Jerry Michalski is creating a way forward
98

patrons

$1,586
per month
"Trust" is one of those words we think we understand, but mostly we don't. In particular, we don't understand the role of trust in designing our institutions. Worse, few of us question how our institutions are designed. We humans are so adorably adaptable, no? 

What If We Trusted You -- this Patreon project -- is a quest into this territory, with an optimistic point of view: When we design systems from trust, we get better results that cost less and have terrific side effects, like rebuilding community and releasing our inherent genius.

Thousands of organizations worldwide already act this way: we let strangers rent our homes and sit our pets; we share designs for cars and code; we govern Commons and cooperatives. Patreon is a great example of trust at work. You can learn more at WIWTY.com.

As those of you who know me may be thinking already, I was born for this quest, which began 20 years ago, when I was a tech-industry analyst. In the middle of hearing some 4,000 startup pitches, I realized I didn't like the word "consumer." Over time, paying attention to that itch blossomed into a world-change thesis I call the Relationship Economy. WIWTY is a laser slice through that thesis.

Along the way, I'll curate everything worth remembering into my online Brain, which will be our shared memory. My Brain is a side story all its own.

At the beginning, this project will look like a podcast or vlog rolling out on my YouTube account and elsewhere. But WIWTY is also:
  • A book.
  • A collection of novel business ideas designed from trust.
  • Advice on what to do with your one wild and precious life.
  • A media experiment in collective intelligence, blending videos with Prezi, TheBrain, GitHub and more.
  • A way for me to "walk the talk," to work openly, to use modern tools that connect us to one another and to improve our many Commons.

As we hit Goals here on Patreon and level up, we'll be able to take more action together. I'll convene meetings, virtual, real and augmented. We'll help other initiatives and may have funds to seed our own. Along the way, we'll give people a narrative for how (and why) they might act now to build a productive way forward.

Sound good? If so, please click on that big button on the right and let's get busy.

Jerry Michalski
Rewards
Trust Explorer
$1 or more per month 40 patrons
Thanks for joining this quest! I’ll immortalize you by adding you to my Brain as my patron, with gratitude. (Lmk if you'd prefer anonymity.) 
Context Weaver
$5 or more per month 44 patrons
The above, plus:
I’ll add your context to my Brain, including links you deem relevant. That means we'll have to swap some bits and get acquainted.
Instigator
$25 or more per month 13 patrons
The above, plus:

Your name on a page of honor on WIWTY.com. I'll also add you to this project's private Activity Feed, where I'll post media before I post publicly. Here we can also meet, talk and develop ideas together.

Firestarter
$100 or more per month 1 patron
The above, plus:
Membership in the Relationship Economy eXpedition, a cohort of change agents exploring the frontiers of trust.
Trust Host
$500 or more per month 2 patrons
Four more memberships in the Relationship Economy eXpedition. You invite four peers: you're their host. Plus one seat at an annual event.
Rocket Lighter
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
The above, plus:
One day of my time a year, anywhere on Earth (travel costs separate). I can run a workshop, vet internal projects or offer guidance on trust.
Orbit Shaper
$5,000 or more per month 0 patrons
All the above, plus:

You are powering us to a new orbit. Thank you! Once a quarter, I'll focus my attention on your organization (or whatever you prefer) for a 90-minute multiparty video call.

Goals
$1,586 of $100,000 per month
Movement! At $100K/month, you're funding a movement that has staff and resources to make a difference. We'll also be able to fuel resonant initiatives.
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"Trust" is one of those words we think we understand, but mostly we don't. In particular, we don't understand the role of trust in designing our institutions. Worse, few of us question how our institutions are designed. We humans are so adorably adaptable, no? 

What If We Trusted You -- this Patreon project -- is a quest into this territory, with an optimistic point of view: When we design systems from trust, we get better results that cost less and have terrific side effects, like rebuilding community and releasing our inherent genius.

Thousands of organizations worldwide already act this way: we let strangers rent our homes and sit our pets; we share designs for cars and code; we govern Commons and cooperatives. Patreon is a great example of trust at work. You can learn more at WIWTY.com.

As those of you who know me may be thinking already, I was born for this quest, which began 20 years ago, when I was a tech-industry analyst. In the middle of hearing some 4,000 startup pitches, I realized I didn't like the word "consumer." Over time, paying attention to that itch blossomed into a world-change thesis I call the Relationship Economy. WIWTY is a laser slice through that thesis.

Along the way, I'll curate everything worth remembering into my online Brain, which will be our shared memory. My Brain is a side story all its own.

At the beginning, this project will look like a podcast or vlog rolling out on my YouTube account and elsewhere. But WIWTY is also:
  • A book.
  • A collection of novel business ideas designed from trust.
  • Advice on what to do with your one wild and precious life.
  • A media experiment in collective intelligence, blending videos with Prezi, TheBrain, GitHub and more.
  • A way for me to "walk the talk," to work openly, to use modern tools that connect us to one another and to improve our many Commons.

As we hit Goals here on Patreon and level up, we'll be able to take more action together. I'll convene meetings, virtual, real and augmented. We'll help other initiatives and may have funds to seed our own. Along the way, we'll give people a narrative for how (and why) they might act now to build a productive way forward.

Sound good? If so, please click on that big button on the right and let's get busy.

Jerry Michalski

Recent posts by Jerry Michalski

Rewards
Trust Explorer
$1 or more per month 40 patrons
Thanks for joining this quest! I’ll immortalize you by adding you to my Brain as my patron, with gratitude. (Lmk if you'd prefer anonymity.) 
Context Weaver
$5 or more per month 44 patrons
The above, plus:
I’ll add your context to my Brain, including links you deem relevant. That means we'll have to swap some bits and get acquainted.
Instigator
$25 or more per month 13 patrons
The above, plus:

Your name on a page of honor on WIWTY.com. I'll also add you to this project's private Activity Feed, where I'll post media before I post publicly. Here we can also meet, talk and develop ideas together.

Firestarter
$100 or more per month 1 patron
The above, plus:
Membership in the Relationship Economy eXpedition, a cohort of change agents exploring the frontiers of trust.
Trust Host
$500 or more per month 2 patrons
Four more memberships in the Relationship Economy eXpedition. You invite four peers: you're their host. Plus one seat at an annual event.
Rocket Lighter
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
The above, plus:
One day of my time a year, anywhere on Earth (travel costs separate). I can run a workshop, vet internal projects or offer guidance on trust.
Orbit Shaper
$5,000 or more per month 0 patrons
All the above, plus:

You are powering us to a new orbit. Thank you! Once a quarter, I'll focus my attention on your organization (or whatever you prefer) for a 90-minute multiparty video call.