0/14/17 update on UCANX planning

Submitted by Norm on Sat, 10/14/2017 - 09:04
Dear UCANX stakeholder, The following is an update on UCANX planning.
Until other organizational structure is required, I am developing UCANX as a service of ICEarth, LLC, which I incorporated in 2002. Cleveland attorney Ben Calkins is helping with corporate legal needs. I'm now focused on business development, and we've been in business for 15 years.
 
I'm in discussion with the CEO of a small cap public company focused on medical IT and cryptocurrency about merging our initiatives, providing ICEarth with a branded cryptocurrency for UCANX, so a CanCoin build on blockchain, like Bitcoin, for commerce within UCANX. Our commodities exchange provides the perfect platform for that.
 
This will establish a permanent relationship, and take ICEarth public, with our own currency, with the most sophisticated information systems on Earth.
 
Acquia has requisitioned our platform and I am posting project materials at http://icearth.com, which you should visit for reference. I am working with MyPlanet to map out the discovery/design process. They will begin interviewing stakeholders in early November. We remain on schedule for a January 1, 2018 deployment.
 
As we grow our stakeholder community, we are attracting very positive attention, including among the cannabis media world and business communities. All interactions have been very positive and supportive, recognizing our initiative as unique and needed.

I officially launched our Indigenous Communities Earth portal on Indigenous People's Day, Monday, with some basic corporate and project related materials, and added some recent hemp-related articles, to have a place to direct stakeholders for briefing - http://icearth.com. It was also the 13th anniversary of http;//realneo.us, which was the first community I developed based on the ICEarth model, in 2004, so has some important history.
 
I see us developing multiple distinct presences. http://icearth.com will be the corporate presence for ICEarth, LLC, which I incorporated in 2002. That is what I am playing with now, and the platform is sufficient for that, which will meet organizational development needs. We'll have membership for corporate stakeholders with approval, and will need privacy for BOD and various internal stakeholders. We won't invite outside members, and will keep the public presence closed to comments and focused on high level project news and articles of interest to the general cannabis community.
 
We'll develop ICEarth.org for the core ICEarth community, which will be open to any authentic members who want access to the platform for any interests - this will be the repository for all members' data, and will be based on a co-op model, with users owning their data and application. This is where we want "Commons" capabilities to encourage growth of community and groups, including for other industries and sectors of agriculture that may leverage the UCANX "you can X" commerce capabilities, which I see supporting way more than just cannabis.
 
Separately, we'll serve the UCANX.net commerce platform, which will include the commodities exchange capabilities. This will be an application layer, and the data maintained from UCANX.net will reside in ICEarth.org. As other sectors and industries need "you can X" capabilities, we will replicate and model the UCANX capabilities to those needs, which should largely be terminology.
 
I've made excellent progress putting together our organization and bringing in stakeholders for discovery/design.

I've discussed UCANX at length with Rick Trojan: https://thehia.org/Sys/PublicProfile/33157230, who is on the boards of many hemp-related organizations including Hemp Industries Association (HIA), HIA Colorado, National Hemp Association and the Industrial Hemp Research Foundation. I expect him to be on our board and he can make available investors - he owns a major hemp farming operation. Background in corporate QA, has owned a medical software company, and is very familiar with MyPlanet. He is our relationship with HIA, and will provide all the "users" of every sort we need for discovery/design.

Also, I have spoken at length with Thomas Dermody, Executive Director of Industrial Hemp Research Foundation, which will play a major role in UCANX, and I expect Tom will be on the BOD: https://www.theihrfoundation.com/. Tom has an extensive background in ag policy and lobbying. IHRF is similar to Phoenix Tears Foundation but focused entirely in industrial hemp, and is well established in that economy, and working with universities providing education and strategic relationships. They are directly related to HIA and Vote Hemp, and that is the ecosystem the industry leaders have put in place to scale that economy - we provide the commodities exchange.

It is safe to say we have achieved our business objective, to be the sole-source global cannabis commodities exchange, building that within the existing cannabis economy, which is as was designed and intended since 2010.

And, in discussing development of our cybercurrency, I've suggested we develop that exclusively for stakeholders of UCANX, and will have further clarifications Friday.

My objective has always been to coordinate directly with Ohio economic development, HIA and other relevant industry coalitions as a collaborative initiative, and our progress serves that mission.

Regarding UCANX development in Ohio, I have asked the help of Jump Start CEO Ray Leach - https://www.jumpstartinc.org/#1 - who has strong interest in our work and the value basing that and the cannabis economy in Ohio offers for economic development there. In early November, I am connecting Ray with Rick and Thomas to develop a state-wide strategy.
 
