Non-Zero Sum Economics - Rewarding CollaborationAltruistic Economics allows accurate recording of
win-win (or lose-lose) interactions,
since it does not enforce zero-sum interaction.
Its multi-dimensional pricing system is a straightforward way to
get away from Win-Lose interactions,
by allowing all parties to a transaction to independently record their feelings about what goes on:
For example, consider the following set of transactions between Aysha, Birbal & Chris:
|A and B have an enjoyable game of badminton||win-win||+1h||+2h|| ||+3h|
|B gives C a lift in to work||lose-win|| ||-1/2||+1h||+1/2h|
|C spends a frustrating 2 hours helping B fail to fix his Computer||lose-lose|| ||-2h||-2h||-4h|
|C enjoys looking after A's daughter for 2 hours||win-win||+2h|| ||+1h||+3h|
|A fixes B's Computer in 1/2 hour||lose-win||-1/2h||+6h|| ||+51/2h|
|B lends C a video||neutral-win|| ||0||+2h||+2h|
|Net Balances after these transactions:||A: +21/2h||B: +51/2h||C: +2h
||Total Balances, A+B+C:||+10h > 0
Aysha, Birbal & Chris self-report their feelings about the transactions.
How they feel is more important than what goes on. For example:
- 1. A & B
spend the same amount of time playing badminton, but B feels he enjoyed it more.
- 2. B has negligible inconvenience from lending C a video, so he scores it as zero.
C enjoyed it, so he scores it as a positive. So this transaction is just a straight 'Win'.
- 3. C looks after A's daughter, so in normal economics, he is judged as a 'loser'
(and compensated with money for being so).
However, since he enjoys doing this, he scores it as a positive. Why not?
Human interaction is not a zero-sum game, and to rid ourselves of a short-sighted,
money-obsessed view of what constitutes 'profitable' activity.
We need an alternative system of economics that reflects this!