PABE - Seed of Creativity
"Life’s evolutionary story shows that systemic abundance can be unlocked through collaboratively structured symbiotic networks that optimize the whole system so human communities and the rest of life can thrive." - Daniel Christian Wahl
Prospect Activity-Based Economy (PABE)
PraxEco has launched a pilot research project to examine the effectiveness of an ethical Permaculture-inspired economic model: Prospect Activity-Based Economy (PABE) to empower sustainable innovation through collective engagement creativity.
The PABE model can be seen as combination of several novel economic models including Peer-to-peer economy, Contributionism, and Sociocracy. In other words, PABE is a decentralized model that allows two individuals (or groups) to exchange services and goods directly with one other, without intermediation by a third-party or company of business. This peer-to-peer exchange is performed through a unity of diverse volunteered contributions that are fed by passion and collective empowerment rather than a promise of linear trade (money/barter). Finally, the PABE model encourages unique thoughts and allows those who work together to decide together.
How does this look like in practice? In short, community members volunteer, following their unique qualifications and passion, for the common goal of transitioning into a regenerative abundant future. Individual contributions results in collective benefits for the PraxEco Network. Members who consistently volunteer few hours per week are rewarded a fair share of PraxEco's benefits; including profits resulting from their contribution.
The PraxEco Research Network acknowledges the uniqueness of individuals' gifts and cherishes the value of their potential in a collaborative economy. We believe in an ethical future where every single individual is empowered and encouraged to discover and practice their passions. To ensure the positive contribution of our members, we have launched a series of Collective Self-Empowerment (CSE) Sessions that facilitate personal and collective empowerment. The goal of CSE Sessions is to share knowledge, exposure, discovery and reflection. We believe in the efficiency of guidance rather than control, because “Any form of control becomes an uncontrolled event” - Permaculture leaders: Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton.
Advantage of this system
The biggest advantage that we've witnessed in this model is empowered creativity and sense of purpose. Members feel the drive to "create all day long" to achieve a goal, and the results are brilliant [high impact] projects! Production of highly effective solutions and products at a very low price due to the free (volunteered) labor force. This "leisure force" volunteered by our highly passionate members brings about the feeling of security and support. Opening a new gate towards self-sustainability of ingredients (intellectual and physical) supplied within to bring big dreams to life! "...and so in a strange twist of faith, money will become the tool that destroys Capitalism.” - Ubuntu's One Small Town.
Decision making in PraxEco is designed to be holistic and conscious. There are several variables within a decision making process. Decision making is held based on 50%+1 in addition to the following priorities:
- Priority 1: PraxEco Philosophy (Mission, Values & Ethics) have the unquestionable top priority in any conflict.
- Priority 2: Active Members that are contributing to the specific task or project, where the conflict is, have first priority in decision making.
- Priority 3: Active Members of PraxEco Community Network.
- Priority 4: Volunteers of PraxEco Community Network.
Reputation, Mistakes & Resolution
Reputation is key in sustainable and collaborative networks. Reputation is defined by the comprehension and application of Network ethics and values. Reputation is measured based on performance aspects like the quality of contributions, frequency and dedication of contributing, collaboration ethics (respect)... This reputation does not influence the benefit that members get from the network. As long as one is active, they get their fair share of the profit. However, the "reputation" influences members' say (decision making vote) within the network; or within the project in which their reputation is questioned. Volunteers who contribute more earn more significance to their say; their perspectives have more influence on decision making; especially in the project(s) in which they contributed most. This special benefit of respect and appreciation is dedicated to motivate and empower the members that dedicate more time to bring the whole community closer to the goal of self-sustainability.
It is important to note that mistakes are encouraged within PraxEco. Mistakes are always considered as opportunities for big lessons to be learned. In research, a negative result is still considered as a result. The key to sustaining reputation in PraxEco is through sustainable, repetitive, and regenerative practice, and that includes making mistakes and learning from it.
PraxEco affiliates are aware that the goals of PraxEco are not simple, and its methods are new and might require a lot of practice to be fully comprehended. Our affiliates will continue to guide, encourage, and empower volunteers to pursue their passion and believes. Even if volunteers' values do not coincide with PraxEco's philosophy, they are always encouraged to follow their passion, even if it meant forking out of PraxEco Research Network.
Benefits, including profit, resulting from the success of a project of PraxEco is distributed to the community in the following manner.
