think that through: 50 percent or half of the population … gone over time.

This reminds us of a recent movie: 2018 “Marvel Studio’s: Avengers Infinity War”. In that plot-line, a villain came along and “snapped his fingers” and wiped out half of the population – see this review here of last year’s movie. At one point that movie was called Avengers Infinity War Part I, to be followed in 2019 by the sequel with the working title Avengers Infinity War Part II. But in the recent months, the formal title was revealed for this movie:

Avengers Endgame.

One of the advertising taglines for this movie is ‘whatever it takes’.

Considering the “Art imitating Life and Life imitating Art” mantra, the reference to this Avengers Endgame movie is spot on for the Caribbean today: Our “life needs to imitate the Art” of Marvel movie-making. We need to work the plan, our Way Forward to bring back our people – the 50 percent – who had left. We must facilitate their return, “whatever it takes”.

See the movie trailer here:

VIDEO – Avengers Endgame | Whatever It Takes – https://youtu.be/Znvv-lUNx8U

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So for the Caribbean, we need to adopt the required community ethos, drop the bad ethos, execute the strategies, tactics and implementations … to elevate our society. We need to do the heavy-lifting,  ‘whatever it takes’; we must succeed.

Lives, livelihoods, identities and cultures are at stake.

This commentary completes this series on the Way Forward for the full Caribbean and the individual member-states. This submission here reminds us that we are losing large numbers of our population – sometimes half – and we need to do the heavy-lifting to bring them back – repatriation. There is a Way Forward for repatriating our Diaspora. This entry 9-of-9 for this April 2019 compilation of commentaries is advocating for heroic team-ups, just like the movie. The full series of commentaries related to the Way Forward is presented as follows:

  1. Way Forward: Puerto Rico learns its “status” with America
  2. Way Forward: Virgin Islands – America’s youngest colony
  3. Way Forward: Bahamas – “Solutions White Paper” – An Inadequate Plan
  4. Way Forward: Jamaica: The need to reconcile the Past
  5. Way Forward: Caribbean Media Strategy & Deliveries
  6. Way Forward: Strategy for Justice: Special Prosecutors et al
  7. Way Forward: Strategy for Energy – ‘Trade’ Winds
  8. Way Forward: Strategy for Independence – Territory Realities
  9. Way Forward: “Whatever it takes” – Life Imitating Art

This series had asserted that yes, “no man is an island”, and actually “no island is an island” either. No one Caribbean member-state is able to make an impact in the quest to turn-around our failing dispositions. We need the full team of neighbors. We need a collaborative and heroic team-up; we need to do ‘whatever it takes’.

Super-hero movies is a frequent theme for this Go Lean movement. There is a parallel for the stakeholders of our community planning the plan and working the plan. We have published a lot of commentaries reviewing superhero films and depicting their relevance; see a sample list here:

http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=16940 Film: Captain Marvel
Women Empowerment: We need “Sheroes” in Facts and Fiction
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=14911 Film: Avengers Infinity War
Art Imitating Life – Was ‘Thanos’ Right?
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=14359 Film: Black Panther
Wakanda Forever – Conceive, Believe and Achieve
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=13579 Film: Thor Ragnarok
Colonialism’s Bloody History Revisited
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=12035 Film: Wonder Woman
Lean-in for ‘Wonder Woman Day’
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=7151 Film: Star Wars – The Force Awakens
The Caribbean is Looking for Heroes … ‘to Return’
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=5964 Film: Tomorrowland
Feed the right wolf

It is now time for Caribbean people to be heroic. ‘Whatever it takes’, one person can make a difference …

This was related in a previous Go Lean commentary, as follows:

… one man (or woman) can make a difference! Such a person can impact their community, country … and the whole world.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke; 1729 – 1797; an Irish statesman, member of British Parliament and supporter of the American Revolution.

The Go Lean roadmap posits that the CU should foster the genius potential in Caribbean citizens and incubate their potential to maximum production. We should let “heroes be heroes” in their fields of endeavor here at home, no matter how diverse. Many Caribbean Diaspora has done this exactly, abroad in benefiting other communities, while their homelands languish.

