Brexit? Opportunity! European Wisdom Network (Wisdom.to/europe) crowd creates United Europe by meshing personal/country sovereignty networks in 1-2 years
Basic Income (Industrial Economy survival) vs. Minimum Life (Network Society contribution) … growth and purpose from contribution

Basic Income (Industrial Economy survival) vs. Minimum Life (Network Society contribution) … growth and purpose from contribution

An Industrial Economy reduces a person's (potential) life to materialism, confusion, isolation and survival and the prospect of a 'basic income' (for unemployment or retirement) that an Industrial Economy can not afford. This is not life. A Network Society empowers every individual with collective prosperity (beyond materialism), collective satisfaction and collective wisdom in a highly productive society structure that can not only fund a 'Basic Income', but also motivates individuals with a bonus from contribution to 'things' and the opportunity to contribute to any individual or society purpose in any sector or country.

Basic income

In response to larger numbers of unemployed people and a society that may not offer employment prospects, there are increasing calls for a basic income to be provided to every individual. Unemployment today is permanent and an inevitable consequence of 'more with less' evolution which does prompt the need for a revision to the social contract.

Wikipedia defines basic income as:

An unconditional basic income (also called basic income, basic income guarantee, universal basic income, universal demogrant, or citizen’s income) is a form of social security system in which all citizens or residents of a country regularly receive an unconditional sum of money, either from a government or some other public institution, in addition to any income received from elsewhere.

The Industrial Economy attributes unemployment to either a structural economic problem (that can be addressed with policies to increase aqgregate demand) or laziness. We believe that unemployment is a result of the tireless 'more with less' evolution that simply means less employment is required for the same output in sectors across sectors. New sectors could drive further employment as it has in the past as workers migrate from old to new sectors. However, no new sectors have emerged. In the absence of new sectors, increasing unemployment is likely to result. The basic income (or living wage) is a response to providing for the inevitable permanently unemployed. It is similar to welfare except that it acknowledges that work may simply not be available.

In the absence of employment opportunities, a new social contract (which includes basic income) is required that acknowledges that employment opportunities may simply not be available. The Industrial Economy can not afford 'basic income' and efforts to increase aggregate demand and revive the economy have failed. They will continue to fail because of the underlying 'more with less' evolution. The Network Society solves many challenges. It also presents a solution to the not only providing a 'basic income' considered by an Industrial Economy, but the opportunity to create a 'Minimum life' (that includes income) as part of the social contract at 'Zero Marginal Cost'. Let's revisit the vision/purpose of the Industrial Economy and Network Society first and explore the opportunity for a minimum life.

Network Society vision/purpose: collective wisdom, prosperity and satisfaction

The 'meaning of life' and purpose of society is successive accumulation of collective wisdom, prosperity and satisfaction by individuals, countries and globally. ‘More with less’ Evolution delivers this life and purpose (by default), but it's delayed by ‘Trapped Transition’ (10-50 years). Wisdom Networks and ‘Global Village’ delivers it (by design with ‘Punctuated Reform’) with 50 networks in 2- 5 years.
Network Society 'pitch'
(3m audio)

by Marcus Cake

Generic transcript available here

Purpose/vision: collective wisdom, prosperity and satisfaction

Download: PNG ; PDF
Extract from 1 page vision/purpose infographic:
  • VISION/PURPOSE: The meaning of 'life' and Purpose of Society is collective wisdom, prosperity and satisfaction. ‘More with less’ Evolution delivers this life and purpose (by default), but it's delayed by ‘Trapped Transition’ (10-50 years). Wisdom Networks and ‘Global Village’ delivers it (by design with ‘Punctuated Reform’) with 50 networks in 2- 5 years.
  • COLLECTIVE WISDOM is the successive accumulation of the 6 elements of wisdom (data, information, community, collaboration, knowledge, wisdom) by individuals, countries and globally
  • COLLECTIVE PROSPERITY is the successive accumulation of the 8 types of capital by individuals, countries and globally
  • COLLECTIVE SATISFACTION is the successive accumulation and satisfaction of human needs (originally identified by Maslow) by individuals, countries and globally
  • SOCIETY GROWTH: The purpose of a Network Society is to maximise 'Society Growth' by maximising collective wisdom, collective prosperity and collective satisfaction at ‘Zero Marginal Cost‘ in sectors, countries and institutions around the world for the benefit of people.
  • NETWORK SOCIETY VISION: The vision of a Network Society is to accelerate the ‘More with less’ evolution that is crowd creating a ‘Global Village’ by replacing local, centralised vertical hierarchies with a 50+ global, distributed, horizontal networks across sectors and countries over 2-5 years.
  • NETWORK SOCIETY PURPOSE: The purpose of a Network Society is to organise the ‘things’ of society, collective wisdom, collective prosperity and collective satisfaction at 'Zero Marginal Cost' in sectors and countries around the world for the benefit of people.
  • INDUSTRIAL ECONOMY PURPOSE: The purpose of an Industrial Economy is to monetise societies ‘things’, centralise material/financial capital, centralise power and focus centralised power and capital for the benefit of government, industries, few countries and few individuals.
  • INDUSTRIAL ECONOMY VISION: The vision of Industrial Economy is materialism, survival, confusion, low utilisation, maximum consumption, fragmentation and inequality.


