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SAFE G: Empowering Resilient Communities

Mission. To empower local communities to design immediate and effective SAFE G solutions that implement optical fiber wired to the home and office. Local taxpayers and ratepayers are entitled to this alternative to wireless, because they have already paid for it. Please see: Irregulators v. FCC.

5G/AI/Internet of Things Juggernaut presents an imminent threat. The harms to our community’s physical and mental health, the local environment, violations of citizen’s rights to due process, property, and personal privacy are foreseeable and preventable. The threat is especially dangerous to our children, elderly people, those with special sensitivities, disabled persons with chronic illnesses, caregivers, and our economically disadvantaged and minority communities that have no escape in their homes or workplaces.

Remedy: Community Empowerment: An effective remedy begins with widespread education and training in a proven system of wise leadership, community organization, team building, and negotiation. With this purpose we have created a 5G Dojo to support local communities around the world that are facing similar challenges. The key is to share negotiation successes and practical experience, so these lessons can be immediately deployed within the network. Equally essential is to fortify community-wide resilience rapidly and effectively. (See: 5 Minutes toResilience)

Our Funding Goal: $ 100,000

Donations: Please make your check or money order payable to National Institute for Science, Law, and Public Policy, designated for "SAFE G/Community Empowerment Initiative". You can contribute in two ways.

o   Simple donation with full tax deduction.

o   Partial tax deduction (at cost) with benefits. Please see benefit levels below.

Sponsors: Please contact us to discuss any questions or concerns and customized donation options.

Springs of Amethysts - $100

  • Public Recognition as a Community Health Charter Sponsor
  • Signed copy of Julian Gresser, Piloting through Chaos—Wise Leadership/Effective Negotiation for the 21st Century (1995)
  • Free gift of the 5 Minutes to Resilience web app

Rivulets of Moonstones - $500

  • All of the above awards plus:
  • 5 Free Copies of 5 Minutes to Resilience App
  • 5 Free Copies of My Personal Resilience Journey/The Resilient Negotiator/Realizing Your Passion/Advancing Your Cause online courses

Sparkles of Opal - $1K

  • All of the above awards plus:
  • Public Lecture in Your Honor
  • 10 Free Copies of 5 Minutes to Resilience App
  • 10 Free Copies of My Personal Resilience Journey/The Resilient Negotiator/Realizing Your Passion/Advancing Your Cause online courses

Fountains of Pearls - $5K

  • All of the above awards plus:
  • ½ day workshop training and consultation with any organization or company

Jade Eddies - $10K

  • All of the above awards (except memberships) plus:
  • Two ½ day workshop, training and consultation with any organization or company of your choice
  • 20 Free Copies of 5 Minutes to Resilience App
  • 20 Free Copies of My Personal Resilience Journey/The Resilient Negotiator/Realizing Your Passion/Advancing Your Cause online courses

Sapphire Brooks of Laughing Hearts - $25K

  • All of the above awards plus:
  • 1 day of professional consultation and meetings

Ruby Streams of Laughing Hearts - $35K

  • All of the above awards (except memberships) plus:
  • One full day training program with materials for organization of choice to you.
  • 50 Free Copies of 5 Minutes to Resilience App
  • 50 Free Copies of My Personal Resilience Journey/The Resilient Negotiator/Realizing Your Passion/Advancing Your Cause online courses

Emerald Rivers of Laughing Hearts - $50K

  • All of the above awards plus:
  • Two full day training programs with materials for organizations of your choice
  • 100 Free Copies of 5 Minutes to Resilience App
  • 100 Free Copies of My Personal Resilience Journey/The Resilient Negotiator/Realizing Your Passion/Advancing Your Cause online courses

Diamond Rivers of Laughing Hearts - $100K

  • All of the above awards plus:
  • Four full day training programs with materials for organizations of your choice.
  • 200 Free Copies of 5 Minutes to Resilience App
  • 200 Free Copies of My Personal Resilience Journey/The Resilient Negotiator/Realizing Your Passion/Advancing Your Cause online courses

What kinds shared assets, skills, and capabilities enable some communities to adapt resiliently to disasters and others not?

Move # 10—Community Resilience and Big Heart Advantage

(click above title to go to Laughing Heart website Move)

There is a considerable body of writing on community resilience, most of it focused on the capacity of communities to recover from disasters of all kinds. Most of these studies highlight the importance of adaptive infrastructure. One such report commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation states:

  • “The turning point occurred when their theory of change shifted from solely adding or enhancing direct service programs to incorporating layers of strategy that supported parents as agents of culture change. They began working to “improve parent skills so they can give sound advice and be good mentors to their children, and, in turn [parents] will gain skills and relationships to give sound advice to the community—and that advice will make a better system of help for them and for other families” (Cowlitz Network Report, 2007). They held education events to learn about the science of adversity, hosted networking cafés, organized neighborhood residents and linked service strengths across disciplines; for example, court-appointed special advocates were deployed in schools to ensure that children served by the child welfare system had appropriate education plans that supported their academic progress. The work was strategic, personal and trauma-informed. Cowlitz County’s story demonstrates what is possible when a community turns from a culture of illness, conflict and despair to a culture of self-healing.”

Other studies focus on the general behaviors that support resilient adaption after traumatic events. The goals of one Community Resilience Model are:

  • To learn simple biologically based skills, based upon current neuroscience, to help individuals get back into balance in body, mind and spirit.
  • To educate about common reactions resulting from individual or communal traumas/stresses such as poverty, racism and family violence.
  • To reduce common human reactions related to stressful/traumatic experiences.
  • To shift perceptions that reactions are biological rather than mental weakness in order to reduce shame and increase hope.
  • To encourage individuals to integrate wellness skills into their daily life.

A number of studies of indigenous peoples point out how deep rootedness to a specific place (with traditional lands, communities, and transactions with the environment) and culture held the key to resilience and also the source of its impairment as these elements were swept away by colonization and subsequent loss of autonomy, political oppression, and bureaucratic control.

The concept of Big Heart Community Advantage amplifies these findings with the following insights:

  • It recognizes that love and qi are powerful forms of free energy that are infinitely available.
  • It understands that the Heart plays a unique role in connecting, transforming, and transmitting these forms of subtle energy.
  • It highlights the role of love, compassion, and paying forward as powerful processes of engagement. Love has three interesting economic dimensions not widely noted in the economic literature on community resilience. First, even the smallest tincture of love in the form of a small act of kindness can transform a life as Victor Hugo, Dickens and others writers describe. Second, love is not diminished by giving but rather enhanced. Third, the velocity of love in communities increases, as its effects are experienced and the greater the number of participants engaged. In other words, love and its close relations, kindness and generosity, have the potential to multiply and to reach a tipping point that can transform communities.
  • It recognizes that all dimensions of resilience embodied as Integral Resilience are essential, especially in restoring and revitalizing overtaxed and overburdened caregivers.
  • It understands that technology as embodied in a Community Health Multiplier Exchange (CHME) (described below) has an important role to play in encouraging and rewarding heart-centric collaborative engagement.


Next: Resilience and Play – The Reflex Ball

  1. Resilience and National Rebirth
    No historic figure has expressed the relationship of tragedy, national resilience and rebirth more poignantly and succinctly than Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address. (
    Between July 1-3 nearly 6,000 soldiers on the two sides had been killed, over twenty-seven thousand wounded, and almost twelve thousand missing. (See: David W. Blight, Frederick Douglas 2018)
    The Gettysburg Address began the process of a “new birth of freedom”, some called it “A Second American Revolution,” that continues to this day.
    “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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