What strategy do we need towards the Care Economy?
Depending on the country we live in, we all have a structure that defines the systems of governance. How power is distributed, how money is distributed, how our society functions. These models vary from highly centralized (dictatorships) to decentralized one’s in multiple forms of democracies. The factor of dominance plays a crucial role here, the local culture is key. The image above is often use to illustrate the basic three forms of networks that arise when you visualize the ownership of data.
Typically the left image is the central server or authority. Facebook, Google and many more businesses use this model. They own the data on a central level and so do central banks when it comes to money. A form of decentralized model is used to create the commercial banks. Still central powers reserved but decentralized authorities. Economies function like this and so do political models of governance.
Do we want top-down power or do we want to empower bottom-up?
Now technology enables a distributed network, better known as blockchain. There is a same level of authority in each ‘dot’ (node in the crypto world). However the processing power of each ‘dot’ may vary. When you define a care economy that works for all, one can take the same approach. Each of us, as in human beings (the dots in the network) have the same authority but not the same (processing) power. We are all equal and different at the same time, have different capabilities, skills or any other personal qualities. So how do we create an economy that works for all (the dots in the network) empowering you?
I do not pretend to have the answer to this, I do have some fundamental insights to design a strategy towards the Care economy:
First I realize it is important to understand we live in an interconnected world. There should be no borders anymore. Not in language, culture or religion. It is a big challenge for humanity to evolve to a worldwide distributed network of people where everyone has the same level of access. Should public institutions go beyond the narrative of nationalism, private businesses beyond competitiveness to create a world that works for all by empowering people equally?. Big questions to be addressed here. We do have new technology that goes beyond any form of dominance and is owned by the ‘dots’ without the artificial scarcity as we now know it now limiting access. This blockchain technology can be the change maker we can all create from, without limits.
Secondly one needs to understand that all the dots in the distributed network economy will have the same authority. In a very centralized world where politics, businesses and institutions have seized power over people and all life on the planet this is a true challenge for humanity. We will have to collaborate in new creative ways on the basis of equality without dominance. Businesses, governments, institutions have one thing in common: they consist of people. Reconnect people on caring values and we achieve the change into the care economy. One that works for all with the same authority and therefore same responsibility for it. With different expertise, knowledge and capabilities in the network.
Thirdly we should not be focused on change of the current status quo. We should focus on creation of the new. All innovation comes from creating the new. Not from changing the old. We will have to design creation processes, use design thinking to do so and move out of our comfort zones. New ways of meeting, collaborating, designing and creating. That’s a true challenge and Everyday loves to be a facilitator of that evolution.
Last but not least the plan is not one that is centrally dictated. The plan is the outcome of many bottom-up actions as the result of a functional distributed network system of individuals. Just like software is developed from an early Alpha phase (the idea) to a basic functional version (Beta release) which is tested in a trusted network, we can execute countless care economy activities and tweak, debug and improve the solutions while we go to make it work for all. Perfectionism is in the process and we need some chaos to deliver the best possible outcome. Team up with like minded people and take action.
Can this all be done?
Do not despair when you read the daily news, All of the above is already happening and will grow into a worldwide network of change makers. The current mainstream media (the centralized one) might make you believe otherwise but the ‘dots’ are there, making a difference on a local decentralized way.
A new distributed network model arrises by the actions of early adaptors. In the traditional growth economy early adaptors would consume the latest solutions (packaged as products or services) as the first wave. In the new care economy they will produce and consume themselves (prosumers) the latest innovative solutions and make them work for all.
A beautiful example of a visionary early adaptor and politician is Jaime Lerner who has revolutionized urban planning in his hometown of Curibita in Brazil. Empowering anyone by prioritizing people over cars in a distributed network of empowered people on a local level. It can be done by anyone everyday.
He walked the talk by giving access to people that had no access to a better city, giving all of them the same authority and responsibility in a beta team that created and developed a new care economy in their city. We are in dire need of visionary people like this change maker. Everyday will support anyone doing this by enabling valuable constructive conversations and inspire us all to be the change towards a care economy. What do you think?
Source image – wikipedia