Entrepreneurship is the invisible hand of Capitalism. Basically, this means that you can have all the Land, Labor, and Capital in the world, but unless you have entrepreneurs to interact with it, you don’t have much of an economy.
Social Contract Broker
Most social contracts are made today by Brokers who have the ability to connect supply and demand. Brokers, for the most part, gain their influence from the natural or unnatural divisions that may normally restrain information from the supply side to the demand side, and vice versa. “Social Brokers” are extremely important for exchanging information across different parts of a community that do not normally intermix. However, such “Trust Economics” depends on a closed system where community accountability is strong.
Trust economics and an open economy are mutually exclusive.
In an open economy, the job of the broker shifts to the job of administrating social accountability – a completely different animal. The moral hazard, of course, is that communities with great entrepreneurial potential are instead brokered for profit. Many “special interests” have crept up through the years in everything from banking, real estate, second-hand markets, international trade, airlines, politics, and even corporate M&A activity – that protect broker interests. As a result, brokers create structured holes at the expense of social inter-cohesion.
A Different Approach
At Social Flights, we take a different approach. We unite several completely different communities; travelers, vendors, and airplane operator around a shared airplane asset. In the middle, we place a community leader – an entrepreneur who is enabled to see all the diverse connections and combine information in new and useful forms.
Instead of forming better brokers as a principle driver of economic growth, Social Flights introduces a Value Game that forms a greater degree of intercohesion among disparate communities simulating a closed economy within an open economy.
The Social Flights Manifesto
We know that there are millions and millions of entrepreneurs in our communities who can create tremendous value if they are given a game that they can win – or not get ripped off. The underlying entrepreneurial force is that people will always combine several old ideas in new ways to create the new ideas that incite new actions. We depend on entrepreneurs to drive these ideas and drive these actions. For this reason, it is in our best interest to set them free and keep them free.
The Social Broker’s Commission: Social Profit
We create an environment where it is in the best interest for communities to share deep information in a closed economy where trust dynamics can take effect. Then we provide a way to transport their trust economy into the open economy. But it goes much farther than that – it goes as far as an airplane can take you.
(Note: this article was inspired by segments of two wonderful papers titled: Structural Folds: Generative Disruption in Overlapping Groups, by Bala ́zs Vedres Central European University and David Stark Columbia University and Structured Holes Versus Network Closure as Social Capital - By Ronald S. Burt, University of Chicago)