"One agreement at a time"
We have recently progressed out of the "talking about it phase", as it has been launched into its the first phase of technology releases, Alpha. We are currently working on the completion of the Help Manuals, Tutorials and giving the final touches to the U.M.P, so that it is as User Friendly as possible before we launch into Beta Version 0.99. This felt like the perfect time to share a bit more of what U.M.P is and how it came to be :)
Story of the U.M.P's Creation
This is the very thing my partner Tom and I thought of in 2011. We contemplated the possibility of making an app to help the people of the world to solve not only personal issues, but also to discuss and help solve massive issues that are in need agreement and global change.
HOW U.M.P FIRST CAME TO BE
Tom and I were working on an existing project in our pipeline, and it brought to light how beneficial it would be to offer helpful mediation and tools for conflict resolution. We were also discussing computers, and how these great machines follow the laws (algorithms) that you give them, and thus you can potentially give them laws that could benefit all humans. (equal benefit has been the goal of our company as a whole) In the next moment, we asked the question that gave us an answer almost instantaneously: "What if we can put the universal law- giving as you would want to receive- into an app?"
This question opened our minds to the possibility of even having an app like this. Instantly insights and visions and details of this app were given both of us. We were so happy to be seeing this and realized this was not something we could let idly pass us by. We contemplated its use in the world and how having an app for equality, communication and resolution is a HUGE need of the world and one we CAN fulfill!
R.D.A OF THE U.M.P
We spent alot of time (R)esearching this tool, about 2 years to be exact. Realizing there was nothing like it in the world, we continued to include every human endeavor, problem or conflict within our minds for contemplation and we were becoming increasingly clear how U.M.P can be used to help us all.
Once we saw its massive potential in the world for positive change, we decided to take our idea to places and people that we thought would see it and help us to implement it. We even went to the Google Headquarters in Toronto Canada to share with them the U.M.P, but we were told upon arrival that they did not accept ideas handed to them in person. Who knew, ha! We took that as a sign to bring forward U.M.P ourselves and continued to be innovative and creative in bringing forward this new technology. After countless creative discussions and brain storming sessions, we were finally ready and confident to bring it to form; although we had no idea how we were going to make that happen just yet. We began with pen and paper and spreadsheets, but soon realized there needed to be another way.
Tom, being the computer genius he is searched for every type of coding platform/company in the world that we could use to build the U.M.P. There seemed to be nothing flexible or all-inclusive enough for what we were seeing in our minds. There was one day, after a lot of googling, where we both threw our hands up in the air and said this is ridiculous, "there MUST be a way!" Within minutes, our roommate Ryan at the time, sent an email to Tom saying "This might come in handy". Before Tom even opened the email he looked at me and said "This is it!! OMG! This is it!" He started crying in gratitude, I joined him, and we proceeded to open the software called LiveCode. In all of our research we never came across this platform for coding anywhere. It seemed to have to go Open Source before our time to use it had come, but finally, here it was, exactly when we needed it the WAY to build the U.M.P had come!
From that moment onward the (D)evelopment began. We told ourselves its almost here, 1 more month, 1 more week, a few more days, for a full 2 more years. This was our way of staying focused, committed and patient with the process of building the U.M.P. We knew that this was our function, this is what we were born to do and it must be completed in its entirety, and perfectly. It was being brought forward to assist all of man kind, and we couldn't stop or half-ass it in any regard.
At this point we began traveling California, ready to explore this part of the world and connect with friends and any powerhouses of technology that we could meet along the way. We were loving the lifestyle of “flying by the seat of our pants” (which we were used to at this point) and loved seeing where we would end up by the grace of the universe. We had let everything that could possibly stand in the way of the fulfillment of our function/building the U.M.P go, and just let ourselves be carried through life events joyfully and effortlessly. This way of living was perfect for us as it enabled us to continue to fulfill our life calling and experience the power of the Universe to support us at the same time.
After 6 months of our Californian adventures, we found out we were pregnant! This was something we did not think would happen as of yet, but were overjoyed at the idea of welcoming a new baby into our life and into our world. We continued to contemplate the possibility of returning back to Canada to have our baby, but instead we applied for a visa extension to stay in California and enjoy our time there a little while longer.
