Production, Distribution, Transition, Satisfaction Guaranteed.
Many activists wonder how the future will unfold and many TZM members wonder how exactly the resource-based economy will work. The following is my on-point perspective, and I don't think I'm wrong:
We begin with a single term: open-source. At its core, open-source is about sharing knowledge. What is it? How does it work? How is it made, maintained, and designed?
For example, how do you grow food productively and sustainably, make cars and computers, or set up housing, electrical and water infrastructure? These are invaluable guides, especially so if it is understandable by someone with no prior experience in the field.
Open-source technologies are crucial because they provide us with the information we need to have decentralized production; that is, economic power for everyone. Widespread, accessible economic power makes it much easier for us to produce collaboratively. Anyone can be a producer.
Recap: open-source technologies for decentralized production (power to the people!)
A producer has three major choices with their goods and services. Use it, sell it, or gift it. We are concerned mostly about the first and third choices, but there's more to gifting than it sounds.
Suppose that my good friend Rob makes a batch of electronics in his workshop. Now how is he going to distribute this? Rob may post about the goods online, or drive down to some local community building and make it freely available to people there; perhaps he decides to put up a “1 per household” sign. Maybe Rob sees online that a nearby community needs the batch more than here, so he sends it there; Rob trusts the people there will handle his goods all right with their own system. Truth be told, it's ultimately up to the producer. But how does it all fit into the big picture?
Recap: producers choose how they produce and distribute, but are informed and may pass on the distribution responsibility to others.
How do we coordinate? Online resource tracking with dynamic updates will certainly prove useful. Well-designed software will likely lead the way to effective communication of needs for different regions. That said, direct and indirect personal requests will probably happen as well. Community solidarity should improve significantly given the ease of local collaboration and distribution. Large projects will likely be handled by collaboration among experienced teams and organizations such as Wikipedia and Ubuntu.
The political system as we know it will transform due to drastic losses in tax revenue and after being discredited; for the future of collective decision-making, perhaps sortition, perhaps something different.
Recap: Internet will lead the coordination; local communities will ensure their own and others' prosperity; collaborative teams and organizations will establish identities and functions of their own; a new collective decision-making system looms on the horizon.
So ... what to do in the now of now?
Transition Plan: open-source awesome technologies - both hardware and software - support today's beneficial teams and organizations, and help movements like TZM and Occupy gain even more momentum and solidarity!