I have asked Don Wirtshafter to help with planning and development and he has offered his support. Anndrea Hermann has also offered to advise.
 
Below are further related background materials and links, with technical specifications for the platform.
 
This week, I'll ask Ben to advise on business developments as they evolve, and I expect to have complete clarity on long term organizational structure by the beginning of November, when operations will become active.
 
Let me and/or Ben know if you have any interest to get involved in this planning process.
 
Best regards,
 
Norm

I want to make you aware of the origins and implications of the conceptual framework. UCANX is just one "You Can X" commerce environment of your personal matrix ICEarth - Indigenous Communities Earth.

Conceptual Framework - The Emergence of “Info Mediated Enterprise”: The concept underlying infomediation is that an individual should 'own' his or her own data and that only trusted parties should broker individuals’ data as allowed and authorized by the individual (http://realneo.us/content/icearth-information-community-earth-conceptual-framework-normalst-020701).
 
ICEarth is built on the Drupal Commons social and content management system platform, allowing any authentic user to establish authentic groups for anything, from social organizing and community-building to storefronts, to commodity scale. Permissions determine who has access.

Authentic users may create authentic virtual presences, with rich media and interaction, to commerce. You host your own authentic content and social networks, and you may publish, store and access as you like, on your financial terms. Communications include messaging, email, voice and videoconferencing. All encrypted - all private - all owned by you - all ad-free. All optimized for bleeding edge information systems, designed for blockstack.
 
Your rebirth in the matrix, authentic and correct. What do you want to do with that? Develop an excellent reputation. Build your curriculum vitae. Work in the cannabis economy?

Welcome to ICEarth, establish your identity, please. Consider the cannabis economy, where what is regulated and taxed in one state is in other states a felony.

In the cannabis economy, your identity may include verified biometrics, a police background check, a medical diagnosis, prescriptions and healthcare transactions, grow operations locations and video feeds, government compliance and regulation, finance and taxation, and records of cannabis products and services.

As ICEarth is deploying as a co-op for cannabis economy stakeholders, it must be perfectly authentic in every way, while secure and confidential. What else may you do with ICEarth authenticity? UCANX is a commerce system for ICEarth cannabis stakeholders, and for "You Can X", filling in the "X". With ICEarth, you may commercialize any of your data in any authentic ways you want, with credentialing as sophisticated as for medical cannabis transactions.
 
Cannabis has the ideal economic clout to launch ICEarth, and build optimal sophistication, but with that UCANX you can "X" much more - you may take control of the matrix, in cooperation with billions.
 
I launched a community of ICEarth on 10/07/2004 - REALNEO is being developed by Northeast Ohio regional economic development leaders, entrepreneurs, academics and other concerned citizens, with the support of many global information technology experts, to provide the region with a unique, world-class unforked open source framework providing the optimal virtual social network,collaboration and knowledge management systems for economic development and entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio (and be the best in the world).
 
There, I explain full implementation of ICEarth for economic development in Northeast Ohio, with which we are now proceeding: In the Fall of 2008, I proposed to Cuyahoga County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones that the local foods sector offers the people of Northeast Ohio $ billions in economic development opportunities that may be distributed to a huge percentage of our 1,000,000s of residents in very socially equitably ways. I also proposed similar opportunities are available in open source information and social computing. And I pointed out regional organizational, strategic, social and operational barriers to success and proposed specific solutions to maximize workforce and infrastructure development, massive scaling, and social equity.(http://realneo.us/content/preamble-real-co-op-open-food-information-and-community-development-2009)
 
I applied that co-op model to developing UCANX in 2010: When I met with my counsel about legalizing cannabis in Ohio, I explained I never bring up a problem without a solution. The problem I brought up to him and his many large industrial clients is the excessive industrial pollution in Northeast Ohio, primarily from coal-burning industrial source points like MCCO and MIttal, which must be eliminated to make this a livable, sustainable region. The solution I asked his firm to support is making Northeast Ohio the Open Source Capital of the Brightest Greenest State of Earth, including legalizing Cannabis and basing the Global Cannabis Exchange and industry here... which will grow to over $1 trillion world-wide in the coming years. (http://realneo.us/ICExchange)
 
Shortly after the 2010 HIA Annual meeting, I met with Agua Das about developing the United Cannabis Exchange on the ICEarth framework: Mission: The United Cannabis Exchange (UCANX) is founded by farmers with a shared mission to supply the world with fair trade cannabis crops, for industry, energy, food and health-care, grown with and for environmental, economic and social justice for all. UCANX connects fair trade cannabis farmers with fair industrial hemp and marijuana customers, worldwide. (http://realneo.us/hemp-i-scream-and-Agua-Das)
 
This Saturday is UCANX's 13th anniversary since launching in Cleveland as realNEO, so ICEarth already has a 13-year legacy of transformation, with millions of views, and thousands of members.
 
