Here's another group
I've been following a lot. There's a lot of innovative stuff going on over there. Get this, they run a design firm in Chicago. You'd never know.
Most design firms are paid for their work. There's a one-time payment, much like buying a CD or a business book (had to tie it back to our work here).
This group is different. They've found a way to own their ideas and circumvent the one-time payment. And they're having a fine time doing it.
Here's the explanation
of how their model changed. It's from 2005 and is still relevant. They became their own client -- they build services they'd want, and content they like to read (and share a space with handy web designers
). Turns out, a lot of regular people needed and enjoyed the same sorts of things.
They're getting paid for their ideas. That may not seem extraordinary; it is.
In a society where ideas can run wildly, the structure of our economy is lagging. It still pays for the product and not the idea
. Here's another way of looking at it.
At some point that's going to change. We just haven't quite figured how.
I think Coudal
may just be the starting point for this change.
There's something here for authors, musicians, business folks, and anyone who's trying to earn a dime off their ideas.