WHO WE ARE

THE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES FRAMEWORK IS AN INITIATIVE OF NATIONAL COMMONWEALTH GROUP (NCG), A 501(c)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES THROUGH SUPPORT OF LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES, WITH A FOCUS ON CAPITAL AND CREDIT ISSUES.

ADDRESSING WEALTH & INCOME INEQUALITY

More wealth has now become concentrated in the hands of the elite than in the years leading up to the stock market crash of 1929.

Much has been written about this phenomenon, but solutions have been in short supply. Many feel so much power concentrated in so few hands leave the rest of us powerless. We believe otherwise! Resources reside in the “wealth of the commons,” our natural and human resources. The key is figuring out ways to redeploy those resources to directly benefit society and the planet.

DISTRIBUTION OF U.S. FAMILY WEALTH

HOLDINGS OF FAMILY WEALTH

Source: Congressional Budget Office

The current system can survive only if we keep feeding it. By turning our energies in other directions, we can fundamentally change the world for the better.

The futurist Buckminster Fuller famously said “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a NEW model that makes the existing model obsolete.” We at National Commonwealth Group have taken his words to heart.

We started with the premise that local small businesses and communities are the economic backbone of most countries.

We have spent the past decade exploring ways to enhance the flow of capital and credit to those entities, diving deep into banking, securities and the institutions and laws that govern them. You can see the results of our research in the Research section.

Our analyses ultimately brought us to the topic of money itself and the shortcomings of the existing system. We developed a new system that breaks out of the quagmire of the old in a manner that is in our hands to control and implement. Read about our discoveries and conclusions in the Money section.

Today we have unprecedented tools for collective efforts. We have the power to quickly and dramatically reshape the world in a more positive way for all of us.

The Sustainable Communities Framework provides the conceptual tools for communities to take action.

RICHEST 1% ON TARGET TO OWN TWO-THIRDS OF ALL WEALTH BY 2030

An alarming analysis produced by the U.K. House of Commons library in 2018 projects that if trends seen since the 2008 financial crash continue, the top 1% will hold 64% of the world’s wealth by 2030.  

Since 2008, the wealth of the richest 1% has been growing at an average of 6% a year – double the 3% growth in wealth of the remaining 99%. 

Should that continue, the top 1% would hold wealth equating to $305 trillion – up from $140 trillion today.

MEET THE TEAM

NCG’s founders are senior-level executives with decades of experience in diverse fields, including securities, investment banking, business incubation, education technology, marketing and IT.

They share a vision encouraging innovative economic development, expanding access to capital for entrepreneurs and small business, and creating the jobs and wealth that make communities resilient. They have long supported sustainability initiatives and corporate responsibility illustrating triple bottom line principles.

MICHAEL SAUVANTE

CURRENCIES & JOBS GUARANTEE

Michael Sauvante brings almost 40 years of experience in founding and running more than a half dozen companies in diverse industries. He is an expert in new venture creation and has long been a progressive thinker in the field of sustainability and corporate social and environmental responsibility. Michael also maintains a deep understanding of general corporate law, corporate securities law, banking and tax law. He is the chief architect of National Commonwealth Group programs. More

SCOTT MCINTYRE

ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT & meaningful employment

Scott is a lifelong entrepreneur and venture catalyst currently launching innovation technology platform, COventures. Scott is a founder and current president of the Crowdfunding Professional Association, the US trade group responsible for Crowdfunding’s inclusion in the 2012 JOBS Act. Scott is an active speaker in the US and abroad, maintaining an active network of leading foreign alternative finance bodies, with associates in over 20 countries. More

VARI MACNEIL

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Vari’s professional experience spans more than 25 years in content strategy and development, brand strategy, and marketing communications. Her clients have included multinational corporations and small local businesses. She has worked with some of the world’s best-known brands on product launches, marketing campaigns and communications initiatives. Having been raised in Scotland and worked in Germany, Vari has a strong international perspective and has long advocated for corporate social responsibility. More

See the Team page for full bios on all our team members.