Hi good to hear from you again chap. I think all of these convos you have are interesting. I do hope everyone tries to walk that mile in each others shoes though, tough on both sides. Here are some (as usual) random thoughts.
At the start of maidsafe folk used to ask me about this kind of thing, can true democracy work, unhindered, unedited and unmoderated networks. I replied, yea of course, in fact if the world voted on everything and they did vote to press the button and end it, then that’s also cool. I used that as an extreme argument for a world of independent minds, a great world.
However, I think as communities grow, like this one and several in the crypto space (I hate that term), but specifically where money is involved then I am not so sure how “independent” those minds are, I even see sports folks getting hate mail from people who betten on them to win and they lost. That part is a bit worrying.
I am so glad this community see the profits/opportunities of being early supporters , but mostly see the bigger picture of a better world, beyond us and our families and friends. It’s not so focussed on it’s only cash/market/profit etc. we have here a utility to deliver and that utility can make a difference should we get it right.
Then as you say dev controlled economies and networks do not work IMHO, in SAFE we are trying to make sure we stick to platform creation and let many of the decisions be taken by app devs, who promote “ways to work” but ultimately the population decides which one they choose… I hear all the economic expert developers who force a way of working and find that strange and kinda condescending. I prefer to stick with Engineering, build the tools, let people take them where they wish.
Then maidsafe itself. we had an almost zero management structure, but it nearly killed me, as somebody had to keep bringing in the wages, do accounts, do marketing, meet partners and try and promote the ideals of the business to a larger community. it was too much and most folk will sit back and let you, I even had some Engineers when told, David is stressed to hell, say that I deserved it as it was my company (even though I had given all my shares away). Then we introduced a little bit of structure and that was difficult to. We are now much more structured and have meetings where decisions are taken and on occasion forced onto teams to get the next thing done. We work much more efficiently now, that meant for me a part of the dream was bust (for now) and loose groups do not always work, even though I still try where I can to have that everyone is equal. It was a good lesson, perhaps not now, but I don’t give up on it.
So it’s a journey for sure, I have a vision of a world of independent minds, but there are barriers, people need a basic life that is secure, others need to loose the greed of the only thing they want is “more” and “enough” does not exist. I am still trying to work much of it out and doing so by watching a lot from the sidelines.
I do see projects that seem to start with good intent, then see cash opportunities and they break apart. It’s a shame, but I think the issue is vision, I do not care how we get privacy security and freedom for all the worlds people, or who does it, but it’s core to my every day. I think that is lost in some projects, I am not sure, but it seems pivots and that kinda thing that people love is Ok, but to pivot from your stated vision is an insult to everyone. If there is no core vision I argue there is no product/company or project. A bit of good tech is a part of a solution, like play dough, you need to know what you want to build and for what purpose and why you believe it helps humanity. That’s hard and sticking with it is hard, many people will screw with you, scream at you and try to stop you, but grit and determination are Ok if your vision is one people want to see fulfilled.
Anyway, just some thoughts, none of them complete, but typically straight from my head out the keyboard, unfettered