I formulated the notion of Corporate Colonialism during my studentship at Atlanta Metropolitan College, and specifically for one of my Sociology classes. The term references a practice of corporate resource pooling by groups of companies, churches, and other individuals for the purpose of funding major development projects…
The projects would consist of both local and global endeavors, i.e. the sponsorship and vitalization of local and third world communities, which would include the building of emergency shelters and homes, development of water treatment facilities and wells, food provisions, and the building of food and other resource storage facilities, schools, etc., noting, as I frequently stress, that such endeavors should primarily or equally be funded by the United Nations and/or a formal world government that would collect proportional fees or taxes from all nations for said purposes.
I did a bit of research for the project and rhetorically formed several groups of businesses and churches that were within vicinity of one another. I assigned twelve to thirty plus churches to groups based upon their zip codes, and articulated amounts of funds that each group would invest into their team account. I based the amounts upon estimates of membership of each church and further estimated average salaries of members, and then calculated 10% of that average.
I finally demonstrated how each church investing 10% of their weekly collection of tithes into their group accounts would generate several million dollars annually.
I pointed out the thick section of churches in a local telephone book to further show just how impactful an initiative of the sort could be, particularly where the proposed groups would form alliances with relevant agencies that would specialize in performance of research and articulating local and global needs and delegating projects to groups.
My sociology professor was so impressed with my project (a written report/proposal) that she invested a significant portion of our class time into discussing it, and how she foresaw, nonetheless, that power struggles would pose a major challenge to an initiative of the sort.
I concluded in discussion of how the many needs in this world warrant priority and setting aside of egos for collective accomplishment of what lone entities and individuals cannot achieve, and how especially the church is to be about the Master’s work rather than personal agendas…