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 organiĀ­zation is the province of economists. InterĀ­nal 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.

 

 

 

Money design matters (and it is getting a matter of choice)


I probably would not have written this post if I hadn’t read – The Future of Money – during the years the internet got introduced in business. It was 2001. Bernard Lietaer described the innovation space for money design for the digital era.

Since I have read the book, I couldn’t get my eyes of the space. Blockchain gives it new dimensions: a lot of experiment is going on and money design is getting discussed broadly.

“The last beings to comprehend the nature of water, are fish. So are humans about money.”  – Bernard Lietaer.

I do believe we can’t afford to neglect the innovation space and the co-design opportunity that is ahead of us. Money design is getting a matter of choice (and bad design could become a matter of fact). And with the quote of Bernard Lietaer in mind, I will share some articles on money design that I’ve read last weeks.

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