This empowered and connected civilians movement I called ‘Synthecracy’ is huge !! Even those with industrial producer-consumer mindsets must have noticed it by now. The demand side is clustering and is getting organized.
I recommend you to read the article in The Harvard Business Review (HBR) by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms : https://hbr.org/2014/12/understanding-new-power and the mustsee video on Youtube about the article http://t.co/orkhK9Z7ob
Why am I so enthousiastic about this article? Because it puts into words what I have been telling folks in bits and pieces what I extracted as patterns from the chaos in and around Internet and social media. A new economic/social/political power ecology is forming in the worldwide society: Synthecracy. This New Power is based on [mass participation & p2p coordination].
For me the main message of this ecology is: Yes, men& women are not only motivated by personal greed and massconsumption , but also by group sympathy and shared constructive co-operation & co-laboration, And yes, they are flocking in mass ‘flows’, and openly combine, put things together from different crafts, cultures, knowledge disciplines, specialisms, P2P Phyles. And by synergy create new wealth and jobs. Across borders and fences.
Purely electro-mechanical things you can understand by taking them apart and study the working of its components. The new ICT supported systems and networks exhibit synergy, collective intelligence and emergent behaviour which can not be understood from studying its components. And taking these systems apart makes that synergy disappear and die. As prof. Carlota Perez has explained in her book (2002, long before the crash of 2008) and publications, we have to put together companies, society and politics quite differently if we want to get out of the recession/crash. IMHO the P2P New Power systems of Synthecracy show us how to make the transition.
The concept of Synthecracy was introduced by me years ago and often presented at business school courses and lectures. It is the new constructive combination of State, Business and Civil Society forces and activities as depicted in the Trias Internetica :
I have explained this diagram in an earlier blogpost: http://theconnectivist.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/transition-from-crisis-1-the-digitized-civil-society-as-a-force/ and in other publications.
And, ah yes, this wired collective intelligence “P2P power” is starting to worry old power nation state dictators and those who dream of going back to the 1970-80’s. The flow of this river can not be bent back, however hard and violent the old men try. And however hard nationalistic political parties like UKIP and Front National try. New Power cooperation makes old fashioned national borders and national laws and sovereignty irrelevant. Just compare the number of inhabitants of old and new “countries”:
Don’t look back all the time, look forward. Synthecracy is our future!!
Jaap van Till, connectivist