Contributing to International Development Through the Truthful and Good Use of the Digital Media
While digital technologies have already molded the landscape of the global mainstream information in many positive ways, the easier access to contents that are supposed to chart a new global development direction is not overwhelmingly useful for addressing even basic problems of human survival in this world. In fact, precise disinformation campaigns that freely enter and navigate the digital information ecosystem is posing a serious threat. Apparently, this system of information management has a global adverse impact that affects many countries, from the poorest to the largest economy in the world. If unchecked, this phenomenon has serious long-term consequences. Therefore, progressive and responsible contents must prevail in the global digital media to fill-up the very wide gap that hinders the most beneficial application of human, technological, and natural resources available today for global development.
The mainstream government entities, international development organizations, and nongovernmental organizations are not aggressive in exploring the digital information ecosystem for fulfilling their respective global development roles and obligations. As a matter of fact, they are helpless or unconcerned about the exploitation that is happening in the said ecosystem. In this regard, these organizations representing the status quo require serious upgrading too in their informational contents and systems for purposes of addressing development problems by using digital media. From our end in the international development consulting profession, we have also to perform our obligations by adjusting to the new information-sharing trends. We remain steadfast in our mission of alleviating poverty and inequality in the world we live in.
The Collective Enterprise is a digital media service developed and managed by Global Green Technologies Corporation, a corporation established in the State of New York in 2009 by Eduardo Bacolod, an immigrant from the Philippines educated in the Philippines and the United Kingdom and trained in the Netherlands. The focus of the media service is to package and share information to readers in the form of business models that can be translated into actions for addressing the most vital development problems in the world. In other words, the digital media service performs its direct and indirect entrepreneurial obligations to transform the business models that it communicates to its readers into valuable undertakings or enterprises.
The global development areas that the media service are concerned include poverty, agriculture and food distribution, public infrastructure, housing, environmental degradation, natural calamities, income inequality, health care, access to investment opportunities, quality education, armed conflict, transportation, energy, migration, refugee settlement, and peace and order. It is a working policy of this media service not to engage in divisive political issues. It will not also involve itself in investigative reporting or too much academic analysis. Rather, the media service looks also at te problems, but it does not stop there. Its main business his to translate problems into opportunities, or right away if there are matching solutions from its library of creative business models, packaging of information as the solutions for improving the global development ecosystem is given immediate emphasis.
Educating and Empowering the Global Readers
Education and empowerment must be progressive and tied up together. In spite of the availability of reliable
information that is free and true, alternative facts are instead being embraced by the target readers who are supposed to be the major beneficiaries of modern technological advancements for education and community empowerment. Without due regard to criminal and moral accountabilities, the purveyors are in their comfort zones. Ensuring income equality, alleviating poverty, and protecting the global environment should have been made easier with technological advancements. However, misinformation and the lack of appropriate actions by the mainstream government and international development organizations go together unintentionally, which result in beneficiaries who are either confused or become more hardened followers of opposing extremist and simplistic beliefs.
These followers can be located in the different points of the generic political spectrum, whether in the far left, far right, or center. Their educational and professional accomplishments are diverse, and there are highly educated followers. This configuration indeed requires a serious look.
AidSpeak is the blog of the humanitarian social network AidSource. In a February 2020 article, it articulates that “rampant misinformation, partisan news sources and social media’s tsunami of fake news is no basis on which to inform the American public in 2020” The blog adds “the need for a robust, independent press has never been greater.” Nonetheless,
AidSpeak is asking for collective action. If misinformation is a problem in America, then most of the world encounter the same problem too. Global Collective Enterprise goes along the collective action being asked by AidSpeak.
The role of information dissemination must be to educate and empower people with practical knowledge. However, education has a holistic domain. On this basis, Collective Enterprise provides a digital media service that conforms to a holistic information campaign. The services cover multifaceted areas of global development guided by a progressive process that always aims to translate the information and knowledge into action.
Our Company’s Commitment to Promoting New Business Models
The present practices in engaging the services of consulting firms and individual consultants for international development projects traditionally follow open recruitment and competitive bidding process. Consultants are usually asked to perform tasks that are defined by international development organizations and cooperating government entities that engage their services. However, the hidden capabilities of many international consultants are not fully explored because of the bureaucratic system. What if there are more open opportunities for creative ideas and approaches that lead to innovations? In spite of the adequacy of qualified consultants, why is it that many of the development problems in the world are still not addressed?
Consultants are needed for specialized tasks, but more importantly, they are capable of providing dynamism under a traditional bureaucratic set up in the international development organizations and government entities. Furthermore, they are hired most often individually and working collectively is rather difficult to attain under the existing bureaucratic systems anywhere. On this basis, we have realized that it is already difficult to be competitive in the traditional business of providing professional services in the field of international development. We have to create our own products and services and align ourselves with the digital information system, while we still stick to our own unexplored strength. Furthermore, we carry on a mission of delivering not only truthful information, but we have to package information what we believe is desirable, which is in the context of collective enterprise.
The Collective Enterprise is a media portal that starts with a concrete foundation progressively built over three decades of professional research and planning experience, travel, academic preparation, seminars and conferences, and non-formal interactions. Our involvement in project negotiation for various innovative projects on clean energy, electric bus, food park infrastructure, and agricultural development policy formulation ends up in the publication of the book “Business Models for Collective Governance.” The challenge to disseminate the business models in the Philippines as the initial country is tough and the easiest and cheapest way for us is to start by exploring the digital media. However, we need to remain focus on our main mission of disseminating and operationalizing business models.
What We Intend to Provide?
The principal objective of the Collective Enterprise is to establish and maintain a digital media service providing global development perspectives in the form of business models guided by the basic philosophy that global development is a collective enterprise.
The specific objectives of the digital media service are:
- To create a network of collective enterprise development advocates from different countries of the world in different fields of endeavor who are going to provide analysis and solutions for addressing important international development problems,
- To disseminate information through the digital media in the context of what should be done in addressing global development problems through pro-active collective enterprise approach,
- To package information into business models for purposes of creating dynamic collective interactions among different actors in global development,
- To create and maintain a portal as a place for exchanging and matching physical and technological resources, funding sources, and market opportunities through creative and innovative approaches in data gathering and research, information analysis, and preparation of business models,
- To promote collective governance business models as an option in managing public and private sector partnership in governmental affairs to ensure a genuine participatory approach to human progress and development,
- To bring together science and technology, medicine, the arts and the humanities, and business studies as part of a dynamic and inclusive ecosystem of global development,
- To create a facility for trading and exchange of ideas, market information, and goods and services among advocates of collective enterprise philosophy, and
- To create a non-formal education portal that can provide training services to various clients from different sectors.