Our current idle passive society
Individuals lack the experience to succeed
Small businesses lack talent and tools required to succeed
Individuals unable to learn and do what they want to
Add to this the rise in unemployment of many nations: not the 7% many think is unemployment, but the rise of Non-participation, reaching 50% in some countries! 50% of people not working, not just do to ageing, but by being displaced by automation!)
KZM is an organization that utilizes a dynamic and responsive framework to address its members talent needs. By creating a structure, it gives credibility as well as attachment, commitment, and involvement (control theory) to its members to increase their potential and desire to learn and grow. The business is designed to be easily replicated and modified for specific groups, but at its heart, is designed to be all inclusive.
What is it?
A systematic process for bringing individuals (see “Wasted Talent”) together to complete complex group projects
A voluntary system, that records the achievements and develops of the members involved
A process to gather and share resources with those who would not normally have access to them
How is it done?
By contract between the Social Business (KZM), and the members
By taking on projects for businesses and individuals
By recording and celebrating successes
By learning from challenges and developing processes of improvement (Kaizen)
How is it sustainable?
Members pay monthly fees (Estimated to be $25 per month)
Services rendered (projects/contracts) get paid into the Social Enterprise
All money acquired is used to grow the Social Enterprise, through resource (Hardware/Software/Materials/Tools/Contract Talent) acquisition for its members, and infrastructure reinforcement
What has KZM done so far?
We have completed 3 fund raisers, educating people about our movement, and acquiring donations in the spirit of sharing talent!
Fund Raiser #1: LIU Kamloops
Here we cooked for over 40 people, generating over 80 likes over a few days and making direct connections with people. Here we asked what people thought, and gathered criticism to refine our processes.
Fund Raiser #2: Red Collar Skills Sharing Event
Here we gave others time to share skills and explain their talents: Anything from singing, to home brewing, to a Magic Show or Sales advice. It was a smashing success, and got us connections to many businesses and talented individuals. This went from 6pm-11pm, and the crowed ebbed and flowed, bringing new life and energy every hour!
In doing this event we gained Letters of Commitment from 6 Major Stakeholders:
Venture Kamloops, Chamber of Commerce, New Life Community, Business Development Canada, Kamloops Maker Space, and LiveItUp: Each gave insights on how to attract participants, and through these efforts the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Director spoke at our Skills Sharing Event.
Fund Raiser #3: The Hotdog and Burger Stand:
In this event we reached out beyond our community to the beautiful Wells Grey Park. We were donated a small parcel of land off of a 160 acre lot on the edge of a busy highway to sell food and promote our cause. In this, we learned that we needed to stick to our mission more closely, as it was difficult to promote our cause while supplying a basic need in a non conductive environment. Even when we feel there was failure, there can be great success! For this reason, our next “fund raisers” will only be modelled after our actual business: educating and leveraging skills of people.
So where are we now?
We have over $600 in donations, a few hundred followers on Facebook, and personal commitment of over $1200 from our own group to make this happen. Our talent still consists of 5 MBA Students, 1 Masters of education, and one very skilled Business degree graduate, but we also have the support of the Thompson Rivers University Entrepreneurship Club, and the MBA Club: combined with potential backing from the Student Union. Hundreds of students that know of our cause, as well as a few hundred Kamloops residents, many of which that want to help. We may be too late to impress the Judges in Round 2, but we are certain that with or without this contest, we have made the traction necessary to make our social enterprise a reality.
What is “This”?
We are approaching businesses with the proposition to invest in our cause: we propose that whether we “win” any competition or not, that we can create a talent registry to assist the Human Resources of a business to engage their employees. We are going to provide workshops in which employees can, after hours, work together or learn together in skills unrelated to their normal work. The company will be asked to put their monthly membership fee up, and we will design engagement that will let their employees, our members, shine and reach beyond their skills.
“This” is also working in our regular framework to start off as not a monthly service fee, but to pole our users and determine their wants (without a full Skill/Talent Registry). We will bring talent to them, or facilitate the learning or skills they want. We will charge ticket price, pay the talent to educate, and learn of what we can do better by the participants: We will make money using the business concept instead of “working” at things that distance the spirit of the movement.
What is the Spirit of KZM?
It is our mission: “KZM is creating an infrastructure and developing processes to allow individuals to identify their skills and talents and facilitate their personal growth through hands on engagement. We will be the catalyst of networking and development across all levels of society, and demography.”