Down with the Tower to Liberate Diversity !
With the entire world is in a state of transition, I decided to break with my better judgement and to reach out to one of the units of economic development in Maine’s overbearingly centralized economy.
I don’t know if it was because I have been reading many articles about money on Medium, or because of it being a time when the old towers of power are in precarious standing that I felt more emboldened than before to speak truth to power.
Once when dealing with an officiate of the ubiquitous order, I was advised not to approach a purported local economic development resource and instead to attend their meetings silently for a year to show feigned respect, though “feigned” was not said but what else could it be? How could anyone reasonably respect an organization that expected such obedient demonstration of dull mindedness? The advice negated respect for who I am, one who grew up in an innovative entrepreneurial environment which spawned a local cluster industry, such as is a often sited goal of economic development. The home business in which I was raised and the free enterprise context in which it flourished was a decentralized ordering in which it was a given that respect is a two way street as are conversations.
However, this being an epic moment in history, it was worth putting misgivings aside to see if there were any cracks in the edifice.
|The Baby Seal by Andersen Design|
In the midst of a virus, in an area in which tourism is a mainstay business, in a world where humanity is sheltering in place, Andersen Design can carry on, and grow, consistent with our vision of reinventing our production as an artform, as a network of small independently owned slip casting studios, suitable to being attached to a home.
This did not impress my local representative, as my vision received the same reaction I have received for years when presenting a proposal. None, as if I had not said anything at all.
3. CAS exhibit distributed, rather than centralized control.
In CAS, there is no central mode of control; it is distributed throughout the system through its individual agents. This allows the system to react and adapt to a faster and much greater extent than if there was only one source of control (Zimmerman, Lindberg and Plsek, 2001).
4. CAS exhibit emergent outcomes and behaviors.
The outcomes of CAS emerge from a process of self-organization, rather than that of external design and control. This emergent outcome is a result of the interactions and synergies between individual agents, and cannot be predicted by studying the properties of the individual component alone. For instance, communities have often been observed to self-organize and respond in a coordinated fashion, without a formal leader or directive, in response to major natural disasters. Studying the skills and resources available to each member could not have predicted this emergent group behavior and outcome. (Zimmerman, Lindberg and Plsek, 2001).
Quoted from An Introduction to Complexity Theory by Jun Park
These are stories which are generally told through the framework of economic progression. A quality job is one that pays “higher than average wages and benefits” with no factoring for the level of engagement in the work process, or the importance of independence, self reliance, and self esteem to human well being. Those are the trade offs for the tax payer subsidized jobs or the apartment in the grid tower that has running water. The working definition of a quality job used by the corporate state is based on the same metrics as profit as the bottom line, used by companies traded on the stock exchange. Amazon is known both for its higher standard of wages and benefits and its poor working conditions, the 21st century version of a 19th century factory, and for the corporate welfare the company receives from state governments vying for an Amazon headquarters or distribution center, in exchange for “quality jobs” defined as “jobs that pay higher than average wages and benefits”.
|Huh? Is she for real? Three seals emerging from water by Andersen Design|
MTI was created during the Angus King Administration
§15307. Prohibited interests of officers, directors and employees
An officer, director or employee of the institute or a spouse or dependent child of any of those individuals may not receive any direct personal benefit from the activities of the institute in assisting any private entity. This section does not prohibit corporations or other entities with which an officer or director is associated by reason of ownership or employment from participating in science and technology activities with the institute if ownership or employment is made known to the board and the officer or director abstains from voting on matters relating to that participation. This prohibition does not extend to corporators who are not officers or directors of the institute. [PL 1999, c. 401, Pt. AAA, §3 (NEW).]
PL 1999, c. 401, §AAA3 (NEW).
|Article IV Part Third Section 14, the Maine Constitution|
2. Organization. The board has all the powers and authority, not explicitly prohibited by law, necessary or convenient to carry out and effectuate the functions, duties and responsibilities of the fund, including, but not limited to:
G. Owning intellectual property, licensing intellectual property and negotiating for and collecting royalty rights or otherwise realizing a return on investment made under the fund and all programs of the institute when appropriate in order to promote the interests and investments of the State in furthering science and technology; and [PL 2003, c. 20, Pt. RR, §7 (NEW); PL 2003, c. 20, Pt. RR, §18 (AFF).]
|Maine Constitution Article IX Section 18|
§1026-T. Innovation finance program
1. Established. The authority may create and oversee a state innovation finance program, referred to in this section as “the program,” to increase the supply of venture capital to the economy of the State by improving access by innovative businesses in this State to venture capital funds. Investment performance of the program may be partially guaranteed by refundable tax credits issued by the authority to the retirement system. This section does not mandate or require any investment by the retirement system or give the retirement system any economic development responsibilities, its sole responsibility being to safeguard, invest and increase retirement system assets consistent with its fiduciary duty to its members.
A Matching Fund Advantages the Haves over the Have Nots, the More So, When Coordinated with Other Programs
2. Targeted technology boards…... Each technology board may ….. help companies network with each other and advise them on funding opportunities and on the availability of other support services….
A Rapidly Changing World
|james-wainscoat- — unsplash|
During this time, such as the modern world has never seen before, when the internal consistency of the global world order may be injured in ways we do not yet know, the central control by the state will try to keep its grip over everyone and everything.