Ecosynomics — The Study of Negative Deviance — An Alternate Framing

In Ecosynomics, we study negative deviance: what makes groups not extraordinary, not high vibrancy.  We started to answer that question by describing what makes high vibrancy groups extraordinary.  We have found lots of them, and spent quite a bit of time with a few of them.  We now have a pretty good idea of what makes them […]

Why Agreements Are Hard to See or Why Agreements Are Like Sauerkraut and Bread

We have experiences.  Some we enjoy.  Some we don’t.  These experiences are interactions we have.  We interact with friends when playing a game, with colleagues when sitting in a meeting, with family when eating breakfast.  We have experiences of interactions.  There are rules or guidelines that influence how we interact during these experiences.  The rules […]

3 Interwoven Realities — Being, Doing, Having — Where Do YOU Start? — Recommended Reading

Fromm, Erich, To Have or To Be?. 2013, New York: Bloomsbury.   [You can see Fromm’s book online here.] “Poverty is when your dreams shift from who you are to what you have.” — Mayan leader in Guatemala.  (from our work with CARE to re-define poverty in Guatemala, click here) In the thriving success of capitalism, a growing community of thinkers and doers question […]

Zooming in on Your Agreements, from 500,000 ft to 50 ft

Most of us accept that the experiences we have every day are conditioned by realities we have to accept: “That is just the way things are.”  At the level of each experience, this certainly seems to be true.  I get paid for the work I did today, because that is what my labor contract specifies.  […]

Errors from Bad Theory or Unlabeled Assumptions?

People love to criticize a bad theory.  It must be bad, because it was wrong.  The theory predicted a specific outcome that did not come true or failed to predict an outcome that did come true.  Most theories missed the “Internet bubble” and the “financial crisis.”  The theories prescribed certain actions to achieve greater well-being […]

Globally Local Agreements — Innovating in Results Developed from Possibility

My colleague Steve Waddell introduced me a few years ago to an emerging phenomenon, which he identified and named Global Action Networks (GANs).[1]  These GANs are pursuing an alternative to traditional, not very effective, approaches to dealing with large-scale problems that exist across national boundaries and affect people both locally and globally, such as poverty, […]

What Do We Agree to in Our Money System — Complementary Currencies

A few years ago, I was talking with a friend about the beauty of the paper currency in some countries.  He showed me a BerkShare.[1]  At first I thought it was play money.  Assuring me it was real, he told me about a community in the western part of Massachusetts that had created its own […]