Roger Hamilton Newsletter – August 2007

Every August, I write an update to our XL 2020 Vision – where we aim to be in the year 2020. As a reflection of our growing collective consciousness, this vision of World Wide Wealth is turning to reality far faster than any of us thought when we launched XL five years ago. Thank you to all our Life Members, Country & City Leaders, partners and XL team for the rainbow we’re painting. Heres the update:



“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
– Nelson Mandela

What will we accomplish in our lifetime? What will be our legacy?
In 2020, how old will you be? This is our vision. This is XL 2020.


In 2002, the United Nations Millennium Declaration, signed by all 191 UN member states, set a target to halve world poverty by 2015, and to end world poverty altogether by 2025.

In 2002, the same year the declaration was signed, XL Results Foundation was launched to help make World Wide Wealth a reality. We set a goal to create a world wide foundation of learning and networking resources for entrepreneurs to accelerate their ability to create and contribute wealth. The aim of this global, self-supporting network is to provide an ongoing cycle of creation and contribution through social enterprise.

We are now five years into that journey.

Whereas the classic learning institutions of the 20th Century were united by pride of place, we see the learning networks of the 21st Century to be united by pride of purpose. The purpose of XL Results Foundation is World Wide Wealth: A concerted and simultaneous creation and contribution of wealth, with 10% of new wealth created each year being contributed back collectively – towards the sustainable prosperity of the environment and our next generation.

By 2020 our goal is to have reached $1 billion of new wealth created annually with $100 million being contributed and leveraged to end poverty and environmental degeneration.

How are we making this happen? Where are we now, and where will we be in 2020?

A Network of Entrepreneurs

When we launched in 2002, we had a vision of entrepreneurs connecting with each other through a global network, with information, knowledge and opportunities being exchanged daily. The right network dissolves the illusion of limited resource. It strips us of the excuse that we don’t have enough money, enough knowledge or enough time. You don’t need money if you know the people with money. You don’t need knowledge if you have the mentors with the knowledge, and you don’t need time if you have the team committing their time.

By 2020, we will have an international network of entrepreneurs, connected from the youngest and the newest to the most seasoned and accomplished. We will be conducting over 150 monthly events with leading speakers and entrepreneurs sharing their knowledge and stories around the globe. Any individual committed to growing their power to create and contribute will find an environment and support base in every one of the top 100 economies in the world.

In our first five years, we have grown to 50 of these 150 cities, with regular networking events in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Dubai, Paris, London, Manchester, Birmingham, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Toronto and Mexico City with Osaka, Kyoto, Beijing, Guangzhou, Penang, Delhi, Pune, New York, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Monaco, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Beijing starting in the coming months. We manage Ecademy Asia Pacific, connecting Asia Pacific entrepreneurs with 100,000 others in the World’s most popular online business forum, and we connect our network to 7 million others through LInkedIn, the World’s largest online business directory. Our team now facilitates the exchange of over 350 connections and opportunities within the network every week.

A Global Learning Institution

“Economists call ideas nonrival in the sense that one person’s use of an idea does not diminish the ability of others to use it as well. This is why we can envision a world in which everybody achieves prosperity.”
– Jeffrey Sachs, in The End of Poverty

When we launched in 2002, we had a vision of entrepreneurs learning the latest strategies and skills for success, not from academics but from other entrepreneurs who were walking the talk. We envisioned a core team of Life Members who would be our success stories and our resource base, providing coaching, mentoring and leading by example in each country.

By 2020, we will have an international network of centres providing hard skills and soft skills training to entrepreneurs on all topics from finding the right team to building the best systems to setting up effectively in new countries. We will have an unrivalled international business mentoring network allowing new entrepreneurs to tap in to a collective knowledge base on business and personal growth. We will have a network of International Schools to instill a culture of empowerment and entrepreneurship in our next generation.

