Person to Person: Change Your Life and Fix the World
by Joeri Torfs & Pim Ampe
Quality of Life World Publishing

"What if there is no board, no shareholders, and no boss, but instead, all of the value of the work is held by the people collaborating?"

This thought-provoking book is for misfits who want to innovate and for those who want to bring more fairness and personhood into work and financial agreements. The content features philosophical exposition, storytelling, and a visionary practicum that offers social and economic innovation applications. How can we decentralize economies so that resources are fairly distributed? How can we make institutions more inclusive so every human contributes, feels heard, and feels valued? The authors provide a plan for making collaborations work by prioritizing quality of life.

Not only is the clear prose in this work a delight to read, but the book is also well organized. First, it lays out what different person-to-person environments look like. It then discusses troubleshooting where there are tensions, recognizing conflicts, and allowing every voice to be heard. Plus, there is helpful guidance for drawing up collaborative agreements. The book also offers a good discussion on economic environments that separate money from power. Further, there is a clear demonstration of how to use technologies such as Web3 and cryptocurrency to dissolve the need for selfish gain. Additionally, there is a thorough investigation into using the collaborative cloud to conduct personal finances and community investments.

This book does an excellent job of challenging current thinking. One can only imagine the opportunities that would be created without stock markets and banks. While this sounds provocative, the book dedicates much time and patience to fielding fair questions. For example, aren't current hierarchies effective for productivity? What about people who feel comfortable with the current status quo? The book hits home with its expert guidance on what the person-to-person environment looks like when applied to housing. Another plus is that every reader is invited to join this exciting conversation because chapters include QR codes for discussion forums and further resources.

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