TORONTO, April 22, 2021: ACBN Releases its commissioned work A Canadian Black Empowerment Manifesto (CBEM) Version 2.0. Volume 001. It is the brainchild of Errol A. Gibbs, principal researcher, and writer. The CBEM is a twenty-first-century “blueprint” ─a penetrating analysis of some of the causes and effects of Black “disempowerment.” Conversely, offering 15 Innovative Strategies for Black empowerment for the next 50 years (2021 – 2071).

Ryan O’Neil Knight, president of the Afro-Caribbean Business Network Canada Foundation (ACBN), and Vice President, Chris Beth-Cowie, examined the 15 Innovative Strategies proposed in the original version of the manifesto (70 pages), published in July 2020. They determined that with further study, the work could surface the vast potential of the “brain trust” that examined the historical period (1970 – 2020) ─the past 50 years. Similarly, the expanded study would strengthen the proposal to gain broad acceptance in public and private sectors as a viable guide to attain and sustain Black empowerment.

Version 2.0. of the Manifesto proposes a clear definition of what constitutes a Black Empowerment Vision Criteria (BEVC), defined as foundational upon six criteria (Holistic, Permanent, Macro-level, Job Creation, Wealth Creation, and Digital and Physical Infrastructure). As a composite, they establish new benchmarks for Black empowerment initiatives in the future. Furthermore, these six criteria will enable executive leaders (government, corporate, and community) to measure the practical benefits of their multi-million-dollar expenditures in Black businesses and community programs, each criterion with quantifiable measures. 

Gibbs’ CBEM brain trust also proposes creating a Black History Month Score Card (BHMSC) to present analytics each February of systematic progress. To achieve these pioneering objectives, ACBN/Gibbs makes a compelling call in their revolutionary (240 pages) “blueprint” for new integrated infrastructures (strategic, tactical, and operational), unlike the ineffective “organizational silo” models of the past that have suffocated the growth of the Black community. 

This new approach has three foundational elements: (1) The CBEM’s overall strategic objectives. (2) A Canadian Black Empowerment Think Tank (CBETT) tactical objectives facilitated by an interdisciplinary Advisory Council, and (3) a Portfolio Management Office (PMO), operational objective powered by a team of Project and Business Management Analysts (PBMA). This new integrated approach will foster effectiveness and corporate style productivity and growth to support ─for-profit, not-for-profit, and public-private enterprises. 

ACBN is a vanguard community that believes the Black community is at the right intersection in Black history to help elevate the Canadian society to rise beyond the historical impediments of race, colour, cultural, social, and economic injustices, and the Black versus White racial divide. The extensive body of work also makes a compelling call for a change in mindset ―particularly an “industrial mindset,” more importantly, to embrace CHANGE, which is indispensable as the world enters the transformational Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Industry 4.0. A reading of the CBEM will inform stakeholders interested in pioneering unique collaboration among the Black community, governmental, public, and private sectors. 

We look forward to your engagement and inspiring dialogue regarding this “new” paradigm of Black empowerment

Click here to to access and download the manifesto to read.

For an Immediate Response.

Ryan O’Neil Knight, President
Afro Caribbean Business Network Canada Foundation (ACBN)
Tel: 647.225.3309

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