Everyone has a role to play in a country, sector or institution to drive 'Punctuated Reform' and transition to achieve 'Global Village in 2 years!

R. Buckminster Fuller quotes:

Humanity is now experiencing history's most difficult evolutionary transformation. (1983)

Neither the great political or financial powers of the world nor the population in general realize that the engineering-chemical-electronic revolution now makes it possible to produce many more technical devices with ever less material. We can now take care of everybody at a higher standard of living than anybody has ever known. It does not have to be “you or me,” so selfishness is unnecessary and war is obsolete. This has never been done before. Only twelve years ago technology reached the point where this could be done. Since then it has made it ever so much easier to do.

'Dear reader, traditional human power structures and their reign of darkness are about to be rendered obsolete.'

Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment. . . . Humanity is in ‘final exam’ as to whether or not it qualifies for continuance in Universe (1981)

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

The youth of humanity all around our planet are intuitively revolting from all sovereignties and political ideologies. The youth of Earth are moving intuitively toward an utterly classless, raceless, omnicooperative, omniworld humanity. Children freed of the ignorantly founded educational traditions and exposed only to their spontaneously summoned, computer-stored and -distributed outflow of reliable-opinion-purged, experimentally verified data, shall indeed lead society to its happy egress from all misinformedly conceived, fearfully and legally imposed, and physically enforced customs of yesterday. They can lead all humanity into omnisuccessful survival as well as entrance into an utterly new era of human experience in an as-yet and ever-will-be fundamentally mysterious Universe.


Basic Income (Industrial Economy survival) vs. Minimum Life (Network Society contribution

An Industrial Economy reduces a person’s (potential) life to materialism, confusion, isolation and survival and the prospect of a ‘basic income’ (for unemployment or retirement) that an Industrial Economy can not afford. This is not life. A Network Society empowers every individual with collective prosperity (beyond materialism), collective satisfaction and collective wisdom in a highly productive society structure that can not only fund a ‘Basic Income’, but also motivates individuals with a bonus from contribution to ‘things’ and the opportunity to contribute to any individual or society purpose in any sector or country. A comprehensive and detailed explanation is available here.

Evolution stalled? Why stop at social?

Social networks restructured social interaction by combining "Things" into "books" and sharing them globally. Every book contains a digestible and comprehensive statement of past, present and future regarding the social activities of a person, or of a particular thing? Why doesn't every other sector of society work the same way? Health, education, equity market, innovation, government, governance and every other sectors can operate the same way. The outcome is a Network Society. Why has the "things" into shared books approach not been deployed to other sectors?

Evolution means 'more with less'!
new sectors? new society models?

Evolution to other sectors
Why stop at social?

The tireless 'more with less' evolution of our society simply means less people produce more output in every sector over time. Without new sectors in a stagnant Industrial Economy to provide employment, unemployment is inevitable. The assumption of one person's expenditure is another's income in an Industrial Economy becomes obsolete. Society's success means that a welfare payment to look for employment becomes a 'basic income' which acknowledges employment may simply not be available. A declining worker-dependent ratio resulting from demographics adds to the challenges. The Industrial Economy development model is not able to fund a 'basic income' or retirement for larger numbers of people. The productivity gains from the overdue Third Industrial Revolution and a Network Society is required to fund basic income and enhance society by organising 'contribution' directly between everyone.

