Anti-Fragile Playbook: January 2021 Update

Kent Dahlgren
4 min readFeb 13, 2021


The Roots of the Anti-Fragile Playbook are Deepening. We’ve had an extraordinarily productive new year! But don’t take our word for it…

Frame from the newly-released video featuring Tanya Golden, customer of 214 Alpha

Watch and listen to our customers:

Return on investment: how does our solution pay for itself?

Transaction-fee-based revenue is kept by the community, forming the basis of self-funded economic revival, using money that normally stays under the table.

At the end of the sixth-month milestone:

  • 1,000 total people in marketplace app
  • 100 sellers; 900 buyers
  • $2,000/mo in transaction-fee-based revenue

Nine-month milestone:

  • Marketplace diversification: more sellers, increased sales
  • $6,000/mo in transaction-fee-based revenue

12-month milestone:

  • Marketplace diversification: more sellers, increased sales distribution
  • $9,560/mo in transaction-fee-based revenue

For elaboration, see our “Fun with ROI” document as well as this video, which illustrates the micro-economy which fuels the Anti-Fragile Wealth Production Engine.

Summary of the communities with whom we’ve been speaking

Helvetia Chäserei — Helvetia, West Virginia:

  • An ‘e-Cow-nomy’ in Helvetia WV in which an earn & learn community is growing around the revitalization of local cheeses made from historical cultural recipes.

Golden Tradition Saffron — North Plains, Oregon

  • Tanya Golden’s vision pairs indigenous and vulnerable women with a female mentor to learn valuable skills and crafts, in time graduating to become part of the matronage to extend the benefit to others, thus allowing her to transition her business into a 501(c)(3), using the community activation app by 214 Alpha.

Windsor Park Pilot — Austin, Texas

In our own neighborhood pilot, we have worked the first step of the Community Activation and Launch Model (C.A.L.M.) process and produced two podcasts discussing the pilot’s progress to date (see below for further details)

Los Angeles, California:

  • A nonprofit 501(c)(3) Creative Collective, building a holistic mental wellness program for people who struggle with mental illness. We are a committed team of creatives, doctors, therapists and philanthropists who are working to build a step-by-step mental wellness program to sensitive creative people to discover a new level of physical, emotional, mental and economic stability.

New videos

New podcast episodes (the Anti-Fragile Playbook)

New articles (Ruth Glendinning)

New articles (Kent Dahlgren)

Pilot: The Anti-Fragile Wealth Production Engine (and Playbook) has entered a new phase of development

If we want an eco-balanced [economy + ecology] sustainable future we must bring the tools to the communities ‘holding the ground’ and root deeply in the mission of creating — and keeping — wealth locally.

Our Own Anti-Fragile Pilot: Learning as we go

We are launching a pilot of the Anti-Fragile Wealth Production Engine in our own local neighborhood.

​Development of the Anti-Fragile Playbook will coincide with the evolution of our own local “living laboratory,” ensuring the Anti-Fragile Playbook is a living document, updated to reflect up-to-date lessons learned.


Against the backdrop of Covid & a quickly changing world, we have walked miles in their own neighborhood observing the patterns of life & meeting the neighbors.​


As the values & needs of the community emerge, we’re ‘walking the talk’ and creating a self-funded economic revival using the 214 Alpha community revitalization app in partnership with Future Story Lab. Using the C.A.L.M. model under the direction of Trudy Martinez, we’re defining the project with the goal of engaging our neighbors in creating a sustainable local economy.​


We will bring forward the hidden wealth of our neighborhood, creating an accessible, inclusive story of the future for all, no exceptions. Key areas of sustainability will include:

  • Income/job security
  • Food security
  • Home security
  • Health
  • Personal Growth/Satisfaction
  • Governance
  • Being a Neighbor

Would you like to contribute? Please visit our website and see how you can help!



Kent Dahlgren

Product management fix-it guy. World-famous people skills. Extremely small hands. (edit) marketing lady says I’m also supposed to say “CEO of software company”