WHO WE ARE
More wealth has now become concentrated in the hands of the elite than in the years leading up to the stock market crash of 1929.
Much has been written about this phenomenon, but solutions have been in short supply. Many feel so much power concentrated in so few hands leave the rest of us powerless. We believe otherwise! Resources reside in the “wealth of the commons,” our natural and human resources. The key is figuring out ways to redeploy those resources to directly benefit society and the planet.
The current system can survive only if we keep feeding it. By turning our energies in other directions, we can fundamentally change the world for the better.
The futurist Buckminster Fuller famously said “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a NEW model that makes the existing model obsolete.” We at National Commonwealth Group have taken his words to heart.
Today we have unprecedented tools for collective efforts that can rapidly assemble groups of likeminded people around a common goal. Starting with the premise that local small businesses and communities are the economic backbone of most countries, we have spent the past decade exploring ways to enhance the flow of capital and credit to those entities, diving deep into banking, securities and the institutions and laws that govern them. You can see the results of our research in the Research section.
Our analyses ultimately brought us to the topic of money itself and the shortcomings of the existing system. We developed a new system that breaks out of the quagmire of the old in a manner that is in our hands to control and implement. Read about our discoveries and conclusions in the Money section.
Collectively, we have the power to quickly and dramatically reshape the world in a more positive way for all of us.
Grassroots efforts are building into what we believe will be a wave of change. National Commonwealth Group provides the conceptual tools for communities to take action, on their own or in partnership with us.
The founders of National Commonwealth Group are senior-level executives with decades of experience in diverse fields, including securities, investment banking, business incubation, education technology, marketing and IT.
They share a vision encouraging innovative economic development, expanding access to capital for entrepreneurs and small business, and creating the jobs and wealth that make communities resilient. They have long supported sustainability initiatives and corporate responsibility illustrating triple bottom line principles.
CHAIRMAN & Chief architect
Michael is a 40-year entrepreneur, an expert in new venture creation, a long-time triple bottom line advocate, and architect of the SCF program. More
CHIEF EXECUTIVE & ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT ADVISOR
Scott is a leader in entrepreneurship development, small business capital formation, startups & business incubation, and is leading the birth of a new domestic industry. More
DR. FADHEL KABOUB
director & ECONOMICS ADVISOR
Fadhel is a professor of economics who focuses on monetary theory, particularly in relation to policy & job creation. He is president of GISP. More
director & MARKETING / creative advisoR
Vari has more than 25 years experience working with some of the world’s best-known brands on product launches, marketing campaigns and communications initiatives. More
director & communities advisOR
Jeff combines an IT background with deep insights into the structural distortions of current economic development models. His research includes finance, entrepreneurship and the strengthening of local economies. More
DIRECTOR & LEGISLATIVE & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS ADVISOR
Jeff has been a Florida state legislative and executive lobbyist and a member of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists since 2017. He has focused primarily on two emerging industries: industrial hemp and complementary/crypto currencies. More
Jeff is a FinTech expert & entrepreneur. He has held leadership roles growing commercial solutions in payment processing and integrated payments. More
Bob has a 40-year career in banking as CEO of multiple community banks. He is president & CEO of the Community Bankers Association of Ohio. More
branding & business strategy advisor
Bern has built and led cross-disciplinary teams for over 20 years. She has developed award-winning customer experiences, products and campaigns for companies across multiple industries. More
Kristen has led large-scale economic development projects in northeast Ohio and worked on business and grant development for two decades. She donates considerable time to community non-profit organizations. More
STEPHEN DE MEULENAERE
For almost 30 years, Stephen has worked with development organizations to implement and strengthen complementary currencies in Asia, Latin America and Africa. In North America he has years of complementary currency system management experience. More
COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION ADVISOR
Storm is a thought leader in urban/rural regeneration, natural resource restoration and resilience. Through his books, on-the-ground initiatives and training programs, he demonstrates how to achieve economic growth, crisis recovery and community resilience together. More