Date archives "May 2006"

Swarming and peer governance in the French events

Here’s an interesting analysis and report of the French events. Two of the discussed aspects caught my attention. The first citation concerns the governance of the movement, and the second concerns the swarming tactics used. Please note I have previously collated similar quotes concerning the networked aspects of the Alterglobalisation movement, and through the P2P-Activism,… Continue reading

Franz Narada on the three modes of peer production

Franz Narada, the tireless promotor of the concept and practice of Global Villages, recently gave a remarkable speech that can serve as a good introduction to peer production. Particularly illuminating are his distintions regarding three phases in the development of peer production, based on the intensity of the collaboration between peers, and its relation with… Continue reading

Sociocracy: method of peer governance?

In issue 90 of P2P News, I had already mentioned the management method of Sociocracy, whose workings are described in the P2p Encyclopedia. As one of the few self-conscious implementations of peer governance, it deserves our continued attention. After briefly describing the method just below, we introduce a recent controversy, dealing with the tension between… Continue reading

Four P2P seminars, part Two: the controversies surrounding the Immaterial Labour Conference

Michel Bauwens: I’m continuing the promised report about the four P2P seminars which took place in April 2006. Again, since I’m late and have lost my notes, I will refer to reports by others. The previous report is here. The ILC, was held from April 28th to 30th in the Keynes Hall at King’s College,… Continue reading

Chris Cowan on Spiral Dynamics and P2P

Spiral Dynamics is a system of interpreting psychological development in terms of successive phases based on the ideas of Clare Graves. Chris Cowan explains how peer to peer can apply at different levels in different ways: “Successful P2P models require minds at a level where ‘peer’ includes both information systems and emotive relationships among people…. Continue reading

Kevin Kelly on Symmetrical Technology and Symmetrical Accountability

Asymmetrical technologies have a lopsided power structure; symmetrical technologies create a balance. In the following blog entry, which I’m almost quoting in full, Kevin Kelly applies the concept to the world of privacy and control. An enlightening contribution. Kevin Kelly: “When communication technologies become ubiquitous and employed by powerful institutions they can scare us because… Continue reading

Resources on A2K, open access to knowledge

I look forward to participate as an attendee to the upcoming Asia Commons conference, to be held in Bangkok from June 6 to 8. In preparation, I compiled a list of encyclopedic sources on open access to knowledge, which I’m simply listing here: Book Commons, Budapest Open Access Initiative, Circulation of the Common,… Continue reading

Adrian Chan on mimetic desire

Adrian Chan continues the reflection on P2P and how it relates to the abundance/scarcity distinction, in the context of Rene Girard’s theories on mimetic desire, which in summary says that we want the things that other humans want, making abundance/scarcity into subjective, rather than objective, qualities. Here’s just an excerpt, I recommend reading the whole… Continue reading