Where the Jobs Are – Entrepreneurism in Junk

Go Lean Commentary

The dominant employment engine for the Caribbean involves tourism, but the regional tourism business models are being strained. The primary target market, American middle class have suffered crises and now harsh realities have come to fruition. The book Go Lean…Caribbean posits that there is a need to re-focus, re-boot, and optimize the engines of commerce so as to make the Caribbean a better place to live, work and play for all.

Where are the jobs … that the Caribbean people need today and will need even more so in the future?

A key answer is in the quotation: “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

This is the underlying principle of the recycling-scrap-metal industry. This industry is a “destruction services” business model, a subset of the “turn-around” community ethos. Jobs can be created in the art and science of destruction (demolition, recycling and junkyards). But this industry does not “play well with others”, it makes a bad neighbor. It is dirty, wet, Blue-Collar and noisy. But, if done right, this model could be successful, and can impact a “turn-around” for many stakeholders.

This new focus on the “turn-around” community ethos, and the accompanying jobs, appears on the surface to be a win-win for all involved, but a more careful examination highlights some serious economic, security and governing obstacles/issues.

The Go Lean book calls for the optimization of these economic, security and governing engines for the Caribbean region:

  • Economics – Jobs, business models, industrial neighborhoods constitute the economic dimensions of this industry. Overall the roadmap calls for the optimization of the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy to $800 Billion GDP and create 2.2 million new jobs. There is another economic element to this recycling-scrap-metal industry sphere of activity, that of an entrepreneurial hustle – Scrapping. A person can generate self-employment income by gathering scrap-metal, recycled commodities, re-manufactured raw materials and transport them to junkyards. While this may be an occasional chore for some people, for others, this can be a daily hustle, their source of steady income. See photo examples here and VIDEO below:
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  • Security – The above trash-versus-treasure quotation introduces the security dimension of the commentary. The entire eco-system of recycling assumes that the “trash” holder of a commodity surrenders possession. If/when the commodity changes hands prematurely, the events are often associated with a crime: burglary, robbery, theft, vandalism, house-stripping, etc. For this reason, the Go Lean roadmap commandeers jurisdiction of salvage/recycling/scrap-metal functions for federal regulation/promotion. This stipulates that activities within the “turn-around” sphere will be marshaled by regional police authorities, with the application of best-practices: Verified Identification, Closed Circuit Surveillance Camera, Serial Number registration/tracking, etc.
  • Governance – In line with the Go Lean roadmap, many junkyards are identified as ideal for the structure of Self-Governing Entities (SGE), the bordered/fenced controlled campuses/compounds. This approach allows for initiation, cooperation and coordination of SGE’s to effectuate change in the region.

The alignment of strained economic-security-governance engines against the recycling-scrap-metal “turn-around” community ethos have been successfully championed before, particularly in the US during World War II. There is much to learn from this example and lesson in history.

Consider a modern example of this Los Angeles company, and imagine similar installations throughout the Caribbean region:

C & M Metals is a provider of Scrap-Metal Recycling and Metal Trading Services

1709 E. 24th St., Los Angeles, CA90058  |  Phone: 323-234-4662  |  Fax: 323-234-5844  |  sales@cmmetals.net

C&M Metals Inc. is a corporation dedicated to the, “Green Movement.” We have showed this by being one of the pioneers in the recycling of secondary metals and scrap metal waste for over 50 years. Our experience comes second to none and our long history speaks for itself. Call us today to inquire about how we could be of service to you.

Industries Served:

Metal Fabricators Demolitions Electricians
Machine Shops Networking Contractors
Electronic Manufactures Auto Repair Centers   Auto Wrecking
Plumbers Contractors Yards
Maintenance Contractors Radiator Repair Shops
Medical Industries Wheel and Tire Centers
Installers Auto Dealerships

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C & M Metals, Inc. – Los Angeles Premier Salvage Services – Retrieved
11-09-2014 –

The book Go Lean… Caribbean, serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the technocratic Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU) with the charter to facilitate jobs in the region. Early in the Go Lean book, the responsibility to create jobs was identified as an important function for the CU with this pronouncement in the Declaration of Interdependence (Pages 14):

xxvi.  Whereas the Caribbean region must have new jobs to empower the engines of the economy and create the income sources for prosperity, and encourage the next generation to forge their dreams right at home, the Federation must therefore foster the development of new industries… In addition, the Federation must invigorate the enterprises related to existing industries … impacting the region with more jobs.

The Go Lean book also details the principle of job multipliers, how certain industries are better than others for generating multiple indirect jobs down-the-line for each direct job on a company’s payroll. The recycling-scrap-metal “turn-around” industries have impressive indirect job multiplier rates, hereby estimated at 5.0. This is important, as the Go Lean… Caribbean book details the creation of 2.2 million direct/indirect jobs in the region during the 5-year roadmap, including income-generation from entrepreneurial hustles.

