• USC IGM AG Art Gallery

  • World Peace One

  • LA World Fair

  • Pandopopulus

  • Global Business Incubation

  • Jobs Create Peace

  • The Metabolic Studio

  • Five Points Youth Foundation

  • LA Vision Zero Alliance

The USC Institute For Genetic Medicine Art Gallery:   A partner of 3 years, the IGM AG has amplified ENCOUNTER meetings and events through video & photo documentation, consulting & outreach efforts. New organizations are constantly introduced by the Gallery, which produces exhibits and symposiums on complex social issues that interface with the creative process and research in molecular biology, health and social systems. Directed by Lynn Crandall. 

“The entropy of random thoughts in a person’s brain, which tend to hide solutions, may be overcome when the mind allows the insights of art to modulate science. An encounter with art can be the catalyst that moves an idea from concept to realization”

LEFT: ENCOUNTER member Patrik Giles is Lead Curator on the March-June exhibition focused on Environment at the IGM AG.  Members from both organizations recently attended a launch of a city magazine produced by Los Angeles Council District One(Article by IGM AG) 

World Peace One:   Has supported projects ENCOUNTER members are developing.  WP1 seeks to help our race graduate from a war-driven culture to one of cooperation and peace, by uniting people world-peace-onethrough concerts, music, education, games, initiatives and social media. Resources generated will sustain the WP1 Foundation’s Ten-Year Global Peace Initiative .

Global Business Incubation:   Provides start-up companies with the necessary support services and funding to launch, sustain, and grow. 

Mission

GBI The mission of Global Business Incubation, Inc., or GBI is to promote the development and growth of global enterprises through customized innovative financial programs, business incubation, global banking solutions and other cooperative strategies.


Co-Founders Tonia and Paul McDonald

Overview

GBI serves as a facilitator of diverse projects, businesses and individuals. These include managing assets, while providing financial services, global strategic banking, teaching factories, business incubation, neighborhood cooperatives, job training programs, youth training and entrepreneurial programs. Collectively, these provide a synergistic approach to reviving the urban small business community.

Description

GBI has and continues to play a vital role in providing economic solutions, financial strategies for investors, workshops and training programs on new trends and technology innovation as well as business incubator models helping urban businesses compete in the global market place. GBI participated in a collaborative of over 200 major corporations, including Ford and General Motors that exemplified.

Background

In 1997, GBI partnered with the Los Angeles Community Development Department, Los Angeles Redevelopment Agency, colleges and universities, corporate professionals and others to create a multimedia, entertainment, and technology business incubator. Located at the 165,000SF 548 S. Spring St. Building in the Historic Core of Downtown LA. This project started with a 10% occupancy rate. Within 2 years, GBI’s Incubator was working with 50 new media companies that attracted Millions in ventured capital and occupied 100% of the building. The success of this project served as the catalyst for the ongoing revitalization of the Los Angeles Downtown area including the creation of hundreds of new jobs.

Awards

On the basis of this achievement, in July of 2000, GBI Founders received the Official White House Millennium Council Award in recognition of GBI as a model of the White House designed program, “Honor the Past- Imagine the Future.” Also during that year, GBI was chosen to host 200 of the World Press reporters for the Democratic Convention to showcase their Incubator and the companies. Also during that time the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) contracted GBI to research the multimedia industry with the objective of bringing this industry to the Historic Core of downtown Los Angeles. GBI partnered with the Port of Los Angeles to create a series of interactive workshops focused on Small and Mid-sized Companies partnering with and doing Business successfully with China. These workshops brought together the Chinese buyers from China, U.S. Bankers, Export Officials, and other partners crucial for trading successfully with China to over 400 small and mid-sized companies from Southern California.

LA World Fair:   Seeks to create a world fair in Los Angeles that involves distinctive pavilions and urban settings will spread throughout the county, located near and accessed by various metro stops along the transit system. See a presentation from a board member here.

Pandopopulus:  Is a is a new platform at the intersection of big ideas and the ecosphere. They recently held a conference attended by hundreds of distinguished scholars and teachers from across the globe, which was composed of 12 sections and 84 tracks. Each track focused on a specific dimension of the climate problem. See their website here. 

