I have solved the problem of meetings.

Why do people talk so much in meetings? Economics gives us the answer: they benefit (they get to hear the sound of their own voice, plus have a chance to convince people to allocate resources to them), while others (the other attendees, who have to listen) pay the costs. It’s all externality.

The Gowder Plan to Solve Meeting Babbling fixes all that.

What’s the main benefit, other than resource allocation and the chance to babble, that people get from meetings?

Free food, obviously.

Therefore, we can force people to internalize the costs of talking at meetings by handing out tokens at the beginning of the meeting, each of which can be redeemed either for a fixed amount of talking time or a fixed amount of meeting food, which should be yummy.

Then let we can let the market for tokens ration the supply of talking minutes, which has an upper bound of the sum of the talk-time values of the tokens, but decreases to the extent that people prefer eating yummy food to talking.

I’ll take my fake nobel prize in economics now, thanks.


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