55 Broadway, London’s first skyskraper is for sale


London’s first skyscraper was built as the Headquater of the world’s first metro system. Thanks to the Hidden London initiative I have visited it. Hilarious. It is the building for the kind of organizations that the new modernity at that time brought: a whole hierarchy for the administrative and management support to get the machines in the Underground running. Fit for purpose – the big thinking … (:

The organization of offices follows the principles of hierarchy... each lower office is under control and supervision of a higher one.

Max Weber

While the information flows for running the Underground needed a hierarcy for efficiency, the decentralized digital infrastructure brings the organizational networks along. Within Threefold digital infrastructure each individual will get its own 3bot to manage production, consumption and much more.

55 Broadway is for sale …. ! Surprised ?

The Rise of Surveillance Capitalism


Co:Inpetto wasn’t initially about changing economics. Co:Inpetto started in 1999 as a database-driven recruitment cabinet for IT professionals and business consultants. It was the year that the internet was entering the business world.

But since the recruitment business (as so many businesses) got trapped in the supply chains of Surveillance Capitalism, there was no other option than getting involved in making a change (more about the history of Co:Inpetto here).

Learn about surveillance capitalism and safeguard our freedom. We need it to act and move to our next level of prosperity. Because together we can do better thanks to digitization.

Marketing folks as Seth Godin and so many business people and entrepreneurs are speaking up. Join the movement, it is growing and unstoppeable. Otto Scharmer will have a dialogue with Shoshana Zuboff (the author of the book on Surveillance Capitalism) on the 4th of September, more information here. A podcast with Shoshane Zuboff here.

IMPORTANT NEWS

Start to consider to participate in an IEO (initial excange offer) of Threefold. Preparations for an IEO are going on. More information will follow.

If the digital future is to be our home, then it is we who must make it.

Shoshana Zuboff

The Power Of The Poor


Read here why I am a proud ambassador of the Threefold Foundation. It has the potential and the ambition to make the digital infrastructure for our next level of prosperity available for every single person on earth.

Threefold technology stack offers a solution for the blockchain dilemma: privacy and scalability of a shared digital infrastructure can go hand in hand. And as we know, blockchain enables:
– identity management
– registration of value
– contracting
– exchange of value

Learn about these organizational features, about the brilliance borrowed from prosperous Switzerland and the bottom-up all-inclusive approach. Enjoy the documentary The Power of the Poor with Hernando De Soto:

Some exiting news to share:

  • Threefold Foundations is organizing an IEO (initial exchange offer). The mantra “first talk, then act” will pay-off: Threefold token (Tft) will become a stable coin backed by real assets namely compute and storage capacity. Watch out for the upcoming communications and feel free to ask questions.
  • Weconomics Foundations is preparing their congress – Work Less, Achieve More – for the 26th of November (more information here (Dutch only)). Paul Bessems is bringing the discussion about the productivity paradox and a possible sustainable future further.

The Zero Marginal Cost Society and More


Good to be reminded to some inspirational thinking before Threefold technology is getting launched (Q4 2019). The thinking serves the missions of Threefold, Freeflow Nation and Weconomics. The Zero Marginal Cost Society is a book of Jeremy Rifkin.

We can look forward to a new book of Bernard Lieater – click here for more information.  In his book – The Future of Money (2001) – he explained the opportunity to complement our current money system and warned us for data privacy loss. Features as 3Bot in a shared digital infrastucture as Threefold Grid will serve to make personal data personal again and for organizing our next level of prosperity.

We Are All Economists Now


‘We are all economists now’ is the title of the last chapter of the book of Kate Raworth – ‘Dougnut Economics’ – ‘Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist’. The seven ways to rethink economy are pictured below and explained in the book.

Thinking as a 21st-century-economist makes sense, it is hopeful and it don’t need to get locked in the current money system. Threefold is here to support us.

The infrastructure of Threefold isn’t locked in the mono-culture of today’s money by itself. And technology is opening up to get FIAT money, Threefold Token and other money systems complemented. More resilience is coming our way. The path for 21st-century-economists get grounded.

The technology stack within the Threefold eco-system and its governance model is getting ready to underpin the Weconomics Digital Infrastructure design. Co:Inpetto will support to connect design by design. The public use of Threefold Grid is planned for Q4 2019.


Rethinking Economics Antwerp will kick off the 14th of August.
Emagine Life Center invites you. More information here.

Inclusive Banking


I already have mentioned in a previous post that I believe that I would never have been connected to Threefold Foundation if I haven’t had read the book of Bernard Lietaer (2000). Bernard Lietaer did some scenario thinking about the potential of the digital age, sustainable prosperity and complementary money systems. Digital Privacy as a condition was already described in his first books.

I connected myself to the project of New Business Models of Weconomy because I wanted to try to connect myself to collaborative initiatives for a responsible digital infrastructure and applications for it (2013/2014). The project was led by Jan Jonker and brought me a lot of new learnings and network.

At this moment Jan Jonker is driving a project on inclusive banking:

What if ….

What if …
Teto Foundation could introduce Freeflow tokens in their initiative (read more) ?

