Tue Sep 25th, 2007 at 11:57:48 AM EST
Diaried at Chris Cook's request
I cannae explain it, but somehow people here aren't quite getting it--whatever "it" is.
I think they're missing Chris's point and don't see any particular need for these new structures he regularly diarises.
In particular, those who understand "financialese" don't seem to have had any "wow" moments on the basis of Chris's presentations.
So I'd like Chris (or A.N. Otherinterestedparty) to paint me a picture (rather than draw me a diagram) of "just what a new structure might look like", taken from the position of...one of us.
Where "us" means people like "me", average job, no special superpowers, no corporate officerships, no entrepeneurialiste enterprises ongoing, no million quid under the bed.
Okay, in this post (related to this conversation in this diary)Chris proposed that LLPs are part of what he sees as the basic building blocks of The Next Society.
I like the sound of Chris's next society, and I still wonder why ET hasn't grasped this opportunity to build New Society relationships asap.
Of course, I think it has, what with the various...well...I think it has, but not in its organisational form which is old-style: Owner > Everyone Else.
So, as a thought experiment, I'd like Chris to imagine the look and feel of a New Society...media outlet as follows:
a new online newspaper/magazine/media outfit, high on talent and ideas but low on capitalist money cash. On the web a lot can be done for a lot less moneycash. So...the owner of this outfit has asked you to design an LLP for her...but she doesn't want all that tech. speak. She wants to know
--Why should I do it?
--What kind of structure will I be creating?
--How do assets and credits move in this system?
--No, strike that, she says, you'll start talking about wrappers...
--I know you will
--and then you'll say something involving the word corporate, and that makes me think of business meetings...
I'm a sucker for a great idea--and maybe the great idea turns out to be just that: an idea.
They're cheap and plentiful, like chat in a decent pub, but in the morning...
Anyway, what I also wanted to add was a link to Chris's recent diary about a Venture Communist...venture. It's real (I think). It says it will save you money while being a definite step towards Better Social Organisation. It's about getting very cheap international mobile phone calls. I'd've thought this might be right up the street of some ETers.
So, if ETers are a "no go" for cheap international calls under a "venture communist" model; if ETers are a "no go" for setting ET for designing a new community structure in the style of Chris's suggestions; then I suggest this shows a key limit to Chris's model(s), because, flipping it round, if it could work for ET, I can think of lots of organisations who could benefit.
But...back to the questions of the owner of the online media outlet. With colours, please!