Mark Twain ones said: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you know why”. So that is a purpose question. The search for an answer to this ‘question’ brought me, during one of my many research journeys, to the following insight of Daniel Dennett in his quest to the answer of the question of what makes people happy and life meaningful: “Find something more important than yourselves and dedicate your life to it”. I thought: when I find this ‘import thing to do’, I know the answer to Dennett’s quest for a meaningful life.
For me it is obvious that, during the Industrial Revolution, we raised our standard of living and increased our prosperity with 600%. But we ‘al know’ that this prosperity is not produced in a sustainable way. But to survive als a species we should. The situation that our prosperity is not sustainable, is illustrated by: the debt problem (2008), climate refugees (Syria), unequal distribution of work, income and assets (Thomas Piketty), the depletion of scarce resources and climate change (global warming) and finally low productivity growth in relation to our prosperity costs (healthcare, education and safety).
These potentially disruptive developments are related to each other and we summarize these problems as a prosperity problem or better: ‘our not so sustainable-prosperity problem’. I believe in our human ability to solve this problem and organize and affordable and ultimately sustainable prosperity.
So that’s why I founded the Weconomics Foundation in 2009. Weconomics facilitates the transition to a sustainable prosperity. It is a network of pioneers who contribute independently and together, to the sustainability of our prosperity. The core in this development is the deployment of organization technology such as blockchain.
In the context of the twenty-first century we need new organization models to organize the work of service and knowledge workers in order to improve their productivity so they can contribute to a more sustainable prosperity. Blockchain Organizing is one of the most promising organization concepts to support this idea.
So basically, my motivation for my work is our future, and our future is where our children live.
“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” (Mahatma Gandhi)