• 00:00    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:06    |    
    Introduction by Luis Figueroa
  • 00:15    |    
    Where did the interest to work with self-governed communities and their economy surfaced?
  • 00:46    |    
    As a journalist and philosopher, tell us about your experiences with self-reliance economies
  • 02:08    |    
    What is your research method in these communities?
  • 02:45    |    
    How did you feel living in communities that have such bad reputations?
  • Hospitality and cordiality
  • 03:58    |    
    What are the rules and regulations of these communities?
  • 05:20    |    
    Anecdote about the intralingual translation of "informal economy"
  • 06:54    |    
    How do the members of these communities solve their disputes?
  • 07:41    |    
    Is there a conexion between growth of technology businesses and informal economy?
  • Street economy
  • 09:17    |    
    Are pirates friends or enemies of people?
  • Pirating the pirates
  • 10:28    |    
    What is System D?
  • 11:47    |    
    What fascinating things have you learned from these experiences?
    • Change in beliefs
    • Modesty
    • Inspired by creativity
  • 13:27    |    
    Final words
  • 13:34    |    
    Final credits

System D: The Economy of Self-Governed Communities

New Media  | 20 de abril de 2013  | Vistas: 20

Robert Neuwirth, concerned about self-governed communities and their economy, shares his experience of working and living among them. His research method led him to experiment from within, the very own hospitality and entrepreneurial thrive of those referred to as merchants of informal economy.

In an effort of taking away the negative connotation of the phrase “informal economy”, he explains why he addresses them as members of System D and elaborates on the French background of the term. Neuwirth also relates the anecdote of how he came upon a fitting description of their activities as “businesses that exist solely on their own effort with no help from the government”. He concludes by commenting on three astonishing life-lessons learned while carrying out his investigation.


Robert Neuwirth is an American journalist and author of the books…