Trend #1 – Value Creation Moves to the Cloud
In a digital world, where you work does not matter. “Place” is less valuable than it was during the Industrial Age.
Governments are institutions focused on dominating specific places on the map. The network, on the other hand, operates outside of physical location. As significant portions of value creation migrate from physical location to the cloud, almost everything we know about governments will change. In response to increased competition in the sovereignty market, governments may pursue a strategy of partially commoditizing their sovereignty, which could make governments more eager to partner with network states.
Trend #2 – Digital Borders
Telepresence and crypto defeat physical borders. Encryption erects digital borders.
Digital borders allow groups to organize in the cloud outside of state control. Digital borders are highly relevant for network states because their “capital” exists only in the cloud, outside easy reach of disruptors.
Almost everything we believe about borders is about to be flipped on its head. With telepresence, workers can participate in meetings and interact with other on-site workers in completely new ways. Payments can be made across borders with zero friction, practically no fees and no currency conversion. Physical borders are becoming little more than expensive and time-consuming pains in the rear for travelers, while becoming much less relevant for business, value and work.
Trend #3 – Network > State
“Uber and Lyft are better regulators than the State’s paper-based taxi medallions, email is superior to the USPS, and SpaceX is out-executing NASA. Or if you care about the process of creating a census, the network gives a real time survey which is far more up to date than the State’s 10-year process.” (The Network State)
Below are ten examples where the Network is superior to the state.
- Part I – Definition, Introduction and Frontiers
- Part II – On Leviathans: God, State, Network
- Part III – Problems Solved by the Network State
- Part IV – Trends Driving the Network State
- Part V – Designing a Startup Society and Building a Network State
- Part VI – Network Unions
- Part VII- The Impact of Network States, Two Predictions and One Question