Key Copiosis Vocab:
- Net Benefit Reward (not money): we think of this as quantified social reputation
- Producers of Necessities (Food, Clothing, Shelter, Healthcare and Education)
- Producers of Luxuries (the more benefit to people and planet, the more NBR one can earn)
- A Payer Organization made of volunteers who administrate the Net Benefit Reward
- Algorithm - this is complex, open source, math formula which determines all of the positive results of an action minus all of the negative results of an action
As a parent, I am, at least initially, the producer of the Necessities. I give myself Net Benefit Reward (recognition) for my hard work providing necessities for my children and for the quality of my effort. I can also ask my children to rate me and my efforts. This mostly would build understanding (in all of us) of how grateful or ungrateful they are ( ha ha good luck with gratitude!)…thus informing me on what capacities for gratitude I may wish to grow with them. I think keeping a record of the good I do, reminding myself on a daily basis of what this effort means about me as a person, keeps my focus on being the best possible version of me. And helps me want to see that in others, including my children.
As a parent, I am the Payer Organization and keep the Algorithm in my head, at least initially, and so can let my children know how they too can earn NBR. In a Copiosis world, we need to benefit other people and the planet to earn NBR. That’s perfect for me and my kids too. I can emphasize when I ask them to do their chores and contribute to our family life, that what they are doing matters. It matters to me, to their grandmother, to our community in the long run. FYI: I do try not to overwhelm with proseltyzing. A little goes the longest way.
As a parent, I am also the Luxury producer, at least initially, and so can let my children know how many NBRs they need to earn before they can have access to my offering. (For example, a trip to the movies.) I can assign myself NBRs based on how much benefit I know my luxury produces for other people or the planet and then recognize myself for my efforts, just as I do in regards to the Necessities. And eventually, when I see my kids offer up something, I can recognize them with my appreciation and evidence of the difference their offering has made.
Does this all seem very silly ?
Why would a parent bother with this in the first place? Well, unless the parent was also interested in Copiosis, he or she probably won’t. However, I think this model is a lot like the Credit System of The Nurtured Heart Approach (creator of NHA is Howard Glasser), though others may not see connections, I do. And NHA is pretty popular these day. Parents yearning, as I yearn, to leave a better world behind might take interest as well. Because, what starts in a family system, can spread to other families, to communities, to cities and town, and well you get the picture.