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Collaboration Nation

by Dan Robles on August 19, 2013

The Resumé Must Die

What if there were an accounting system that was built on collaboration rather than competition?  What if “semantics” could be largely eliminated by public agreement, so that we all knew what everyone else knew?  How would this change what, when, where, how, and why we produce and consume things?  

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Consider how much it costs just to “sustain” the great basketball game of Market Capitalism where the gross domestic product is precisely 99 losers for every winner, and growing.

First, we’ll need to include the cost of the referees; judges, lawyers, and a vast legal system that keeps the game fair.  Second;  we need to account for the dedicated civil servants who keep the peace in the stadium and a vigilant military to stem any outside disruption of the game.  Afterwards, we need to manage the humanitarian elements of feeding, educating, and housing the retired and vanquished players.

Again, I am not passing judgement – at the end of the day, I’m just a lowly engineer riffing on relatively obscure blog.  However, on the basis of a very simple calculation of dividing total output of the system by total input to the system, the numbers just don’t seem to crunch like they may have in the past.  

There does not appear to be anything wrong with the players. Everyone I know is really nice. Everyone that I encounter seems quite content to collaborate at Trader Joe’s or driving on the freeway, or helping out in the schools. We even live in a kinder and more tolerant society than when I grew up. Not even the majority of people that we blame for winning the game can be directly faulted.

The problem seems to arise from the fact that we compete rather than collaborate. And, perhaps collaboration is more efficient than competition. That observation does simplify the solution a great deal, I’d think.

What if there was an accounting system that was built on collaboration rather than competition?

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