We want and need our people back. These ones have joined the Diaspora, whose meaning is “they are scattered about”. These Diaspora members may have left recently for better opportunities or education; (Push & Pull reasons). We can now create the opportunities here in the home region with the emergence of a Single Market as opposed to the local-only status quo they left. We are now prepared to do ‘whatever it takes’; look here, we have now planned these many industrial reboots:

Ferries Prefab Housing Lottery Navy Piers
Prisons Trauma Culture Payment Cards
Pipeline Auto-making Tourism 2.0
Frozen Foods Shipbuilding Cruise Tourism 2.0
Call Centers Fisheries Reinsurance Sidecars

Or perhaps, the Diaspora who left 50, 40, 30 years ago may now be primed to return as retirees. In many cases, their original plan was always to come back home; but “home” was not better, not good, and not even safe. Now, however, we are prepared to do ‘whatever it takes’ to make our communities ready. This was an original motivation for the Go Lean roadmap; the book identified the Agents of Change (Page 57) that imperil our communities:

Aging Diaspora
The demographics of the world we inhabit were shaped by the events in the aftermath of World War II. Many members of the Diaspora avail themselves of opportunities in Europe and North America during their rebuilding effort. So those that repatriated in the 1950’s and 1960’s now comprise an aging Diaspora – with the desire to return to the “town of their boyhood”. They should be welcomed back and incentivized to repatriate.

The “Welcome Mat” comes with challenges; of which the CU is prepared to accommodate: health care, disabilities, elder-care, entitlements, etc. These are all missions for the CU.

Yes, to all of those from this homeland who have fled: We want you back and we will do ‘whatever it takes’.

We are hereby presenting ourselves to do the heroic work, the heavy-lifting of preparing our society to better accommodate these repatriates, in all phases of life, young, mature adults and senior citizens. The Go Lean book therefore provides 370-pages of turn-by-turn instructions on “how” to adopt new community ethos, plus the strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies to execute so as to reboot the region’s societal engines. Consider the details and headlines here on how the region can better prepare to accommodate the repatriation of the Diaspora to the Caribbean (Page 118):

10 Reasons to Repatriate to the Caribbean

1 Lean-in for the Caribbean Single Market
This treaty allows for the unification of the region into one market, hereby expanding to an economy of 30 countries, 42 million people and a GDP of over $800 Billion (according to 2010 figures). This accedence creates a “new” land of opportunity for so many ventures, and so many protections – the Caribbean will be a better place to live, work and play. The economic engines of the CU should therefore “flash the signs of opportunity” to come back home. The CU will not ignore the reasons why a lot of people emigrated in the first place, in some cases there were political and human rights refugees. Therefore, integral to the repatriation plan is a mission for formal Reconciliation Commissions that will allow many issues to be settled and set aside – punishing the past short circuits the future.
2 “New Guards” for Public Safety
The CU implements the anti-crime measures and provides special protections for classes of repatriates and retirees. Crimes against these special classes are marshaled by the CU, superseding local police. Since the CU will also install a penal system, with probation and parole, the region can institute prisoner exchange programs and in-source detention for foreign governments, especially for detainees of Caribbean heritage.
3 “New Guards” for Economic Stability
A Single Market and currency union, with non-political, technocratic Caribbean Central Bank leadership, will allow for the long-term adoption of monetary and economic best practices. Plus, with a strong currency, viable capital markets, and consumer finance options, a prosperous life for the middle class would be easily sustainable.
4 Citizenship at the CU/Federal Level
Over the decades, many Caribbean expatriates renounced their indigenous citizenship. The CU would extend new citizenship rights to this group, and their children (legacies) which will entitle them to infinite residency, equal civil rights but conditional employment, requiring labor certification or self-owned businesses. They would be issued CU passports.
5 Gerontology Initiatives
The Diaspora is aging! They therefore have special needs germane to senior citizens. The CU will facilitate the needs of the aging repatriates and ensure that the proper institutions are in place and appropriately managed. This includes medical, housing, economic and social areas of responsibility. This issue will be coupled with the CU’s efforts for the host countries to extend entitlement benefits to this region, including medical and Social/National Insurance pensions.
6 US, Canada and EU Closing Doors
7 “No Child Left Behind” Lessons
8 Quick Recovery from Natural Disasters
9 Educational Inducements in the Region
The CU will facilitate e-Learning schemes for institution in the US, Canada and the EU. The repatriates will have an array of educational choices for themselves and their offspring (legacies). This will counter the previous bad experience of students emigrating for advanced educational opportunities and then never returning, resulting in a brain drain.
10 Import US, Canada and EU Cultural Institutions

