KOZY GOES TO SCHOOL is authored by Koalis Books co-founders, Seol Park and Lih-Hann Chiu. The story
is about facing something one has never done before, giving it a try despite fear and uncertainty, and finding out all's okay & have a good time in the process.
In conjunction with the publication of KOZY GOES TO SCHOOL, we are launching the #SpaceFarming initiative, a space mission to conduct a first-of-its-kind experiment in order to bring the wonder of space to aspiring youth, advance scientific discovery, bring opportunities to aspiring artists, and to stimulate public excitement in the agricultural and space sciences.
An Evolved Approach to Rising Above Automation
Target publish date: Summer 2021
Written by Lih-Hann Chiu and Seol Park, with three contributing co-authors
This book aims to articulate a brand-led, free-enterprise approach to building a profitable business that advances individual and community “Autonomy” – that is freedom with ability so that one may live a life of freedom with dignity –through its hiring practices, organizational incentive structures, products and services, manufacturing and distribution method, customer/employee/investor engagement, and economic model. It does so using HOMO KOALIS as a case study, and proposes a free-market solution to the current societal stresses in the United States brought about by 1) technological convergence-driven automation, and 2) wealth disparities exacerbated by structural labor market inefficiencies and the rapidly collapsing value of professional functional specification.
This book will be written over the course of 1 year following April 2020 business launch, by periodically publishing long-form thought leadership articles that will form the eventual book’s content foundation. These articles’ objective will be to chronicle -- and lay bare for welcome scrutiny -- the principles of Autonomy expressed through HOMO KOALIS in every aspect of the business. The reason we start chronicling our approach during the company’s formative stage rather than wait till later to recount the story in retrospect, is to capture in real time an honest picture of a “brand-driven organization”: in which a defining idea sets the course for the designing and building of an enterprise from an empty slate: why should this company exist? What to sell? How to price them? Who to hire and why? How to compensate them? Who to sell to?
Autonomy is freedom with ability, so that one may live a life of freedom with dignity.
For those of us that live in liberal democratic societies, it’s easy to think that freedom – defined generally as political freedoms and the rule of law, freedom from physical harm by others, and freedom to enter into mutually consensual contractual arrangements, is sufficient for broad-based prosperity and satisfaction amongst the populace. Everyday experience and common sense, however, tells us that tremendous societal stresses, a general sense of disenfranchisement, and structural inefficiencies preventing widespread prosperity and social cohesion, can easily exist in a fully functional liberal democracy.
Why is it that in a mature liberal democracy and first world country like the United States, so many people, virtually all of whom are champions of constitutional freedoms, can still feel so disenfranchised –and rightfully so?
In the United States of America specifically, we believe this phenomenon is a result of two interrelated yet conflicting societal developments: 1) a well-developed and generally corruption-free legal framework with enforcement mechanisms that effectively provide universal political freedoms, and 2) a combination of societal culture, institutional economic practices, and establishment power structures, that have undervalued the spreading of skill sets and resources necessary for individuals and communities to leverage legal frameworks and economic assets to practically achieve a life of safety, security, prosperity, and happiness.
The former accomplishment is great at producing prosperity and satisfaction at an aggregated national level, but the latter situation is creating vast and structural socio-economic dislocations that are becoming increasingly intractable, yet all too often easily ignored by observers who focus on statistical averages and underestimate the systemic risks arising from such disparities.
What is the practical use of a legal system that enshrines freedoms derived from the principle of innocent until proven guilty, if one does not understand what is a legally compelling defense? or how to effectively engage authority figures such as police officers, lawyers, and the justice system? How does a free market system that produce jobs and economic growth benefit those 1) whose prior life experiences, such as a criminal record, prevents most hiring managers from even considering them? 2) who are relegated to menial jobs that will never pay enough to meet dignified cost of living standards? or 3) who do not have the skill sets to build wealth and financial security?
This kind of freedom without ability, too often leads to a life of freedom without dignity.
We believe that this gap between what freedom promises in terms of quality of life, and the sobering reality of what freedom can deliver in and of itself, 1) has not been discussed within the mainstream discourse in a manner that facilitates problem-solving, and 2) is the primary driver for the appeal of authoritarian political leadership (a currently politically conservative reaction), and socialist economic systems (a currently politically liberal reaction) in the United States.
This book aims to articulate a brand-led, free-enterprise approach to building a profitable business that advances individual and community “autonomy” –that is freedom with ability so that one may live a life of freedom with dignity –through its hiring practices, organizational incentive structures, products and services, and economic model. It does so using as case study, Humanity Evolved, LLC, a company co-founded by Seol Park and Lih-Hann Chiu. Special thanks to contributing authors who in accordance with plan, have been publishing relevant thought leadership pieces for the past year leading up to this book’s release –those thought leadership pieces form the content foundation for this book.
We recognize ahead of time that readers may feel our solution and case study, even if admirable, has not been proven to scale, nor applicable in other businesses or not profit-driven organizations. To these readers we have 3 things to say: 1) you’re right we haven’t demonstrated universal applicability, 2) it’s very much possible adjustments may be required in other circumstances, and 3) consider working with us to tackle these challenges! perhaps you can be a co-author on our next book!
Published date: December 2011
KOZY & THE MOON is about a koala who wants to go to the moon. The story celebrates those who dream, dream for the right reasons, and pursue them the right way. Dreams have a way of coming to life - one way or another.
This was the first attempt at children's book writing by co-authors Lih-Hann Chiu and Seol Park.