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On the genesis of value networks
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The biggest problem we face with value networks is that they are part of a new paradigm. I am using here the term "paradigm" with its meaning given by Kuhn. Value networks transcend the (socialism) communism /capitalism dichotomy.
As we are developing these new realities (value networks) we are also developing a new language to talk about them, and a new culture that goes with them! In order for value networks to be adopted, people must first understand what we are talking about, they must "see" the things we are referring to, and they must be able to use them, which doesn't require only understanding, but also a new culture.
We need to solve the genesis problem. How can we implement, or bring into existence value networks, which are new and very strange things?
Even if we provide someone with tools tailored for value networks he/she will not know what to do with them. It's not just about the tools. This is not just about social networking. This is not just about collaboration. This is not just about sharing. It's a complex of all that and more.
We're lucky that this is not the first time in history something new pops up. We do have examples to look at.
After one year developing SENSORICA we (sensoricans) realize how much we have co-evolved. We forged a new identity. We forged a new culture. We integrated a new paradigm. We developed our own language. We share a unique set of processes. Joining SENSORICA is more that adapting to a new work environment as in changing jobs from one corporation to another one. It is more like emigrating to a different country. Changing the cultural setting is VERY different from changing a job. In the beginning you feel lost/disoriented for a few years, at least!
Can we form value networks by putting together already existing groups? Probably not. Imagine moving a whole village from Afghanistan into center Manhattan and hope that the afghans and the NY-ers mix together into a nice and productive something. We are talking about very different social settings, with very different internal dynamics, which reinforce their own ways of thinking, their own cultures. It is easier to extract one individual from a setting and implant him into a different setting then to try to insert a whole village into another city, or even worse, making a nation by pulling together a bunch of very different communities.
Because of the cultural factor value networks form and grow organically from a seed value, one participant at the time. SENSORICA is growing around the Mosquito project. In fact, it is still dependent on its initial seed value that embodies the most powerful set of incentives present at this moment, which ensures the cohesion of the network. The seed value, which again embodies the initial set of incentives, must be strong enough for every individuals to go through the pain of adopting the new culture. One by one, new contributors will "emigrate" to this new promise land and gradually they will form a new socio-economical system. The day value networks will become mainstream the migration from one value network to another one will be easier. But it's not easy to go from a corporation to a value network and expect miracles the next day. Also, it is perhaps impossible to take an already formed group and blend it into a value network.
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