Executive Board Rashad Pollard – Coordinator Ruslan Morris Lewis Olds Stuart Cooke Advisory Board Harris Madden
“The enterprises Bapak means are joint enterprises, undertaken jointly between you, not by just one or two people only but by a lot of people forming a company …a Limited Company, which can really be seen to have adequate capital… In this way the enterprises you carry on will really be able to strengthen Subud”. [72 YVR 2]
“The enterprises Bapak suggests to you are enterprises of all the Subud members. They are not the enterprises of individuals, because it is no longer appropriate for us to pursue profit just for ourselves alone but, so far as possible, we should do something together. To do this implies that the people in Subud are in harmony not only in their spiritual life but also in their worldly life. That means harmony of thought and mind, so that you are really living up to the highest human standards, which makes us be harmonious, both as among ourselves and also between all of you and other people”. [72CPT2]
“ But our enterprises, which exist to fulfill our needs and the needs of Subud in the world, are all to some extent social in character. In other words, the ultimate purpose of enterprises in Subud is quite different from the purpose of enterprises outside of Subud. Normally, when people start an enterprise, they have only one aim, and that is to make money for themselves. In Subud, the aim of enterprises is many fold, and these aims are primarily social”. [84CDK10]
So… if our Association is to achieve it’s purpose — that is in undertaking outer works in the world through social enterprises and projects — we need to focus on the collective effort. Of course the collective effort will greatly support the individual membership — in providing employment; training and internships; in providing schools Subud children can attend; in providing homes for the elderly in Subud and even financial services, and so on…
At the Center level we can easily see good models of collective effort. Volunteers working in support of their local Committees give their time and create or renovate Subud Houses. Some are substantial properties and projects worth millions of dollars (See Congress Display Area). Now SESI is being asked to provide a supporting framework to harness that model to create profitable enterprises in support of Center developments; social enterprise projects and our Association’s financial needs.
SESI is also being approached by Center Committees and individuals interested in developing elder care facilities, clinics, schools or art businesses linked to the financing of Subud Centers or as stand-alone projects. Obviously there are needs for support to social projects/enterprises that SESI cannot fulfill alone but the other Affiliates also appear not to be serving many of these interests of the membership. What seems clear is that we in the Wings seem to work in “boxes”. So we all need to find ways to work collaboratively together under a form of single roof so to speak.
In Kalimantan SESI will not open up investments to the general membership until the enterprises they are nurturing are into profit. The founding investors are willing to put in the initial financing and effort until this happens and then sell a majority interest to the general membership to expand the business into a Subud Social Enterprise. The IT team working on WSA’s Intranet project is exploring a similar model for the creation of a new International enterprise. Subud USA is establishing a National Enterprise Working Group to consider its model and approaches.
On the international level we have found we cannot give effective support to individual members’ enterprises across the whole world as much as we might wish to help and support each other’s personal lives. We have tried to pass on requests for support through the Marketplace initiative on our web site and through SES reps and to put business-oriented members together locally. Success has been extremely modest and new approaches are needed.
We’ve asked Congress to support the establishment of an SESI implementation company, separate from but overseen by the WSA. A Workshop on this topic is scheduled. One proposal is to “take over” Usaha Mulia in Holland for a cost < US $2,000. We ask Congress to support Working Party considerations to establish some form of a Subud Financial Institution. A Working Party of Banking/Financing Specialists (with MSF) will begin to consider options ranging from a simple Subud Enterprises and Projects Investment Partnership to a more formal Virtual Investments and Savings Bank etc. Encourage enterprise and business specialists to start some appropriate form of Subud Enterprise/ Business Owners Association/ Chamber of Commerce: See Forum of Business Experts.
WSA’s Intranet Project: to actively support the database project, and the integration of a new SESI and Centres Project web sites into the intranet system. See IT/Intranet Forum. WSA’s Centres Project: to provide tangible support to the development and manage- ment of Subud Centres. See Property Developers and Managers, and (with SDIA) Elder Care Forums.
Other Workshops: Kalimantan Gold Corporation presentations; Subud Centers’ presentations; Members’ presentations on business and project topics And… Display Area: Enterprises; Centre and Social Projects.