The Funding Mechanisms of Core Infrastructures in Society (part 2)


As written in a previous post, the first metro systems used the template of the first railroad companies to structure their business operations. It is copied over and over again. A social contract within society came alive. But does it still serve ?

No, it doesn’t.

The social contract is falling apart on the one hand. And on the other hand we are facing new kind of problems and opportunities. We have the opportunity to co-design a shared and decentralized digital infrastructure and start to reconnect everyone and everything. New money systems are enabling.

A new template for business modelling can be used:
1. communicate an idea within a community of potential co-designers and users;
2. the community will start to work on it and the value creation model will get defined;
3. rules to start up and operate will get programmed for and with the community in the shared digital infrastructure;
4. the money systems are choosen;
5. coordinated action within a community will will create value, actions get registered and exchange of value will happen.

A far more complex paradigm is emerging than the paradigm of the First and Second Industrial Revolutions. In the article below Otto Scharmer describes the shift we are experiencing. It is matter of conscious choice and co-design.

We are witnessing the development of the core digital infrastructure that underpins the emerging story. The core digital infrastructure by itself will get funded in new ways, more about it in a next post.

As Systems Collapse, People Rise: Seven Faces of an Emerging Global Movement - Otto Scharmer

Mind The (learning) Gap


In 2012 I decided to travel for a while because I was fed up with the (potential) loss of digital privacy while we can do better. In Shanghai (China) I came inspired by the history of the shared mobility infrastructure and I started to integrate the Metro Map in Co:Inpetto’s branding.

At that time I wasn’t aware that the role model of the world’s first metro system is so rich. It is an inspiring example of creativity and collective action, which we need today – agian -. 

But HOW we will innovate and fund will make a huge difference.

The Metro is a typical infrastructure of the Industrial age, an age we’re leaving. We are building the core infrastructure for the new story, the story of a prosperous digital age.

Join Co:Inpetto’s group at Freeflow Pages and share your questions, remarks and thoughts during the special series – The World’s First Metro System as a Role Model. Freeflow Pages runs on ThreeFold Grid. Reply to this mail and I’ll invite you.

The World’s First Metro System


Click and learn about more about the world’s first metro system. And let’s take the development of the world’s first metro system as a role model, a role model of the development of an infrastructure. Incredible collective action makes a strong social vision alive.

We are doing it again:
a decentralized digital infrastructure is next.

How and why will the innovation process of a decentralized digital infrastructure differ from the role model ? More about it in our next Tuesday Posts.

New Ways of Seeing, Working and Learning


From 1999 till 2010 was Co:Inpetto a recruitment cabinet for IT professionals and business consultants. Co:Inpetto had the biggest contactdatabase of IT professionals and business consultants for the Flemish Market in Belgium.

As an economist I learned about digitisation thanks to the conversations I had with professionals and clients and by organising the digital communication with candidates and clients.
I loved to do this.

Because personal data was core of my business I became aware of the opportunities thanks to privacy by design early on (2007) and the positive impact digital technology could make.

Yes, there is a fork in the road. Listen to this podcast digital justice. Wouldn’t it be great to contribute to a positive future enabled by a responsible digital infrastructure ? It is possible. Spread the news about the opportunity of a Threefold year !

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

A Fortress as a base for a Threefold Chapter


A chapter for Threefold Foundation is getting home in Fort V, beautiful heritage located in my region ‘De Zuidrand’. ‘De Zuidrand’ is a name of an association of 7 towns in the south of Antwerp, it promotes our region for tourism. It is a nice place for traveling, working and living. 

At this moment we are investigating the opportunity to start-up a Threefold farming coop. This means that everyone will get the opportunity to become a farmer. Farmers co-own a part of the Threefold grid and get profit from it.

Why are Threefold farming coops needed ?

  • Threefold coops bring green, neutral and democratic storage and compute capacity available;
  • Threefold coops distribute income and organisational power.

Example of Threefold coops in the world is Mazraa.

Threefold Coops are getting possible thanks to the technical innovations Threefold Foundation offers. Threefold tokens will be the mean of value exchange between users, farmers, Threefold coops and Threefold Foundation.

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

Time Registration System


As an HR person – I have implemented a new time registration system to escape classical working patterns. It sounds like a contradictio in terminis. But it isn’t. We’re freeing data of the workers from 1 company. Workers are able to check in by neigbours as well. Because together we shape better jobs.

Don't be busy. Just be productive.

The transactions of this new collaboration will be managed at nearly zero cost. A shared and smart contract enables the payrolling and billing for participating companies.

P.S.: But let me admit something. The cluster of companies I am working for is not so far of the Zimmer Tower (Lier). What is time ? – is questioned at the Zimmer Museum and it is kept unanswered (and I have the answer neither).

The leaders of VIPE / TITO Foundation are beta users on FreeFlowPages.


The leadership of VIPE / TITO Foundation are beta users on FreeflowPages. FreeflowPages runs on Threefold Grid and will become an alternative for Facebook. We started an on-line group to facilitate the exploration of new organising tools, like complementary money systems.

Itsyou.online is used to log in Freeflow Pages. Itsyou.online is connected to your own 3Bot. 3Bot manages your own data and workloads on Threefold grid. 3Bot could make a connection to a digital wallet. The innovation space of complementary money is out there.

What if a job is posted in the group and someone commit him/herself to get the job done ? What if that person will get Freeflow tokens in exchange for the time he/she spend ? Will these exchanges support the purpose and mission of VIPE/ TITO ?

We’re going to reflect on these questions. Drop a line to lieve.vereycken@co-inpetto.org if you want to join us in the VIPE/TITO group on FreeflowPages. You’re welcome to explore and learn with us.

You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something build a newe model that makes the old model obselete.

Fuller Buckminster

In Love with Nature’s Internet


In the digital infrastructure of Threefold every single person will get its own 3Bot. With 3Bot – data of a person belongs to a person and it will be easy to exchange. I do believe 3Bot is an important feature to get our society organized, a society where people are in love with themselves and Nature’s Internet.

Love the world as your own self, then you can truly care for all things.

Deavita

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.