Two articles come across recently that have re-kindled my deep-held thoughts. There’s parallels everywhere that I need to explore more.
Some summary key points:
Everything is Amazing, But Nothing is Ours – alexdanco.com
Worlds of scarcity are made out of things. Worlds of abundance are made out of dependencies. That’s the software playbook: find a system made of costly, redundant objects; and rearrange it into a fast, frictionless system made of logical dependencies.
[Fundamentality extends to more than software. Service provision in care. Abundant lives come from managing complex array of people I’m dependent on. The more organisation/more people need to live, more than exist, comes at a steep price in attention and energy and is never ending.
Need to make it easier to manage the complex dependencies – easier to have a life.]
Services free us to be pure consumers, seeking exactly what we want for as little friction and overhead as possible. So long as everything works, trading ownership for access is an attractive deal: everything under the hood just gets magic-ed away, and provided for us as a service. No files, no updates, no maintenance; just access.
[Disintermediation. Period. ref my thoughts from way back]
But there’s a difference between “the car broke down” and “the car got lost”. One is a fragility of things: if you drive a car, you need to take responsibility for keeping it in good shape. It’s a scarcity problem. But the latter feels more like an abundance problem: it’s fragility of something,
[Dependencies. viz Fragility of (connections) connectedness. “It’s about relationship empowerment.”]
The rise of the access economy
The access economy is what emerges when access to (x) becomes cheap, satisfactory, convenient and reliable enough that the premium on ownership of (x) disappears.
When everyone has access to [x], we use [x] differently.
[when every pwd has access to $ (NDIS) the same service provision can’t cater for diff. use – old models can’t stand]