How to produce and share common humanistic values - Digitalisation and recognition of the social meaning of economic relationships

Published: 18. June 2019
Category: Social Sciences, Law and Economics
Author: Tapani Köppä

Abstract

Digitalisation has been regarded by politicians and economic leaders as a new superior opportunity to continue and accelerate economic growth. Growth in its recent capitalistic understanding cannot, however, solve the global crises, climate change, narrowing of biodiversity, accumulation of wealth in the hands of a minority or arms race and use of violence as conflict treatment. Economic growth is part of the problem, not its solution.

Recognising the meaning of economic cooperation is needed to prevent the capitalist drive of competition leading to the destruction of societies and the market economy itself. The evolution of human economy must be turned towards win-win solutions instead of fighting against each other. This is needed to avoid the increasing inequality between the great majority of the people and the knowledge owner elite of super-humans in “The Brave New World” of the digital age.

I see digitalisation as an opportunity to learn how to solve urgent global problems by interaction. Digitalisation may create new contents to the market economy providing open access to people into the information networks. This makes possible to establish social relationships, contacts between and across different cultures and sharing targets based on a humanistic community spirit. The crucial question is, if our contemporary socioeconomic system recognises the meaning of economic cooperation as a means to combine private benefit and common good. Digitalised platforms could become rewarding learning environments for new ways to cooperate, and share common aims, inviting people to participate in the ”well-doing” society, virtually and really. The learning can take place at all levels of human interaction, sharing things and tasks together more fairly, based on and targeting to win-win outcomes.

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