Sunday, June 07, 2015

CryptoSustainability: Reinventing Economics

The new ‘Sensibility of the Cryptocitizen’ is about a rethinking our relationship with authority, and political and economic life design. It includes personal digital security practices like backing up our money, and more profoundly is not just about rethinking relationships of authority and power, and economic resources and exchange, but reinventing the models by which we use them. Perhaps never before has there been such a creativity that we are bringing to designing and trying different models and modes of life; prototyping as a life practice.

True autonomy is setting our own rules, economic, political, social, etc.; in every domain; setting our own rules for life per our own purposes and value systems. We are inventing new models that more directly address our local individual needs rather than accepting status quo models from the structured world.

Part of the ‘reinventing economics’ mindset is thinking more modularly and portably about resources, and where and how everything can be accomplished more fungibly and effectively, with a new responsiveness to meet needs dynamically. What if every resource had the Uber-like conceptualization of immediate resource delivery on demand? Not just food, transportation, products, and valet services [1], but more foundational resources too that involve space like lodging, showers, team coworking space, and office meeting space; on-demand pod space; portable mobile resource use.

There are some exciting examples of fungible, distributed autonomous space. Distributed autonomous mobile space includes the concept of a mobile AirBnB, embodied by the Blackbird Bus, which uses city streets as a commons for on-demand locational parking of a 68-passenger school bus that has been converted into a luxury mobile office/living space for a startup company, and offers co-housing nights via AirBnB. For example, there are Houslets, modular, portable, reconfigurable, and open-source living structures which can be fixed or mobile or anything in between. Another example is using space and economic designability to competitive advantage, such as autonomous political/judicial zones within countries, like the Zones for Economic Development and Employment (ZEDEs) in Honduras. Existing space-on-demand offerings like Liquid Space (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly booking of office space) could be further extended and enhanced by delivering mobile office pods to locations.

[1] The plethora of eDelivery services: Amazon Prime. Munchery. Postmates. Seamless. EAT24. GrubHub. Whole Foods. DoorDash. Washio. TaskRabbit. FreshDirect. Homejoy. Uber. Google Express. Alfred.

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