Let’s say you are totally convinced that COMMONS is good for Humanity and Planet (How right are you 🙂 ! ). So you can wonder yourself but if COMMONS is, for us, beneficial in a large way, how do we create the New COMMONS of the XXIth Century?
With three major Human ingredients, with Love, Knowledge, and Patience.
And One major Financial ingredient, Investment.
We can find these ingredients, even Love, in the making of the Internet, which is a great new (Digital) COMMONS. Yes, even Love. Knowledge, for technical research, is obvious. Patience a little bit less. We want, in our times, an immediate return. We do not Plan research on the next 50 years. And even less in the next Century. So Patience is sometimes lost of view in the ingredients we need. But Love is even more barely seen or recognized as an ingredient. Yes, Love. Because it was Love. Love of Science, Love of Knowledge, Love of Human evolution, Love of working for other people benefits, Love of technical and intellectual challenges. Love is a motor for creating COMMONS.
The other ingredient is the Financial one. Creating New COMMONS incredibly pays off! It’s so much worth it. When you realize the benefits for Community, People, individual, you know what COMMONS is worth the shot to be created. But, in order to create one, you need time. Time for people to search elaborate, test, modify, change, search again, new test, corrections and so on. This Time implies money. Some money. Like on the INTERNET and the GPS system. Money was spent, let’s say rather, invest, by US Administrations, including and mainly Army, to get Brain’s Time of Engineers, searchers, inventors, “crazy” Out-of-the-box people.
Who could have predicted the potential and benefits of the Internet? And no one did it!
A company (AMAZON) operating on the Internet is worth 1 000 Billion at the Stock exchange! And plenty of other companies are worth of hundred Billions of $.
The Internet is now everywhere, every time, for (almost) every people. It is the new common road of the Planet, potentially accessible to all its inhabitants.
By using the 4 major ingredients listed above we can create new COMMONS. Some would be of course, less fruitful than the Internet. Some as fruitful as the Internet is. And some even more (Medical field)!
So organize ourselves to set, create, develop and spread the New COMMONS!
P.S1. We are here generically talking about the concept of the Internet. Not some of its misuses or misappropriations. The INTERNET will bring us more creativity, prosperity, and knowledge as soon as we will better know how to use it.
Started on March 20, 2019.