The Global Commoning System follows the long-term vision of replacing the largest human-made network in the world so far: the market. The software thereby relies on the second largest network up to now, which spans the world as well: the Internet.
At the beginning, an initial application called issmit.app focuses on building a community in pilot regions that voluntarily cooks with and for one another. The necessary activities, ingredients, transport, processing locations and equipment and much more are conveyed via the software. This is based on the wishes of the community members for a meal, for example a lunch. The software protocol working in the background is highly complex; it must be able to link various production and transport chains,
The Global Commoning System potentially puts human economy back on its feet: First comes need, then production. In the future, it may become possible to mediate all activities that are necessary to satisfy human needs on an equal footing – without money. With the corresponding app, users can work directly for others as well as get involved in complex production processes. As soon as a need has been entered into the app, the local area is automatically scanned for available resources. This can be tools, machines, work materials or rooms. App users are offered possible activities to which they can voluntarily assign themselves according to their own skills and interests.
Tell me why
Self-determination and self-development are restricted today by the market. Often we only work to pay our running costs and to finance the activities in our spare time. Being productive is certainly part of life, but with all the technical improvements that we have achieved e.g. within the last hundred years, the work should at least have become significantly less.
However, it has not become less and it cannot become so as long as we move in structures of greed for profit, competition and the need to grow. Because it not only exhausts us, but also our natural resources and the basis of our lifes, we are looking for ways out of the current mode of production. The Global Commoning System is intended to be an essential part of this way out.
A central top-down planning authority with pen, paper and “wise foresight” becomes superfluous with the software and there is also no central algorithm that relieves people of the decisions. What we are looking for and constructing as a project team is a form of self-organization at eye level that can grow indefinitely. The software is intended to enable fundamentally sustainable changes that nowadays still appear to be beyond the feasible.