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In this example I'm finding it hard to imagine people checking their depreciating, loss-adjusted, baby-bank balances for suitable credits before picking up the phone.

Any scheme which needs a spreadsheet to decide whether or not someone can afford a babysitter is baroque, surely?

The scheme in the example has just the same issue does it not? A balance is a balance. Every system other than a gift economy needs a spreadsheet. What has changed is the rules that apply to balances, and (possibly) the behaviour that follows the change in the rules.

At the moment the rules/protocols that comprise the legal and financial structure or enterprise model we use are such that sociopathic behaviour - 'profit maximisation', limited liability, fixed returns and compounding interest - which is hard-wired into the system. Most people are brainwashed by the dominant narrative and simply internalise any discomfort they may have, even if they think about it at all.

I believe that the collaborative model I observe emerging is doing so because, like any emergent phenomenon,'it works'. In a partnership-based model it is in people's interests to co-operate rather than to compete etc etc.

I am sure rafts of academic studies have been done on this, but for my own part I am happier co-operating and being open than to do otherwise, and so the solutions I identify 'go with the grain' for me at least.

It is my thesis that Ethical is in fact Optimal, and that we will find that those who do not use a collaborative enterprise model will be at a disadvantage to those who do. There's only one way of proving that this is the case, and that's by testing the thesis in practice, which is what I am doing. It seems to me that a great many other people are testing alternatives too, now that the conventional model is breaking down :-)

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Tue Nov 17th, 2009 at 05:08:17 AM EST
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