The Metabolic Studio:  Practices on physical and social brownfields—places that are incapable of supporting life. Since 2005 the Metabolic Studio has focused on land and water use in the city of Los Angeles and by extension in the Intermountain West. Through working with local, state and federal agencies we often encounter systemic aversion to innovation.

Jobs Create Peace:  Their objective is to identify existing resources, mobilize and coordinate these resources to meet the needs of their target population; bridge the gap between the various interest groups; and, act as a catalyst so they can work together and progress along the continuum of dependence, independence and interdependence (maturity). See their website here.  Four years after the passing of Proposition A and over $190 million spent with over $540 million allocated, less than one tenth (1/10) of one percent (1%) of the money spent was spent on at-risk youth employment.  After years of mobilizing and advocacy with the at-risk youth, JCP obtained a quantifiable minimum mandatory employment obligation from the City of Los Angeles on all Prop A, Public Works Contracts. 

Guiding Principle

It is the chief aim and guiding principle of JCP to empower peacemakers to provide and create guaranteed jobs to constituents. This leverages the peacemaker’s ability within and to the community. JCP will identify and match the needs of the peacemakers selected constituents with a local community base wrap-around social service network for the maintenance of the job opportunity. JCP member partners will then follow-up with continued job retention services. Lastly, JCP will establish a mechanism for the now employed and retained constituent to mentor the newest selected constituent to continue and repeat the cycle of “each one teach one.”

Goals

The specific goals of JCP are as follows:

*To provide a comprehensive approach that addresses training, education, social service support, job placement, as well as job retention services for the high-risk youths/adults.

*To multiply the individual effectiveness of community-based organizations and agencies that serve our target population by combining efforts and creating synergy that will avoid duplication of services and maximize resources.

*To develop a centralized clearinghouse for the job placement of high-risk youths/adults in both the public- and private sector jobs, and to take advantage of the vast opportunities for employment in Los Angeles.

Jobs Create Peace’s goal is to create safe communities by breaking the cycle of the repeat offender and inter-generational gang violence. This will be achieved by addressing the spiritual, social and economic causes of inter-generational gang violence.
In furtherance of this goal, it is JCP’s purpose to obtain and maintain a continuum of career living wage jobs for high-risk youth and adults. By providing technical assistance to the public and private community institutional leaders, it is JCP’s goal to affect the outcomes of the policy and decision-makers which are particularly impacting on the quality of life issues for the every day residents in the inner city. JCP will seek partner members in the following critical areas of concern to influence the positive outcomes:

1. Political institutions

2. Business institutions

3. Financial institutions

4. Educational institutions

5. Criminal justice institutions

6. Faith-based institutions

7. Media

The founder’s history

Picture1· 23 years’ experience as a community base Probation Officer

· Demonstrated ability in gang prevention, intervention, suppression, mediation, and re-entry.

· Demonstrated ability in community organizing, coalition and collaboration building.

· Working knowledge base of non-profit, public and private sector management and policies

· Demonstrated ability to affect policies and outcomes at the local, state, and federal level.

· Demonstrated ability to design and implement effective programs resulting in job creation and
retention for the target population.

It is the mission and purpose in this life for Brad Carson to help create safe communities by breaking the cycle of the repeat criminal offender and the intergenerational gang violence. How? By addressing the spiritual, social, and economic causes. It is Brad’s philosophy that through jobs and education (http://www.schooltosuccess.org/bio.htm)

As a Deputy Probation Officer for the past 25 years, Brad has helped create, develop, and implement numerous programs and services to help meet the needs of the target population. In 1987, Brad was selected to serve on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Kenneth Hahn’s Gang Committee, which created the Gang Alternative Prevention Program (GAPP). In 1989, Brad was assigned to the “Venice Oakwood Project” where he was involved in community –base policing with the multi-agency F.A.L.C.O.N. unit. He initiated and mediated the gang truce in Venice/Oakwood (LA’s worst gang war) in 1994. He brokered the “Gang Cease-Fire” between the VSLC in Venice and the CC Boys in the Mar Vista Gardens Housing Project in 1997. Brad helped create partnerships, coalitions, and collaborations with political, corporate, faith-base, and community-base agencies, which services the Venice area.

