The winter is coming.
And like every other year, in nature everything is slowing down, getting ready to rest. The trees are shedding their leaves, the birds are flying away, the bears are getting ready to hibernate… The whole nature is going to chill out, and we are the only species not doing that. We work 8-12 hours shift, day night, all year round, as if we were robots, machines of some kind.
We do that because (we seem to believe) we need money.
And we do need money, because we live in a world where money have more value than life itself. If we – collectively, politically, socially and individually, were valuing life – the life we are living, our wellbeing and sustainability, more than we value money, we would not need to work & produce the way we do, in a first place.
If it wasn’t for the whole world chasing more sale / more profit / more money, we would not need to have 30 / 20 / 10 different computers / sofas / mobiles / jackets on sale each year / season / month / etc. And we would not have poverty, exploitation and mass depression, if we were – as a society and as a species – valuing life itself, more than we are valuing money.
Here is the spooky paradox.
It might sound crazy at first, but the reality is, we do not need money to live. No other species does. Money is a man-made abstract concept, and as such, it should have no more value than a piece of artwork, a comedy or a board game.
Wake up world, wake up society, wake up thinkers!
Money is man-made, and that simply means, if man made it, man can re-make it. We keep on inventing new business models, revenues, therapies, policies and norms, and we have ended up at the point, where the only possible solution to this massive problem, seem to be moving to another planet, inventing bitcoins or depopulation of the planet.
Then what, do the same shit all over again?
It seems as no one dares to even take into a consideration a possibility that we can simply clean up this whole mess. If we can figure out how to scan human brains, fly to Moon, clone a sheep or genetically modify plants, surely we re-design the money game we have created quite a long time ago!
So whether you can see it or not yet, with the Internet, our collective knowledge and understanding of the economy, psychology, awareness, technology, potential, capabilities(!), tools like the design thinking process or system thinking practice, we have all it takes to consciously and collectively re-design the whole concept of money, and its role in our life and society.