In an economy built on fulfilment without harm, all people contribute their best. The most popular contributions may gain the greatest financial reward, but the purpose is not this reward, the purpose is fulfilling potential through the contributions made.
An economy in which decisions on contribution are made by people, according to what they see is needed and can provide, is a good economy. A bad economy is one where decisions are centralised in the hands of the few who own and control most resources.
The resources controlled by the few are directed to secure, financial return, not to realising potential. The secure, financial return motivation quashes decentralised, informed, decision-making and replaces it with central decision-making designed to reduce financial risk by controlling and limiting what is done.
Centrally controlled corporations can work for secure financial return because most people employed are not independently secure. They depend on the corporation for their earnings.
With this power over incomes, corporations can force people to choose between financial security and the right to ideas, the right to speak publicly, and the freedom to contribute how they best can.
A focus on financial security is only absolutely necessary at the most basic level. Most who realise their unique potential do not do it primarily for security. Artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, and anyone expressing themselves in their work do it primarily because it is fulfilling, and often do it over other work that pays more.
Tragically, the requirement to realise financial security and pursue material gain prevents many people from realising their potential, channelling them into work they are not particularly suited to in order to survive or pointlessly pursue possession of material things.
Real value, real gain is realised in expressing the self through contributing. When people see a better way of doing things, and do things that way, they realise their potential.
A good system mechanises pointless, repetitive work, and evokes contributions that fulfil those making them. A good system shares and enhances ideas without limit. Shared ideas are borrowed, copied and continually enhanced. Unshared ideas stay still, frozen by patents and unfair competition.
[Excerpt from The Common Purpose Manifesto]