In our first five years, we have built a base of 2,500 Life Members across 20 countries. We have established the widest reaching coaching certification program with monthly modules being conducted throughout Asia Pacific, with over 40,000 hours of coaching taking place within the certification program in the last 12 months. In 2007, we sponsored the National Achievers Congress, the Global Speakers Summit and the Global Entrepreneur Summit, bringing together the leading entrepreneurs, educators and leaders together. In 2007, we launched XL Cafe, XL Preschool, and XL Hotels, which now join XL Vision Villas as a series of global venues in cities, suburbs and resort destinations worldwide to host the meeting and learning locations for our network to connect.

A Self Financed Foundation

When we launched in 2002, we had a vision of entrepreneurs becoming a sought-after community for sponsors and advertiser, financing the activities and resources to help new entrepreneurs to help themselves. We saw our core group of Life Members becoming stakeholders where their early investment in our vision would lead to a lifetime return in value funded by the corporations supporting entrepreneurship.

By 2020, we will have an international base of more than five million entrepreneurs, the world’s widest reaching publications on social enterprise, Global Summits and Conferences, and networking events taking place on any given day. Revenues from sponsorship, advertising and promotions will fund a large portion of this activity. Being part of this collective force, a self-employed entrepreneur or small business owner will be able to benefit from the same global buying power that today only multi-national corporations can achieve.

In our first five years, we have become the leading path for corporations to reach entrepreneurs and small businesses, with a global network of over 60,000 entrepreneurs. XL Magazine, the world’s first magazine dedicated to Social Enterprise, has featured leading entrepreneurs and leaders including Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Bono, Al Gore and Nelson Mandela. The magazine and our Global Summits have attracted world class advertisers and sponsors, including major banks, airlines, hotels, telco’s and service providers. In 2007, we launched XL Radio and XL TV, giving us a global voice and self financed platform.

Entrepreneurship Decoded

When we launched in 2002, we had a vision of entrepreneurs accessing a community organized to build businesses around each individuals strengths. In the same way that Hollywood enabled people to get into movies whether they were a script-writer, actor, director, producer, distributor, agent or technician, XL Results Foundation would enable people to become entrepreneurs whether they were a creator, deal maker, trader, mechanic, star or supporter. Using the Wealth Dynamics profiling system, business owners could identify the team they needed, the value they delivered and the strategy to follow.

By 2020, over one million people will be taking the Wealth Dynamics profiling test each year. We will have an opportunities exchange that follows the hierarchy of the eight stages of business growth, with international markets to find, offer and exchange ideas, brands, patents, contracts, licenses, franchises, agents, management teams, financing, companies, properties and assets based on the Wealth Dynamics system. Entrepreneurs will be able to access communities of mentors, coaches, resources and fellow entrepreneurs supporting and following their specific profile. Entrepreneurship will not be about doing everything, but about doing what you do best and doing what you love.

In our first five years, we have established Wealth Dynamics internationally as the only profiling system providing specific strategic direction to entrepreneurs. Over 100,000 people have attended seminars to learn about the Wealth Dynamics Experience has become the widest reaching event of its kind worldwide, taking place in twelve countries. In 2007, the online profile was attracting over 600 tests per month, with this number doubling each quarter. Over 100 Wealth Dynamics Practitioners are now coaching, training and writing a niche book as part of the Wealth Dynamics book series.

A Global Accreditation

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
– Winston Churchill

When we launched in 2002, we had the vision that, in the future, consumers would contribute more to charities from buying through social enterprises than giving directly to charities. We had the vision that charitable causes would eventually receive more from corporations passing a percentage of their profits to them than from their own charity drives. We had the vision of the Billion Dollar Challenge – where we would play a vital role in facilitating this movement by driving and measuring the wealth created and contributed by social enterprises, with the goal of achieving $100 million in contributions from $1 billion in profits from participating social enterprises each year.

By 2020, we will have reached and surpassed our target of $100 million contributed each year out of $1 billion in profits. We will have established a universally accepted definition of a social enterprise as a company giving at least 10% of its profits to a charitable cause. Our Social Enterprise Accreditation Program will be internationally regarded as a trusted system to recognize social enterprises publicly. Our Social Enterprise 500 will be the authoritative ranking of the top companies world wide ranked by their level of giving. Our annual Social Entrepreneur Award will give international recognition to the leading social entrepreneurs, providing role models and inspiration to the entire network.

