International Investments – Synchronicity & Where to Invest

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* International Investments – Synchronicity and Where to Invest
* Natural Health Tip – Pain in the Pocketbook
* Ecuador Real Estate – Taken for a Ride

Where should we invest? How do we adapt in this ever changing world? What is the right way to live? How do we save our environment? Can we do more to help the poor? Can we stop or slow down war? Can we survive inflation?

These are HUGE QUESTIONS…and if you are like me, you think about them a lot.

In fact our friend, Taita Yatchak Don Carlos Pachimba, once said, “Gary you think too much.”

He is right. Every time I think I have HUGE ANSWERS figured out, something comes along and waylays my best laid plans. Synchronicity kicks in and reveals an entirely unexpected direction.

When this happens, Merri and I have learned to act.

For example years ago, we had a perfect life in Naples, Florida, a wonderful seven bedroom house in Old Naples, a comfortable mountain cabin in North Carolina (that sat deep in the forest on a rushing creek) and a 3 story townhouse on a crescent beach in the Dominican Republic and a house in London.

We traveled globally, getting to London several times a year…plus Paris, the Prague, Copenhagen, two or three Caribbean stops, all in the name of business, so they were tax deductible trips. Everything we owned was paid for and profitable. No mortgage, no losses, no debt.

Our children were happy, healthy and all but one had finished their higher education.

Then one day after nearly a month of deep purification and meditation with a Tibetan healer at his remote home on Salt Springs Island I realized we needed to sell our house in Naples and move on.

Yet Merri loved the house and we had nowhere in particular to go. These were her roots for thirty years and I was about to ask her to rip them out. She really loved the place. “More than me”, I wondered.

“Merri”, I said, “I am going to say something and if you do not agree, let’s forget we even started the conversation.” I was creating lots of back doors for a quick exit on this one.

“You think we should sell our house and move, don’t you?” she said. “I have been feeling the same way and agree. Let’s do it!”

Talk about drop jaw! I was so astounded I could not talk.

So we sold gave up profits (we thought) in a rising real estate market and moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Our life since has been so much better plus we gave up no profit at all. Real Estate has risen at least 50% per annum here.

The point is that there was no apparent logic, no rhyme or reason in the decision to pack up and move.

This happened again when we were in Cotacachi. Merri and I were taking one of our groups on a real estate tour. We were showing them around El Meson…a long time stop for coffee and tea for our groups. I was on the third floor (Merri was down in the courtyard) when our guide said to me, “This hotel is for sale by the way.”

“Yow,” a little voice went off. “You are going to spend some money today!” it said.

I started walking down the stairs. Merri met me at the landing. We exchanged glances and knew. We did not say a word…just walked to the reception and made an offer for the hotel.

No plans, no thoughts. Events just come together and you know.

Now synchronicity is taking place again.

It began on July 24, 2006, when our son-in-law who is helping us with our web marketing talked about directing our messages to various demographic persona.

From thinking about this I wrote to him: “Your comments about developing personas as demographic marketing targets meshed with several other thoughts about the site and our family. There could be a really viable business plan here by using the Gary Scott as a launching pad for a Scott family site.

Each of the family represents a different demographic persona, Cheri married with one child, over age 40 – two working parents, a very nuclear Western family.

You and Cinda, young professionals with student loans, and family spread in far reaching places. {plus there is a natural pet health care option here).

Jake, single professional in law school.

Fran, single female professional working in big organization, living in London and Africa.

Ele, single, young starting own business in London.

If each of family contributed thoughts, ideas and problems about how particular circumstances affect your health and wealth, we might all come up with some solutions worth sharing with readers in an expanded focus. The most important aspect is the opportunity that we as a family can have on helping many others who struggle with family issues in a modern world of rapid and incredible change.

Jake, our son, knew nothing of this correspondence but wrote on July 26.

“A number of Dad’s writings have caused me to think about the challenges and opportunities we face as a family in the years to come. Here are a few thoughts on some of these themes and how they relate to what I believe is the biggest challenge of them all – climate change over the next century.

