Chapter 4: The Power of Collaboration

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

This post is part of the: 'The Digital Renaissance' thread, a blog sequence that explores the capabilities and history of 'The Power Of Collaboration' and demonstrates how we can solve most if not all major issues of our time by leveraging collaborative and distributed principles on a global scale.

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Before you start reading this post, which explains the principles and infrastructure necessary to rebuild our economic machine, please ask yourself the following question: “Have I ever at one point in my life said/thought to myself that I wanted to be rich, a millionaire, or something similar?” If you’re anything like most people, probably you have, and probably, like all of us, you were wrong. We said it before but... As famous author and entrepreneur Tim Ferris once said: “People don’t want to be millionaires, they simply want to experience what they believe only millions can buy." People don’t want to be rich, they simply want to reach certain goals and fulfill certain dreams. Unfortunately, most of us believe that this is only possible by becoming rich. This can best be explained by using what’s called: “The Analogy of the Mountain”.

The Analogy of the Mountain

In the previous post, we got acquainted with Plato’s ‘Analogy of the Cave’ and we concluded that if we want to improve our systems and societies, we first need to figure out what is, and how can we get out of the 21st-century cave. To do so, ironically, we can use Joey’s ‘Analogy of the Mountain’.

Probably you’ve heard about it before, The Mountain of Success. In this analogy, reaching the peak of the mountain equals fulfilling certain dreams or realizing certain goals (or the ability to do so). Of course, different individuals will have varying dreams/goals, so there are many different mountains to climb. In this process of climbing mountains, we can classify and distinguish between three stages: startup-, scale-up- & corporate stage. 

First of all, we have the startup stage. individuals in the startup stage find themselves at the feet of the mountain, in the valley. These people are trying to define the best way to climb their respective mountain, or sometimes they're even still identifying which mountain they want to climb. Secondly, we have the scale-up stage in which individuals are using various tools, templates, and routes to climb the mountain and to reach the peak. Last but not least, we have the corporate stage. Individuals in this stage have reached the peak and now aim to maintain their strategic position on top or are using their vantage point to decide which mountain to climb next. The same goes for organizations by the way. In our modern-day and capitalistic society, unfortunately, only about 1% of humans manage to reach this level of success, we call them the rich. This means that around 99% of us are still trying to climb the mountain, or even worse, still stuck in the valley. We call them the poor. The valley and the slope, those are our 21st-century cave. So how can we enable the remaining 99% of us to reach the peak and to live the lives of their dreams? Well, by utilizing what’s called ’The Power of Collaboration’!

The Power of Collaboration

Ever since ancient times, we as humans have organized ourselves in systems and organizations to increase our chances of success. You could say that together we're able to climb not only higher mountains but also to do it faster. Even though we know these principles, we aren't using them. We're nevertheless in a situation with that 99:1 ratio right? So where did we go wrong? Where does this inequality come from? How can it be that in our current information- and network society, with this level of increased connectivity that 99% of us are still unable to fulfill their dreams? That 99% of us are still stuck in what I call the 925 Cycle. The rat-race. The life in which most of us hate Mondays because we have to go to a job that doesn't help us fulfill our biggest d