In our first five years, we have put in place the mechanisms for the Billion Dollar Challenge, and the XL Social Enterprise Accreditation program. Through this accreditation, companies are publicly recognized as a Social Enterprise, with a nominated charitable cause that they are committed to giving at least 10% of their profits to. Through this program, the Social Enterprise 500 will emerge, and we will have specific measurable data each year contributing to the Billion Dollar Challenge. By August 2007, over 270 companies have already registered for the program with over US$52 million pledged to charities globally.

A Force For Giving

When we launched in 2002, we had a vision that, in the future, each of us would have as much education on how to contribute our money as our current consumer culture gives us on how to spend our money. We had a vision of the emergence of the ’enlightened consumer‘, who would want their dollars spent to go to both consumption for them and contribution for others. We had a vision, shared by many, that as consumers found more meaning in the power of their money, knowledge on where to give and how to give would become increasingly valuable and important.

By 2020, we will be an authoritative source on effective giving. The collective knowledge we will have accumulated on the difference that each dollar makes within different causes will be published in our annual XL World Wide Wealth Directory. The partnerships we will have created with the non-profit organizations around the World will enable us to link the networks of wealth creation and wealth contribution. Our non-profit network will match our profit network in breadth and depth. The XL Social Enterprise Accreditation program will enable us to rank charities by the number of enterprises that have nominated them providing a gauge to the public of the causes that fiscally conscious corporations are supporting. The collective result of these initiatives will be to give individuals – from consumers to entrepreneurs – the power to make more informed decisions and see more tangible results in the difference they are having on this planet.

In our first five years, we have featured success stories, highlighted causes and promoted charities in XL Magazine, at our networking events and through our online network. Our Extraordinary Lives Award and Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award have highlighted the extraordinary work of individuals within the network. Our World Wide Wealth Ambassadors champion causes in cities throughout the world. We have established a sister site,, which will feature charities from across the region, enabling effective giving at multiple levels, from individuals to enterprises.

“Wealth is not how much money you have.
It’s what you’re left with when you lose all your money.”

When we leave this planet, no matter how much money we’ve made, if we leave it in a worst state than when we got here, that’s not wealth. We each have the ability to make more, and we each have the ability to contribute more. Each of us has the ability to transform our personal wealth. Collectively, we have the ability to transform World Wide Wealth.

There are two pivotal events that will occur in our lifetime. One will be the end of world poverty, where our wealth networks will raise us all above the bar of pure survival. The other will be the beginning of environmental construction, where the effect of our human presence on this planet will equal a net constructive result on the environment each year, from the present net destructive result we have been having for the last 2,000 years. These are both historic sea changes – and they will occur in our lifetime. What part will you play?

When we launched in 2002, we had a big vision. The big vision has become bigger, because we have gotten closer. We have gotten closer not as a result of the vision moving, but as a result of the world moving. The world has become more uncertain, more challenging, more exciting. We have become more connected, more informed, more empowered. Entrepreneurs are appearing at an accelerated rate. Social Enterprise has entered the global lexicon. People are ready to make more of a difference today.

By 2020, our vision will have become reality. It will have become bigger, and clearer. As the Optometrist said, Wealth comes from 2020 Vision. Vision opens the door to our potential. It gives us sight of who we can become, individually and collectively. We each have a power inside that, when combined, can and will change the world.

In our first five years, we have made baby steps towards this vision. This is a long-term vision being built day-by-day, and it takes patience and perseverance. In our first five years we have built an internationally recognized network that is already changing the lives of individuals daily.

We thank you for your contribution towards everything we are trying to achieve, and we ask that you continue to seek the ways to create and contribute more effectively. After all, it has only been four years, and we still have another fourteen to go!

In 2020, how old will you be? What will you accomplish in your lifetime? What will be your legacy?

This is XL 2020. This is our vision. We invite you to make it yours.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
– Helen Keller


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