It seems like a pipe dream, right?
And, to be fair, we’re a bit of a ways off from it. (Ok, probably more than a bit), but let’s do the thought exercise.
Ever Been Bored In A Job?
Almost everyone has been in a job where there were moments of “oh man, this is boring me to death.”
We’ve kind of accepted it as a reality of life, haven’t we?
But, what if that reality doesn’t need to exist?
What if it were possible to give you (or anyone) the possibility to do a variety of things that interest you and get paid for them?
What if it were possible to be fully engaged in the activities that generate income for you?
It may be a ways off, but the arrival of blockchains and decentralized systems offer us that hope.
Here’s How We’ll Do More Of What WE Love and Get Paid
Historically, open-source projects (e.g. Linux or many others), were all done by volunteers. People who were just passionate about the project, but there was no real way to make money off of it.
In the age of the Blockchain Tech Stack and “Fat Protocols,” there is.
Listen carefully to the A16Z podcast with Polychain Capital founder, Olaf Carlson-Wee.
He explains that we now have a way to inject capitalism into open source. The end result is not just better software, but more fulfilled people because the creators of these protocols now get paid for their passion projects.
Great, you say, you’re not a developer, so how does this help you?
Let’s extend the model out a bit more.
For example, they may require a product marketing-type video, a website redesign, legal work, or copywriting or any of 1000s of others.)
After all, a protocol is really just a new type of brand and will have the needs of a brand.
But, as opposed to a modern brand which is command and control and not flexible, decentralized brands are much more agile.
You will see an opportunity and submit a bid.
You’ll “market your bid” to solve the problem (or possibly add value in a new way) by demonstrating your ability to solve the issue or help the utility or value of the protocol increase.
Then, token holders of the protocol will vote on your proposal and you’ll be accepted or rejected.
YOU get to choose how much you work and what you work on.
YOU get to pick the projects you like, avoid those you don’t.
YOU get to move across protocols and maximize your impact, so you do more of what you love and less of what makes you bored.
And the protocol (aka the “brand”) is better off.
“5% of 3000 people is far better than 100% of 5 people.”
Contributors to a protocol will self-select, based on passion and value they create (as measured in tokens they earn).
So, if you can give 5% of your workday to 20 different projects, doing the thing you do well, you’ll probably end up more satisfied, with greater wealth, and having contributed more value.
Yes. It could be far-off, but these are the systems being built now.
One of the promises of a re-decentralized web is greater power for people.
The power to be a master of your own destiny (and not just for highly-educated, privileged people) is a part of that.