The subject of SGE’s has been directly addressed and further elaborated upon in these previous blog/commentaries:

http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=2750 Disney World – Example of SGE
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=2338 Using SGE’s to Welcome the Dreaded ‘Plutocracy’
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=2003 Where the Jobs Are – Ship-breaking under SGE Structure
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=1214 Fairgrounds as SGE and Landlords for Sports Leagues
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=286 Puerto Rico’s Comprehensive Cancer Center Project Breaks Ground – Model of Medical SGE

In addition, the subjects of self-employment opportunities and entrepreneurial hustle have been explored in previous blog/commentaries:

http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=1325 Puerto Rico Governor Signs Bill on Small-Medium-Enterprises
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=599 Ailing Puerto Rico open to radical economic fixes – with focus on Informal Economy
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=398 Self-employment on the rise in the Caribbean – World Bank
http://www.goleancaribbean.com/blog/?p=214 LCD versus an Entrepreneurial Ethos

The adoption of new community ethos, plus the executions of the following strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies will foster the returns on the “turn-around” investments:

Community Ethos – Deferred Gratification Page 21
Economic Principles – People Choose because Resources are Limited Page 21
Economic Principles – All Choices Involve Costs Page 21
Economic Principles – People Respond to Incentives Page 21
Economic Principles – Economic Systems Influence Choices & Incentives Page 21
Economic Principles – Voluntary Trade Creates Wealth Page 21
Community Ethos – Job Multiplier Page 22
Community Ethos – Lean Operations Page 24
Community Ethos – Return on Investments (ROI) Page 24
Community Ethos – Cooperatives Page 25
Community Ethos – Ways to Impact the Future Page 26
Community Ethos – Ways to Help Entrepreneurship Page 28
Community Ethos – Ways to Impact Research & Development (R&D) Page 30
Community Ethos – Ways to Impact Turn-Around: Recycling and Demolition Industries Page 33
Community Ethos – Ways to Impact the Greater Good Page 37
Strategy – Mission – Foster Local Economic Engines. Page 45
Tactical – Fostering a Technocracy Page 64
Tactical – Tactics to Forge an $800 Billion Economy – High Multiplier Industries Page 70
Tactical – Separation of Powers – Self-Governing Entities Page 80
Implementation – Ways to Pay for Change – SGE Licenses Page 101
Implementation – Steps to Implement Self-Governing Entities Page 105
Implementation – Ways to Deliver Page 109
Planning – 10 Big Ideas – Self-Governing Entities Page 127
Planning – Ways to Improve Trade Page 128
Planning – Ways to Make the Caribbean Better Page 131
Advocacy – Ways to Grow the Economy Page 151
Advocacy – Ways to Create Jobs Page 152
Advocacy – Ways to Foster Cooperatives Page 176
Advocacy – Ways to Improve Emergency Management Processes and Systems Page 196
Advocacy – Ways to Impact Main Street Page 201
Appendix – Job Multipliers Page 259

The CU will foster industrial developments in support of turn-around industries. While these industrial developments may feature physical-grounds like high-tech R&D campuses, medical parks, and technology bases, they will also include low-tech scrap-metal junkyards. So the Go Lean roadmap covers clean-and-dirty, wet-and-dry activities.

While STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) attributes maybe the target activity for future-focused genius qualifiers, not all Caribbean stakeholders will be included among this grouping. In fact, STEM candidates are projected to only be a small minority in any community. Not everyone can be in the “Geek Squad”, or White Collar classes for that matter. So the Blue Collar classes must be accommodated as well in the Go Lean roadmap. This entrepreneurial hustle is an example of that total inclusion. As such, community investments must be made to facilitate the needs of Blue Collar workers. See below for Appendix – Cooperatives in Salvage.

The Caribbean is arguably the best address on the planet, but there are a lot of missing ingredients so as to be the best address for everyone. Some of the missing ingredients are jobs. The plan identified in the Go Lean book and blog/ commentaries is a good start to create employment opportunities for the region. This, the Go Lean roadmap, is where the jobs are! There are other benefits too; in general, the end result of this roadmap is a clearly defined destination: a better place to live, work and play. 🙂

Download the book Go Lean … Caribbean – now!


Appendix – VIDEO: How to make money scrapping – http://youtu.be/6eggQxy4Tdk

Mike the Scrapper Introduction to Scrapping: “We all have to live and make money so this is for my new fellow scrappers and the one’s that have been already scrapping”.


Appendix – Cooperatives in Salvage:

The CU will structure cooperative endeavors to marshal the economic and homeland security interest of the region. As such, the creation of “Worker” cooperatives will be incentivized for enterprises to assist the population to find gainful employment, even through entrepreneurial “hustles”.

Recycling-Scrap-Metal Industries are ideal for Worker cooperatives. But to facilitate these endeavors, large investments are needed to be made for industrial equipment, sampled as follows (from http://grindercrusherscreen.com/):

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