PERSON TO PERSON
What if we lived in a world that revolved around the quality of life, rather than economic winners and losers? What if there was a way out of the isolation and polarization that so many of us find ourselves in, toward authentic connections with others, across all divisions and borders? What if we could step out of the culture of blame and victimhood, into a reality that gave us freedom and agency to pursue our dreams?
In-Person to Person, Joeri Torfs and Pim Ampe describe this world and chart a clear path to travel toward it. It’s not a utopia they describe, nor is it a fantasy. Instead, grounded in research and rooted in reality, Person to Person presents an environment that incentivizes goodness, fairness, sustainability, and freedom. It begins with the individual, then moves toward our collaborative relationships; finally, Person to Person proposes a financial environment that would enable this Quality of Life World to flourish—one that is already underway.
Alongside the book’s theory, we meet Jake, Leon, Lana, and Alex: four fictional college students that illustrate the Person to Person concepts as they interact together in their dorm rooms and on campus. Their narrative reminds readers that all of us humans—in spite of our pitfalls, in view of our potential—have the power to make a better world for ourselves: one that is richly satisfying, deeply connected, and truly free.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
A long time ago, when I was a youngster, I read Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.It introduced a Metaphysics of Quality, which aimed to go beyond the subject/object split that stood at the birth of our modern times and has eventually left Western people splintered into many pieces. A healing of the split between the individual, the community, and the society at large is more needed than ever. It is nothing less than the urgent task of our time, which is suffering from a terrible meaning crisis in a deteriorating physical world. This book is a deep but pragmatic exploration of this triple problem: can we be whole and free persons (not just individuals), anchored in real communities that can support their members in a solidary environment and (also just as crucially) in a society that we can meaningfully contribute to? That is the circle that needs to be squared. Don’t expect here yet another new utopia by neo-hippies or techno-dystopian dreams but a mature and anchored ‘heterotopia’ by two authors with ample life and work experience and skin in the game. A high-tech world needs high touch. You will find it here.
This book delivers a most practical and straightforward tutorial, introducingthe reader toinnovative ideas about how to increase our quality of life in a very accessible way, making it tangibleand actionable.
Finally a book that highlights the need to break free of the economic, social, and governmental systems we’re in, toward an opt-in environment that would allow for a radical new way of cooperation.