Collaborative Revolution, Part III (draft updated for team review)
A New Way to Measure the World.
I read a rather extraordinary Harvard Business Review article last week, that spoke to a lot of my core beliefs about some of the issues with how the world perceives the global economy: https://hbr.org/video/5118087677001/why-the-strong-us-economy-is-not-making-americans-happy.
The key theme in the article is that social progress within nations is not necessarily correlated to Gross Domestic Product, which begs us ask ourselves a major question: is GDP the right metric to measure the success of anything in the world we live in?
And the answer is clearly no.
Gross domestic product is much more of a supportive criterion then a way to define the success of a nation or economy. This is pretty scary, considering we read the paper every day, listen to political candidates rhetoric, and the only thing we hear as a baseline for economic growth is GDP, with no real major consideration for the most important criteria: quality of life per individual.
It might require a lifetime of effort, to understand how GDP, and social progress work together, to build a better world. However, the goal of this blog is to shed light on the failures of GDP criteria for assessing quality of life on Earth, and to focus on shifting the public’s awareness to a metric that speaks more towards a Gross Domestic Quality of Life.
That makes a lot more sense to me.
That being said – how does this all tie into Collaborative Revolution?
Collaborative Revolution vs. Quality of Life vs. Gross Domestic Product
Collaborative Revolution at its core is about improving the efficiency for like minded people to find each other in an arena where they can actually take advantage of that connection in a tangible fashion. For example, engineer Steve finds engineer Joe, meet each other, and then actually follow up on exploring an idea vs. just having a fruitful conversation.
It’s about hyper connectivity of minds, combined with a collaborative canvas. This type of a revolution leads for the ability for like minds to work with a greater sample sizes of people, which leads towards each individual person becoming more primed to working with their truly ideal “collaborator” on a specific task – which is usually someone with contrasting skills and viewpoints.
So at its heart, Collaborative Revolution, is about cultural and skill set diversity. And for diversity to work – cultural boundaries and stereotypes must be grinded down to their bones, and removed completely for real evolution and revolution to happen.
That’s social progress. That’s a liberation of our minds, and a suppression of weakness (bias of cultures we don’t understand yet).
I can’t tell you exactly how it effects the mathematical relationships of gross domestic product – quality of life – but it seems to me – it’s an integral element towards moving humanity in the right direction to break down cultural boundaries in a way where creativity can flow between minds.
In order for humanity to innovate – it must reform its key metric for success, from GDP, to Gross Domestic Quality of Life. Buying into Collaborative Revolution is a critical first step to breaking down the boundaries that enable both social progress and economic value to work together directly, side by side, as cultural boundaries are broken down in a fashion that encourages creativity (value) to flow, and innovation to prosper.