- 5% stays in the community bank as a safety net (for emergencies).
- 5% is allocated to renovate and renew the space, lab, and equipment
- 45% is returned to the community bank to fund existing and future projects.
- The remaining 45% is distributed among the active network members, equally, in form of funding that supports their projects, or projects they believe in and choose to fund.
Other benefits (non-financial) resulting from the community work is distributed freely and equally to all of the network’s active members. Excess of abundance could be used by the members to trade, sell, invest, or donate!
What are the conditions?
The conditions to be part of PraxEco Community Network are simple:
- Share a goal of transitioning to a self-sufficient future.
- Support the Activity-based benefit system: volunteer an equivalence of one activity per week.
- Understand, accept, and follow the main values while volunteering; be: Transparent, Adaptable, and Simple
Crucial point: PraxEco is a network that believes in a positive future where “the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is,” as Jim Carrey certifies. Contributions are given for the sole purpose of forcing a positive impact rather than expecting a fiscal return. As the contributions increase and become more effective due to the increased motivation and passion, our communal wealth automatically increases; and vice versa.
This structure ensures that "switch out the engines on the plane while we're keeping the plane in the air." - John Fullerton
Simply because, no one has to leave their job nor change their daily habits! PraxEco's planted seed will slowly grow into a tree, and once it starts fruiting, our members will have access to an abundance of benefits that satisfy their every need. Thus, traditional "jobs" and payrolls will be no longer needed. This abundance will continue to grow with the expansion of the network, making our network members socially, ecologically, and economically wealthy; beyond comprehension.
Contact us to learn more on how the system works and how you can influence it!
How do I start?
To officially join PraxEco Community Network, kindly take a few minutes to read and sign the Volunteering Member Agreement. It should be noted that signing the volunteer agreement is not mandatory for volunteers who do not intend to become Members. Nonetheless, volunteers who sign the agreement and become PraxEco Members access the networks benefits that extend beyond knowledge and exposure.
Once we receive your signed form, we will register your email on the our google group, PraxEco Network Loomio group, and you may start participating in our decision making! On the same group, you have access to share your ideas, edit requests, project proposals, and any other thoughts to get insights from the network. You will also have access to the PraxEco Trello group, where members' contributions, timelines, to-do lists, etc could be seen, live. Furthermore, Members are entitled a business card with a custom email account, for example: firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. What happens in the event of conflict of interest?
We use an open-source software called Loomio to facilitate decision making within the collaborative environment. The conflict of interest is communicated within a group of people collaborating on a project or a task, and the software produces the recommendation based on participators' decisions. It should be noted that individuals who remain convinced of their idea will be continuously encouraged to continue developing it, even if their group decided to not go further with it.
2. How is Activity monitored?
In two words, peer review. We encourage our network members to use Trello. It is a simple yet effective tool to keep track of all project-related tasks, to do lists, timelines, suggestions, and many more! Project participants can share and track individual and team progress. Members who need assistance being Activity involved encouraged to, first, communicate their thoughts to their colleagues. Alternatively, a “Loomio” survey could be launched within the project group to consult all the members. If the survey concluded with no positive result, they are offered "pay-as-you-can" motivational workshops and psychological or technical consulting.
3. How do you control shared-data integrity?
Our projects are open source and our files are available online to the public. However, to protect the integrity of shared data, all project files will be viewable to the public, but not directly editable. Members who do not agree with a certain part, or believe that it could be improved, are welcome to share their thoughts using a “Loomio” survey to the project’s Loomio group. The project’s micro-web would either approve or reject the edit requests. In that structure, the shared data integrity of a certain project, or sub-project, will be directly controlled by the people who have been actively involved.
4. How do we incorporate our values into the new Sustainable Economy?
Transparency is achieved through promoting trust, honesty, and good communication within the Trello boards of our projects. Adaptability is insured by the integration of open-source Loomio. It allows flexibility of flow and assures the delivery of all participants' opinions. Simplicity is guaranteed in this sustainable communication system that gives people the liberty to lead and motivation to confidently thrive. Our strategy (web of plans) is open-source and our products are designed to be self-sufficient.
The result is a new sustainable economy that is, simply, fair for everyone.
5. What is the motive for this fair sustainable economy? The ethics.
"...Isn't that the organization we would all like to work in?" - Simon Sinek explains it best: