Post-Capitalism: Rise of the Collaborative Commons

Unintended consequence of efficiency and capitalism … isolation

Love this article and the concept of decentralization. I am interested in the question of education and community in the decentralized world. How we interact, vote, and choose what to buy is still primarily formed in our family systems and local community connections. Leaving that context for school, work, travel, or having a religious conversion experience are the few things I can think of that allow us to open up to new ideas and concepts. Media rarely has the ability to disrupt our idealogical structures unless we have been opened to the possibility through our personal, human connections.

I likewise believe that our politics are currently so polarized not due to the media, but our growing social isolation. Which has to do with our non communal urban planning, technological alternatives to traditional human connection, and our strange desire to own large homes with big yards while filling them with less people.

“a shareable economy that is less materialistic and more sustainable, less expedient and more empathic, [and where] their lives are being lived out more on a global Commons and less in a capitalist market.”[66]

Basically, decentralization is one important piece but equally important is assembly. The practical outworking of the global commons.