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. But does it still serve ?

Probably not, it was designed for a different age with it own challenges and own opportunities. Our challenges are different and we have the opportunity to co-design a shared and decentralized digital infrastructure.

A new template can be used:
– communicate an concept idea within a community of potential co-designers and users;
– the community will start to work on it and the value creation model will get defined;
– rules to start up and operate will get programmed for and with the community in the shared digital infrastructure;
– 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 this article Otto Scharmer describes the shift we are experiencing.

We are witnessing the development of the core digital infrastructure that underpins the emerging story. The core digital infrastructure in society has the potential to connect everyone and everything and to
introduce new value exchange systems.

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

The Funding Mechanisms of Core Infrastructures in Society (part 1)


The Metropolitan Railway (Met) got in 1854 the permission to build the first line of the Underground what later became the London Metro System (full hitory of The London Underground is here).

What template did the MET use to set up the company ?
1. What is the income stream for the service ?
2. What are the costs to start-up the income stream ?
3. What are the profits we can make ?
4. Define the issue of shares and sell the promise of profits in return to get cash to start up the service.
5. Start-up and run the service, produce jobs and profits.

The first rail roads used the shareholder model, the model was copied by the MET and almost all the infrastructures that followed got funded with it. Shareholders, workers, trade unions and governments got their stories of aligned interests. Society got fueled and power got defined on three axes, namely:
1. Income
2. Say
3. Ownership

But can we hold on on that story ? Let’s consider the investement of Google in Belgium. Does the traditional story of aligned interests between funding, jobs, income, say and ownership really fit ?
We believe we can create a better by reconsidering the funding mechanism for the core infrastructure of the new age.

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.

Charlie Chaplin

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. 

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.

Make a wise investment, make a positive impact


At this moment there is an investment opportunity for Threefold Tech. Threefold Tech is a start-up next to Threefold Foundation. Threefold tech is doing projects with software components used in Threefold Foundations.

Contact me (by reply on this mail) for more information. Or register yourself for the Threefold Investment Event on the 3rd of June here.

Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

Warren Buffet

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

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.

Stay tuned.

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