I was thinking about how governments respond to ‘surge capacity’ issues like this.
Part of the reason they don’t drill for BIG things as well as they could is that they’re TOO complex. So rather than work out and maintain relationships with tonnes of organisations which you’re ‘very unlikely’ to need, you create emergency laws you can pass which requisition things into a command economy instead.
However.. I wonder what a good non-govt response looks like. Is it this?
An alliance of companies an organisations which
- actively seek to create an alliance
- which seeks to ensure this, and other things like it, don’t happen again by
- building resilience
- planetary contingency planning
- allocates meaningful resources towards that goal
- creates and stewards mechanisms which progress the mission (eg patent pools)
So eg the NHS / health care
- Machines are too expensive but can be made cheaper
- We need to be generally better at diagnosis
- We need surge capacity for PPE / beds / research / eqpt mfr: which relationships and resources can be developed to ensure this is rapid and robust? What is learned from the process of making this happen to ensure it can happen REALLY quickly, efficiently, with minimal lag and political pre-requisites when it’s needed?
- standard alliance
- xprize type
- fund open source hardware projects