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Whose World?

Whose World?
I used to think I was alone in the way I thought. Never had imagined my own brothers would come to me to share their belief in what they think it means to reap what you sow, and they would go on to explain. It means to get back what you give. I’ve never seen so much hope and humbleness in anyone else’s eyes. They stood upright, exclaiming that they knew that good things happen to everyone. And that we are just some of the many children smiling today. They understand goodwill. They never know who practises it. To give is such a righteous act. But why must you charge for it, they’d ask. They see so many issues discussed by adults, still unchanged.
Time and conversation spent complaining have made them less ambitious, and so they leave all hopeful thoughts buried. Curiosities never see the light of day. They still are the kind who wants change, but feel the actions of those older have shown them that not enough could ever be done and so they stop. I rush to inform them. You play a big part in the snake and ladders game, the role of the consumer. And naturally, we are where most things end. By this I mean companies from all over the world, some close to home, they see a need and want to provide for it.
But they understand that not one company can make, break, fix, or grow everything, so conversations from one company to another flow. Collaboration takes place, because this is what it is at the core of all supply chains - collaboration. So hear me when I say you can make a change. It starts with a decision. Be informed, be brave and educated with books, raps and government reports. Be you, an internet knowing of their own strength, because you might hear many great figures and think you are therefore an advocate. No, learn from them, note them down and educate others.
Tell them about the process of food and water, the clothes they wear, even manufacturing and how it generates over half of the UK’s exports on goods. Next generation boy, you can make a change. How else can I break it down to you? The whole supply chain system includes functional areas of planning, design, purchasing, manufacturing, distribution, sales, recovery and recycling. Understanding the whole system puts you in a vital position. You can discuss innovation and value creation. You can make sure the right process systems are in place and challenge any you believe are not right. But it starts with a decision. Be brave and educated, educated and brave, with it.
Also, you need to remember money is power and you can decide who you give yours to. [BELL RINGING] Thanks so much for watching the video. I really hope you enjoyed it. If you did, please consider liking or sharing the video and subscribing to our channel. This video is just one of a series of five poems written about supply chains to try and educate and inspire people to notice and act on the supply chains that surround their lives. The project as a whole is called My Chain Reaction, and you can find out more about it at Crucially, that’s also where you can submit your own stories about supply chains and read other people’s.
Educate yourselves and have a bit of fun while doing it. Check out the other poems and have a great day.
Be brave and educated, educated and brave. Money is power, and you Can decide who you give yours to.

In this final poem by Pangaea Poetry, we are challenged to think about the role that we individually play within the world. How the purchasing decisions that we make, drive the supply chain.

It’s positioned as series of conversations and collaborations between a vast range of companies as no single entity can bring to us the food, water, clothes that we need. Through an array of processes (planning, design, purchasing, manufacturing, distribution and sales) a system is created that delivers innovation and value creation.

In this snakes and ladders game, we all play a big part. The role of the consumer.

Talking point

  • How considered are your purchasing decisions?
  • Do you think you are a responsible consumer?
  • Do you think you could be a more responsible consumer? If so how? If not, why not?
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