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Investment

and the case for expanding the definition of capital:

When we think of investment we typically think of currency.  Putting our money into something.  Few people seem to talk about or consider the logistical energy we put into projects.  That is indeed investment, too.  We expect our money, invested to make more money.  We omit that our bodies only depreciate until the warranty is expired.  The body done.  The cash lives on.  Fred Wilson [A VC]  blogs in his Human Capital piece yesterday:

"... we typically issue between 15% and 25% of the company's stock to the employees..."

And, I had to ask why?  Why does a man or a woman get 15 to 25% of the upside and management and finance get 75 to 85%?  Why?  Risk.  Says the MBA, the  fiduciary responsibility [to the money] is different, they could get sued, they are liable.  Really?  Anyone can observe that this isn't accurate.  And, it hasn't been for awhile.  In fact the mis-justice at such levels that it has literally turned into global entertainment.  The miscreant feats and sums of money involved staggering.  Sensational.

"Why are some investments staked at much higher rates than others?"

The investment of blood, sweat and tears of so little value.  The investment of cash at higher valuations.  If you get your money back, points out the MBA.  If you'd only get the missed time with family back, replies the employee.  Just look at our modest return on capital, says the MBA.  Yes, just look at our meager return for carrying the burden of the entire structure, while bringing our own sandwiches. We are 98% of the reason why anything ever gets completed.

"Build machines, says the MBA; Let them break, says the laborer."

And, so it goes.  We race towards something with a bit of a bent axle.  The nagging vibration getting louder.

This idea that money is valued seemingly above all else is failing us.  Business has gone through two radical shifts over the past two decades.  The first stop along the path to project based work was work for free.  Volunteer.  And, volunteerism has morphed to where we often find ourselves now, I help you, and I pay you.  These pay for play scenarios actually quite common. 

Projected growth into the future under the rule of 7s a hockey stick generating astronomical proportions.

Most of our current methods don't seem like they will continue to work, akin to very old baggage in the future that is continuing to unfold ahead of us.  Many, many people with little to do.  Lines quite likely forming around a metropolis near you.  We must figure out how to make more people valuable again.  Fractional models would seem to do that.

I have navigated these waters for quite some time from both sides of the table.  My current position is that we must plot a course for care.  Human to human care.  People must be acknowledged as human, fellow earthlings on this ship earth.  And, we shouldn't forget that holding objects more valuable than human life has never really worked out all that well.


Application > The Reinvention Of Capital: Energy spent taking care of the concerns of another, and how that care is reciprocated.

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EXPLORATION: Revisit what it is to be a cost, what it is to generate costs.  Revisit how costs are associated with being valued and the opposite condition, costs associated with not being valued!...


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Distinctions: Investment, Invest, Energy, Reciprocation, 

Relation To Core: Acknowledgement, Observational Frameworks, Navigational Capacity, Bridging Realities, Human Interactivity's Ones & Zeros, The Language Of Coordination, Turning Business To Enterprise, Reciprocally Transactional Loops,