R. Buckminster Fuller quotes:

Don't fight forces, use them.(1932)

This is not a visible revolution and it is not political. You’re dealing with the invisible world of technology. Politics is absolutely hopeless. That’s why everything has gone wrong. You have ninety-nine percent of the people thinking “politics,” and hollering and yelling. And that won’t get you anywhere. Hollering and yelling won’t get you across the English Channel. It won’t reach from continent to continent; you need electronics for that, and you have to know what you’re doing. Evolution has been at work doing all these things so it is now possible. Nobody has consciously been doing it. The universe is a lot bigger than you and me. We didn’t invent it. (1981)

We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living. (1970)

Of course, our failures are a consequence of many factors, but possibly one of the most important is the fact that society operates on the theory that specialization is the key to success, not realizing that specialization precludes comprehensive thinking. (1963)

We are in an age that assumes the narrowing trends of specialization to be logical, natural, and desirable. Consequently, society expects all earnestly responsible communication to be crisply brief. . . . In the meantime, humanity has been deprived of comprehensive understanding. Specialization has bred feelings of isolation, futility, and confusion in individuals. It has also resulted in the individual's leaving responsibility for thinking and social action to others. Specialization breeds biases that ultimately aggregate as international and ideological discord, which, in turn, leads to war. (1975)

It is essential to release humanity from the false fixations of yesterday, which seem now to bind it to a rationale of action leading only to extinction.(1975)

It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a ‘higher standard of living than any have ever known.’ It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary and henceforth unrationalizable as mandated by survival. (1981)

Third Industrial Revolution - only by restructuring human time and attention

Industrial Revolutions mean the world achieves so much more with so much less. The First Industrial Revolution was a 600 hundred fold increase in productivity in agriculture. At one time 25% of the population produced the food for a few hundred million people. Now, 1% of the population produces all the food for 7 billion. A small number of countries produce food for the world. The Second Industrial Revolution resulted in a handful of countries producing most of the industrial goods for the world. China and Germany come to mind. The Third Industrial Revolution brings a rapid jump in productivity in services with more services produced through global or coutnry platforms using less people. The 'more with less' evolution is occurring by default and we are witnessing increasing unemployment. New sectors or opportunities for contribution need to be created for the displaced. The impact of the Third Industrial Revolution is profound and can only be achieved by restructuring human time and attention.

Network Society double, triple or quadruple productivity of every employee by restructuring human time and attention… sources include reclaiming travel time, reclaiming identified wasted time, reclaiming unproductive work time and gamification.

Network Society also captures effort outside hierarchies and across the world which means Global Village' lifts human potential output from 2.5% (in an Industrial Economy) to 23.5% ( using Network Society development model). Network Society can produce 9 times more than the Industrial Economy development model. It achieves this by (1) increasing individual productive time, (2) capturing wisdom beyond the boundary of the hierarchy and (3) capturing wisdom around the world.

Double, triple or quadruple productive time

[more]

Network Society has 9 times more potential

[more]

An Industrial Economy reduces the individual to materialism, confusion and survival

The industrial Economy is inefficient and ineffective. It is inefficient because it causes low productive time from each worker, only captures contribution from within hierarchies (not the community) and can only organise 'things' that it monetises. The result is materialism, confusion and material prosperity. It is ineffective because it's objective is not society, but to create an economy. An economy is not society. The Industrial Economy has many challenges. The challenges includes permanent evolutionary unemployment, declining worker/dependent ratios (retirement and welfare), debt servicing, bankruptcy, and aged health care for the baby boomers. The Industrial Economy is not productive enough, or effective to meet these challenges.

Given a 'meaning of life' and 'purpose of society' represented by three spectrums of collective prosperity, collective satisfaction and collective wisdom, the Industrial Economy only organises the bottom third on each of these three spectrums. Nearly all individuals in society are reduced to a focus on the bottom third of the 'life' and 'purpose' which means survival, confusion and materalism. Arguably, this is not a life.

The Industrial Economy fragments society into millions of pieces which render any opportunity for collective prosperity, collective satisfaction and collective wisdom impossible. The administrative overhead of the this development model is high. Every 'thing' needs to be monetised and zero cost marginal networks that service society are ignored because they do not contribute to economy. Community contribution is a wasted resource.

'Minimum Life' in a Network Society empowers every individual

A Network Society is more productive and efficient. It yields more productive time per worker and captures the wisdom and effort of everybody about every 'thing' irrespective of whether they are in a hierarchy (or not), young, old or are located anywhere around the world.

Given a 'meaning of life' and 'purpose of society' represented by three spectrums of collective prosperity, collective satisfaction and collective wisdom, our Network Society organises all elements within these three spectrums. For the individual, life encompasses all elements of prosperity, satisfaction and wisdom. Arguably, this is life.

Prosperity vs GDP

A distinction needs to be drawn between GDP and prosperity. Individuals in Network Society could thrive with greater wisdom, prosperity and satisfaction, but 'materialist' GDP could decline as high marginal cost Industrial Economy structures are replaced by Zero Marginal Cost networks. Individual prosperity is made up of 8 forms of capital (intellectual, spiritual, social, material, financial, living, cultural, experiential). National Prosperity is measured and explained using quantitative indicators representing some of these categories.

