The Geeks Were Right: Using The Internet And Social Innovation As Currency
Crash! Bang! Boom!
Looks like the $700,000,000,000 wasn’t enough to alleviate world markets. As money goes “Poof”, it is high time we look at the way the Internet innovation is presently acting as its own currency and market. If you will remember in March 2008 when I wrote the Trends-to-watch article regarding peak oil, I predicted that we would see the Internet moving in and encroaching on the government’s territory.
The geeks of the world are becoming the new masters of the Universe, and the leaders of the world are miffed. They do NOT want to lose control of the masses – and we citizens can only ponder what military solutions they have in store for us as the value of American paper dollars become more and more meaningless.
The US Government is ready to deploy the US Army to fight back our own citizens, who are rightfully pissed off that their 401Ks have taken such a massive hit. But, there is risk in any investment, and it’s not like people haven’t been warned time and time again this crash was coming.
But let’s face it – we must like George Orwell’s 1984. Since its late arrival, we have grown accustomed to our “telescreens”, and we know the government has us bugged. But as long as there is food, electricity, the Internet, sex, drugs, and rock and roll, we apparently aren’t ready to fight for the Constitution.
So as the economy contracts and we start to experience fuel and electricity shortages, all sorts of funny human behaviors will start emerging. Who knows what our failed government has in store to control enraged the citizens of the US – only the biggest, most shadowy figures have the playbook.
What we do know, however, is that even as markets fail, Internet startups will continue to create and innovate. There are coffee shops loaded to the hilt with programmers and entrepreneurs teaming up in collaborations to unite local communities through social innovations.
The focus of the startups that matter are around real-world needs, including food, communications, community-building, hyper-localization and revenue sharing. Revenue doesn’t necessarily mean paper money, either. Collaborations are forming based on shared value(s), meaning whatever the participants decide is worth something is becoming its own currency. That means barter and trade – just like the old days.
As America collapses Enron style, we will probably begin to experience hyper-inflation. That means “consumers” will continue to experience a serious wake-up call into what we truly need versus what we think we need to be happy. But hey – Ramen Noodles have got a lot of people through tough times before.
In case you are a government employee reading this and need to do something to help your local municipality or emergency responders deal with this crash, here are some of the nifty things that Bright Neighbor offers communities:
– Fast and easy searching for all things local
– Discover and meet people around you based on location and interests
– Safe & Secure – only your real community members allowed
– Food Growing / Garden system automation
– Swap & Share allows the community to lend, barter, trade and sell
– Add and discover community events, hyper-local news, views, and reviews
– Transportation & Ride Sharing tools
Bright Neighbor offers a strong solution to help communities deal with the new depression. It’s going strong in Portland, and there are multiple new Bright Neighbor communities launching across the US.
As things get worse in the currency markets, we will be counting on the geeks to help the new farmers of the world.
BONUS! See how the Executives at AIG are spending the $85,000,000,000 of your tax dollars. And oh yeah – they want more.