Blueprint for Change an essay divided in 7 chapters, by our contributor Carlos Cuellar Brown. In the several chapters, such as “Change,” “Energy,” “Self-reliance,” or Food autonomy,” Cuellar explains and under builds his vision of how we can create a wiser, healthier and wholesome future.
Weekly, we will post 2 chapters, read the fifth one below!
The spread of powerful ideas and system design principles is a most valuable asset for the development of a new economic system.
The role of the media and communication technology in this transition is to spread design science to the population. In a open source data economy where all transformational roadmaps and system design ideas are published openly. In this sense public media, business, universities, trade academies, civil society and community groups will have a permanent role in the diffusion and public debate of strategic plans and open information. It is the duty and role of media and
institutionalized education to facilitate this public conversation (Schuldt, 2012).
Knowledge shares play a instrumental role in open source economies. Data Clouds invite diverse user transactions to a broad digital network where the internet becomes the classroom of the 21st Century. The exchange of data on the internet is already astronomically diverse and abundant and this activity will explode threefold in the coming years. Examples of this cyber activity are: P2P networks, open source software, open access to research, free books online, royalty free mp3 and free image-sharing with full re-use rights and digital swapping networks like eBay, Esty, B2B, Myspace and others where people sell products and services directly to each other online, earning credits based on transparency and reliability. The internet is taping into the processing power of millions of individuals. Online collaboration is a form of gift circles where crowd sourcing produces cultural commons like the online encyclopedias Wikepdia, and Appropedia. Online crowd funding or Kickstarter lending can allow individuals to raise money for small business ventures and solutions for their communities. Online crowd lending allows communities of individuals to promote and create their own democratic consensus around important issues, a sort of direct democracy that promotes cultural values and needs close to home (“What is Crowdsourcing,” 2015). Open Source, GPL, Open Data, Open Standards, Creative Commons and the entire Digital Collaborative Movement is a growing gift economy, it is internet centric and a DIT or do it together economy of cybernauts.
In our new gift circle economy, over seas products become a rare goods market. In the new economic paradigm externalities and long distance bio-taxation will make these products prohibitively costly. Instead crowd sharing, crowd sourcing and local swapping within communities and city boarders will dominate local markets in a cooperative banking digital system that books time shares and points earned. These economic activities are community based, high yielding, low entropy, low energy dependent and work horizontally to develop well-being, general knowledge, self-reliance and problem solving skills.