And, ICEarth is IT for all, since 2001. Facebook wasn't even born until 2004.
 
UCANX is just the tip of the iceberg.

What is UCANX?

AC Cluster DH FT Medium - All the servers in this cluster are DH. HA web (2 AC Instance c3.large: 7 ACU, 3.75 GB); HA database (2 AC Instance c3.xlarge: 14 ACU, 7.5 GB); Dedicated FS (2 m3.xlarge: 13 ACU, 15GB); Dedicated load balancer (2 x c3.large: 7 ACU, 3.75 GB); Dedicated dev/staging (1 c3.large: 7 ACU; 3.75 GB)
 
ACE Elite - S7N - Annual subscription for Acquia Cloud Enterprise and Insight Tools; 1 code base; Premium RA; 24x7 Support Coverage; 30 Minute Critical Support Response Time; 1 Hour High Priority Support Response Time; 16 Advisory Hours; 50M Search queries; Search docs; Acquia Academy
 
Acquia Cloud Edge Protect - 10 Domains - Acquia Cloud Edge Protect provides Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Protection, Web Application Firewall (WAF) and Fast DNS services for the specified number of production domains hosted by Acquia.
 
Acquia Cloud Enterprise HA DB SSD Storage and DR ANNUAL - 250 GB - Highly-available storage and disaster recovery system for your Drupal assets, including HA DB storage for resiliency, snapshots, monitoring and alerting
 
Acquia Cloud Enterprise HA File System SSD Storage and DR ANNUAL - 250 GB - Highly-available storage and disaster recovery system for your Drupal assets, including HA File storage for resiliency, snapshots, monitoring and alerting
 
Named TAM - A Technical Account Manager (TAM) supporting a small group of customers. TAMs advise on best practices and act as your enterprise guide to Acquia and Drupal.
 
Data encryption for file system and database - Optional add-on. However, encrypted volumes are REQUIRED for PII, PCI and HIPAA compliance.
 
Lift Starter- Standard - Data collection from the web channel. Includes Profile Manager, non-production use of Experience Builder, and non-production use of Content Hub. Up to 100,000 monthly unique people. Additional people require add-on packs.
 
Shared HIPAA Environment - Shared HIPAA Environment where HIPAA customers are logically separated from non-HIPAA customers.
 
Shared PCI Environment - Shared PCI Environment where PCI customers are logically separated from non-PCI customers.
The Acquia Cloud Elite Subscription includes Premium Remote Administration which means Acquia will oversee all patches, bug fixes, and security updates on behalf of UCANX. Subscription includes 24x7 Support Coverage worldwide; 30 Minute "Critical" Support Response Time for application issues and 1 Hour "High" Priority Support Response Time. Subscription includes 16 Advisory Hours for discussions around further extending the capabilities of the UCANX platform.
 
Probably the most critical aspect of the platform is the Named Technical Account Manager. TAM's are Drupal experts with many years of experience building out digital solutions on Drupal and Acquia, and will be quarterbacking the build, development, and deployment of the platform in unison with MyPlanet. TAM's consistently advise on best practices and act as your enterprise guide to Acquia and Drupal. Think of a TAM as an extension of the core UCANX team itself.
 
The Acquia Cloud hardware stack includes a dedicated, highly available environment. This is complete with dedicated load balancers, PCI/PII/HIPAA Compliance, and monitoring/insight tools. The hardware stack also comes complete with a highly-available storage and disaster recovery system for your Drupal assets, including highly available file storage for resiliency, snapshots, monitoring and alerts.
 
Acquia Cloud Edge Protect provides Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Protection, Web Application Firewall (WAF) and Fast DNS services for the specified number of production domains hosted by Acquia. This will ensure UCANX is immune to any and all attacks levied against it and remains up and performant when under duress. 
 
Acquia Lift is our personalization tool designed to collect data points from both known and anonymous users hitting the UCANX site, such as time of day, device, items viewed, etc. It then collects that data in a central repository and allows UCANX the ability to gain actionable business insight and increase conversions and lead generation. Unlike other personalization solutions, Lift combines customer data and ready-to-use, relevant
content across all of an organization’s marketing tools to better serve customers, foster loyalty and reach business goals.

