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1. NRP Overview

mikorizal
February 11, 2015

1. NRP Overview

This is the overview of NRP = Network Resource Planning: operational software for open value networks and other next-economy organizations.

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February 11, 2015
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  1. NRP
    Network Resource Planning ++
    overview
    http://mikorizal.org

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  2. Network Resource Planning
    Sorta like ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning),
    except it’s for loosely-coupled economic
    networks instead of corporations.

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  3. The Economic Networks...
    ...can be composed of individuals, projects,
    other networks, and other organizations that
    are not networks.

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  4. This is an overview of NRP
    now and some later.
    A lot of it is implemented.
    Some is work in process.
    Some of it is not started yet, but we know what
    it looks like.
    Some of it is a glint in our eyes.

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  5. This is where we are going…(for example)

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  6. Or like this, in flow-diagram form...

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  7. To do this, we need:
    ● Models of networks
    ● Plans driven by human and ecological needs
    ● Creation of values to meet needs
    ● Coordination of work that creates value
    ● Value equations to govern distribution
    ● Network Accounting for networks, organizations in
    networks, and individuals in networks

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  8. The result will be...
    ● Flows of value in which you can participate
    ○ request, offer, create, receive, use, consume, work,
    contribute, reward and be rewarded
    ● Streams of value activities that you can
    subscribe and respond to and publish into.
    ● And maybe a new way to make a living that
    is not a job.
    ○ We can’t promise that, but that’s what some of our
    user networks are working on...

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  9. Model of the network
    ● Agents (individuals, organizations, projects,
    networks)
    ● Agent associations (the shape of the
    network)
    ● Resource types (stuff to create, use,
    consume, types of work, currencies, etc.)
    ● Recipes for creating resource types

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  10. Shape of the network

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  11. Agent Setup
    An economic agent is a person or organization (loosely
    structured or formal) who can create or exchange value.
    Agents can relate to each other in defined ways.
    The picture at the right shows a complicated agent setup in
    one installation. Many will be much simpler.
    Some possible relationships to think about:
    ● Network of networks
    ● Network has legal representative to relate to the
    outside world
    ● Network with no need for a legal representative
    (perhaps organized as legal entity itself)
    ● Projects with subprojects
    ● Projects within a network
    ● Projects outside of a network
    ● Network with no need for projects

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  12. Resource Setup
    It is important, and sometimes difficult, to understand the difference between Resource
    Types and Resources. The Inventory page (left) shows Resources by Resource Type.
    The Resource Type is the definition of all of the Resources that belong to that Type. If
    you are familiar with ERP systems, a Resource Type is like a Product Master or Item
    Master, and resources are like Inventory Items. Or in books, an ISBN (International
    Standard Book Number) is the ID of a Resource Type, and all of the individual books with
    that ISBN are Resources. For another example, "Room 101" and “Room 102” might be
    Resources belonging to a Resource Type called "Room".
    Or at Amazon, you always buy a Resource Type. Amazon knows what Resources they
    have in inventory for that Type, but you are not specifying which Resource you want. The
    warehouse will determine that when they pick and ship.
    Usually Resources would only be instantiated if they are inventoried: and usually, that is if
    they exist physically and tangibly somewhere, and you want to know about it in the
    system.
    Money is particular: a Resource Type that might be instantiated in a pile of cash, but
    more often as the balance of a bank account or a number in a database.
    Some Resource Types may never be instantiated: for example Types of Work.
    Resource Types and Resources
    Resource types
    Resources
    Resources

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  13. Recipes
    ● All the info required to create a resource
    ○ Processes
    ○ Materials
    ○ Equipment
    ○ Designs
    ○ Work
    ○ Etc.
    ● In ERP terms, a combination of bills of material and
    routings and suppliers.

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  14. Recipe Types
    Resource
    Type E
    Process
    Type 2
    Resource
    Type C
    Process
    Type 1
    Resource
    Type D
    Resource
    Type B
    Resource
    Type A
    Source
    (Agent)
    output
    input (consume, use, cite)
    output
    input
    Process
    Type 1
    Manufacturing Recipe Workflow Recipe
    Resource
    Type X
    Process
    Type 3
    Process
    Type 2
    Resource
    Type X
    Resource
    Type X
    Resource
    Type Y
    create
    change
    change

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  15. Planning
    ● Requests come in
    ○ from customers
    ○ from network members
    ○ NRP wants to be driven by human and ecological
    needs, but is not there yet. Nor are the humans.
    ● Orders get created from recipes
    ○ they plan all of the work required to fill the request

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  16. Coordinate the work...
    the network
    publishes work
    that you can do:

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  17. Take this task...

