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Facilitating Prosperity, Peace and Planetary Sustainability by Providing Expanded Access to Successful Life, Work & Entrepreneurship Skills!

We help Expand the Circle of Success Education & Empowerment by providing greater access to Successful Life, Work & Entrepreneurship Skills!

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Our Expanding the Circle of Success program is designed to "Bridge the access to creative-thinking, problem-solving & other successful life, work & Entrepreneurship skills divide." We help reach and serve the other 90% of the population that is underserved by the world's leading providers of training products for personal, professional and organizational development that target the top 10% of the market. We seek to provide greater access to proven programs, publications and "Successful Life, Work & Entrepreneurship Skills" that can help generate greater individual and collective capacities to address social, economic and environmental challenges. As a result, individuals, organizations and communities can learn how to use state-of-the-art resources that help them A.R.K.-- Awaken to their ultimate possible future; Realize more of their inherent potential; and Know how to fulfill their vision, mission, dreams, and or goals. We agree with the experts who say that most individuals only use 5% to 10% of their potential. We also know from personal experience that many if not most of the world's leading providers of training products for personal, professional & organizational development target their marketing to the top 10% of the population. They focus on professionals who already appreciate the value of having access to Successful Living Skills training AND they have the financial resources to pay for these types of programs and services. Our Expanding the Circle of Success Campaign is designed to help reach and serve the other 90% of the population. We agree with Mark Twain who said: " Each one of us has the substance within to achieve whatever our goals and dreams define. What is missing from each of us is the training, education, knowledge and insight to utilize what we already have." The foundation of our organization, publications and programs includes Community Economic Development (CED) principles and practices of Self-Help, Empowerment & Capacity-Building.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are individuals (especially youth & low-income residents), nonprofits that serve their members & clients, companies that seek productivity & profitability, and communities that seek to provide greater access for their residents, businesses and non-profits to resources for realizing and actualizing more of their potential. In the past, we developed award-winning prototypes for locally initiated Community Economic Development Resource Centers that provided successful life, work & entrepreneurship skills training. For example the Success Center Partnership that we created for the Muncie, Indiana Public Housing Authority served hundreds of youth as young as 7 years old. The Community Resource Center we helped the Kankakee County, IL Community Development Corporation establish in an abandoned 22,000 square foot National Guard Armory Building served tens of thousands of residents primarily youth. For this idea, our beneficiaries will be those served by our local partners.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

The unique advantages of our idea include years of cocreating successful prototypes for engaging stakeholders in identifying needs designing & implementing programs that enhanced the quality of life for participants & residents wherever they happen to be on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. We are adapting Maslow's description of a "fully actualized individual" to help establish more "fully actualizing" programs, organization & communities. Our core competencies include organizational & community development and empowerment, expertise in helping build successful multi-sector collaborative partnerships, experience repurposing and adapting state-of-the-art training content to reach and serve underserved populations, & strategic alliances with individuals, non-profits & cause-oriented companies including some of the world's top development training companies & 101 recipients of our Ultimate Destiny Hall of Fame Award. Our programs are successful because they are based upon Success Principles!

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Early Adoption: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have begun to expand the pilot for early adoption.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

University for Successful Living is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established to help individuals, organizations, businesses & communities achieve greater levels of success and achievement. USL is based on 20+ years of successful award-winning programs featuring world-class authors, trainers & other experts on Successful Life, Work and Entrepreneurship Skills. Our faculty includes recipients of the Ultimate Destiny Hall of Fame Awards created by 1 of our affiliated "cause-oriented" Benefit Corporations

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.
  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.
  • Other

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

My disaster relief/community development experiences in some of the poorest communities in the US & my discovery that development training companies target the top 10% of the population even though experts state that most individuals only use a small % of their potential led me on a journey of seeking ways to help Expand the Circle of Success Education & Empowerment. I learned from Paul J. Meyer there are 5 Success Principles & I was shocked to realize I had only had 1 hour of relevant training.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

We chose to incorporate Peace, Prosperity & Planet in our idea as we have been working in all 3 areas for years AND we have discovered the power of synergy! When we responded to the MacArthur Foundation's $100 million dollar RFP to "address problems that affect people, places and planet" we (1) built a web site at and invited other organizations to join us in a collaborative response and (2) we presented our Expanding the Circle of Success Campaign as our strategy. We described that as "Bridging the access to creative-thinking, problem-solving and other successful living skills divide." Given that experts say most people only use a small percentage of our potential, we believe that the most valuable contribution to solve social, economic & environmental challenges is to generate greater individual & collective capacities to do so. We already have access to some of the world's best resource providers for prosperity, peace & global sustainability

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

While we have 2 communities in mind where we have previously served our idea can be implemented with any sponsor anywhere such as public housing authorities, community development agencies, chambers of commerce, youth & other social service agencies, institutions of higher learning, civic organizations, churches, companies, communities, non-profit organizations, etc. We have developed An Interest Survey and Request for Proposals designed to enable us to solicit applications to participate as partners and local sponsors of the successful life, work and entrepreneurship skills training we and our strategic alliance partners can provide. That includes recipients of our Ultimate Destiny Hall of Fame Award that include some of the top experts in personal, professional, organizational & community development. PS. I just added a PDF of Comments on a book The PeaceFinder- Riley McFee's Quest for World Peace that includes The Eight Steps to World Peace and a free Becoming a PeaceMaster Course

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

We have 2 specific communities and partner organizations with existing facilities, staff & funding to provide space for classes, non-profit & entrepreneurial enterprises and they are already funded to provide job & life skills training for hundreds of low income residents primarily youth. The RFP & invitation we will use to invite local sponsors includes evaluation factors such as the level of community support, demonstrated needs & proven capacities to deliver & manage related programs, etc

Geographic Focus

We have identified 500,000 potential sponsors in the US and our programs can be applied anywhere!

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

Given the fact that we are open to collaboration with 1 or more host sponsors or communities to implement our project, and the details including time frames and budgets will be determined by the scope of the actual agreement, I have not addressed the question. However I will state for the record "up to 36 months." Our team does have substantial prior experience developing, implementing and operating program plans and successfully managing budgets and meeting established benchmarks.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No
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Comments on Peace Posted to OpenIDEO Bridgebuilder Campaign.pdf

PDF of Comments on Peace including a book, The PeaceFinder- Riley McFee's Quest for World Peace that includes The Eight Steps to World Peace and the free Becoming a PeaceMaster Course by Scott and Shannon Peck of The Love Center

OPEN ID Page 2 Les Brown MHA.jpg

Page 2 of a newspaper article about the successful programs to modify state-of-the-art development training content to be able to help individuals who had not previosuly been exposed to self-development training learn how to acquire and implement successful life, work and entrepreneurship skills. Among many reasons the Success Center Partnership we established received awards was the substantial levels of partnership participation by some of the world's top development training companies

OPEN ID Page 1 Les Brown MHA.jpg

This is an example of our award-winning prototypes for Expanding the Circle of Success. The Success Center Partnership we designed, obtained a $250,000 Drug Elimination Grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for and implemented won state and national recognition from HUD & the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials. Training expert Les Brown repurposed a 100 page, $100 product to 12 pages for youth as young as 7 years old living in public housing.


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I am amazed at the ultimate blockchain opportunities that I have only recently been introduced to for facilitating Planetary Peace and Prosperity! As a community economic development specialist who resonates with Bucky Fuller's vision of "betterment for 100% of humanity", I especially appreciate how this initiative is dedicated "For the good of all humanity."

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