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 chose a model based on IP.
Distributive vs Re-Distributive
A distributive economy may be contrasted with a re-distributive economy, which is the dominant global model as of 2018. Mainstream economics tend to collect revenue (taxes) or amass wealth (billionaires) so that resources can be re-distributed as an afterthought. We believe not so much in re-distribution - but in distribution in the first place. First of all, it is said that death and taxes, or funding for redistribution - are some of peoples' greatest fears. Thus, we favor access and opportunity so that everyone can take care of their needs - without relegating re-distribution to third parties who do not have a direct stake in the redistribution, and who coerce innocents to paying taxes. A mindset of re-distribution is undesirable - in our opinion - because it does not address or mitigate the creation of disparities - which lead to an unlevel playing field - in the first place. From an integrated perspective, humanity should work on upgrading its algorithms for how access and opportunity are created - which is the core aim of Open Source Ecology. We believe in helping others, but we think that humanity can come up with a better algorithm than re-distributing resources that are collected via coercive 'voluntary' social contracts. We are clear in proposing the Open Source Economy as the improved algorithm.
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