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What would a world look like where we win, where the system is seriously
I believe the answer is a bottom up, connected,
connection conscious culture and economy, moving away from a top down
Let's start with this list of top down versus
bottom up characteristics I've put together:
Some of the biggest factors among this list
1-getting rid of big and
Create laws and regulations that make it illegal
for corporations to become too big, for billionaires to exist at all. Restrict ways
that centralization, particularly with algorithmic controls, can be applied.
The alternative to bigness is decentralized and localized.
We need to develop technologies and sciences of
small. Fund business academicians to work with small businesses to develop new
approaches to help them stay small while remaining successful, exploring how to
avoid growth by merger or acquisition, exploring how to reap the benefits of
economies of scale without creating bigger, centralized behemoths.
It's also about creating a cultural set of
values where small is good and big is immoral, distasteful and offensive.
Change the way liberal think tanks and
foundations think. We need new, better ways to support smaller, decentralized
efforts, programs and groups. We need to develop new ways to make it easier to
support 1000 small projects instead of ten big ones.
2-Ownership, Open Source,
commons, and creative commons
Top down power tries to consolidate ownership of
property as a way to build power. We need to take property back for the people
and return it to the commons. That applies to land, patents, copyrights,
businesses. We need more employee owned cooperatives and publicly owned
utilities and companies. The Bernie Sanders campaign proved that socialism is
an okay idea that has become accepted by a majority. That will grow as people
reap the benefits.
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