Real value is not money. Real value is fulfilment. Fulfilment is from realising potential, achieving understanding, having ideas, contributing and producing, learning and growing.
Fulfilment is a factor of realisation, understanding, ideas, contribution and productivity, learning and growth. All of this is enabled and permitted by the principle of no harm.
A good economy enables contributions. It is sustainable, not sabotaged by speculation. Its reward is not a steady rate of return (or wild riches), but fulfilment through the realisation of potential, through people enabled to make their best contributions.
In the same vein, real costs are not financial in the real economy, they are human. These are the hidden but also often blatant costs people pay when they are unable to realise their potential, find fulfilment and contribute. This is the real cost. Financial cost is not the key factor of importance; harm to people’s ability to realise potential and find fulfilment is.
A common purpose economy is not only politically democratic, but also organisationally, in businesses and bureaucracies. It is an economy with equal opportunity to contribute, where financial inequities are reduced so they do not constrict opportunities.
When freedom to pursue fulfilment is the measure ask, “Am I fulfilled? Am I free?”
Another measure of success in constructing an economy that enables fulfilment is the level of the shared base income. This can be measured by valuing the direct (monetary) and indirect components (free education, universal health care) that comprise it, and comparing this to similar measures in other nations.
[Excerpt from The Common Purpose Manifesto]