We took the remaining time in California to celebrate life with the new friends we met and lived with; as well as to learn about our company and contemplate it as a power of positive change and influence in the world. We were not-for-profit when we first came to California, but soon realized that if we were to stay that way, we would be putting ourselves into a box. Our company could not be in a box. We had too many projects in the pipeline of our company MakeShyft R.D.A to stay small. We were going big and all in, or not at all. We then realized to be a commercial company would be most appropriate, as we would be the ones to make the rules of what being a "company" means to us. We then decided that as a Company, we would still offer U.M.P for free to individuals, families, schools and anyone who is non-commercial, yet those who are commercial companies will have the option to pay a small annual fee per user per year in order to receive a Commercial U.M.P Support License and added bonus' to them. It will also be made available for facilitators, and they will also have the option to pay a small annual fee to have an U.M.P Facilitators Support License and to use U.M.P as part of their practice. This made perfect sense to us, as now everyone wins! We can still give U.M.P for free, but those who can make money off of it, or charge for their time/service, can also pay a small fee to our company as a support license. Genius!
So now we are a legit company in Canada called MakeShyft R.D.A and our first product is the U.M.P. We knew our baby Ella was on the way now, and we were set up with the company, but we were still unsure as to whats next. So we continued our lifestyle of trusting, of loving, of giving and letting it all unfold.
Our visa was coming to an end yet again and this time we decided to come home to Canada. We got a midwife, stayed with my mother for a while, and settled in to deliver our little girl and the U.M.P. We always thought U.M.P would be here before her, but we've come to accept that the timing of things is not our own. So as of June 13 2015 Ella graced us with her presence. We took a few weeks to adjust to being parents, and soon after got right back into the groove of giving the gift of U.M.P.
Shortly after Ella's birth, we birthed U.M.P by launching it into alpha. Many people used it and helped us fix bugs and make it even more user friendly. So finally after 2 years of research and 2 years of development, U.M.P is creeping up on the (A)pplication stage as it is finally being made available for the people of the world to use!
Our days now consist of spreading the word of its availability, progressively finishing off the rest of U.M.P so it can enter into a Beta Version; all the while watching beautiful little Ella grow and learn everyday. Everything we have needed for her and U.M.P's arrival has been given us. We are serving the Universe and the Universe serves us. We offer only gifts to give, and are receiving limitless gifts back upon us. U.M.P is a gift to humanity, a brand new tool to help the people find peace through communication and cooperation. There is a not a more worthy goal to be fulfilling, nothing we would rather be doing with our days. Now people all around the world can use it and benefit from it. We are excited, thankful and looking forward to it being used to help in all its limitless ways. The U.M.P is a blessing and we are blessed to be its caretakers and the givers of it.
WHAT IS U.M.P, EXACTLY?
U.M.P is a communication platform that enables its users to communicate fully and completely, by offering new ways to express oneself using U.M.P tools. It gives everyone a chance to see things differently by taking the emotional component out of the communication, allowing each user to reflect and be honest with how they think and feel. The U.M.P takes what each user enters into the U.M.P, brings all the content of each user together, and then shows you where you agree, disagree and where you are in need of direction or change. U.M.P helps everyone to both listen, be heard and take action in the direction of a win-win resolution for all.
The U.M.P's purpose is to increase communication for individuals within themselves, in families and in relationships; as well as in business, groups, schools and countries; and even between all the people of the world. Its application is universal & its goal is both individual and global PEACE. Never Before has the world had an unbiased helpful tool that enables peace to literally be possible for us ALL.
As we enter into this next Application phase, we will be documenting the experience. We will be looking for individuals, couples, groups, business', schools and facilitators who want to use the U.M.P and record parts of the process in using it. The goal of the Documentary will be to answer the question "Is Peace Possible in this world?. We will finally have a chance to see if it is, through the use of this new tool!
For further details we wrote a complete blog on the U.M.P website, listing what U.MP IS, what it is NOT, what it is FOR and where it can be APPLIED in the world. Its very extensive.... take a look .
You can also watch our epic trailer video, application video and explainer video, all of which are shared below!
But most of all, try it out! You can download it to your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) for free. If you want to use it in your business or would like to use U.M.P in your practice, we have support licenses available for you as well. Whatever your problem or decision, U.M.P can help!