The impossible task of tracing the pre-conditions for eco^2 begins with a selective diet from the history of ideas and events of global history, is informed by a respectively wide range of cultures, and dissolves into the inexpressible nuances of a continued life-long exploration of the human condition in all its excruciating passions. The original conception of eco^2 was entirely accidental in December 2011, emerging from a fancy between two people, and formed in the social space between players unaware of their effects. The process of explanation to others was the process of exploration with others, and the distinction of developmental stages formed in and out of itself, giving rise to the embryonic stage of the eco^2 entity from January to March 2012. A team gathered at the end of March and committed to creating the ideal conditions for the birthing of the eco^2 entity for the 25th of April 2012. First conscious contact with people in organisations across all sectors began in May, introducing specific eco^2 protocols in respectful engagement, the offering of specific product and service and experiential gems, and inviting participants to a new business methodology based on scalable result-driven co-creation. A fictional narrative, The Gift, introduces and explores the consequences of adopting ecological economics over the next two decades.
The Gift narrative
Creating a non-linear narrative structure to contrast different rates of adoption of ecological-economic-like protocols, such as the giving or sharing movement, alternative currencies, and virtual tabulations. The book is currently being written and readers, as early adopters, have an opportunity to edit and contribute. The main spine of The Gift consists of four interlocking s-curve narratives which create a longer term s-curve as we shift from money-production to value co-creation.
Submission of minimal text for PurpleBeach community.
Contacting companies directly, venture capitalists and marketing-advertising companies, introducing mttp, producing value, and iterating scalable invitation. Deriving the practice of fractional employment, originating deceleration of money, and scalable result-based business methodology. Simultaneously seeding equity cycles at multiple levels of scale, £10, £1k, and £100k equity cycles in London and Edinburgh. Adoption of asana.com as project management tool, since it fulfills some of the elements of the confluence model.
Simple “negative” slide show presenting what eco^2 is not:
birthing conditions in april 2012
Creating the ideal conditions of £50k within a month by David, Nick, Liam, Pam, Wendy, Ian, attracting Michel, Indy, Neil, Doug. Tracking contributions through subjective enumeration.
Generation of different forms of explanation, culminating in a collective team effort. Creation of a crowd-funding video:
Simplest, almost empty, prezi yet:
embryonic stage in january-march 2012
Offering first financial protocol to various people on the 7th January (Nick, Sal…). First attempt to model scalable invitation with google spreadsheets:
Formation of first open document on net outlining the necessary and optional elements generating a new economic entity, attracting a constant stream of readers. The document outlines the necessary and optional elements that create a financial wrapper for networks, a financial means to generate the commons.
Creation of complex prezi which seems to scare more than it does clarify.
conception in december 2011
Originally conceived as a simple ideal external attractor for Hub Westminster during a conversation between David and Anne in answer to the problem of traction of social business in the current economic climate: that the hub is known as a place where people double their money. Accidentally validated by Tav and Nick of architects/00.
In order to validate this attractor to sceptical nay-sayer and business consultant Steve, the first simplified, scalable protocol was formed — what came to be named later as the money-time-trust-protocol.
Tracing the necessary elements which give rise to the eco^2 entity dissolve into the long tail of influence. Described below are a few personal accounts.
- conceptual: the mathematics of fractals (scale, emergence), nlp (language effects), buddhism (subjective gardening of the source of intuition, postmodern bridge, xq)
- some outstanding creatives: understanding (bateson, amokoku, newton, einstein, levi-strauss, gleick), imagination (asimov, shakespeare, shaw, scott), countless films
- a lot of engagements with people: directly (alfredo, ricardo, mike, alan, iain, tav), indirectly (maria, ali, artur, ariane, krisna, sofia, mamading, wendy)
- solid practices of self-organisation, eg teaching adolescents, tango and improvisation, jaxing and riffing on a theme