Welcome to this year’s first Meci Group newsletter. This will be brief. There’s lots going on.
In this newsletter I’ll cover:
- Becoming a Member – Our standards – no jobs, no bosses
- Bucket List Activities: Fly Fishing in Iceland and Switzerland
- Activities, Consulting and Products
- CXO Recruitment
- Solar Energy and Aqua-farming Projects
- And a bit more…
But firstly a little bit about our focus for this year.
Shifts in dynamics of world power suggests that this year is the time to focus on Russia, Turkey and Iran. So that’s what we’re going now.
Now let’s get to it…
Meci Group Philosophy
I was reading a book recently, “Let My People Go Surfing, by Yvon Chouinard and in it I found an excellent summary of what is the philosophy of Meci Group and a very good summary of sustainability in life and business.
I encourage you to read it.
Here’s some very interesting statements from the book:
- 25% of all the world’s insecticides are used on cotton and cotton represents only 3% of world’s farmland.
- Patagonia have been using organic cotton since the late 1990’s.
- Patagonia polyester fleece jackets are made from recycled PET bottles with each jacket using about 25 bottles.
I write extensively on building collaborative and consensual organizations on my website. I encourage you to read should these topics be of interest to you and your company.
Yes, Meci Group is in commodity trading (gold, silver, oil and petroleum products) and business in the oil sector, however I see this as a transition phase for us and humanity as a whole. Picking ourselves up from one, extremely damaging, polluting and very, very short term focused way of living (which has been prolific for the last 150 years since we started burning coal in large quantities) to a sustainable one is something that is happening very fast in this early 21st century.
There are less than 10 more effective years in the oil sector and it is will most likely be over by 2030. Shocking news for many I am sure (especially those heavily invested in it). This is all explained here.
“It’s okay to be eccentric, as long as you are rich; otherwise you’re just crazy”. Yvon Chouinard, owner Patagonia
Complete the Ring – Become A Member of Meci
Meci Group is not for employees. There are no jobs here. There are no bosses. It’s a collective of consensual people, working together and adhering to a code of equality and consensus for the benefit of themselves, their family, their community and society as a whole.
In isolation, the words “Growth” and “Jobs”: are words not used at Meci Group.
Become a member of Meci Group. It’s easy and there’s no risk. We operate a very flat organization and you’ll see we work across a range of industries and interests. Find out more about our standards and what would be expected as a member
More information about the projects mentioned here and others we are working on will be sent out to members in the next week or so.
Always rememberer power of compounding – Einstein called it the 8th wonder of the world.
“Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t
… pays it.” Albert Einstein
Bucket List – Fly Fishing in Iceland and Switzerland
Have you seen the movie “Bucket List” with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson? Well this should be on it. Pascal Zeller of Switzerland brings the chance to do a once in a lifetime, or a once-every-year event. Your choice. Check it out here: 11 to 18 April. There’s a great photo of Pascal on Brienzersee in Switzerland:
Activities, Consulting and Products
Consulting services – last year we provided support to 10 companies. This included oil drilling services companies from China, Russia, CIS, USA, Europe, banks such as UBS and consultant groups such as Boston First and McKinsey & Co.
Products included drilling rigs and drilling products from China, meat from Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan and tea from Iran.
Several clients requested heavy construction equipment quotations which we sourced from Europe, East Asia and the Americas.
See here for more: www.meci-group.com/clients
We expect to do more of the same this year.
- Drilling chemicals from Romania.
- Heavy Construction Equipment from Germany, Japan and USA. We have a fleet of RT and AT cranes ready for purchase.
- Solar projects.
- Aqua-farming – Growing Shrimp in Europe and Central Asia.
Buying Gold & Silver
Cash is clearly not safe: eroding values because of inflation and changes in the G20 summit in September 2014 mean that what happened in Cyprus is now endorsed and agreed to by the top 20 development nations. Remember Cyprus? In 2013, 50% of depositor funds were “acquired” – stolen – in the “bail-in” when banks went broke. That’s one for solidarity!
If you want to buy gold or silver be very careful how you do it. Buy physical only and hold it where you can get to it. Not in a bank. In a bank run the banks will be closed.
We work with Hard Assets Alliance for all your precious metal requirements. They can sell, ship and store (if required) your hard metal assets. Go to the links here to learn how:
Because you understand finance (or when you do you will), events such as the high level of the US government debt ($18.1T, 75% of GDP) and the very high level of US derivatives ($690T) you know we are in for a rocky ride when the non-sustainability of these become apparent to investors and the positions begin to unwind. We saw a little bit of this in the 16% drop in USD in less than 1 day against the Swiss Franc when the Franc was decoupled from the Euro on the 15th January 2015. More to come on this…
A Thought Experiment
And now a thought experiment courtesy of Professor Albert Bartlet.
Imagine you have a bottle and inside that bottle you have a single bacteria. A bacterium. A bacterium that doubles itself. The time is 11 am and at 12 noon the bottle will be full of bacteria.
A few questions…
At what time will the bottle be half full?
Answer: 11.59 am
So for most of the time in the bottle there’s lots of room. It’s not until the last minute, less than 2% of the time, that there’s a sudden physical limitation applied to the scenario.
That’s the power of compounding, and exponential growth. Always remember it. It will bode you well for your investments and your life.
10 Simple Things My Dad Taught Me About Networking
Darrah Brustein is a writer, master-networker, and serial entrepreneur with businesses in merchant services, networking and financial education for kids; she is also the founder of Network Under 40, a networking organization young professionals.
This year I started contributing occasionally to the Al Jarida Newspaper, an Arabic news paper targeting high net worth individuals in the Middle East.
I write in the economic section.
CXO Recruitment with Marwick & Stimson
Executive Search professionals with more than 1,000 placements in CXO and MD level positions in Oil & Gas, Engineering, Construction, Property, Finance and Retail Sales. Spanning 40 countries…
Contact us if you need someone for your CXO position. Marwick & Stimson can help you find them:
Solar Energy and Aqua-farming (Shrimp) Projects
This year we are moving into solar projects and aqua-farm (shrimp) projects where ever we can. The world is moving this way in a hurry and it’s a green thing to do.
I wrote about solar in one of my recent articles.
The photo voltaic derived energy sector is growing rapidly and foretells of a dramatic shift away from oil in the very near future. 44% of all crude taken from the ground is burnt as fuel in passenger cars. Cheap electricity from the sun will eliminate this demand in a matter of months when the shift comes. This is expected within 10 years.
Shrimp farming got my attention in this article.
In all of our work we always advocate considering the placement and timing of your present investment portfolio.
Remember our core business is in consulting: wealth management, business management and investments.
Billionaires and employees alike receive our services.
For one client, we recovered over 2m USD within 4 weeks of commencing our work and with further guidance they have since gone on to tender over 3b USD in EPC projects. They where within 6 months of closing their doors and have since won close to 10% of these tenders (yes, that’s $300m in projects).
Maybe you or someone you know could use our help.
Thank you for your support in 2014 and it’s shaping into a great 2015.
Jeremiah Emanuel Josey
Senior Consultant | Council Member – Meci Group | Meci Group International
P: +44 2081 333 596 | F: +41 31 528 0349
Member, Gerson Lehrman Group of Consultants – GLG
West to East Business Development
For a little background on Meci Group, we are a collaborative organisation existing under the laws of Switzerland. This means we have a flat organisation with a wide scope of activities dependent on the skills and interests of our members. For instance, my personal focus is in energy, food and industrial projects, plus guidance of the Group. Other members bring their own interests and focus to the Group. For more information about how collaboration works, please see this link on my personal blog here. (Link about Collaborative Workplaces).
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