Tesla Motor Cars hit the news this week by announcing that it had released all of its patents. This way they create an enormous growth of the market for electric cars and indirect growth for Tesla, as one of the market leaders.

It becomes clear that a new world has arisen parallel to our current conventional economic reality, which is creating sustainable value every day. This added value does not always go hand in hand with monetary reward. I’m talking about a world where people and some organizations work together in coalitions of opportunity and temporary collaborations. And, these people share, share, and share. In this world, it is understood that sharing is equal to multiplying. A revolution in thinking has taken place in this world. One that seems to be very profitable: in value and especially in happiness.

Where can you find this world? Everywhere. The easiest road is found on the Internet. I am talking about the world of (virtual) social networks. Many think it is a strange and especially fast-paced world that flies past like a bullet train, but this is not the case for the people who have already jumped onboard…

If you watch a train drive by, it’s traveling very fast, but if you are on board that train, it doesn’t feel like you are traveling that swiftly. The train even seems like a haven. It is a place to reflect. A place to meet other people, start up a conversation, and listen to other people’s stories.

Virtual and social mesh networks are places on the Internet where like-minded people find each other. Outsiders often do not understand this, and thus underestimate the strength behind them. A new world literally opens up for members of these networks; there’s an abundance of ideas, knowledge, and lots of amazing people. Money is not necessarily the leading motive here. There are almost natural universal ethics, and an unwritten constructive code of conduct is upheld. Many discussions take place in and about this world while – a very important factor for me – a lot of responsibility is shown. After people connect, they begin to share. They share knowledge and experiences about all kinds of products and services. Ultimately, people start making stuff themselves. Or, they “co-create” stuff with organizations they like. Publishing, access to knowledge, actually making or producing stuff, thanks to 3D printers, is not for the happy few anymore.

Outsiders and established market players fail to notice this and are in danger of missing the boat. There are endless forms of collaboration. There are project groups and knowledge-based groups, but there are also groups with a commercial goal, who, as a group, buy or sell their (group) services. Informal social networks of connected people are our future powerhouses, or rather, power sources. Some already are! As a government, entrepreneur, service provider, or manufacturer, it is paramount to enter into this world. And not to fight it. In principle, it’s never too late, but remember that developments in our Mesh move faster than you are used to, so, no longer wait to board your train!

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Ronald van den Hoff
Ronald van den Hoff is co-founder of the Dutch CDEF Holding BV, a Holding company with a remarkable range of ventures operating on the disruptive intersection of the Hospitality Industry and the entrepreneurial world of Internet. CDEF incorporates ‘much discussed’, disruptive exponential formulas, like the co-working and meeting centers Seats2meet.com, and the Society 3.0 Foundation.