NOW... much smarter than NWO (Last Update: 1st February 2016)

"The definition of insanity
is doing the same thing over and over again
and expecting different results."
Albert Einstein
Happy same day as it was last year day. It's been a while since I put one of these together. Actually that's not strictly true, I've written several that haven't been completed or simply never got posted for one reason or another. I lost a lot of time, the best part of 3 months, due to an illness that floored me... and I literally mean floored me. I've got a lot to be grateful for, not that I ever haven't, but my wife has been awesome as she kept an eye on me and rubbed my back during those months of gasping for air, no sleep due to violent coughing and sneezing plus the irritable grumpiness brought on by not being able to eat anything. Ok, I could eat, but the price of eating was an instant swelling on the stomach (irrespective of quantity consumed) which seemed to crush my lungs and leave me gasping for air. Thank you beautiful!

So yeah, I did write a few things. I spent the time off relatively well, catching up on as much Resource Based Economy goings on as I could, and once I had some strength back I attended a gathering of those who could make it to Auckland for an RBE catchup/conference/get to know you etc... Unfortunately Aucklanders seem to like fruity beer and after my recent illness it just made me feel ill. Actually, I've really gone off booze as very little seems to taste the same, even my favourites don't taste the same anymore. On the flip side that brings down the household expenditure somewhat and gives my wife instant access to a sober driver. Fair trade I reckon. But the Auckland experience was brilliant and I offer yet more thanks to the organisers and attendees.

Fortunately the business I am putting together with a couple of friends wasn't affected too much, other than pushing development back a few months, but as they were off seeing various family members around the world the "pressure" was off. So it really was a good time to be ill in many ways. Either way, the business is NOW very near completion and it is in a state where we are happy with it and it is live. Next comes the hard part; getting people to use it.

In regards to the business, we've had fun and games with pricing. Somewhat ironic given my Resource Based Economy stance lol. We're still not sure what or how to "charge". Our last conversation has seen us discussing a Resource Based Economy approach i.e. make it free. Not so good for getting money together to fund my Resource Based Economy activity, but it was never meant to make any of us "rich". I guess the next while will tell how we move forwards in that regards.

One use we have decided upon, but are yet to present for consideration, is in response to an interesting article I read in the local paper. Yes, I decided to start reading the local paper on occasion as I AM running for mayor of my local area this year. So when I read that the community is looking at training programs for young people and that at some point they would be connecting with that community in order to find willing employers, our "service" sprang to mind. We will offer it for free. This pleases me a lot. So, in the near future I'll hunt down the project coordinators and present our offering.

What we have created has some serious potential. I knew this before we created it, but it has been awesome to hear such confirmed by some of the feedback from the industry leaders that we've spoken to. They have also opened our eyes a little more in regards to the economic benefits they see, not only for their business, but for those whom they supply and the end user etc... Currently only available for New Zealand, but we have designs (and global industry contacts) to take it much much further. As we own it and I have built it, we are able to create private instances for any organisation that would like to use it... that and bug fixing takes minutes/hours instead of days/weeks to get into production.

Anyway, have a look for yourself Special Note: We are open to the idea of selling SkillShare (the company, all the bits n bobs, IP/Trademark etc...), but it won't be cheap given that we kNOW its potential.

I didn't really start this "article" to punt SkillShare, but hey, it has been a huge part of my life over the last year and it has driven me to "quit" the ratrace, downsize and have the first summer I've ever had with my kids. That in itself has been the highlight of my year and I cannot convey the "catharsis" that has resulted from that alone. Something that every parent should be able to experience, and something that Resource Based Economy can actually achieve. So, the kids are back at school on Wednesday and I'll be filling my days with more grown up company and pursuits!

Anyhoo, yes, tis the year of the mayor. With SkillShare almost out of the way (demanding a lot less time) I can focus on what I AM meant to be doing this year. Enlightenment. Ok that's a strong word, but essentially it's all any Resource Based Economist can really do at the moment imho i.e. enlighten people as to the possibility of Resource Based Economy. I say enlighten, because I realise that such an understanding should not (can't) be forced upon another. As such anyone who hears our words (all of those running for mayor) will be left to make up their own minds. That's really all we can do and to be honest, that's all we really should be doing until Resource Based Economy becomes government.

Next year is an election year, so this year sews the seeds for next year. NOW that will be an exceptionally interesting year and one that I AM very much looking forwards to. Next year will see at least 1 Resource Based Economy principled political party contest the New Zealand general election. The potential for this is almost indescribable. A REAL offer of more than just hope for the future for an entire country, true potential! I AM very confident that New Zealand will see sense. I AM very confident that the Resource Based Economy parties that contest the election will scare the pants off of the incumbent. I AM very confident that there is HUGE potential for New Zealand to end up with a Resource Based Economy focused government in 2017. The pursuit of freedom is a VERY powerful motivation for most of the people that I've spoken with, however if no one knows what Resource Based Economy can deliver in regards to that freedom, the seeds will simply sit dormant until that awareness starts to sprout. It will happen when it happens, but 2017 could see everything change by staying the same, but without financial constraint.