There have been a number of blog-commentaries by the Go Lean promoters that have detailed the prospects for Caribbean repatriation, the Way Forward. See a sample list here:

http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=15093 ‘Time to Go’ – Windrush: 70th Anniversary of UK Migration
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=13604 ‘I Want You Back’: Caribbean to the Diaspora
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=11314 Forging Change: Home Addiction
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=10566 Funding the Caribbean Security Pact to Better Protect Repatriates
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=9214 Time to Go: Spot-on for Protest
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=9219 Time to Go: Logic of Senior Immigration
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=9646 Time to Go: American Vices; Don’t Follow
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=7151 The Caribbean is Looking for Heroes … ‘to Return’
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=5695 Repenting, Forgiving and Reconciling the Past

The foregoing addressed “Pull” factors. Alas, we are also prepared to do ‘whatever it takes’ to address the Push factors …

Many people have fled the Caribbean homeland in search of refuge. While the expansion of the Caribbean Diaspora is a real tragedy, it is not so improbable. Our region has societal defects and dysfunctions that have to be assuaged. We cannot be alarmed when people choose to leave for their prospects and rights for life, liberty and/or property. We must not be surprised when/if these ones turn their back on any interest to even help their former homelands. (This is why the Go Lean movement has consistently urged regional leaders not to invest valuable resources in trying to solicit investment from the Diaspora). There is no excuse for inaction or complacency of the status quo; we need the heavy-lifting to assuage our societal defects.

So yes, the Way Forward means fixing the bad orthodoxies that imperiled our citizens or ignore the needy; think minorities like LGBTDisabilityDomestic-abuseetc.. We cannot change the past; but we can change the future. We must do ‘whatever it takes’.

This is easier said than done. This is why the effort to reform and transform society is considered heroic!

Yes, we can…

Everyone in the Caribbean – residents and Diaspora – are hereby urged to lean-in to this Go Lean roadmap; to be heroic. We can succeed to make our homeland a better place to live, work and play. 🙂

About the Book

The book Go Lean…Caribbean serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the technocratic Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU), for the elevation of Caribbean society – for all member-states. This CU/Go Lean roadmap has these 3 prime directives:

  • Optimization of the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy to $800 Billion and create 2.2 million new jobs.
  • Establishment of a security apparatus to ensure public safety and protect the resultant economic engines.
  • Improve Caribbean governance to support these engines, including a separation-of-powers between the member-states and CU federal agencies.

The Go Lean book provides 370-pages of turn-by-turn instructions on “how” to adopt new community ethos, plus the strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies to execute so as to reboot, reform and transform the societal engines of Caribbean society.

Download the free e-Book of Go Lean … Caribbean – now!

Who We Are

The movement behind the Go Lean book – a non-partisan, apolitical, religiously-neutral Community Development Foundation chartered for the purpose of empowering and re-booting economic engines – stresses that reforming and transforming the Caribbean societal engines must be a regional pursuit. This was an early motivation for the roadmap, as pronounced in the opening Declaration of Interdependence (Pages 12 – 13):

xi. Whereas all men are entitled to the benefits of good governance in a free society, “new guards” must be enacted to dissuade the emergence of incompetence, corruption, nepotism and cronyism at the peril of the people’s best interest. The Federation must guarantee the executions of a social contract between government and the governed.

xvi. Whereas security of our homeland is inextricably linked to prosperity of the homeland, the economic and security interest of the region needs to be aligned under the same governance. Since economic crimes … can imperil the functioning of the wheels of commerce for all the citizenry, the accedence of this Federation must equip the security apparatus with the tools and techniques for predictive and proactive interdictions.

xix. Whereas our legacy in recent times is one of societal abandonment, it is imperative that incentives and encouragement be put in place to first dissuade the human flight, and then entice and welcome the return of our Diaspora back to our shores. This repatriation should be effected with the appropriate guards so as not to imperil the lives and securities of the repatriated citizens or the communities they inhabit. The right of repatriation is to be extended to any natural born citizens despite any previous
naturalization to foreign sovereignties.

xxiv.  Whereas a free market economy can be induced and spurred for continuous progress, the Federation must install the controls to better manage aspects of the economy: jobs, inflation, savings rate, investments and other economic principles. Thereby attracting direct foreign investment because of the stability and vibrancy of our economy.

Sign the petition to lean-in for this roadmap for the Caribbean Union Trade Federation.


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