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Citizen Commerce, Let the Revolution Begin

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On an otherwise unremarkable January morning, the US Government recently made my day. Specifically, a public servant named David J. Kappos.  He's Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. His organization surprised me with the unexpected delivery of a very official-looking Trademark certificate for:

Citizen Commerce

We had applied for this a year ago, but hadn't heard any updates in months.  The trademark just showed up.  Shiny gold seal and all.

I'm delighted for Daily Grommet to be the cheerleader and guiding hand for Citizen Commerce.  It's a movement that represents the following thoughts:

  • Individual people have great power to shape the world we live in, through the most ordinary of behaviors: sharing, writing, talking, buying.
  • We control 65% of the US economy via these actions.
  • Every decision to buy (or not buy) a product or service is a "vote" for something.  A vote for a company and people who do business in a way that supports your values
  • Because the tools to create products are so much more accessible than ever, there is a new Industrial Revolution happening all around us.   Big companies with scale no longer control the tools of production and distribution.
  • With social media sharing tools, technologies, and behaviors (and the engagement of highly accessible video) we can finally have the information to act on our values.
  • We can efficiently organize to support (or expose) companies, people, and products that deserve our time, attention, money and resources

THOSE are the reasons I'm grinning ear to ear holding the Trademark certificate.  Let the Revolution begin.


  • Leslie, The Cleaning Coach Says:

    Congratulations! I'm very excited for you all!

  • Jules Pieri, CEO Daily Grommet Says:

    Thanks Leslie...and thanks for being such a great part of the whole movement--helping people find products and companies that support the things they care about. Green Cleaning is surely on many people's minds.

  • Sue Bruce Says:

    How exciting! You must be delighted (and rightfully so!). Well done, Jules!

  • Paula Derflinger, CEO Funny Farm Entertainment Says:

    Jules, I think The Daily Grommet is awesome and has the most unique and one of a kind items. Keep up the good work. Now, lets do the same with the media, and trash TV might end up in last place!!!

  • Jules Pieri, CEO Daily Grommet Says:

    @Sue. Thank you
    @Paula...sounds good to me, indeed.

  • yvette pasco Says:

    That's BIG...KUDOS ladies for your continued success!!!!!

  • susan Says:

    Congrats!!!! Well deserved.

  • melissa Says:

    I LOVE the ideas behind Citizen Commerce. Sometimes our dollars are our strongest voices and they can do so so much to foster strong communities. Congratulations!

  • Jules Pieri, CEO Daily Grommet Says:

    You are so right. I just want us all to collectively grab the power we already have and direct it towards the causes, companies and people we want to support. It's just the most ordinary and easy way to effect change...what we buy and do not buy.

  • Jo Ann Says:

    Congratulations and continued success. I'm so happy that I found your website and all the wonderful products you promote.

  • Jules Pieri, CEO Daily Grommet Says:

    Jo Ann, I'm glad you found us too!

  • Kate Bell Russell Says:

    You deserve this honoring of your revolutionary connection to a greater good...thank you for inspiring us (in this case, me and Elva) to create from the heart and celebrate as others do the same.
    Your genuine energy supports positive creativity wholeheartedly and we are all better for it!

  • Jules Pieri, CEO Daily Grommet Says:

    Thanks for the good wishes Kate. We are fighting the good fight together, no?

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