The potential for invention that is available to people today, due to the Information Revolution, is perhaps very commonly underplayed and underestimated. The truth is, a very large majority of the activities that we engage in today are manifested in computers and networks. The potential for creating new software is limited only by our imagination; to create a new program or system, we need only to imagine the parameters, determine the best methods of implementing them, and the rest is simply participation.
So, perhaps we can apply this same model to the Economic Shift. If we seek to create a new economic environment, we have to observe the current trends, discuss the current flaws, and imagine ideal models, but we also need to be active in the design process. This is a relatively simple task; we all understand the goal (a revised economy, which supports human life in a better manner than the current economy), and we understand the tools available to us (technology & the internet). The missing ingredients are these; the parameters around which we can define and construct this new economy, and the best methods for implementing them.
So, here is a question for discussion; What are the basic functions around which you would define a successful economy? In other words, what would a successful economy accomplish?
For example, I would say that a successful economy (if we were to design one) would promote long-term sustainability, technological advancement, and minimize waste output.
I have been redesigning yacht and small workboat construction to allow these to be build in "kit" form and am expanding this now to include interior and ancillary equipment packages as well, in effect , a complete boat in a container.
At present boats are shipped all over the world as completed product at great expense but my vision is to ship the container and get local communities and labour force to construct from this "kit".
The reduction in shipping has an impact on the environment and the need for highly skilled labour is reduced to allow more people to learn a trade whilst the quality of the product is warranted by the design and ease of manufacture.
We do still have the benefit of the "kit" sales but allow others to earn as well.
For example, a 10,60 mtr. workboat "kit" was shipped by container to papua new guinea some years ago and was entirely built by the local community and is in use now along the coast transporting goods and people.
This is my personal experience but why not apply this for instance for simple houses in "kit" form to be erected locally in lets say Haiti , would be a big step forward considering lots of people there are still stuck in tents more than a year after the eartquack.