Strong words huh... but if you understand Resource Based Economy, you'll know exactly what I mean by potential. Which brings me to why I started to write this. Transition to Resource Based Economy. I've read, and written, several attempts at putting forwards a plan for transition. As far as I can tell none have really succeeded in conveying how things will actually unfold. That's not a criticism, but I can see such causing issues for anyone expounding Resource Based Economy, especially if we're all singing slightly different tunes.

Why? Well, there have been Resource Based Economy groups with the manpower to research and produce an all encompassing Resource Based Economy "transition" for decades... yet we are still, either collectively or individually, putting forwards new transition plans. What does this tell you? Well it screams to me that we're backing ourselves into a corner with our "dogma", and should we ever stray from what we have written down as "transition dogma", it will almost instantly incur suspicion and quite possibly see parallels drawn along the lines of "Typical, another political party that doesn't practice what it preaches.".

I'd like to suggest that we remove any transition plans we have from view. If you'd rather not, then at least make it absolutely clear that the transition plan is subject to change... where that change will be in response to external forces i.e. new knowledge, resource constraint, global outlook etc... This will remove any limitations we have when discussing transition, meaning that we are not, and can't be, boxed in by our own "transition dogma". Fluidity is the one thing that no political party currently has, but it is the very thing that ALL political parties should have.

Predicting the future is nigh on impossible at the best of times, even with the most sophisticated computer systems in the world. As such, I think that Resource Based Economists should not be trying to predict the future (yes, the irony is not wasted on me), but should merely offer potential versions of a future given the current availability of resource i.e. people and technology and climate etc... Again, this is something that could well hang us if we have advertised "dogma" and start "straying" from it. You cannot be beaten with irony/hypocrisy arguments if your "dogma" is fluid.

To be honest that really seems to be the crux. If we're tied to any one of many potential "dogma", then expect to be attacked for it... in fact I expect that such will be researched by your opposition/media/bloggers/social conscience voices etc... for the specific purpose of nailing you to a metaphorical "dogma" cross. My evidence for this is; take a look at how the current political parties beat the snot out of each other i.e. "You said and didn't do". It's a very real issue and if Resource Based Economy parties can dodge that bullet by replacing rigid "dogma" for something more fluid, it should mitigate Resource Based Economists from being attacked in a similar vein.

Of course all of this holds right up to the point where Resource Based Economy principles are at the head of government. At that point in time though, the "dogma" would have written itself and will be very simple i.e. doing what needs to be done, not because it makes a profit, but because it needs to be done". The "dogma" will have written itself, because it will have been written by, and voted for by, the public. Consider that every party is voted in on the promises that they make. Why wouldn't people vote for the promises that they themselves have written?

I guess that really is the point I'm trying to make in regards to Transition and other Resource Based Economy concepts. The "dogma" should write itself, as it is a response to the needs of the people. Anything else is guess work as to what people actually want, and we really shouldn't be making decisions for them, but actioning their requests. This neatly(ish) takes us back to Enlightenment. We understand what is possible, but without real consultation i.e. being government and all that entails, nothing should be set in stone. Ditch those transition plans and policies that tie you to a "dogma" that has not been written in response to requests by the constituents you wish to represent. You'll also free up the minds that are working on transition to focus on something a little more important, like pounding the streets for instance.

Consider that every resource we require to live in Resource Based Economy already exists. As such you are already living in a Resource Based Economy, it's just that money still hasn't been phased out yet. Therefore the transition is all but complete and all that is required is a mechanism to remove money. NOW that is something that computers can do very easily as they do it day in and day out. Simplifies things somewhat too ;-)?

As always we need to keep on sewing those seeds, because with Resource Based Economy parties springing up in many countries across the globe (many in the powerhouse nations), they can only grow if there are seeds to harvest. Happy harvesting! many countries across the globe (many in the powerhouse nations), they can only grow if there are seeds to harvest. Happy harvesting!

A "Begging" Letter.

Everything takes money. Raising awareness is no different. To that end, if you have excess funds and you would like to invest in a project with the potential to change the world, then come and say hi.

The above may sound like madness or the ramblings of a person suffering from delusions of grandeur, but I assure you that I am quite serious. Someone has to be about the future. I have a plan. It may not be a good plan, but that is for you to decide. Come to my house, drink wine and let me offer you a vision and a plan of how we get there. You will be an integral part of NOW helping to shape our future. If nothing else, you will have had a wasted journey and I will have less wine.

Change happening by itself is too slow. It needs a helping hand.

We do not need to be stuck with Einstein's theory of insanity! There is a Silver Bullet! and it is EASY to change our society quickly and with next to no consequences, in fact the positives by far outweigh the negatives!

A wee challenge for you. Can you think of a single reason why our financial system is better than a NOW approach for humanity. Be honest and open minded, but I think you'll find out that there isn't. NOW (or variations of) is/are required NOW more than ever. We live in a finite world, why continue to waste it?

"There is no Silver Bullet". I've heard that from professionals, experts, leaders etc... NOW they're either really really wrong or they're lying through their teeth. Again, take a look around you and ask if this is the best we can do?

I disagree with those professionals, experts and leaders who say that there is no silver Bullet and I'll make 3 very bold statements that would have them laughing in the aisles:
  • There is a Silver Bullet!
  • It is EASY to solve many of the major issues that the world faces!
  • NOW offers positives that our current societal and economic models can't even come close to offering!

With the above 3 very bold statements in mind, I give you NOW

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