The idea of "racing to the top" is a powerful one for me. It feels like a shift from “races to the bottom: the more common situation where we, as a society, seem to be stuck in a competition of addiction — who can get the user hooked more on games, porn, food, or any other addictive substance or behavior. This kind of race is inherently destructive. It strips us of our agency and fosters dependence.
With races to the top, it's a different kind of competition, one where everyone is striving, not just for personal success, but to help each other win. It's about working together to make the world a better place, to usher in a future where we all thrive.
So, what does this better future look like? For me, it's about more solutions that contribute to human flourishing, longevity, and sovereignty. We need to envision this collectively uplifting future and then strive to make it a reality.
To trigger a race to the top in these areas, I imagine building a global union of innovators ready to relocate to any country that fosters the conditions for this kind of transformative innovation. It's about offering countries an open-source strategy and policies to create a future that benefits all. It's crucial to make these strategies easily accessible and understandable, showing why they can lead to a better future for all.
The open-source concept is key. It's not only about countries. It can apply to anything, from politics to dating culture. For instance, we could encourage funders and people with capital to support politicians who endorse policies for this 'all-win' future, or we could define and promote the ideal characteristics for potential partners, motivating people to step into these beneficial roles.
The common thread in all this is the belief that people will do the right thing when they understand why it's the right thing to do. Open-sourcing these strategies and blueprints is crucial because it allows anyone to adapt the plan to their circumstances and contribute their insights, creating the most collectively intelligent plan.
There's a role for everyone in this race to the top. There need to be funders and supporters ready to back those who increasingly align with these blueprints. We need to incentivize the pursuit of the best version of ourselves, our societies, and our world. So, let's start racing to the top, together.