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  18. Coordinate the work...
    ● using P2P coordination….
    ● The people working on a process coordinate with the
    people working on the next processes and the people
    working on the previous processes.
    ● NRP sends notifications about events and problems.
    ● Late work can be re-scheduled forward.

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  19. The people working on
    this process
    coordinate with the
    people working on that
    process

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  20. NRP sends notifications to help coordinate work...
    these exist now
    these and more are coming up

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  21. Value equation...
    ● decides distribution of income
    ● democratically designed
    ● open for everyone to see
    ● can be different for every project
    ● can reward the value flow of contributions
    that led to the income
    ● can reward “overhead” contributions

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  22. Claim
    Claim
    Claim
    Claim
    Value Equation
    Income
    Bucket
    Bucket
    Bucket
    Claim
    Contribution
    Contribution
    Contribution
    Contribution
    Contribution
    Make
    product
    Get paid
    Sell it
    Overhead
    or
    provide
    service
    or barter
    or get
    something
    in return

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  23. This value
    equation rewards
    work and financial
    contributions.

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  24. This value equation
    rewards deliverables.

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  25. People can experiment
    and propose value
    equations.
    When all agree, the
    money is distributed.

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  26. Accountability...
    ● from peers to each other
    ● from members to the network
    ● from the network to the members
    ● from one network to another
    ● from the network to the community
    ● from the network to the ecosystem

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  27. Network Accounting (started developing)
    ● Separate accounting views for:
    ○ a network
    ○ each organization in the network
    ○ each project
    ○ each individual
    ● (we have most of the data, but views are just started)

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  28. Accounting views
    ● Standard accounting reports
    ● Payables, Receivables
    ● Cash flows
    ● Incoming and outgoing value flows
    ● Contributions
    ● Fluid equity
    ● Creations
    ● Projected income

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  29. Possible differences between Network Accounting and
    the accounting you might be used to:
    ● People in the network log events as they occur and the accounting Just
    Happens.
    ● All of the views (for the whole network, a sub-network, another
    organization in the network, a project, an individual) emerge from subsets
    of the same data.
    ● Or potentially, views for a global value system economy (really).
    ● Using REA (Resources, Events and Agents) the ISO Accounting and
    Economic Ontology, which was evolved for that purpose. (See
    Independent View on next slide…)

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  30. Value flows
    ● Tracing all of the resources that went into creating a
    resource, and all of the other resources that resource
    went into,
    ● recursively, which means the inputs to the inputs to the
    inputs, and the outputs from the outputs from the
    outputs, forever, until the sources or end uses.
    ● Your work might have been part of those value flows.
    ● When rewards come back, you will participate in them,
    according to the value equation.

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  31. Reality
    Plan
    Recipe
    Input
    Event
    Output
    Event
    Resource
    Input
    Event
    Resource
    Process
    Input
    Plan
    Output
    Plan
    Input
    Plan
    Process
    Process
    Type
    Input
    Type
    Output
    Type
    Resource
    Type
    Input
    Type
    Resource
    Type
    Process
    Type

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  32. Value streams
    ● Published by a value network.
    ● Like Activity Streams, but about value network activities.
    ● Needs, ideas, offers, requests, plans, new recipes,
    creations, work to do, stuff we need, income, income
    distribution
    ● You will be able to subscribe to feeds from networks,
    with selections of activity types.
    ● You will be able to respond: offer work, stuff, money,
    ideas, requests, orders, improvements, etc.
    ● You will be able to publish into the value streams.

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  33. Flows and streams
    ● Flows show the history of where value came from and
    where it went.
    ● Streams are feeds of information about current value
    network plans and events.
    ● NRP now displays incoming value flows for any
    resource.
    ● Outgoing value flows are on the roadmap.
    ● So are value streams.

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  34. Where are you?

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  35. Appendix
    1. diagram of NRP core model

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