If the capitalistic era built on the golden age of fossil fuels and oil is ending, as some writers suggest, then what will replace it? The answer from some is the network era, which will be based upon self-organizing, grassroots groups. The network era is likely to be built upon three organizing principles and new models for learning and working.
- the principle of subsidiarity: “that social and political issues should be dealt with at the most immediate level
- next level principle: wirearchy: “dynamic flow of power and authority, based on information, trust, credibility, and a focus on results, enabled by interconnected technology and people”.
- The Principle of Network Management: only through innovative and contextual methods, the self-selection of appropriate tools and work conditions, and willing cooperation that more creative work can be fostered.
“Capitalism today is the ultimate expression of a market dominated society, where money is made from nothing, as financial traders manipulate stocks, currencies, and whatever else they can.”