Ekosystems: historical context: … ending the age of separation…
Where are we as a species? How are things going? Is everything OK? Are we well?… collectively? Are these not reasonable questions? Is this not a reasonable line of inquiry? I ask these questions to preface the development The Ekosystem Story… a call for the development of a new type of structure that can be understood as a ‘Community of Projects’… a ‘System of Projects’ or a ‘Movement of Projects’
However we choose to describe the Ekosystem, it is fundamentally a System level entity. It takes as its most basic unit the collective. This is the key point!
This is essential because, in the west, we live in a world that is reinforcing separation. This is the result of a number of historical forces (fodder for a different analysis!) as well as the construction of the organizational structure… the Corporation!
The Corporation: reinforcing self interest
The corporation, simply put, is an entity that has a fiduciary responsibility to the welfare of its investors. It is an entity created for the purpose of maximizing financial profit. It has no conscience. It is also the entity within which most people are organized when they go off to work today.
A Culture of Self Interest Leads to Social Problems
No wonder we live in a world beset by massive economic inequality and a myriad of social problems that are driven by the imperatives that result from money chasing itself. The system of incentives we have created is defined within, and reinforced by, the structures we operate within. We are not islands… We are impacted by, and in fact created by, the contexts we operate within.
Social Change is a Requirement
We are at a juncture in history that requires that we come together to shift our course. This has to happen in a massive way, and it has to happen now!
Social Movements Bring About Social Change
Change is brought about when the collective challenges the status quo; when those without power choose to challenge those that have power; when the will of the people is sufficient to challenge existing structures.
We must ask ourselves whether or not the Internet, smart phones, Facebook, Twitter etc. make it more possible today than in the past to establish, define and align collective intention. Do we live in a world where social movements need to be random or do we have the tools to capture our collective discontent in a more systematic way?
Movement 2,0: Social Movements Can Be Understood Differently in the Modern World
In a hyper connected world, it is possible to develop an architecture that connects us in a way that allows us to pursue our independent project whilst operating within a tangible and specific awareness of collective objectives.
We have the ability to utilize collaborative platforms, online decision making platforms, online value exchange mechanism, online markets and exchange platforms and a myriad of other tools that can connect us across vast distances.
We have the ability to stitch together broader movements.
The Ekosystem is a Structure That Supports Movement 2.0
Given the above, I want to offer the Ekosystem as a structure that can support the evolution of Movement 2.0… the next generation of social movements. It is a structure that will leverage the Internet and other technology tools to build a collaborative space between a number of projects. In doing so, it will make it possible for projects to operate independently with an awareness of broader collective objectives.
The Ekosytem is a Structure That Connects Us
The Ekosystem, in virtue of the fact that it operates at the level of the System creates a System level perspective. One can, for example, imagine operating an organic farm but having access to online tools that provide visibility into the working of the food system in a local area. Tools that show the flow of food produced in the farm through distribution channels to consumers. We can imagine farmers and other participants in the local food system working more closesly with others in the local food system if they had the opportunity to understand their challenges and requirements.
We can imagine that the dialogue that is created provide not only business benefits but also personal benefits as entrepreneurs and others connect with each other, explore possiblities, develop friendships, and connect more deeply.
The precise structure of an Ekosystem will be provided in a separate post. The preceding has been offered so as to establish the historical necessity for the structure. In that spirit, there is one final question worth exploring…
Why is the Ekosystem structured to be financeable? What does money have to do with mitigating against separation?
Money is the Arbiter of Power… its Redistribution will be the Arbiter of Change
Whether we like it or not, money is the arbiter of power. This is the world we have created. There is nothing inevitable or sacrosanct about money. We created it… but this is the current situation. Those that have money have power.
In keeping with the impetus to take the movement building model to the next level, and with the assumption that Movements reflect the will of the people… are the will of those that are marginalized, Ekosystems are structured to flow capital to those that currently do have access to capital.
An Ekosystem is a structure that can access capital for an entire System of Projects and, in doing so, make available capital for Projects that, to date, cannot access capital. In accomplishing this, it mitigates against the very nature of money… to ignore certain imperatives… to ignore those that are socially based that are altruistic… Money is the root of the problem.
Flowing money differently is the basis for the solution…
Making money available to those don’t have it is an important part of the solution…
Structure its flow collectively is in direct contrast to the way that it is currently allocated… in a manner that reinforces separation.
I hope this provides a some clarity… details to follow…