Industrial Economy fragmentation and centralisation mean that the 8 forms of capital are fragmented and isolated in millions of centralised and industrial structures. Human capital can not be efficiently or effectively organised by an Industrial Economy. Industrial Economy only organises financial wealth and financialises material wealth. GDP measures financialisation and material wealth transfers from people to government and industry. 3% GDP growth is not necessarily greater prosperity and simply means more wealth transferred from people to government and industry.

Network Society consolidates all 8 forms of capital are consolidated and focused through sector and country networks to drive individual and national prosperity. Wisdom Networks and the resulting Network Society yields 9 times more than an Industrial Economy by organising Productive Knowledge and every 'thing' using the cloud, people and their devices. Individuals can increase their productive time from 28% to 50%+ freeing more time to devote other forms of capital to contribute to 'things' across society. Click here for more.

Contribution to any 'thing' drives purpose

Network Society delivers a consolidated, highly productive transparent society locally and globally that can capture contribution by anyone to anything world wide. The means to invite and capture contribution from anyone worldwide means that the unemployed, or motivated, can make a contribution to any Network Society country or sector. This could include humanitarian, health, education and other sectors anywhere in the world.

Contribute to any 'book' of anyone, anywhere around the world

Prosperity, satisfaction and wisdom across every sector

For those that want a purpose and to make a contribution, they can find their passion in a Network Society somewhere around the world. Perhaps, this contribution is rewarded with a 'contribution' bonus by the community. Government's, NGO's or individuals could make payments to individuals for their contribution. Perhaps, volunteers simply make their contribution to 'things' without expectation of reward. Gamification and community ratings could drive contribution.

Education Wisdom could retrain displaced workers or people without purpose with new skills. These people could be deployed into global network societies. Perhaps, a crowd help's build Africa, virtually. Perhaps, every person in the west, adopt someone and contribute to someone in the Third World. If the Network reveals, an old person around the corner that is going to the hospital tomorrow afternoon, perhaps someone volunteers to take her. With society's 'things' represented in networks, their are exponential possibilities for contribution, community, life and purpose.

Conclusion

An Industrial Economy reduces a person's (potential) life to materialism, confusion, isolation and survival and the prospect of a 'basic income' (for unemployment or retirement) that an Industrial Economy can not afford. This is not life. A Network Society empowers every individual with collective prosperity (beyond materialism), collective satisfaction and collective wisdom in a highly productive society structure that can not only fund a 'Basic Income', but also motivates individuals with a bonus from contribution to 'things' and the opportunity to contribute to any individual or society purpose in any sector or country.

NOTE: Edits and amendments have been made after publication date.

horizontal break

Appendix - Added 11th March 2016

Source: Finland is considering giving every citizen a basic income, Quartz, 5 December 2015

The Finnish government is getting serious about the idea of a national basic income. It has commissioned KELA, the national social insurance provider, to study the concept, calculate the costs, and run an experiment in 2017 to judge the feasibility of rolling it out across the country. If, eventually, the government were to approve of such a plan, Finland could scrap all existing benefits and instead hand out a monthly stipend to everyone. According to some reports, the monthly payment could be €800 ($870).

A poll commissioned by KELA showed that 69% support (link in Finnish) a basic income plan. Prime minister Juha Sipilä is in favor of the idea and he’s backed by most of the major political parties. “For me, a basic income means simplifying the social security system,” he says.

It may sound counterintuitive, but the proposal is meant to tackle unemployment. Finland’s unemployment rate is at a 15-year high and a basic income would allow people to take on low-paying jobs without personal cost. At the moment, a temporary job results in lower welfare benefits, which can lead to an overall drop in income.

Previous experiments have shown that universal basic income can have a positive effect. Everyone in the Canadian town of Dauphin was given a stipend from 1974 to 1979, and though there was a drop in working hours, this was mainly because men spent more time in school and women took longer maternity leaves. Meanwhile, when thousands of unemployed people in Uganda were given unsupervised grants of twice their monthly income, working hours increased by 17% and earnings increased by 38%.

One of the major downsides, of course, is the cost of handing out money to so many people. Liisa Hyssälä, director general of KELA, has said that the plan will save the government millions. But, as Bloomberg calculated, giving €800 of basic income to the population of 5.4 million every month would cost €52.2 billion a year. Finland only plans to give the basic income to adults, not every citizen, but with around 4.9 million adults in Finland, this would still cost €46.7 billion per year. The government expects to have €49.1 billion in revenue in 2016. Source: Finland is considering giving every citizen a basic income, Quartz, 5 December 2015

Experimenting Basic Income in Finland, Presentation by Professor Olli Kangas, 7 December 2015