“Thanks to the dreams and struggles of our ancestors and ‘elders,’ our family is literally now a global one with multiple global interests. If you think of it – very few families in history have had such a wide geographic footprint. Our immediate family has homes in South America, North America, Scandinavia, Britain (and soon Africa with Fran’s move to Swaziland). If we are to stay connected as a coherent and collaborative family across these oceans, we need to think about it on a globally interconnected scale. Our high tech civilization makes this easy for now but we should not take this for granted. The entitlement culture Dad has warned against lulls people in the West into a false sense of security that ill prepares us for the global changes to come. And there is now no doubt that we will see massive change even in our children’s lives.

“As we sit here in our comfy homes, cafes or offices, the perfect storm that is forming is closer than we think. Climate change will be the catalyst. We must be aware that this is not just another ‘background noise’ issue. It is THE great work of our time, one which will force us to fundamentally reconsider the way we live our lives and guide our evolving society. It will impact us all, but will soon come to completely define the lives of the next generation and their children to come. It will not take longer than that.

“From my vantage point studying environmental issues for the last decade, and being exposed to leading thinkers and researchers, several things have become clear. The first is that climate change WILL change everything. Don’t take my word for it. Take the words of leaders such as Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough, Kofi Annan, Wangari Maathai, Stephen Rockefeller, Richard Branson, Tony Blair, Al Gore, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jim Lovelock and virtually every major scientific body including the two largest – NASA and the National Academy of Sciences.

“Fran recently walked the streets of a city in Africa that I had never even heard of, yet it is a city she described as unimaginably poor, children playing in mounds of rubbish by the dirt roads. And yet it is a city larger than London in population. We have seen storms pound Florida more frequently than ever before. It no longer snows on my birthday as it did every year as a child and I write this in the hottest UK summer since records began in 1657. The glaciers we used to see in Switzerland on skiing vacations have receded by up to 30% in 15 years. Pacific islanders have begun evacuating their island home of Tuvalu and are being granted ‘climate change refugee’ status in New Zealand and England. I was at the airport when the Times greeted some of these refugees arriving at Heathrow; to hear their story of an ancient culture slipping beneath the waves of the warming, rising Pacific.

“If we engage in this process of recalibrating our lives, our society and our civilization, we will have played our part in a great and worthy challenge. This challenge gives us the opportunity to lead more meaningful lives. It offers us those great gifts exclusive to being human – having hope, living with purpose and sharing our dreams for a better future. I hope we can discuss this further as a family. Perhaps we can even come up with our own ‘family climate change charter’ that might guide our collective efforts.”

Then the information really began to flow. Our friend (and co-trustee of Land of the Sun Foundation), Joe Cox, knew nothing of this correspondence and on July 27 sent me an article out of the Smithsonian entitled “Uphill Battle”. The subtitle says it all, “As the climate warms in the cloud forests of the Andes, plants and animals must climb to higher, cooler elevations or die.”

Three unconnected messages came in four days that were all connected to what had spontaneously popped into my head!

Then July 28 another friend, Dr.Joe Spano, (also a co-trustee of Land of the Sun) sent an article from World Ark entitled “Poverty Traps, why the poor stay poor”.

So in less than a week I was inundated with clues from seemingly unconnected sources about where we should be looking to live, what we should be doing and where we should invest.

I know better!

Fortunately Jake also shared some clues in his letter about where to invest.

“While there is much guessing still going on about the specifics of climate change, certain rules of thumb are already being articulated by those who study this for a living. They align well with some of the fundamental truths Dad has been discussing. They are guidelines that we should consider for our family’s future.

“1) A global life offers a huge competitive advantage.

Given the many unknowns of climate change and unpredictable geographic impacts, staying flexible in the face of uncertainty is crucial. People may need to move great distances and it takes at least a generation or two before a family can settle into a new society and prosper in its culture. If they have ties and roots already in several places they can choose, and move between them more easily. (Although finding out how to live internationally – while minimizing our carbon footprint and making things worse through air-travel is a conundrum we are morally obliged to face).

“2) Self reliance means not relying on governments for security and prosperity.

Government systems will simply not provide the kinds of health care, education and pensions those past generations have received in the West. They will be strained to, and beyond breaking point by natural disasters, mass migration and the strain on ecosystems and national infrastructure. Self reliance means excelling in the basic survival skills of our time. People should know how to operate in high tech environments but also the fundamentals of ‘old tech.’ Our children should therefore know how to use both computers and grow their own food.

“3) We must be multilingual.

Our family has not had a tradition of multilingualism. This usually takes a couple of generations to instill and our children will need it more than ever in order to communicate and compete in a world of unprecedented migration, heightened competition for land and resources and the need for international collaboration to deal with global challenges stemming from climate change.

“4) Learn to build wealth but use it with great purpose while living simply.

Wealth offers flexibility and security in troubled times but also offers the opportunity to help those in need with leadership and assistance. We should encourage our children to be leaders in these times with an acute sense of moral obligation and a responsibility for those without the remarkable opportunities afforded us. Whether they are Ecuadorian Indian colleagues or African friends we can bring to those in greatest danger insight and global connections that will give them hope where they may come to see none. In particular, we should be aware that the single biggest contribution we can make to controlling population overgrowth, poverty, violence and community disintegration is to educate and empower women in the developing world. Our children should know this and be involved in this effort.

“5) Know our ecological and economic environments and anticipate change by watching for trends.

According to all the computer models I have seen, all the experts I have heard (and by personal observation) it is clear our beloved Florida is right in the firing line of climate change. Within 100 years or less (perhaps much less – 20/30 years) it will not be a place our children will want to live in. In store for Florida is extreme flooding of the south, relentless mega storms, spreading malaria and the list goes on. For those of us with footprints there – we need to have a place to which we can transition over time.

“Note: There is money to be made in Florida. As the baby boomers retire en masse there come hell or high water, and the population and property prices continue to rise, families who started here will benefit financially. Just plan to make the most of it and be out in time with somewhere to go!

“Long term, the rule of thumb is ‘Head North.’ Cultivating our family ties therefore to North Carolina, the NW of the USA, Scandinavia and Scotland would be a good bet. Interestingly, the latest computer models show Scandinavia to be the place most resilient to the ecological and human impacts of climate change. Indeed in the mid-term, places like Britain and Scandinavia will likely benefit from climate change, with longer, warmer summers bringing an outdoor café climate and increasing crop yields. The same goes for parts of the northern American continent.

“Wherever we are, we will need to adjust. It is likely the forests and landscape of North Carolina will change dramatically, opening up to dryer more grassy ecosystems frequented by forest fires and flash flooding – much like California today. Meanwhile, the delicate eco-systems of the Andes will also change, too rapidly for many pollinators to adapt and fruit production; stable for a thousand years, will suffer as will those who depend on it for a living. Africa will be hit sooner and harder with a huge spread of desertification, disease, crop failure and drought. The ensuing conflicts and migration will be enormous and impact us all. These climate change refugees will flee the continent any way they can. We must help our friends in these places realize the growing challenges facing them and prepare for spiraling change.

“There is some great food for thought here. Let’s make this a much bigger global family and share your thinking about places to invest based on these thoughts above!”

Join Merri, Thomas Fischer of Jyske Bank and me at our next International Business and Investing Made EZ course in North Carolina. Review where to invest and do business now and learn which markets and currencies may be strong in the year ahead. Meet Steve, our man in Ecuador, and learn about products to export. Go to

Happy Family

We have been seeing pictures from readers around the world seeing what makes them happy. Here are some more.

This reader from California says that places make them happy…and their upcoming first born!

“Hey, Gary, The attached picture is of my wife, Maribel, and I. It was taken at Xochimilco, in Mexico City, which is a beautiful array of floating gardens and canals. Being in a beautiful setting with those we love is a perfect reason to be happy. We are happy today because we are expecting our first child in December. Best regards, Matt”

And finally, we all know that happiness comes from having really loyal friends as this reader from Tennessee shares:    I live in beautiful Tennessee with my two Golden Retrievers and am including a couple of “happy photos” giving kudos to Mother Nature!!

Until next message, good international investments and happiness to you.


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