Makework in the gift economy

I wrote elsewhere my suggestion that people be paid to study, if they don’t currently have a job.

The gift economy concept fits with the above approach.

When people compete for status from having the greatest & biggest skill set for coping with emergencies, or for having made the best contributions to scientific research, or for having had contributed to the coolest software projects - rather than for having the most expensive car or the biggest house or expensive jewelery - the world would be a better place to live.

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Comment by Anonymous
2004-06-14 08:12:36

Gift economy sounds a lot like the economy in a small tribe where everybody knows the 200 or so people in the group and can relate to them based on their contribution to the group. Even there the definition of contribution varies in different groups.
It is not easy to find a way to make people appreciate other people's contribution if it is something new, and nobody knows yet if it is worth the effort.

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