My name is Michael Hicks. I’m an independent video game designer and musician. For the last decade I’ve been researching alternative ways to run the economy. I grew up in the 90’s in a blue collar community. My dad worked at a factory making car parts, and the factory eventually moved to another country to achieve cheaper labor / higher profits.
The area I grew up in became economically devastated during this period, and seeing all of this happen as a kid left an impact on me. I suspected there was a better way of organizing the economy, and felt some deep changes would be required.
Eventually a few years ago someone recommended I look into participatory economics. This is the best proposal I’ve read for creating a new economy. Specifically, I think it’s very useful how the model breaks down fundamental economic issues that need addressed. The framework it uses to analyze these problems has been very beneficial to me, and I hope more people check out the proposal.
Thanks for having me!