On October 10, 2012, I gave a Small Business University (SBU) workshop in Clovis, California on the “One-Page Abundance Plan.” The running theme of my presentation was “Think Big and Different.” Using the vision of the Abundance framework, which is espoused by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler in their 2012 book “Abundance,” I presented the One-Page Abundance Plan as a visual tool for systematically translating visions of Abundance into reality.
According to Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler, we would soon realize a world of abundance due to the impact of exponential technologies that are consistent with Ray Kurzweil’s Law of Accelerating Returns. Kurzweil’s Law of Accelerating Return (which is more robust than Moore’s Law for the evolution of technology) and its expected impacts remind me of Arthur Clarke’s Third Law which states that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Expect apparently impossible or magical things in the Age of Abundance.
Based on Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler’s book, “Abundance”, the workshop presentation introduces an Abundance Startup as “a lean startup that discovers and solves a Big Urgent Market Problem (BUMP) such as how to transform the lives of 1 billion customers in 10 years.” Apple’s disruptive innovation project on the classic iPod is presented as an example of an Abundance Startup.
Abundance Startups will help make the world a better place much faster. Abundance Startups focus on overcoming the greatest challenges that humanity faces such as the long-term goal of providing a world of 9 billion people with Clean Water, Nutritious Food, Affordable Housing, Personalized Education, Top-tier Medical Care, and Non-polluting, Ubiquitous Energy. The One-Page Abundance Plan will help entrepreneurs, startups, and established organizations to rapidly model, test, and validate ideas for achieving the goals, visions, and missions of Abundance Startup projects.