Increasing Order – Tracing a Product Through the Supply Chain

In order to determine if this method might work before committing significant resources to it, we need to do some thinking about how it might look in “real life”. The crucible test for die-hard realistic, type people. The best example I can come up with is the farm I grew up on. Here we had land virtually given to us (for a very low price compared to today’s standards), decent sunlight, adequate waterfall, amiable neighbours, about as good as it could get. Except that, due to changes in the economy and a chronically low and variable market hog price, someone else now owns that farm. Would we (my Dad, myself, Mom and sisters) get very far if we were only acknowledged for what we did, without receiving any monetary reward? In short, no. Not really, but this was because we needed external inputs, diesel fuel, fertilizer, anhydrous ammonia and many others. We had to be educated and clothed. So, this wouldn’t work in the current system.

But I think that parts of it would work.

One of the key ingredients to a successful farm is intangible. It is that solid, peaceful feeling you have from knowing that your needs are met, and that those needs are being met from the land around you. Let’s face it, we live in a solid, three dimensional physical world. In order to feed three-dimensional, physical bodies, we need three dimensional, physical food. This is where the “reality” comes in from those die hards that insist you have to do it the “old way”. But today, so many of us are divorced from the land, the boundary between “real” and “virtual” is blurred. Food can be ordered from a smartphone and delivered to the door, while the occupants watch an entirely unreal reality, delivered in two dimensions, with sound. There is no gratitude for the rest of the supply chain, and little built in to thank the guy at the oil rig, the transport driver, and all the rest. The pizza delivery guy might get a tip, maybe.

So, as it was stated at the beginning, this is a four part system, at minimum, where we acknowledge the need for physical devices, a network to distribute information, power with which to power the devices, and a means of acknowledging effort to increase order. This is at it’s minimum. Once that thought pattern is in place, we could replace the device with another item of need, water for instance, or food, or clothing, as the solid, physical, three dimensional item, the network for distributing it (less tangible, depending on how it is defined), the energy required for distribution, and finally, the soft, warm glow in our hearts for doing a job well done. If a system like this is in place (with the intent for the action to increase order to occur of the person’s own free well, because they want to and like to do that), then we have the beginning’s of a workable, closed loop system. A person who is intrinsically rewarded for doing something will be more likely to do so again. When the entire structure is set up so as to ensure order is increased, then, by default, people will be fed, clothed, given fresh, pure, clean water to drink, etc. All of these are secondary items to the simpler idea, increasing order. And the main part in all of this is identifying that this is the goal (increasing order), and this is the method (allowing people to be intrinsically rewarded for increasing order). I think that maybe, just maybe, it may be that simple.

And aren’t all good things simple, at heart?

Let me know what you think. Drop me a line at cbos [at] tnoep [dot] ca, and I will post the best ideas on this site.