A short atomic essay on monitoring progress toward the global technological commonwealth and how convergence might help.
These are my early thoughts so please be forgiving for any errors.
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What is the Global Technological Commonwealth?
In Distributed Ledger Technologies, Value Accounting, and the Self Sovereign Identity, Dr. Sarah Manski describes the Global Technological Commonwealth (GTC) as:
[a] shared imaginary consist[ing] of a post-capitalist society where communities of mutual interest cooperate in the construction of institutions of regenerative economic relations.
The technological design principles of the GTC include:
→ Technological design should incorporate planetary boundaries
→ Technological design should be modeled on natural biological ecosystems
→ Technological design should enable the redefinition of value (ex. Distributed Value Accounting)
→ Technological design should enable radically democratic coordination and governance
→ Technological design should allow for the growth of a cooperative commons as the desirable future.
How to monitor progress towards the GTC?
This is my primary question. I think the GTC is an achievable future state past the Ledgerback Frontier. If the GTC does indeed define a desired future state, then there is a need monitor progress towards it so that we have an approximate understanding of our distance to the state, and the actions that can be taken to turn this shared imaginary into a reality.
Thus, I have been led to the idea of creating a GTC Index to monitor such progress.
Potential indicators I think may be used for the index include:
- Count/growth of interoperable solutions (blockchain bridges, Cosmos, metaverse),
- Count/growth/popularity of currencies beyond money,
- Count/growth of contribution-tracking methods,
- Count/growth of commons-oriented organizations, tools (does this include OrgTech?), and matchmaking/connectivity services,
- Count/growth of privacy-preserving/portable data systems (e.g., PDS, Blockchain-based DID),
- Count/growth of educational resources and grey and academic materials related to the GTC,
- Count/growth of digital public goods,
- Count/growth of events, and
- Change in solutions based on their impact and readiness scores.
I think these indicators are consistent with the GTC's definition and design principles.
Some recent papers that will help in constructing the GTC Index include:
- Challenges and Approaches to Scaling the Global Commons,
- A Route to Commons-Based Democratic Monies? Embedding the Governance of Money in Traditional Communal Institutions, and
- Analysis of the Potentials of Blockchain for the Governance of Global Digital Commons.
What is convergence?
The connection and integration of major areas in the decentralized web (DWeb).
In the DWeb, an example would be Web3 (specifically blockchain tech) and cooperatives. A blockchain cooperative, e.g., Eva Cooperative, integrates democratic ownership structures with Web3 technologies into a single organization or federation.
A connection example can be seen between platform cooperativism and Web3 via:
- Nathan Schneider's Exit to Community,
- Jesse Walden’s The Ownership Economy, and
- Kei Kreutler's A Prehistory of DAOs.
How can convergence help us move towards the GTC?
- Matching people at the edge of disciplines or movements togehter to work on things.
- Help see where we are divided community- and knowledge-wise and connect knoowledgebases and people to develop convergent soltuions that can solve multi-faceted problems from multiple angles.
- Additionally, develop research questions from multiple disciplines on one or more themes so that scholars can work individually to solve issues inntheir domian, and then those solutions aids the collective of scholars because the problems can be tackled from multiple angles, the concerns of scolars all match up so their solutions can be combined like legos, and collective progress can be made toward the complex issue.