Comments

Don,

Below is an update I sent stakeholders who have been involved in UCANX planning, which provides a detailed project status report for your reference.

Best regards,

Norm

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Anndrea,

Below is an update I sent stakeholders who have been involved in UCANX planning, which provides a detailed project status report for your reference.

Best regards,

Norm

Jeshua and James,

Below is an update I sent stakeholders who have been involved in UCANX planning, which provides a detailed project status report for your reference. I've introduced to them our plans to merge our initiatives and develop related cryptocurrencies, and this update will offer you better visibility into our overall business plans, which go well beyond cannabis.
 

Jeshua and I plan to schedule a teleconference with our technology team next week to discuss platform integration between the exchange and cryptocurrency, ideally Wednesday at 3 PM Eastern time. James, you are encouraged to join us - let me know if then works for you, if interested - and I'd like to schedule time before then with you and Jeshua to discuss organizational strategy. Jeshua and I see excellent synergy, so we should plan how to implement most effectively. When is convenient for you and your team?


Best regards,

Norm

Ray,

Below is an update I sent stakeholders who have been involved in UCANX planning, which provides a detailed project status report for your reference. I'm working with Jennifer scheduling your discussion with the Industrial Hemp Research Foundation and look forward to planning some next steps with you then.

Best regards,

Norm

Jason and Joe,

I'd like to schedule time next week to discuss the cryptocurrency with you and any of your relevant technical resources, so we may plan that as an integrated branded capability. I expect we will be joined by James Tilton and Jeshua Watley. Jeshua is project lead for the cryptocurrency and James is the CEO of the small cap company developing that - http://nsavholdinginc.com/ - NSAV’s vision is the establishment of a fully integrated technology company that provides turnkey technological solutions to the legal medical cannabis and hemp industries, as well as other areas of the medical industry.

Does Wednesday at 3 Eastern work for you?

Catherine,

Below is an update on my business developments, going back to 2001, long predating Facebook and realNEO.us, which was destroyed by Jones Day. Note, Don Wirtshafter is Peter Lewis' nephew, and I am working with him and Ray Leach on related Ohio and NEO economic development, to create a cluster around UCANX and ICEarth development there. So, in business in Cleveland for 15 years, disrupted by Jones Day malpractice, and still worth $billions to the community.

Why I have been emphatic Jones Day must clean their mess up. Did they listen? No, they disgraced themselves further.

Best regards,

Norm

Kevin and Larry,

Below is an update on my work developing a global cannabis commodities exchange, United Cannabis Exchange, and related technologies, which is going very well.

I'm working with Progressive Insurance CEO Peter Lewis' nephew Don Wirtshafter and the CEO of a Cleveland business development organization called Jump Start, state-wide, to build Ohio cannabis economy clusters around the exchange, and see Toledo as an ideal place to focus on that. I plan to leverage relationships developing through the exchange to encourage investment in development of processing infrastructure and related industry in Ohio, supporting agriculture with advanced logistics and supply chains. So, areas experienced with advanced materials should benefit.

I'd like to set up a conference call with both of you to brainstorm on support for this model in the Toledo region, focused on automotive but considering all possibilities. Is there a good time next week to connect by phone?

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Elizabeth,

Below is an update on planning for my global commodities exchange for cannabis, and related information technologies. I am working on development of clusters around that, with a strong focus on Ohio, which I expect to be a hub for the East and Midwest. I'd like to see similar cluster development in New Mexico. In Ohio, I am working with the CEO of Jump Start, Ray Leach - https://www.jumpstartinc.org/#1 - <Fostering entrepreneurs, building ecosystems and impacting economies. JumpStart unlocks the full potential of diverse and ambitious entrepreneurs to economically transform entire communities.> - which works with Jobs Ohio and other state-wide development interests. Who would be comparable in New Mexico?

This is how we will make the Industrial Hemp Farming Act pay off here. Let me know your thoughts.

Best regards,

Norm

Angel,

Below is an update on my cannabis commodities exchange to staff of Representative Lujan Grisham, who I worked with on her co-sponsoring the Federal Industrial Hemp Farming Act, which she did. As you'll see, development is coming together nicely and I am recommending a focus on cluster building in New Mexico. Let me know if you or anyone you know may be interested to be involved in that. Related info is posting at http://icearth.com.

Best regards,

Norm