Friday, February 19, 2010

Be the change

Here's a great thing about change: We don't have to fight the existing structure. We can just build something more beautiful and heads will turn. This is what the internet is here for. If we don't want to, we don't have to worry about the economy crashing, about big companies going out of business and people getting unemployed.

And how's that?

Because in the end, nothing real is affected when an economy crashes. Economies and organizations exist only on paper. The people who were in those organizations are still there. The buildings are there, the machines are there, the know-how is there. The infrastructure is there. This is the reality and it's where we can start. It requires that we do stuff on own initiative, but in the end ... that might be more fun.

What we do need is real infrastructure that keeps us alive. Heating, electricity, food supplies and the internet. When these go down, things happen, as with Katrina in New Orleans for instance. This is why it's valuable to have the basic survival infrastructure is as local as possible. Basic local energy, basic local foods = health and ease.

This also means that there is gonna be an increasing demand for grass-roots logistics. Imagine if Facebook was optimized for collaboration and co-creation.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
– R. Buckminster Fuller

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