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John Gianino

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Social Network or Tribe

We have the ability and the resources to change the world.
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Large social networks can be thought of as groups of tribes. We form tribes early in life based on where we are born and raised. These tribes or social circles can have tremendous impact on our development and our direction in life.

In our current system. we compete for money and we work for attention. The more skilled you are, the connections you have, and the attractive qualities you possess come to form our personal value along with our contributions.

The idea is similar to a human brain. The body supplies resources to the entire brain and certain regions of the brain get more based on stimulus but every cell gets enough to live and has the opportunity to be stimulated and grow. The functional structures of the brain can be an analogy for organizations and companies in our world.

We now have the the foundation to establish a virtual social network that can basically govern a population and supply jobs. In virtual social networks there are accountability, qualitative, and quantitative indicators already built into virtual social networks that can give value to the contributions we supply online and offline. If we supply good contributions we are rewarded, if we supply bad contributions or nothing at all, we are not rewarded. This can be implemented on a personal performance basis and we can still supply resources to everyone connected on a lower sustainable level.

http://youtu.be/qv8Xn7PUcI4 This is a similar idea but still based on an antiquated concept that money will always we necessary.

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    Mar 5 2013: Hi John,

    I agree .. with a small caveat .. social networks are cellular autonomata .. they behave according to the shapes they are allowed.

    I played "tribal wars" a few years ago .. it was all good except it was "tribal" and "wars". I got a tribe going and we killed lot of other players .. game-wise .. and i got it going well enough to set up safe-tribes to protect the little kids in "don't kill" tribes .. you know - for the little 6 and 7 year olds who hadn't learned how to be ruthless .. that worked for a while until I found many players were enslaving the kids for personal avantage .. so we had to eat all the kids.

    Yes .. social networks "rule" .. but to what end?

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