Prototype Model:

In 2000, Brad was assigned to the “Probation –To- Work” pilot project program in the East San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. The “Probation-To-Work” pilot project was a public/private partnership between the Probation Department and Communities in Schools, SFV.Inc. and Mission College WorkSource One-Stop Center, and the Sun Valley WorkSource One-Stop Center. Brad helped create partnerships, coalitions, and collaborations which services the East San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. In 2002, Brad was given countywide authority in his role as “The Employment Resource Coordinator”.

In July 2002, Mr. Carson has been working as the Adult Field Services Bureau Employment Resource Coordinator (ERC). The goal and the intent of the ERC position is to provide information and assistance to probationers in the form of referrals to vocational training and employment readiness programs, and to connect probationers to employers. In 2005, Mr. Carson conducted one-on-one Career Development Motivation Orientations to 332 new adult probationers from Probation Area Offices in South Central Los Angeles. Of the 332 probationers, 52 of them obtained employment within the next monthly reporting period. Mr. Carson completed the monthly “Job Talk” newsletter that was made available to the over 4,500 Probation staff. Additionally, Mr. Carson was the “driving force” behind the Countywide Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee’s four Ex-Offender Job and Resource Fairs, and the two Business/Employers Symposiums that were sponsored by the Inter-Agency Gang Task Force.

On October 21, 2008, Brad Carson was moved in order to help set-up and implement another first of its kind pilot program called “ The Day Reporting Center (DRC)”. The DRC is where male re-entryprobationers 18-25 years of age, gang-members that are high-risk offenders, and resides in South Central LA, report daily for “wraparound” network services. Brad helped create partnerships, coalitions, and collaborations which services South Central LA.

As the Board President of Venice Community Housing Corporation, Brad Carson helped expand the vision and policies of the non-profit organization in order to initiate local hiring, training, and education of high-risk offenders in the actual development of building affordable housing in their communities. Brad Carson developed a task force called “The Ad Hoc Committee to Enforce At-Risk Youth Employment on Proposition A” (now known as Jobs Create Peace Coalition). As a result of this effort, Brad was the first to bring together both Black and Brown Gang Truce Peacemakers to obtain a $54 million set-aside for “at-risk” youth employment on a major public works project. Accordingly, 21,346 “at-risk” youth worked 2,755,696 hours as of the “LA County Regional Park and Open Space District’s” report dated July 17, 2008.

Prototype model:

Brad also negotiated the 10% set-aside for “at-risk” employment in the Project Labor Agreement at the Playa Vista development. The Playa Vista development is the largest ($7 Billion) private mixed-use development west of the Mississippi. Brad Carson is an original member of the Playa Vista Jobs Task Force.

Brad played a major role in the design, development, and implementation of the PVJOBS program. Brad still oversees the implementation of the program as a Board member of the non-profit corporation PVJOBS.

Brad Carson is a licensed General Contractor. As a General Contractor, Brad builds affordable housing while at the same time employs and develops the life skills of the “at-risk/gang member”. Brad as asocial-entrepreneur utilizes these projects for a pre-apprenticeship program, and then sells the house to low-moderate income homeowners.

Or non-profit corporations for no money down and no closing cost.

Brad is also a partner owner of the “At-Risk Youth General Labor Corporation (ARY)”. The ARY did a lot of the clean-up work at the Playa Vista Development and hired as well as trained/supervised most of the “gang-members” at the site.

In 2006, Brad Carson was a co-founding member of the non-profit corporation called United Job Creation Council (UJCC) which is a strategic alliance forged through the Anchor of Hope Prison Re-Entry Ministry (Jean Franklin, under the auspices of Bishop Noel Jones, Senior Pastor of City of Refuge Church) and theJobs Create Peace Coalition. On April 23, 2008, UJCC reached its two-year set goal when the historicmilestone of the “CRA-LA Construction Careers Policy” (UJCC initiative) was unanimously passed by the LA City Council and signed by the Mayor.

Brad Carson is the author of a meditative daily devotional Book and CD called “Nothing But The Word”. He is a licensed credentialed ordained minister of the gospel certified under the “Western Evangelical Association”. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Southern California College. He was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has been married for 26 years, and has three beautiful children.

