The modern economy of the 21st century has yet to solve one critical, missing element: that of distribution. For perspective, since about the 1920s - human productive capacity has for the first time exceeded the needs of human consumption - and marketing was invented by Bernays et al to distribute excess production. Currently in the 2020s - the economy is wasteful - for example 33% of all food produced is wasted  - and similar statistics exist for many other products - while nearly half of the world's population lives in Poverty.
An open source economy in which business models generally follow principles of Distributive Enterprise - a framework where knowledge is shared freely - unencumbered by patents, trade secrets, and other forms of Competitive Waste. Our assumption is that it is in humanity's interest to upgrade its economic logic to business models that do not rely on intellectual property - but which rely on collaboration. From first principles, it appears obvious that the latter has more potential - though in practice - humanity has not yet figured out how to operate enterprises without relying on intellectual property. This is not because it is impossible to create IP-free business models - but because society tends to choose - frequently unknowingly - a model based on IP.
Distributive vs Re-Distributive
How does an open source economy promote distribution? By not promoting re-distribution. In other words - instead of collecting excess and redistributing it - why not distribute more evenly in the first place? By lowering barriers to entry in productive enterprise, the open source economy aims to address the fundamental question of access to wealth. There will likely be inequality for ever, so one check on this is to make knowledge as freely available as possible. That means creating access to economically significant knowledge.
- MIT Innovations Journal - first publication introducing the Distributive Enterprise concept
- https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/World-systems_theory - mentions redistributive conomies