Beyond Basic Income: The Power of Networks Putting People First

The Swarm basic income program starts today, May 1st. If you want to learn more about the power of this concept and its potential applications, please read on.

The Basic Income in Brief

Swarm basic income is valued on the basis of the total production of the community. There is one base unit, the Swarm membership, and then a number of tokens which represent the value of other projects. This is similar to the old idea of each community or project having its own unit of account which represents the aggregate value.

At the moment, invitations are sent out manually based on existing human networks of trust. As reputational systems evolve this web of trust will be extended into many other areas as well.

Failures of Governance 1.0

Past notions of basic income typically relied on governmental involvement. This meant, by definition, a centralized control mechanism deciding when and where capital should be allocated.

It also typically involved an old idea of currency, the issuance of which was controlled at will by this same centralized mechanism.

Unfortunately, none of these mechanisms possess dynamic methods of accountability. The systems are not designed by nature to be transparent, and so there is always the possibility of some third party inserting themselves into the mix and taking control at a crucial stage.

Distributed Systems

One of the key aspects of distributed systems is that they mirror the inherent resilience of nature. Everything is maximally resilient and transparent by design. This makes them a whole lot harder to manipulate.

It also allows for a more fluid method of engagement, meaning that you can capture the emergent behavior of “swarms” in a way that is not permitted by traditional systems, companies, or old fashioned orgs. In fact it more closely mirrors the workings of evolution – improving upon that which came before it, and allowing for meaningful progress right across the board. Just as importantly, this model affords people tremendous creative choice.

Taking Control

Suddenly technology has given us these building blocks for constructing our own futures, allowing us to innovate and iterate, not only in relation to software, but with respect to organizations as well.

Our own “DCO” model is rooted in the Holon concept of Arthur Koestler, one which proposes all things can be optimally divided into autonomous sub-units which then join with other sub-units to maximum effect.

This same principle is capable of supporting best practice design patterns, not unlike those which exist in the software world, and it’s Swarm’s intention to be at the forefront of the resulting societal changes as and when they first emerge: fostering new forms of organization which can go from strength to strength and positively influence all humankind.

Will you join with us?

With Swarm, the voluntary aspect of engagement is absolutely vital. We don’t maintain exclusive partnerships or even conduct sales in a traditional way. Instead we invite people to join us because of a mutual belief that there is great strength in the overall network, and that it is more than capable of benefiting us, one and all.

Yes, our ambition is great, but so is our commitment to it. And that’s why we hope you’ll consider our sincere offer, choose to read more about how it can be applied, and ultimately help us to welcome the future in.