Inspired by possible relationship between Tragedy of the Commons and cascading crises I was reading this article about Energy Efficiency. This in turn inspired me to write this blog. The article states the following about Energy Efficiency: “can benefit all members of society, any member can extract private profit from them, and they can only be achieved collectively” and it mentions the tragedy why it’s not working: “it’s not recognized as a common”.
Now here we come at an interesting point. Probable everyone or most people on earth would be willing to assist in a collectively achieved strategy if there was private profit in return. So it is not as much the fact that something (in this example “Energy Efficiency”) is not recognized as a common, but much more it is the fear of not being able to handle a collective strategy. This fear might however be just an illusion. We recognize Energy Effiency certainly as a common trait, but since we have separated our world in (illusionary!) zones, we don’t recognize it as a common strategy. So it’s all in the wording. Words like City, Province, State, Country, Contintent make us think that we can pinpoint problems limited by these geographic borders. But this is an illusion! Problems don’t end at our illusionary borders. And we invented these “border” illusions ourselves! So what if these illusionary borders just didn’t exist?
Suppose we would only have a single geographic border and we would call it “World”. And from that “border” on we start optimizing our common interests. Could it work? Ofcourse it can. Look at the Internet. It’s a very good example of a borderless infrastructure that behaves more or less as an architecture which:
- was designed with borderlessness in mind
- was designed so that all members of society can collectively benefit from it and any member can extract private profit from it
- crosses geographic and language borders
- is widely recognized as a common
- is easy to understand
- is simple to connect to
- and it works! (proven technology)
So why not extend the principles of this concept into other areas. Think for example of a future Internet of Energy (leading to abundant Energy for everyone at any time and place and creating an overall Energy Effiency that single, localized solutions could never reach on their own). There are probably many other examples where this concept could work. And finally we would benefit very much of having an Internet of Global Trust that helps us building a better world. If we would have a (global) trust that we are both able and willing to repair the tragedy of our current common languages (which is mainly based on local-only optimization strategies), then there will be definitely possibilities for better global commons, leading to a good life for all of us. Instead of focusing on Tragedy of the Commons, let’s start focusing on it’s antonym: the Comedy of the Commons. Good luck with your quest for less tragedy and more comedy!
Recently I talked about what I call the E2E Strategy – transforming from Ego-centric thinking (and acting) to Eco-centric thinking (and acting). Letting go of your Ego and replacing that with working on an Ecosystem that’s good for all of us.
It’s easy to develop an Egosystem all by yourself for yourself but developing an Ecosystem requires making connections. But since the Internet makes it easy to make connections, you might consider using that to develop an Ecosystem. If hardly costs you Energy.
Now let’s assume that we (not you and me but all the others ofcourse), consider every human being on our world as being connected in one way or another. If this is true (which it might very well be, read here about the Six Degrees of Separation), then the following must also be true. If everyone is connected and thus has some kind of direct or indirecte interdependence, then this automatically implies that putting shortcomings on another person, will allways bounce back in some way to yourself and will mean you inflict a shortcoming on yourself. Now who would want that?
So by starting to think (and act) as if we are all connected in one way or another, then we must already have an Ecosystem. It might however be an Ecosystem of which we are not yet aware but that’s ok.
Now what’s the next step? We need to find out shared beliefs of how this Ecosystem should evolve, so that it benefits all of us. So every thinking and acting we do that is geared towards feeding our Ego’s, will bounce back in some way. But thinking and acting towards feeding a shared Ecosystem, will only enforce this system and make it stronger and more beneficial for all of us. In fact, in this way we are mutually enforcing the Universal Law of Attraction.
So if you share some knowledge (for free) you give something to the world that might make it more wise, more happy, more connected, more conscious etc. And by sharing your knowledge, you will discover that other people will start to multiply your knowledge, possibly even make it better and share it with even more other people. In this way, we collectively are co-creating a new Ecosystem that will become more and more beneficial for all of us. And who wouldn’t want that? Happy Knowledge Sharing!
- The World Is What You Think It Is
- There are no limits
- Energy Flows Where Attention Goes
- Now Is The Moment Of Power
- To Love Is To Be Happy With (someone or something)
- All Power Comes From Within
- Effectiveness Is The Measure Of Truth
If you live by these principles or resonate with them, chances are the following paradigm shifts might also appeal to you. They were written down by @venessamiemis.Venessa wrote them in this blog Bootstrapping Humanity’s Next OS that was resonating with me very much. The shifts or transformations or “axies” as Venessa call them are:
- from scarcity to abundance
- from finite to infinite value
- from ownership to stewardship
- from transactional to relational
- information hoarding to knowledge creation
- from isolation to cocreation
- from passive consumer to active producer
Especially the first “axie” appeals a lot to me. I even made a graphic for it. Because I believe there is abundance in allmost anything if we want it. So it’s all about sharing. Sharing worlds resources. Sharing values. Sharing thoughts. Sharing knowledge. Sharing wisdom. Sharing consciousness. Sharing leadership. Sharing work. Sharing opportunities. Sharing Energy. Sharing prosperity. Sharing … you name it.
And then I thought, why not add another set of these yin/yang type transformational values or paradigm shifts or “axies” that can help us thinking about what we would really want the world to transform into. I was inspired by the 12 BetaCodex design principles on sheet 34 in this paper from Niels Pflaeging. This paper was posted in respons to the Stoos Network LinkedIn discussion Organizations as “learning networks of people creating value”. It goes as follows: