There seems to be a general consensus that the two fundamental governors of capital market behavior are fear and greed. I believe that a new kind of capitalism can be implemented based on two other levers: curiosity and generosity. When things are not working, we can be curious and discover new solutions. When things are working, we can share our abundance. Thoughts?

Author: Michael Tiemann

Open source pioneer. Red Hat Executive. UNCSA Trustee. Ninja.

6 thoughts on “Neocapitalism”

  1. Who pays for the costs involved in discovery and being curious? What is the reward for those who are curious? Who determines what is “shared” (uh, taken) from the successful discovers? It is human nature to look after one’s own interests. Nobody does ANYTHING for another person without some reward. Again, it is human nature.

    This Neocapitalism idea? I don’t think so.

  2. Capital came very late to the game after land and labor, and information is altering its effect. Symbionomics might be suggested reading @recorder44, as well as some of Richard Dawkins work, as there are NUMEROUS examples or cooperation and coopetition examples, in BOTH human and non human systems, which would help you displace the false notion that “nobody does ANYTHING for another without some reward” Prepare yourself too for the lessening effect of capital.

  3. While I applaud the idealism inherent in the notion of alternate drivers for capitalism, which I prefer to think of as “productivity”, I think you are mixing ‘apples and oranges’. While fear, greed,curiosity and generosity are all types of traits, they exist at different levels of the human pyche and human development. It is said that the higher levels of human achievement in art and science can only be realized when the basic human needs such as food, clothing and shelter are met. Each layer of civil behavior is built upon the successful foundation of the more basic needs. Fear and greed are primal and hence always inherent in human nature as motivating forces. They need to be controlled. Fear may keep one from getting to close to a cliff and falling over; greed may motivate one to work a few extra hours for some goal. Those are not necessarily bad things. The fact that curiosity and generosity are higher level behaviors doesn’t mean that they cannot also be the basis of achievement and productivity. If one’s basic needs are met, one may have the time to engage in exploration of ideas and interests, and such exploration may result in great achievement. Having ones’ needs met with excess and reaping the benefits of productive behavior may lead some people, not all, to be generous and to promote success and share with others. In the process it is important not to put too many judgemental labels on the motivators, such as implying that fear and greed are all bad, but curiosity and generosity are all good.

  4. Recall some of Steve Jobs’ words about not being mislead by ‘ideology.’ We see more and more stories about successes in the collaborative paradigm, and also more and more revelations of the failures in the state of current standard economies. Information has the ability to exploit or enable…

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