Start-Up Revolution Report
A Subtle Transient of Power from America to Europe

A subtle transition of power is taking place right in front of United States. The new developing cooperative powerhouse is not a stranger to America but a friend, an ally, and, many times, a rival. Many Americans can trace their roots back to the Old World that is now becoming the new global leader in partnerships.

At first glance this new global leader in cooperative endeavors might look like the old Europe, but with a closer evaluation one can see a larger, more proactive European Union, building new cooperative ideas on the deep cultural roots of its ancient past.

The differences between America and the European Union’s proactive focus on cooperative endeavors goes even deeper than the ocean that divides us. The primary distinction between the two viewpoints of cooperation goes all the way back to systemic philosophies that built the two worlds.

Few might deny that America was built on the philosophy of self actualization—the picture of a rugged individualist overcoming great odds to achieve great deeds on their own. Each person is responsible for their success and for those lucky few who have reached the American collective perception of success goes the greater part of the American pie.

The pursuit of the America dream over the last hundreds of years has created a culture very different from its old world roots. America is still a land of self actualization, but without new frontiers to conquer, new mountains to climb, America in some great part has become a stage for the pursuit of self-actualization in the form of thin vailed fame and fortune.

Across the pond is the old world that continued to build with those who stayed behind, or so many Americans might believe. But maybe they didn’t stay behind, maybe they valued something different from those who set out on their great individual American journey.

One European core value that has stood the test of time is the importance of family and community cooperation. This core value is still apparent throughout Europe even in today’s technologically advanced global economy.  

The strong community and family ties that still permeate European culture have grown from ancient times to become a more balanced way of living. In ancient Europe families and communities were tied together not necessarily for convenience or personal preference, but because of the necessity for survival

In many of Europe’s families the cycle of life has been unchanged for generations. The elder parents stay home with their grandchildren while their children go off to work. In many European homes the children stay home with their parents, often for many years into their adult lives as each supports the other in their career and life. In America we might often look at an older adult child living with his/her parents as a problem or proof that the adult child isn’t being an adult or contributing to society.

The strong base of community and family teamwork is, in many ways, what the European Union is building its new proactive focus on cooperation. As the world shrinks, the once-small European village is reflective of the new group of countries that make up the European Union, and just like the smaller community model, the countries are working together because of shared needs and shared objectives.

In America, behind the thin veneer of self-actualization that permeates our popular media, lies also a robust world of cooperation. The world of cooperation, just below our modern media radar, is made up of thousands of different schools, organizations, companies, healthcare facilities, and government agencies working together.

So vast is the world of cooperative endeavors in America that no one single media source has been able to take the bigger picture and present it to a greater audience. Many of the organizations that make up these collaborative endeavors are small, but there are also many powerful and proactive consortia that effect great change with their member institutions.

One very important key factor that has helped the European Union to start to move ahead in the global arena is their cultural perspective on cooperation. This cultural perspective on collaboration has translated into a centralized and proactive financial and administrative support by the European Union governments.

The European Union, college and universities, and other participating organizations leverage their cooperative power not only through proactive involvement but also through an aggressive communications and marketing program that has created synergy among all concerned.

In tough times European organizations don’t necessarily discontinue their membership with a consortium; like an extended family they instead embrace their collaborative roots and work even harder towards meeting difficult challenges collectively.

Cooperative endeavors are not new to America, but the model that is being built by the European Union should be at the least studied as one map to success through cooperation, and maybe embraced as a cooperative solution to many of the difficult challenges that lie ahead.

In our modern start-up revolution many progressive political figures are looking to the old country for new ideas in cooperation, particularly countries like Finland, Denmark, and Sweden as models of fair and balanced societies.