Living Systems

18 Nov 2014

The Unfolding Story of a Life-Affirming Economy

in Commonwealth, Currencies, Gift Economies, Living Systems, MetaCurrency

Video from a TEDx talk from one of our lovely MetaCurrency leaders was just released. It's rather beautiful. Please take a few minutes to soak it in.

05 Nov 2014

A Thought Experiment

in Ceptr, Currency, DNA, Evolution, Language, Living Systems, Social DNA

Imagine an intelligent alien species with such powerful skills of telepathy that they have no concept of language. They experience instantaneous knowledge of each other’s mental and emotional states just by shifting their attention to another of their kind. How would this alien perceive a meeting session of Parliament, Congress or the United Nations?

03 Nov 2014

Some Thoughts about Feedback Loops

in Currency Design, Feedback Loops, Flow, Flows, Living Systems, System Dynamics, Upward Spirals

These are notes in progress about how feedback loops work... not complete... nor necessarily intended to be understandable by others yet... all partially formed. 

 

Coupling / Uncoupling – when you connect the “output” of something more directly to the factors affecting its “inputs” it becomes more tightly coupled.  You uncouple feedback by inserting another layer of components/feedback/response between the operation of something and the feedback about it.

Visibility & Response

21 Jul 2011

The Deepest Importance of Currencies

in Collective Intelligence, Currency, Living Systems, Social DNA

The reason I blog is because there are not many people writing about the topic I'd most like to engage people in. Specifically, it is about currencies as social DNA.

You see, corporations, institutions, governments, and nations are in fact living organisms. This is not a lofty metaphor, but literal truth.

They have a survival instinct to self-perpetuate, they breed new corporations and institutions, and even as the cells within them are replaced, their fundamental pattern continues. And we are their cells.

05 Apr 2011

The Central Covenants of Successful Economies

in Commonwealth, Gift Economies, Gifts, Living Systems

Our commercial economy is headed for destruction. There are many contributing factors, but in the end it all boils down to the fact that we’ve broken the core covenants, contracts or agreements of successful economies. These rules exist for a reason and you can no more avoid them than you can the principles of mathematics or the laws of physics.

The commercial economy is completely dependent upon the two layers of underlying economies that it is built on. First, there is the social economy inside of which we raise our children, have real relationships and take care of each other. For example, we don’t pay parents to make babies, teach language, potty-train, or devote a couple decades of care and support. Parents “manufacture” the entire labor force for the market economy. They provide talented employees in a much more real way than head-hunting firms, yet earn no commissions for their years of work.

28 Jan 2009

Predictable Living Systems

in Currency, Living Systems, Money



A non-deterministic system is not quite the same as a non-predictable one. This is where probability comes into play and makes me think we're really on the right track with currencies as tools for expressing/modeling complex, living systems.



[BTW, I still can't post replies, so I'm making this a main blog post even though it started out as a reply to Alan's post "Do currencies describe living systems?"]


28 Jan 2009

Predictable Living Systems

in Currency, Living Systems, Predictability

A non-deterministic system is not quite the same as a non-predictable one. This is where probability comes into play and makes me think we're really on the right track with currencies as tools for expressing/modeling complex, living systems.

[BTW, I still can't post replies, so I'm making this a main blog post even though it started out as a reply to Alan's post "Do currencies describe living systems?"]