OBJECTIVES (From Articles of Association)
The prevention or relief of poverty by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient.
And to promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those people who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society
For the purpose of this clause ‘socially excluded’ means being excluded from society, or parts of society, as a result of one of more of the following factors: unemployment; financial hardship; ill health (physical or mental); substance abuse or dependency including alcohol and drugs; poor educational or skills attainment; relationship and family breakdown; poor housing (that is housing that does not meet basic habitable standards) or homelessness; crime (either as a victim of crime or as an offender rehabilitating into society).
The OUTCAST FOUNDATION believes poverty and exclusion to be totally unacceptable anywhere in the world. Where it does exist – to this day within most contemporary societies – it is the direct result of inhumanity, greed, excessive power and an overall apathy on the part of society’s elite, in combination with a similar apathy and feeling of impotence on the part of the public at large when confronted with the apparent power of governments (elected or otherwise) and the demands of big business in an increasingly globalised political and economic environment.
Essentially, those who support and contribute to maintenance of the status quo not only survive but prosper, sometimes to an extreme extent, whilst those who don’t for whatever reason are sidelined, neglected or even worse. Survival of the fittest.
It is because of this situation that charities and aid organisations exist at local, national and international levels, and play an important and not insignificant role in alleviating hardship and raising awareness.
However it is rare that even the most well-funded and established charities can apply more than a metaphorical sticking plaster to the many gaping social wounds which are often deeply entrenched and ongoing, with a tendency to flare up again and again even as circumstances and environments change.
The OUTCAST FOUNDATION believes that throwing money at problems in the hope that they will somehow magically go away is not the answer. It may play a small part, but alone it will never produce the panacea so enthusiastically sought. Social problems need to be diagnosed and treated by addressing their root causes.
We believe that the real answer lies in education, not only that of those affected by poverty and its many devastating symptoms, but also of the public at large, and indeed businesses who often overlook the very rich resources frequently to be found on their very doorsteps.
WHY OUTCAST? WHAT MAKES OUTCAST UNIQUE?
First off… Outcast is not a charity in the traditional sense, i.e it does not provide financial aid to other initiatives or individuals in order to obtain quick “sticking plaster” outcomes to specific problems.
Nor is Outcast a religion or anchored to a specific faith. It is totally ecumenical in the ideals espoused.
Outcast can be considered more of a “movement” aiming to empower individuals to help themselves.
The object of Outcast is to be instrumental in “social change” by proposing a new way of looking at societies and people’s place in them with the aim of alleviating poverty in its many manifestations.
It takes as its starting point the opening sentence of Rousseau’s “Social Contract” (1762), that “man is born free and everywhere he is in chains” through a pervasive alienation of humanity resulting in inequality, dependency, violence and a general unhappiness.
Outcast does not consider wealth to be a zero sum proposition in which the few become rich at the expense of others, the majority, becoming increasingly poor. Nor does it consider the poor of the world to be a sub-stratum of society to be treated with compassion or as something akin to “hospital cases” requiring treatment and “patching up” then sent on their way (i.e. the typical “charity” method).
Outcast proposes a dynamic “contract” between rich and poor – in terms of nations and businesses – in which the unique abilities of all individuals can come together in a symbiotic relationship that transcends artificial boundaries based on income, race, health, education, sex or other “limiting” factors typically today employed in a discriminatory fashion, either positively or negatively.
Outcast espouses and facilitates the “social enterprise” model, but one in which profit can still be generated for the benefit of the individual or investor. i.e. It recognises the basic human (capitalist) instinct to generate profits, but those proportionately distributed. It also believes in the sustainable use of natural resources through the use of renewable energy sources and respect for the climate.
It also puts human rights first and foremost when considering new initiatives and replacing old and outdated concepts.
Outcast believes in minimum government and government being used primarily as a facilitator.
Of particular importance to Outcast is the young and encouraging them away from dependence towards being masters of their own destinies through working with them to create businesses as opposed to blindly seeking “jobs” in the traditional sense. Indeed encouraging a return to “trades” and adoption of “traditional skills” in combination with the modern facilitating technologies.
