An Ode to Miami – Not A Temporary Stop for ‘Us’

Go Lean Commentary

Survivor: Outwit. Outplay. Outlast. 

This expression is more than just the tagline advertising for the television show ‘Survivor’; it is also the historic summary of Caribbean people in the metropolitan areas of Miami, Florida.

Over the years, decades and centuries, this city has been the home to a lot of different groups of people – think Miccosukee & Seminole Indians, Spanish Explorers, Slave Traders, Blockade Evaders, Railroad Barons, Rum-runners, Treasure seekers, Snowbirds, Latin American political refugees, Colombian Drug Smugglers and those seeking refuge from them. All of these people have come and gone – Miami was a temporary stop-over for them! But another group to have come over the years have been Caribbean immigrants …

… they have never left. Consider:

After 4 years of observing-and-reporting, by the movement behind the book Go Lean … Caribbean, it is time now for us to move on from our temporary stop-over in Miami, while we return to our Caribbean homeland. So we say:

Ode or “goodbye” to the City of Miami and the surrounding metropolitan areas.

While “we” leave to return to the Caribbean, we recognize that all the other Caribbean exiles living there are NOT leaving; it is not temporary for them; it is now Home. These ones are entrenched and embedded in Miami society. In fact, Miami society is now based on this demographic and Miami’s success is due to their success. See the Census figures here:

Miami-Dade Country Demographics – 2010 U.S. Census Ethnic/Race Demographics:[34][35]

In 2010, the largest ancestry groups were:[34]

Source: Retrieved August 21, 2019 from:,_Florida#Demographics

This is sad but true! The Caribbean Diaspora in Miami is NOT going anywhere. Despite the many others that have come and gone, these ones have outwitted, outplayed and outlasted everyone else. They are the winning Survivors! (See Appendix VIDEO sample below of the highlights from one Season of the TV Show Survivor).

This reality is in contrast to the goals and ideals of the Go Lean movement. Our quest is to:

We accept now: Miami is NOT just a temporary stop for many Caribbean people. So we have to make the best of this reality. This is what we have done. The publishers of the Go Lean book have “observed and reported” on Miami’s eco-system and published many lessons-learned from previous blog-commentaries. Consider this sample: Forging Change from Miami – ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ ‘Red Letter Day’ for Cubans in Miami – Raul Castro Retires Observing Change in Miami … with Guns Miami’s Caribbean Marketplace Revisited Economics of ‘South Beach’ (Miami Beach) Fixing Haiti – Can the Diaspora be the Answer? Jamaican Diaspora – Not the ‘Panacea’ Hurricane Andrew – 25 Years of History from Miami’s Worst Hurricane Funding and Learning from the Russell Family Memorial – RIP Jazz in Miami Gardens – Lessons Learned Art Walk Miami – Its a ‘Real Thing’ in Wynwood Miami’s Lesson in ‘Garbage’ for the Caribbean Learning from Miami’s ‘Bad’ Impact Analysis of a Community Investment Caribbean Migrant flow into US spikes Art Basel Miami – A Testament to the Spread of Culture Miami’s Success versus Caribbean Failure Lessons Learned from Miami and the American Airlines merger

So if the Caribbean Diaspora cannot be expected to leave Miami, what is our hope for this population in their future interactions with the Caribbean:

While this is not the ideal, it is what it is, but we must still make the most of this situation. This assessment was begrudgingly accepted in the Go Lean book. An advocacy is presented there with the title 10 Ways to Impact the Diaspora (Page 217). These “10 Ways” include the following highlights, headlines and excerpts:

1 Lean-in for the Caribbean Single Market & Economy initiative: Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU).

This treaty allows for the unification of the region into one market, thereby expanding to an economy of 30 countries, 42 million people and a GDP of over $800 Billion (according to 2010 figures). In addition to expanding the economic activity within the region, the CU mission is also to empower the Caribbean Diaspora, believed to amount to be an additional 6 million people in 1996 (and 8 – 10 million today); residing in North America and Europe (Appendix EA on Page 267), to facilitate their development and investment back to their “home” territory. The CU’s mission is to incentivize repatriation of the Diaspora, their time (impacting family reunification), talents (reversing brain drain) and treasuries (optimizing remittances by facilitating cheaper transfers – see Appendix ED on Page 270).

2 Remittances

Remittances, in this case, refer to transfers of money by foreign workers to their home Caribbean country. Money sent home by migrants, using Western Union and competitors, constitutes the second largest financial inflow, (after the country’s primary exports) for many developing countries. CU remittances, $9 Billion in 2010, contribute to economic growth and in several Caribbean countries, they account for near or more than 10% of GDP. (See Appendix EB on Page 268).

3 Brain Drain
4 Education

With the incontrovertible evidence, no doubt, the study abroad model has failed the Caribbean, as many students never returned to the region. The CU therefore advocates e-Learning solutions for in-country tertiary education. The CU will impact this industry by facilitating libraries throughout the region with internet (desktop, tablet/e-Reader) access, and the proliferation of Wi-Fi in urban and suburban areas.

5 Diasporic Exports
6 Media Consumption
7 Health Risk – See Mitigation Model in Appendix R on Page 300
8 Security Risks
9 Retirement/Entitlement

The CU will administer foreign policies of negotiating with host countries of the Diaspora to allow them [(Diaspora members)] to repatriate and still receive their Entitlement benefits (Pension, Health, Veterans). The key is to elevate the facilities to a first rate level.

10 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT)

Inviting the Diaspora back to the Caribbean region does not mean returning to their original houses. The CU will foster advanced products for evolving housing development and funding needs with REITs, Co-ops and Mixed-use structures. REITs, trade-able on stock exchanges are excellent investment vehicles as the underlying asset is sound, real estate.

The Go Lean book doubles-down on the concept that Diaspora members are stakeholders for the Caribbean future. We may have missed out on their full contribution to our society, but we can still “exploit” them with supply-and-demands dynamics.

(Yet, there is caution not to build too much expectation that the Diaspora would be some savior for Caribbean society – they did leave after all; many not considering their former homelands at all. See this warning to Barbados, Jamaica, Dominica, Bahamas, St. Lucia and Grenada)

So, farewell Miami! You have been the epitome of an immigrant community – everyone from somewhere else, especially from the Caribbean. You have proven that while pluralistic democracies are heavy-lifting, they can have success … after some endurance, patience and adoption of universal respect.

Miami learned  this lesson the hard way! (Their immigrant communities all separately went through long trains of abuse: rejection, anger, protest, bargaining, toleration and eventual acceptance; only after the appeal to their better nature, did the experience turn to one of celebration).

In our 4 years here, we’ve seen our people outwit, outplay and outlast. We’ve learned the lessons easily, by observing and reporting on the full Miami eco-system. We have looked, listened, learned, lend-a-hand here; now we are ready to go back to the Caribbean … and lead. We can now lead the efforts to make our own 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.

xx. Whereas the results of our decades of migration created a vibrant Diaspora in foreign lands, the Federation must organize interactions with this population into structured markets. Thus allowing foreign consumption of domestic products, services and media, which is a positive trade impact. These economic activities must not be exploited by others’ profiteering but rather harnessed by Federation resources for efficient repatriations.

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.


Appendix VIDEO – SURVIVOR Borneo – Moments In History –

Outwit Outplay Outlast

Published on Jan 11, 2016

SURVIVOR Borneo, Season 1

0:03 Rudy and Rich Bond
1:10 Rat Feast
2:26 Nature Phone
3:17 Family Video
5:07 Snakes and Rats



Used for entertainment [and educational] purposes only. The property and rights for this video/audio go to ©CBS.

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