A forum to discuss how economic anthropology might be regenerated by taking advantage of new social forms such as this one.
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Julia - no I don't think it would improve management of natural resources, mostly because I think it is already being done by indigenous people's own systems, which assign different names to the various properties but achieve similar outcomes - except they are not playing games and have a much more nuanced understanding of where they "live".
It is scary to think that this is NOW operating in an ethical vacuum with the implications for far away peoples, animals, plants being totally unaccounted for at the place/level where decisions are being made.
Perhaps, regular visits to the places and people whose lives they trade on an hourly basis would be a way to help connect these traders. How about a network of volunteer homes where they could get a taste of where they really work?? The network could be funded by the financial institutions' own foundations and run as a nonprofit. With regular evening sessions with anthropologists, conservation biologists, local farmers, ethicists, and of course indigenous people themselves (if they agree). A thought ...
That article was fascinating, Kathryn... but horrifying. What would people say if thet world's financial markets were being decided by the outcomes of a group of teenage boys playing on video games?? How is this really any different? Reminded me of the fact that people working for the Nazi regime were able to do such awful things in their working lives because there was such a complete split between their work and home lives... Surely it can never be healthy or ethical for people to be engaging in their working lives as if they were merely playing a game... And where do the values and behavioural codes they apply to this game (of market trading) come from? From popularized versions of evolutionary theory?? From a childhood misspent playing too many video games? Isn't there some way to reconnect these traders to the real world? And does this require a whole new system of money, or just a different culture/environment/training for traders?
And to answer your question, no I really don't think it would improve management of natural resources at a local level - do you?
oops ... forgot the article. Here it is:
Financial trading: a complex biological system?
See how "nutritional points" are determined by researching nomadic peoples!
How can the wealth of data from carefully observed and recorded social systems find a new place in this electronic framework?
Do you think it would improve the management of natural resources at the local level by translating it to a methodology that is thriving perhaps hundreds of levels up ... on the trading floor and for the benefit of enormously powerful wealth nodes?
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