Taking a cut

Rodhullandemu [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

Rodhullandemu [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

Some things we used to do for free, without the need for a middle-person:

  • Talk to each other on the way home from school

  • Eat dinner together

  • Drink water

  • Pay for stuff

  • Enjoy a view of the Thames from the Festival Hall

  • Hail a cab

  • Go on a date

In some cases a middle-person can add tremendous value - mediating a dispute instead of going to court for example.

All too often though, that new thing we’re all dying to try is just a mechanism for taking a cut of the value others have created.

Kirsten Gibbs