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Essay of the Day: Virtual Guilds and the Future of Craft

photo of Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens
18th November 2012

* Article: Virtual Guilds: Collective Intelligence and the Future of Craft. By Leonardo Bonanni and Amanda Parkes. The Journal of Modern Craft, Volume 3—Issue 2 July 2010, pp. 179–190


“The apprentice model is making a resurgence through online craft communities or virtual guilds. These groups are growing through the mainstreaming of computercontrolled manufacturing and the democratic sales channels of the internet. Similar to open-source software communities, virtual guilds have a pioneering role in championing new technologies, often with only niche applications. The future success of these virtual guilds will depend on a careful balance of access to commercial media and focus on socially relevant issues.”


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