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“Does TIMN imply developing the so-far least favored (+N?) option: networked non-profit cooperatives?”

Posted by: on Oct 12, 2009 | 2 Comments

David Ronfeldt, about whose TIMN framework I recently blogged, has some thoughts about how a TIMN (Tribes, Institutions, Markets, Networks) analysis might characterize different kinds of governance. At the end, he points toward further possible work, including this:

Can TIMN help assess what seems to be ideologically amiss with liberalism and conservatism in the United States? Have both moved too far from being soundly triformist? Is one of them turning too tribalist (even monoformist) for its own and the country’s good? And what about a current policy issue — healthcare — that has liberals and conservatives all riled up, at odds over whether to go for a public (+I) or private (+M) option? Does TIMN imply developing the so-far least favored (+N?) option: networked non-profit cooperatives? I’m still working on this part, and I’ll post a separate announcement when it’s ready to be inserted here. Maybe next week.

I’m looking forward to this development. Either way, I like that this theoretical framework can become a tool to think beyond the current twinned either-or fallacy that the health care debate has become in this cycle.


  1. David Ronfeldt
    October 20, 2009

    fyi, for what it's worth, i've posted on this. my thoughts remain incomplete. but i hope they amount to steps in a good direction. thanks again for the interest, clay.

  2. Clay Spinuzzi
    October 21, 2009

    Thanks – and the link to that post is

    Really interesting.

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