Work Week Reduction

By Robert Thomas Drury


I spent a long time analyzing the computer industry, noting that software applications written for any one computer operating system could be available to everyone if there were one open standard computer operating system instead of multiple competing operating systems.

And now there is the phenomenon of software bloat where the software generated today tends to have a huge amount of features that are not used.

We recognize parallels in the overall economy where a lack of standardization, and the phenomenon of bloat, both cause a huge amount of unproductive or counter-productive economic churn. We realize there are basic assumptions or rules at play creating these inefficiencies in both the computer industry and across the whole economy, such that by changing these assumptions/rules we can increase efficiencies, or increase the value of production, in line with other changes to increase social/ecological wellbeing.

We can later discuss in more detail these assumptions/rules, but for now let's consider that the increase in value is likely to be somewhere on the order of a factor of four. This is more than significant. This is profound. It translates into a reduction of the work week to ten hours per week.