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    After more than 50 years of life in America, I have watched our culture change at an ever increasing pace. In grade school we used punch cards for information storage. In my high school days we used a telephone handset modem to connect to the Bowdoin collage computer. You had to take the hand set and push it into these rubber cups to make the thing work. My father bought one of the first digital calculators while I was still in high school. It cost 100 dollars back in the 1980's. 



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    As the computer revolution was in it's infancy I would never have guessed that globalization was about to change everything. Our country sang the praises of capitalism and technological advancement. Economists were like gods. Unfortunately we were about to learn that capitalism works the same all over the world. Being on top of the economic tower meant our overhead was too high. Capitalism has no prejudice. It does not care what country it's in, or who makes the products. As the playing field levels for everyone in the world, those of us who are on high ground find ourselves sinking, and those in the low lands are rising.

    Our society is now trying to adapt as quickly as it can to the the new rules. Technology is a blessing and a curse.  The efficiencies of credit and debit cards makes paying for things so much easier. No more cashing your check at the end of the week to have money for the next 7 days. The banks had a whole slew of tellers to cash checks and do the job of every day banking. Today if I see two tellers on duty at the same time it's unusual. 

    Opportunities have been opened for us though. In the old days to be a novel writer you had to be picked up by a big publisher. These guys had a monopoly on book publishing. If they didn't like you, you got a new career, or banged your head against the corporate giant in hopes of getting your foot in the door. Technology has given the proletariat writer the tools to get published without them. DIY authors, or should I say, independent authors, are taking that world by storm. The same thing is happening to the music industry. No longer do you have to beg and plead with a big label to get a CD made. Many of us have equipment in our own homes that can give us studio quality recordings. And video…; u-tube probably gets more viewing from videos made on phones than the big networks do. The wild west is here again, but not with horses and six shooters, its with laptops and smart phones. Do it yourself is here to stay. Unfortunately some people are forced to jump into the new economy and, self employment, who otherwise would have preferred to remain in the private sector. The learning curve can be brutal. It's not what we were taught in school. We were suppose to find a good job, get a home, and have a family. With many safety nets gone, and few options, many are shifting to the new economy. 

    As a life long do it yourself’er, I know you really can’t do it all by yourself.  We need each other to prosper in the new reality. I'll help you, and you’ll help me. Even the most self sufficient person cannot build a rocket to the moon by themselves. We cannot solve the global climate disaster or multitude of world problems alone either. By helping each other, we're helping ourselves too. 

    I’m hoping the new economy draws us into a new sense of community. As we rely on ourselves more, we need our communities more than ever. 
      
      I'll be the first to admit I am not a scientist, and this post is strictly my observations and opinions, but I think they ring true. I'd love to hear from you, and what you think. If you find yourself as a new do it yourself entrepreneur please tell me your story.  


Mark A Evans © 2016