It seems a common point of criticism towards the model is some variation of “how would adjustments be made as the year goes on?” It seems quite easy to detect when there are deviations from the original plan by simply analyzing how many products have been picked up from the distribution center, and then comparing that to the planned supply.
However, things become more difficult when we need to coordinate an increase of supply for a certain product. Councils will need to negotiate with one another to receive user rights for additional inputs such as natural resources or intermediete goods.
I have two questions regarding this:
What would one of these negotiations look like? I think it would be beneficial to lay out an example scenario to help people get a clearer picture.
How could we use technology to make this process less painful? Something I really like about the annual planning procedure is that everyone submits proposals and the IFB simply analyzes that data and lets people revise. It would be nice if revisions worked in a similar way so we’re not having in person meetings between different councils or federations.
I’m imagining something like this:
A computer system detects a shortage for a particular product and signals the relevant worker councils responsible for making the product.
Each workplace that was signaled then has an opportunity to submit a proposal that basically says “we commit to producing x more of these products if we can get access to these inputs”.
If an input they require is an intermediete good, the computer system will signal the worker councils responsible for it so they can submit revision proposals too.
Once all relevant workplaces have had a chance to submit revision proposals, all federations will take a vote on which proposals should be approved to meet the demand increase. This is similar to how everyone has the right to give a thumbs up or thumbs down to production and consumption proposals during the annual planning procedure.
I’m sure I’m missing some details here, but the flow of this feels pretty good to me. What are your thoughts?