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1: Introduction to Associative Economics
Attending the Colours of Money Seminar (or an equivalent event or experience*)
Step 1 provides entrepreneurs with an overview of the evolution of economic life, focused on the need for competence, appropriate ownership and capital structures, transparent accounting, and effective management of money flows, and the importance of working with others seeking an associative approach to economic life (Criterion 4 / Meeting).
2: Preparing for the Mark
Exploring the application of associative economics (Colours of Money+ Seminar or equivalent event or experience)
Intended for those responsible for new or already existing businesses, Step 2 is designed to sharpen the skills and understanding needed to give effect to associative economics. This step entails participation in regular meetings with other associative entrepreneurs in order to ‘test’ one’s understanding of associative working in today’s conditions.
3: Aligning to the Mark
Making any changes necessary to fulfil the Mark’s requirements (Colours of Money2 Seminar or equivalent event or experience)
Having decided to align one’s enterprise with the Mark, Step 3 has two aspects. Firstly, associative entrepreneurs make any necessary changes to the capitalisation, structure, management, and accounting of the enterprise. Secondly, they undertake to meet regularly with at least two other associative entrepreneurs in the sense of Criterion 4 / Meeting.
4: Using the Mark
Stepping on the path from competition to association
Step 4 occurs when entrepreneurs who have completed Steps 1-3 and fulfilled the Mark’s Criteria announce their eligibility and take the step of self-certification.
* The Colours of Money seminar has been given to many people in many places around the world. Through this synthetic process, its content has now settled into a number of axioms or theses found in The Colours of Money Handbook. The idea of this book is that it contents can be ‘activated’ by anyone wishing to adopt its precepts or impart them to others, on the grounds that its themes, illustrated through accompanying narratives and images, refer to historical and economic truths that anyone can discover for him- or herself.