Date archives "April 2006"

Stepping off

While millions of people are signing up to explore and escape into the virtual realities of mmorpg and virtual worlds, other experiments are appearing that are the strange fruit of both real and virtual communities. “Launched last week by two young British entrepreneurs, tribewanted is creating a global tribe that will develop a sustainable eco-community… Continue reading

“Is P2P for everybody?”

On P2P as it relates to the developmental schemes of Integral Theory, Spiral Dynamics, Gravesian psychology Michel Bauwens: As I’m enjoying the historic (first ever) seminar dedicated to P2P and its development, a crucial question that is arising is: Is P2P for everybody, or is it Western, male, cogni-centric model functioning as a mechanism of… Continue reading

Yochai Benkler’s The Wealth of Networks

With the radical changes in information production that the Internet has introduced, we stand at an important moment of transition, says Yochai Benkler in this thought-provoking book. The phenomenon he describes as social production is reshaping markets, while at the same time offering new opportunities to enhance individual freedom, cultural diversity, political discourse, and justice…. Continue reading

P2P Energy Grids: an opening in California?

 Contribution by Michael Bishop , originally published in the Cooperation Commons mailing list: It’s possible that in the near future, the California Energy Commision and/or the California Public Utilities Commission will require the utility companies to actually pay residents that put more electricity into the grid than they took out of it. Once this… Continue reading

Characteristics of Peer Production

This is an excerpt from the manuscript on peer to peer (section 3.3.C), which could be of interest, it focuses on 3 fundamental change-producing aspects of peer production: Beyond Formalization, Institutionalization, Commodification Observation of commons-based peer production and knowledge exchange, unveils a further number of important elements, which can be added to our earlier definition… Continue reading

A selection of webcasts on cooperation and peer to peer

In the last few weeks, we have been actively collating, and received many suggestions from our friends, on webcasts that shed light on P2P topics, the open access/source movement, and on cooperation generally. Here’s a selection of recommended webcasts from various sources, collated in our P2P Webcast Directory: Anne Margulies on Open Courseware Bernardo Huberman… Continue reading

Indicators of Virtual Power: Betweenness and Closeness – Valerie Krebs

The Cooperation Commons blog mentions a new report from Valerie Krebs, Building Smart Communities through Network Weaving. A earlier report mentions two indicators of power in a network, which we have entered in our encyclopedia: “They say the golden rule in Real Estate is: Location, Location, Location. Might this rule also hold in social networks?… Continue reading