The next steps

See website www.ncb.coop, and click on About NCB for FAQ, and the following:

1. “How does pledge financing work?”

2. “What is pledge financing?”

3. “What should nonprofits consider if planning to finance pledges?”

4. “What is a private placement?”

5. “What is a cooperative?”

I am helping to put together “like-minded” people in a syndication, cooperative, collective team in order to create an economic infrastructure that will meet and sustain the basic needs of the urban core population in the urban core geographical areas. This process will be filmed in a motion picture docu-drama DVD called “In Search of Community Wealth Creators”. The end result of this process is to “Build the Corporation of the Future”. BRAD CARSON

All of this will be demonstrated in the actual purchasing/procurement of (we/you fill in the blank here)which in this process we/you will internalize spiritual, social, and professional/economic wraparound services (The REACH Prototype Model http://www.acton.org/publications/randl/rl_article_174.php). These networked services are features of Community Wealth Creation Models. These community wealth creation models are blue prints of good success and are replicable in every urban core geographical/political community.

So read my Bio, and complete your gift, talent, and skills inventory (http://www.abcdinstitute.org/docs/abcd/IntroAssetMapping.pdf) along with your Bio/Resume. Make a pledge of your time, talent and taxe$. Email back to me your Bio/Resume, capacity inventory, and pledge, so that you can get jacked into the “Matrix” (get in where you fit in; this assumes that we/you are in the world but not of the world).

(A Cooperative Capital Development Prototype Model)

P.S. Please read the above and study the references given. Why? Because RichPeopleRead.com and to study to show yourself approved.

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Five Points Youth Foundation:   Has a 7-part vision: Regenerative Design, Social Entrepreneurship, Neighborhood Empowerment and Economic Development, STREAAM Education Initiatives, Youth, Women, At-Risk and Unmet Needs Empowerment Programs, Civic Engagement, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Resiliency and 2015-2020 Caring for Climate Plan of Action. See their website here. 

Regenerative Design

The term “regenerative” describes processes that restore, renew or revitalize their own sources of energy and materials, creating sustainable systems that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature. Whereas the highest aim of sustainable development is to satisfy fundamental human needs today without compromising the possibility of future generations to satisfy theirs, the end-goal of regenerative design is to redevelop systems with absolute effectiveness, that allows for the co-evolution of the human species along with other thriving species.

Climate Caring Plan of Action

Five Points Youth Foundation, Inc. adapts the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Integrated Whole Community Model locally and nationally for community resiliency, as well as the United Nations Global Compact Local Networks internationally in support of Caring for Climate, Business 4 Peace and other U.N. Initiatives 2015-2020 via Global Partnerships for Development using collaborative arts and technology to address the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) throughout the Diaspora and the Earth, in compliance with the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption as to African Union 6th Region and Agenda 2063.

Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship is the process of pursuing innovative solutions to create and sustain social value. We relentlessly pursue opportunities to serve this mission, while continuously adapting and learning. We draw upon appropriate thinking in both the business and nonprofit worlds and operate in all kinds of organizations: large and small; new and old; religious and secular; nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid, locally, nationally and globally.

Neighborhood Empowerment and Economic Development

Economic development generally refers to the sustained, concerted actions of policy makers and communities that promote the standard of living and economic health of a specific area. Economic development is also referred to as the quantitative and qualitative changes in the economy. Such actions can involve multiple areas including development of human capital, critical infrastructure, regional competitiveness, environmental sustainability, social inclusion, health, safety, literacy, and other initiatives. .

Civic Engagement, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Resiliency

Civic engagement is a means of working together to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of skills, knowledge, values, and motivation in order to make that difference. A means of working together to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of skills, knowledge, values, and motivation in order to make that difference. it means promoting a quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. FPYF champions 100% voter registration and education outreach.

STREAAM Education Initiatives

STEM education is an acronym for the fields of study in the categories of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. “R” represents “rivers” and the whole acronym reflects “Water” as the basic necessity for all life on Earth. We consider Art and Architecture to be core components in schooling from kindergarten through college to improve competitiveness in technology development. It has implications for workforce development, national security concerns and immigration policy and our commitment to “regenerative” development solutions.

Empowerment Programs

Empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, political, social, educational, and/or economic strength of individuals and communities..