In yesterday’s post I summarized the 2010s as fighting past battles that keep us stuck in the industrial age.
The agenda for the 2020s should be about inventing the knowledge age instead. The suggestions here draw heavily on my book World After Capital.
So without further ado, here are six key areas to work on in the 2020s.
1. FIGHT THE CLIMATE CRISIS
If we don’t get on top of the climate crisis, nothing else will matter, so I am putting this one first.
Do: Join or support Extinction Rebellion, the climate movement with the clearest theory of change rooted in non-violent direct action.
Fund: If you have lots of money, invest in nuclear fusion now. We need many shots on goal (separate blog post forthcoming). But lots of ways you can fund the fight against the climate crisis, including supporting Extinction Rebellion, and signing up for or even setting up community solar. As for venture funds, there is tons to back and we are starting to do so at USV (blog post on that coming soon). Finally, we badly need more geoengineering research and that is poorly funded at the moment.
2. DEFEND DEMOCRACY
Too many people seem to believe that we can accomplish major change only by reverting to some kind of autocracy. But even if democracy is messy, tyranny is never the answer.
Do: Vote. Far too many young people are not voting and then are somehow surprised that the election outcomes don’t reflect their interests. If you are anything other than a lawyer, but particularly if you are a scientist, run for office.
3. PROMOTE UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME
Universal basic income (UBI) is a cornerstone policy for getting out of the industrial age into the knowledge age. UBI is no panacea but it breaks the job loop which currently has people trapped.
Do: Volunteer for Andrew Yang’s campaign. Andrew is the only presidential candidate supporting UBI.
4. FOSTER DECENTRALIZATION
Do: Buy some bitcoin. Use or build decentralized apps (on systems such as Blockstack, Algorand, ARweave, Filecoin, etc.) Move away from Google, Facebook, Amazon wherever you can and use alternatives such as Duck Duck Go. Note to self: I should have used IndieBound links for all the books throughout this post.
Fund: Open source projects via Open Collective. The blockchain foundation layers are coming along nicely, now there is lots of need to invest in decentralized application development (for example, list of Blockstack apps).
5. DEVELOP MINDFULNESS
Do: Develop your own mindfulness practice (if you don’t already have one). Doesn’t matter what it is – for some people it is yoga, for others running. Breathing exercises is what works for me.
Fund: Research into psychedelic drugs. This may seem like a non-sequitur, but it seems that these do offer a crucial shortcut to experiencing egoless states.
6. RESUME LEARNING
Do: If you have children, homeschool them. Commit to learning something new yourself. If you are an entrepreneur, start a freelearning company – here is a list of ideas.
On each of these I am excited for feedback from readers, including suggestions for what else to read, do, or fund.
Of course there are many other things you could do to advance the knowledge age so please contribute those also – getting out of the industrial age is a massive multi generational project.
Let’s get going!