Business Models for Collective Governance is the first of an international book writing series that crafts business models for national development planning in the developing countries of the world. The first publication is for the Philippines. This book has a special mission. It guides in building the structures and in installing the orders for the collective governance platform. It demonstrates the contents and the structures of the business models that serve as the building blocks of inclusive development enterprises. Part I defines what is a business model; and demonstrates how it is applied in the private and the public organizations and provides alternative funding solutions, which include the establishment of rural infrastructure investment fund, translating foreign aid as foreign investment, and the reliable “Swiss private banker.” These funding models, however, provide the mechanisms for leveraging the traditional international financing facilities that are available. Part II presents business models that build and maintain infrastructure vital to national development. Part III presents business models that follow the integrated community-based development process for specific industries in the Philippines. Part IV demonstrates the role of cooperatives in national development by setting up a national cooperative modernization direction focused on the crafting of cooperative business models. Part V demonstrates business models that apply education and training solutions to national socio-economic development problems. Finally, Part VI, the concluding part, integrates the business models into an inclusive development agenda. The inclusive development models are fastened by the application of precise research and development tools for development planning and management, which transitions into the practice of the craft of collective governance.
Interview With Marina Carnwath, Communication and Alumni Officer at British Chevening Scholarships, London
On March 13, 2020, Marina Carnwath interviewed this author regarding the Business Models for Collective Governance book series that we are going to launch. The interview is in line with featuring the work in the British Chevening Scholarships Newsletter. “The scholarship is the UK government’s international awards programme aimed at developing global leaders. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations, Chevening offers two types of award – Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships – the recipients of which are personally selected by British embassies and high commissions throughout the world. Chevening offers a unique opportunity for future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from all over the world to develop professionally and academically, network extensively, experience UK culture, and build lasting positive relationships with the UK. Since 1983, over 50,000 professionals have studied in the UK through Chevening. Our impact report gives you an insight into some of the inspirational successes that the Chevening community has achieved, and the difference they continue to make all around the world.
I belong to the 1990-91 batch of Chevening Scholars from the Philippines. I went the Centre for Development Studies of the University of Wales Swansea (now Swansea University). Shiela Coronel, who studied at the London School of Economics, nationally known in the Philippines and abroad in the field of investigative journalism, is also a member of our batch. She is the present Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.
These are the highlights of my talk with Marina Carnwath.
- As I already provided Marina with a one-paragraph description of the book including its chapter by chapter summary, she first asked me how I was able to come up with the work. I answered her that it is a result of my 30 years of experience in development works. I told her that I realized that I have covered a wide scope and it was about time to put everything together after I completed my last development consulting assignment in Fiji in 2016.
- I told her that I did research about collective governance, which guided me in putting my works together. However, I asked for assistance also from the British Chevening Fund but was not granted. I still proceeded on the compendium of business models on my own.
- I informed her that I am planning to utilize the network of Chevening alumni for purposes of replicating the writing of the book in different countries.
- Outside the Philippines, the project can be started in Southeast Asia by starting in Thailand and find ways how the different business models articulated in the book can be funded and implemented through collective efforts by the Chevening alumni in the region, who are also dispersed in different fields.
- I also told her that the business models are just combined with old business models using new technologies. The most important is just following how old business models were structured.
- Finally, I promised to send her a concept paper on the establishment of a hotel to be established in strategic cities of the world where Chevening alumni could meet and establish the connection. It is a business and international training center.