Luke - I'm interested to know your views on whether your true purpose can be achieved through a highly profitable business? I don't know how much that is part of your own plan, but I'm fascinated by whether the two can be aligned, or if the pursuit of one would be at the sacrifice of the other.

lkcl15oct2016 - read professor yunus's book - in its entirety. short answer: yes, but in absolutely NO way is it EVER possible to combine ethics and profit-maximisation under a standard business using the standard "Articles of Incorporation". professor yunus explains it best (patiently, and with the authority of having been an extremely well-respected economics professor, trained at Harvard) but it is actually in effect ILLEGAL to prioritise ethics over profit when the Articles of Incorporation clearly state that profit-maximisation is the sole exclusive top priority! fortunately he also outlines a solution.

from "the other side of innovation" however i recognise that there is a place for "the efficiency engine" as it is referred to in that book, to work its magic when it comes to stable mass-production. in this context, at this task, "innovation" and "designed" are viewed as extreme disruptive interference and may not be tolerated. in the context of mass-production in china, per-unit royalties are viewed with suspicion as that provides far too much information (being a measure of the number of units sold, which is a company secret!), so it is much more appropriate to agree a one-off lump sum payment (completely unrelated to the anticipated sales). in the context of what i am doing, that may need to be ongoing yearly one-off payments, in order to carry out ongoing Certification Compliance against everybody else's devices. this Compliance work however does not require vast amounts of funding, nor is it necessary (or appropriate) to profit massively.

basically there are different roles (which i am beginning to outline in the specification: they include "designers" and "mass-volume manufacturers" and "recyclers" exactly as exists today) and with each role comes certain responsibilities, clearly-defined hard limits which they may not overstep, incentives and opportunities to profit, and guides on interactions with other roles... as appropriate for each specific and unique role.