Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Art of Conversation, But Are You Listening?


The Art of Conversation 
by Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO, CommSmart Global Group

"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow-creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." William Penn

Death is guaranteed, what happens between your birth and that final event is in your parents and ultimately your hands, through your own actions.  In life, there are some folks who will never make into their teens, let alone midlife.  The statistics are stacked against them.  Stats, analytics, facts, people, computers, digital assistants and daily events are in my life and I work hard at it to make good by the end of the day. 

When your day starts at 4 a.m. and before your first cup of coffee, you are absorbing the events that occurred whilst you lightly slept, with a set of rules to have the information in your mind, ears, and eyes, and allows you to be on top of it all.  I love facts, how they affect us all and what we can do when we armed with the right and useful information.  This is my life, my love and is my station in life.  The Passion of the moment to make change for the betterment of all.

Sure, we have a successful business that is the results of a hard disciplined working regimen and experience, like our Pied Piper Project, which is the result of wanting to make a change because of what is going on right in front of our eyes.  This has been built, proven and enhanced to save communities and those that reside within.

This of course os CommSmart Global Group, a LexisNexis Risk Solutions Partner in social media monitoring (knowing what the bad guys are up to in detail, pictures and video and their connections), crime analytics, community crime mapping, and predictive analysis.

Our social and community goal is a simple one; we are transforming our nation, one community at a time. Neighborhoods once were the social center of our worlds.  The place we came home to, had pride in how it looked.  Behind those doors was us, how we live, and the collection of our lives, our family and the preparation for our futures.

Some of us are here to fan the peaceful flames and stir up the special gift within us and lead others to do the same. We are a group of companies that is a catalyst for positive change by sharing both our knowledge in business and community activism; bottom line, we want to get back to the basic fundamentals of truth, respect, and pride to society.

Developing a culture based on honesty. The means to do this is simple, there is zero tolerance for those who repeatedly break the rules and scoff the laws.  Identifying these individuals are giving the down-home truths from their families, law enforcement and with an intervention that gives them one more chance before the book is thrown at them and the door, locked firmly behind their sorry rear ends.

We are in the business of creating a culture based on man and woman's humanity to our fellow citizens; no matter what color, class or creed, doing what is right. Creating a paradigm shift with the people in a community to think and in a deservedly different and productive manner. Replacing violence with peaceful measures to raise self-esteem and give the local citizen a chance to gain skills in a positive environment.  Time is the worst enemy when you have nothing positive to complete on a daily basis.  Like a sheepdog who is brought into a home to live, you must give it tasks to accomplish or it will do a little destruction, which, to the sheepdog, only plays and passing the time.

I am not one to quote the Bible, the line, “they know not what they do” from King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.) 

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”


The youth seem to think that the “money tree’ is real!  They give the impression that people (government) must pay me for doing nothing, letting me sit on my rear end and be at my beck and call.  Right?  WRONG! This entitlement attitude is going nowhere and so are those that state this foolish message and believe it.

Respecting one’s self, each other and the societal environment by the means of re-training, social skills, employment opportunities and someone taking an interest directly and not just giving political lip service.

It is organizations who are working with, assisting with these organizations/facilities, not changing its social structure but adding positively and merely improving on it, in order to instill in the local people that have the ability to utilize it, improving their chances to earn a living, be someone and earn respect for doing the right thing in their lives.

How; by providing training, creating jobs, forming a local inner business to aide both the residents within the community and the focal facility. There is no crime in making money and creating jobs by a positive social means. The only crime is to continue the business, as usual, a turn of the blind eye on what is really going on. That is, adults and children relying on their next meal or check from the government, stealing, dealing drugs, and the violence which accompanies this deluded culture. You have been fighting the good fight for which we applaud but more must be done in a cohesive manner for radical positive change or, as fast we ignore the situation, it will collapse and rescue will never occur.

So how can we assist and who do we need to look upon:
  • Leadership, innovation, and management 
  • Retired Mentors and VETS who will provide both wisdom expertise and skills training
  • Utilizing assets already at facilities that are not being used 
  • Partnering with local business to form a working coalition 
  • Partnering with local law enforcement to form a network of accountability and communication on both sides
  • Working with government on a local, city, and state level to make all viable resources available without dependency, in fact moving to full self-sufficiency as quickly as possible is essential


I could go on; I believe in what both organizations are doing and doing to the best of your ability as of today and well done. Sadly, it is far from enough, we must not fool each other that it is working to the success for all at this time.  It is a moving target and being stationery will miss the opportunity and the results that are demanded.

Let's not stop, though, let's work together and go where our higher power leads us; some may say, THE PROMISE LAND. We, as a company and our passionate team nationwide, are willing to walk beside you in this journey; importantly, are you willing to allow us?

I do not want to say, NEXT, and move on and watch the continuing thunderous decline of society, the death of young people that had a chance to change and make that difference that they want and we know we can genuinely assist with for them to achieve.  I do not want their blood on my hands!

CommSmart Global Group has a proven business model for growth and success; remember the parable when HE gave 3 equal shares of silver, one spent his, one buried his and one invested and prospered. Whom did he say "Well done my good and faithful son?"

Being Stewards of Faith, your work is never ever done.  All things on earth can be improved upon. We will be rewarded and have true rest in our eternal resting place; Heaven.  No matter what faith you are, there is but one God, who is looking to us to make the change, it is how we handle the adversity in our lives and we all know how much there is and why we have to make the efforts now!  It is the Power of Faith and Works.

Our intent is not to create a power play; with anyone, there is enough conflict without starting our own.  We are looking to partner with a positive entity to do well, it is that plain, simple and the facts.  Stop looking at this as someone wants to take over what we are doing, we do not.  This a hand reaching out to extend what you already have in place and improving on the environment, without changing the message or leadership.

We are more than willing to work beside you in a quest to build families, develop self-worth, and create commerce and jobs within your own community.  The merry go round of alcoholism, drug addiction, wife and child abuse (domestic violence) and severe violent crimes must and will be reduced and come to an end. We provide solutions to help deter this activity.  It is approaching from a different, positive and proven direction that will and does make the difference.  No one can do this alone and nor should they!

Attending a Town Hall meeting 2/20/2013 at the Eastern Star Church in the 46218 zip code, the most crime-ridden violent zip code in Indianapolis, Indiana. The theme of the event was providing solutions. I spoke and the people listened and responded. We passed out 46 of the 50 business cards that were brought for distribution. Over half of those that were given cards reached out the next day via email or phone calls, in regard to coming alongside with us and their organization to create positive and needed change. 

The pure bottom line, we see the potential you have, the foundation is in place, now let’s build a mansion of results driven by mentors, local business, and local government.

We merely want to direct and come along for the quality ride, learn and create a model of success to grow and develop this community in this city, state, and nation. 

It all starts with Trust, Respect, and Pride.

We have the means and know how to take this desperately needed change with your organizations to the next level and beyond for the good of the communities in need.


WE are in the NOW and 
KEEP YOU; in the KNOW…

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