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The Middle East revolutions and you

The potential for revolution in the Middle East has been brewing for many years. One of the reasons includes differences in ideology between those who want a more secularism and those who want more fundamental theological influences. But the main motivation for popular unrest and revolt is lack of opportunity for the younger generations. Regardless of which country you consider, this last reason cuts across all borders and forms of government.

So the die is cast and the revolts, which began in Tunisia, have now cascaded to Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Iran. Some of my experts say this could become a global issue. The question seems to be not whether the revolts will continue or be successful, but rather will the result be positive or negative.

Last week, before the outbreaks in Bahrain and Yemen, we asked our radio and Internet audience what they thought would be the outcome of the Egyptian revolt. Here’s what we learned:

About four out of ten respondents were optimistic and said they thought a new democratic government will be created to represent all Egyptians. But more than half took the other side of the issue and voiced their concern that Islamist influences would prevail, causing Egypt to become more like an Iranian theocracy. I’m happy to report that a tiny percentage of our respondents reported that they “just don’t care.”

My friends, what is happening in the Middle East right now should concern everyone. From the price of oil, to control of major shipping lanes, to potential problems in Europe, to the war on global terrorism, what happens in the Middle East in the next six to 12 months will directly or indirectly influence our lives and businesses.

Once again, we continue to live the Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times.

I have been covering the evolving events in the Middle East on my radio program, The Small Business Advocate Show. To listen to these conversations, please click on any of the links below and leave your thoughts.

To participate in the current poll question, visit SmallBusinessAdvocate.com and vote.

Potential paradigm shifts from the Eqyptian revolution, featuring futurist, Joel Barker

Will the Middle East unrest cascade around the world? featuring trends expert, Gerald Celente

Could Egypt’s unrest impact the global economic recovery? featuring David Adler, high-net-worth writer for Financial Planning magazine

Could the Egypt revolution have been predicted? featuring Gene Griessman, author of The Words Lincoln Lived By and The Achievement Factor

Are we headed for a new world order? Should we be?

It’s been two years since much of the world’s financial institutions started demonstrating just how flawed they’ve been in their practices and values. Since the major meltdown in September 2008, a lot of what we thought we knew about the institutions we’ve counted on as the backbone of capitalism - banks, Wall Street, public corporations and the federal government - have been proven to not be worthy of our confidence.  Indeed, many of those organizations - GM, Chrysler, Lehman Brothers, Fanny Mae, Freddie Mac, the list is long - are either not there anymore or crippled versions of their former selves.

So what’s next? The global marketplace - and its relationship with government - is experiencing a gut-check right now and one thing is clear: Where we’re going isn’t going to look like where we’ve been.

Recently, on my radio program, The Small Business Advocate Show, I talked with my friend and Brain Trust member, Bill Halal about his ideas on this topic.  Bill is Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology & Innovation at George Washington University, author of Technology’s Promise and founder of the website, Techcast.org.  Be prepared: Bill and I often don’t agree. But he’s one of the smartest guys I know, he is intellectually honest, and I place a high value on his contribution to the debate. Consequently, Bill Halal will always have a place to offer his ideas on my show.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to listen to our conversation, and be sure to leave your own thoughts. Listen Live! Download, Too!

Practicing appreciation and thanksgiving

Clearly we’re living in unprecedented economic times right now, at least within the past 60 years. And with such a long list of uncertainties in our world today, it can sometimes be difficult to find the perspective to feel thankful and appreciate what we have. But there are a few other areas that are unprecedented the other way. Could you use some help getting started with your list? Here are just a few global examples:

• At the end of World War II, there were approximately 20 democracies on planet Earth. Today there are more than 120 – unprecedented freedom.

• Medical science is delivering wonderful healing and preventative products and services everyday which not long ago were just dreams – unprecedented healing.

• Billions of Earthlings have access to the Internet, many in parts of the world where 20 years ago they might not have had access to a newspaper – unprecedented knowledge.

• Entrepreneurship is becoming a dominant force in the global marketplace, and small business ownership is seen as a top career path by young people around the world – unprecedented self-determination.

Our list of 21st century blessings is also long and enough to embarrass us when we start to think that our world isn’t working anymore.

In a recent interview with Mike Robbins, author of “Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation”, we talked about how to get into, and keep, the spirit of thanksgiving all year long. Take a few minutes to listen to our conversation, and share your own thoughts on thanksgiving.

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