When the next financial meltdown comes (there are many possible triggers) then the poorer can potentially be in a stronger position than the extremely wealthy or moderately prosperous to be able to resist for example, a collapse of the world banking system. Having nothing is actually a very powerful position to be in, when many amongst the wealthy have large amounts of money tied up in mortgages, loans and leveraged debt. They just need to be given the tools enabling them to not only survive, but even to thrive and prosper in such a scenario.
Outcast will help facilitate this through educational programmes aligned with social enterprise initiatives, which will be of benefit not only to the poor but also any business desiring to act ethically, responsibly and reduce its exposure to the systemic risk inherent in the current financial and business operational systems.
UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
The United Nations has recently published their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), following an extensive process of study, consultation and discussion involving technical experts, policy makers and social activists from countries around the world. There are17 key goals and a total of 169 specific targets, the broad objective being to achieve all seventeen goals by the year 2030.
The first of these goals, that of overcoming poverty entirely in all its forms everywhere, according to Muhammad Yunus in Chapter 6 (“A road map to a better future”) of his recetly published book “A World of Three Zeroes”, is an essential aspect of ensuring peace among people. Fair distribution of wealth is ultimately a sustainable issue, just as much as climate change, air pollution, or overuse of natural resources.
Concerning Goal No.1, the UN has established the following seven targets to be met by the year 2030:
Eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than US$1.25 a day.
Reduce by at least half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions.
Implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including minimum standards, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable.
Ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology, and financial services, including microfinance.
Build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.
Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programs and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions.
Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional, and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions.
The Outcast Foundation not only espouses these goals from a humanitarian perspective but also aims to assist in their fruition through the development of and participation in various programmes at the local, national and international level.
THE OUTCAST MOVEMENT
Amongst its work in helping alleviate poverty through grass roots initiatives, the OUTCAST FOUNDATION aims in particular to encourage young people to take control of their own lives, to be entrepreneurial and socially aware, not reliant on governments and businesses to provide them with jobs in the traditional sense, but to be more self-sufficient – to be the creators of wealth for themselves and their families whilst contributing to society at large through greater social and economic awareness.
The OUTCAST FOUNDATION believes that each and every person is unique and with appropriate support and guidance can make a unique contribution not only to the success and enhancement of their own lives but to society as a whole.
This concept has its parallel in the concepts of “Zero Poverty” and “”Zero Unmployment” as exceptionally well outlined by Profesor Mohammad Yunus, inventor of microcredit and Nobel Peace Prize winner, in his book A World of Three Zeroes (Scribe, October 2017).
The founder and CEO of the OUTCAST FOUNDATION is Tony Wood.
Finalisation of the constitution of the Board of Trustees, effectively non-executive directors who will supervise the operation of the foundation to ensure that its statutory obligations are met, including the meeting of Charity Commission regulations. Trustees will have significant experience in charitable initiatives and be willing to offer their expertise and guidance on a pro bono basis. They will also supervise the office of the CEO and management team to ensure that agreed objectives and related progress are monitored. The CEO (Tony Wood) will not be a Trustee.
Obtaining suitable small temporary office accommodation in the Victoria/Pimlico area of London.
Obtaining the initial £5k capital injection necessary for Charity Commission registration. This could be in the form of an unsecured loan. Other costs and management expenses are being met by the CEO.
Official launch – December 2017 – accompanied by extensive media campaign.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. ” … Holy Bible: Matthew 5:5
“Integrity is more valuable than income. Honour is richer than fame. Self-worth is wealthier than net worth.” … Robin Sharma
“When you have reached the bottom, upwards is the only way to go… Fear is the most powerful primal urge driving society, and fear of loss is the most insidious of fears. But the person with nothing to lose has no fear and can move mountains by the force of their will alone. They hold the most power, and it is well that this is recognised before it is too late.” … Tony Wood
Outcast Foundation 13/11/2017