Not for Profit housing, charity, making another world
The question might be is everything just for profit?
“Is everything just for profit, Dad?”, my daughter asked me the other day, then she answered it herself, “everything is just for profit isn’t it.” By this statement there was a realisation in her voice that it was rare for people to do anything for the greater good. The reason Waitrose or Morrisons are reducing packaging or replacing plastic bags is not that they want to its because they have been told to or because they are doing it to be ahead of the next supermarket and increase their profit. Somethings invented to retrieve plastic from the ocean how far does it go unless it can be sold to someone who can see profit in it?
Housing is at the heart of this and the heart of much social misery. What is not for profit, when it seems as if everything is for sale. People complain about cultural appropriation, so I watched a video on LinkedIn of the buying and selling of culture as some team of corporates was led in a Haka. It would seem as if nothing is sacred, nothing matters as long as it can be bought and sold for profit.
Why have we got to change?
Why is this question, is everything just for profit, important, is it fair to ask not for profit organisations to carry the weight, why have we got to change?
The answer is AI and automation. These two things will totally reduce the need for a workforce and break the cycle of wage-based labour which is what gives us the ability to buy things. The profit-seeking society creates scarcity in order that it can continue, some suffer so others can live well, but what if this wasn’t the case, what if people did things out of kindness, for the welfare of all, for the greater good.
What if machines
What if machines were the workforce, and removed this drudgery from our lives, repaired themselves, (if they ever needed repairing)? We have been encouraged to be afraid of this by films like Terminator, because of the profit motive. However, what would we do if there was no work that could not be done by a machine? What would societies aims be, how would its inequalities be addressed, its laws recalculated.
Here at Zetetick housing, we believe the opportunity lies ahead of us to make the whole world a better place, to reach for the stars, to create a better world. We do this by offering a different model of social housing for those most easily marginalised, supplying quality housing for supported living, that’s sourced from the private sector yet offered to Local authorities on a not for profit basis because we are a not for profit housing charity.
It’s our daughters that are calling out in the streets, asking us this question, they will not be brushed off with a patronising pat on the head. They are asking what are we doing with this world, whilst they are in classrooms being schooled to inhabit a world that will probably not exist unless we change everything…yesterday.
Not for profit housing
What about us, do we even understand what is happening? Are you aware the first person (a student) to produce a gun on a 3d printer was tried and sentenced recently? Will the automated world be corrupted what do you think, do you agree…what is possible, or is everything just for profit, can a not for profit housing charity like Zetetick help create a new world? Would you like to help?
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