The theme of integral resilience presents an opportunity for Santa Barbara’s business community to be an agent of positive change in a way it has not considered previously.
The theme of integral resilience presents an opportunity for Santa Barbara’s business community to be an agent of positive change in a way it has not considered previously. Santa Barbara’s business community can immediately become healthier, more creative, and productive by simply staking HSPs for others, or by investing in increasing the health of its employees, just as major national companies like Comcast are now doing. The cost savings to local businesses will be immediate, significant, and sustainable.
But there is an even greater public benefit that will accrue to each participating business. By investing in creating a resilient public infrastructure for Santa Barbara, backed by a local currency, the HSP, Santa Barbara’s businesses are actually also building an engine of economic growth, prosperity, and new jobs with the CHME as the common portal and the strategic catalyst of convergence. In fact, there is no civic problem—unequal access to health care, homelessness, and drug and substance abuse, for example– that will not be amenable to innovation and creative solutions through the CHME and the HSP. The following diagram depicts how the CHME can interface with the major healthcare providers in Santa Barbara and together build the elusive “center” for the community as a whole:
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