We also need to focus on creating option spaces—portfolios of social, institutional, and technological choices that can be adaptively and flexibly deployed in complex environments.
YES!!!!!!!!! A thousand times yes!
The West has been throwing away options for decades now. I have long bemoaned this to those who know me best and am thrilled to see a similar idea in print.
One easy example: copyright. Regardless of how you feel about copyright generally or the RIAA specifically, the fact that our copyright regime is enshrined in treaties such as the WIPO Copyright Treaty (and the draft TPP) means we have foreclosed possibilities of experimentation in copyright law.
Democracies are supposed to be responsive to their people’s changing needs. The linked article deals with changes driven by technology, but there are other causes of change. You would hesitate before buying a product that locked you in to a single vendor. Think carefully before supporting policies or politicians that lock us in to a single future.
(Opinions are my own, not necessarily those of my employer or any other party.)