What if …
The co-working space Bolwerk in De Zuidrand will co-organize a Threefold Coop (read more) and additionally will introduce additional digital tokens to:
– take care of the heritage of the Fortress ?
– take care of the park around the Fortress ?
– take care of the community tasks (hosting, logistics of events) ?
– take care of the childeren of the co-workers ?
– share professional books ?
– get services of other co-workers ?
– get services of the co-working space ?
– …

The work of Jan Jonker keeps us dreaming and acting.
Sustainable prosperity in De Zuidrand is our goal. Organizing well being is what we want together with Teto Foundation.

Coventional money is supposed to be doing everything. By adding in complementary currencies, you actually get different types of things and different outcomes from different complementary currencies

Bernard Lietaer

A Call For Decentralisation


I hoped I could resonate with te message of the book ‘Gigantism’ of the latest book of Geert Noels, because I do love the word G I G A N T I S M. Check ! I do recommend to read the book.

Geert Noels describes why organisations and markets are getting dysfunctional in the existing playing field. He does suggestions on the level of arbiters, rules and players.

Paul Bessems, founder of Weconomics Foundations did already a call to challenge “never” in the quote below.

The study of economic organization commonly proceeds as though market and administrative modes of organization were disjunct. Market organi­zation is the province of economists. Inter­nal organization is the concern of organization theory specialist. And never the twain shall meet.

Oliver Williamson

rebuilding systems has been succesful in other fields by recognizing the smallest part of it. And since we are leaving the industrial order to enter the digital, the smallest parts that we have to recognize are ‘data’, ‘people’ and ‘things’.

An appropriate digital infrastructure has to emerge to exchange data and value. And it is almost there. Threefold Foundations is doing well. Examples are getting ready to get copied around the world. I am happy that the invitation for the Ibiza events (May/ Octobre) are picked up. It’s just our turn to take action.

Gigantism is not irreversable.

The difference between the almost right wordt and the right word is really a large matter. It is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.

Mark Twain

Six things blockchains can do for SDG’s


I am getting deep respect of the historical achievements of the United Nations and I want to learn more about its potential. Therefore I have visited the Peace Palace in The Hague. The role of the UN and the SDG goals are mentioned in de visiting centre of the palace.

Is the SDG framework really alive and effective ? What to think about the World Economic Forum and their role regarding the SDG ? Do you know more about it ? I tend to be optimistic.

At the website of the UN I read about about blockchain and SDG’s. It is nice to know that it is in line with the mission of Weconomics and Threefold Foundations.

The six things blockchans can do for SDG’s are:

  1. Support financial inclusion
  2. Improve acces to energy
  3. Produce and consume responsibly
  4. Protect the environment
  5. Provide legal identity for all
  6. Improve aid effectiveness

Learn more about SDG’s and blockchain here.

If progress has taught us anything, it is that development comes from more brains having access to more knowledge, and eyeballs looking at problems and trying to fix them.

Johan Norberg

Who gets what and why ?


Opportunity for market design knocks. Alvin Roth has written a book about it with the title: Who gets what and why, the hidden world of matchmaking and market Design.

My 10 take-aways of the book are:

  1. Markets are human artifcasts. We can change a market and we can invent one.
  2. Market Design is a Team Sport.
  3. Market design helps solve problems that existing marketplaces haven’t been able to solve naturally.
  4. Design is a noun as well as a verb; even markets whose rules have evolved slowly have a design, although no one may have consciously designed them.
  5. Internet marketplaces have very precise rules, because when a market is on the web, its rules have to be formalized in software.
  6. When we speak about free market, we shouldn’t be thinking of a free-for-all, but rather a market with well designed rules that make it work well.
  7. One thing we’ll see is that the “magic” of the market doesn’t happen by magic: many marketsplaces fail to work well because of poor design. They may fail to make the market thick or safe, or to deal with congestion, and so there’s an opportunity to help them work better.
  8. Succesful designs depend greatly on the details of the market, including the culture and psychology of the participants.
  9. Markets can be dramatically improved when their design encourages people to communicate essential information they might otherwise have kept to themselves.
  10. In matching markets you have to choose and have to be choosen.

Market Design is a Team Sport

Alvin Roth

A jobmarket is (like most markets) a matching market, a market where you have to be choosen. Get your organisational pupose clear. It matters.

Threefold for IoT (Internet of Things) in New Business Models


The picture below is the picture of the Weconomy model of prof. dr. Jan Jonker. The internet of things (IoT) could support it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will Solaridad lead by example ?

An agreement between Threefold Foundation and Solaridad is signed at the pre-launch Threefold Conference in Ibiza ( from 23 to 25 Octobre 2018). Following building blocks are getting available for innovation (probably Q1 of 2019):

  • Digital Wallets
  • Digital Identities
  • Grid for storage and compute capacity
  • Blockchain Rivine technology – with special attention for the blockchain dilemma.

The technology of Threefold is open source and it is getting available for every project. I look forward to practice and share stories. Stories on new business models facilitated by Threefold Technology.

Design with People and Nature first as the potential solution and then add Tech as a potential enabler (not the other way around) – unknown.

I have had the pleasure to contribute to the book New Business Models together with prof. dr. Jan Jonker. A more recent publication on Organising for the Circular Economy can be downloaded here for free.