A set of simultaneous technologies is growing exponentially, with the common feature of being decentralized, and organized in a network. This contrasts with the centralized and hierarchical organization of today’s traditional society and its basic functions. The shift from the old to the new structure will subject the Nation State to an unprecedented pressure.
After speaking about these shifts for several years, about a year ago I created a non-profit organization headquartered in London, Network Society Research. With representatives in 25 countries, Network Society creates a vision and analytical tools to allow individuals, enterprises and the society at large to deal positively with this unstoppable change.
This is the Fundamental Thesis of the Network Society:
- Widespread social and economic change only happens once a solid technological foundation evolves to make it sustainable.
- Globally distributed and decentralized technologies have emerged that achieve superior results with respect to centralized and hierarchical ones.
- These unstoppable technologies undermine and disrupt the Nation State’s supporting pillars. The resulting socioeconomic organization is the Network Society.
- analyze the reasons for change,
- teach its nature and its technological basis,
- collect and monitor the dynamic indicators on its development and
- stimulate the evolution of individual behavior, business strategies and the adoption of policies consistent with its nature.
On October 15, in Turin, Italy the Network Society World Congress will allow delegates to discuss in person these themes, plan actions for the following year, and to meet with stakeholders from government, industry and associations with similar interests.
Pillars of Change
- energy – solar panels
- manufacturing – 3D printing
- food – plantlabs and vertical gardens, 3d printing of meat
- health – Quantified Self
- education – MOOCs (massive access to online courses)
- finance – Bitcoin and mathematical currencies
- security – trust platforms like AirBnB
- policymaking – open data and direct democracy
Technology Services And Their Disruptors
6. Finance and Entrepreneurship
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