Ethos: the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution.
Our ethos at CLC Advisors is the exchange of ideas through art, film, music or dance so that the communication gap does not exist between international relations, business, or emerging markets. Coca-Cola’s Small World vending machine achieved that in Indian-Pakistani relationship during the recent launch that was captured in a short video and widely spread over YouTube. It is a illustration of the effect of how the combination of the arts can cross borders, grow or innovate brand recognition and sales in an industry sector, measure the neuroscience in human receptivity to brands, and create new global ecosystems.
From the science of understanding the human mind and condition to how a individual perceives information, consumes material goods, to purchasing decisions affecting economic markets, models creating and shaping developing markets, there are tipping points that exist in which points of social change can be directly measured and quantified. With these points, changes in philanthropic giving and new capitalist models are created by incorporating salient data points from both public and private sectors. By observing the growing shift in market share from the for-profit sector into the not-for-profit sector, social impact and financial products such as social impact bonds will continue to grow and open without borders in the impact investing sector where there is no other market for philanthropy.
“Dare to make yourself an example of the best of man’s humanity to man and watch the world change around you.” – Luong Ung
I credit Oprah Winfrey and her work for helping me get started. No, I have never met Oprah in person, but I have met her best friend Gayle King and handed her my card while enthusing about my own Oprah experience during a “Live Your Best Life” conference during a time when I was searching for myself, my next career steps and that “Ah ha! moment” in the City by the Bay a decade ago in the first tech bust. What Oprah did best than anyone else was the spotlight. She shined her spotlight on people who otherwise wouldn’t have spotlights to be seen. She told the stories, gave them voices and let us see their faces.
I think of all the people who have shared their stories and listened to mine as we build this company or careers, some of which who are reading this post today. As entrepreneurs, you learn to find business partners who help shine their spotlights on what you are doing to help you get on your way and return the favor in full or more. As employees in a large company, we often get lost in the mix and search for those more meaningful tasks or projects that put us on the map, slightly above others in our peer circles and ways to channel our personal motivations.
Sometimes it’s the other way around, particularly if you are building a client base or implementing a strategy for new business. In this digital age, clients and employers are looking for your personal spotlights to reach business goals. Whatever the reasons have the courage to shine your own spotlights onto your endeavors and those around you. Collectively, it brings attention to the important things that are being done and the problems being solved. The world lights up and the rest of us are no longer finding our way in the dark, living our best lives.
Here at CLC Advisors, LLC and our team at The Adventures of Paul and Marian, we recognize the importance of help and support from our colleagues, friends and families in the independent film process. Collectively they make a huge impact. We could not have finished our project without the assistance of film students from SUNY/Purchase on our sets. One of our generous friends has an amazing opportunity for an up and coming film student. It is our turn to return the favor. We wanted to pass this opportunity on to our friends, colleagues, and supporters while helping another friend along the way.
We want to thank the film students who submitted material for the Thailand Orphan/Elephant Project. An overwhelming number of applicants submitted their work and a candidate will be selected and notified independently by the sponsor.