Date archives "February 2007"

Innovation: From lead users to lead markets

“Innovations are the product of the creative interaction of supply and demand. However, in focussing on how to increase the supply of innovative businesses, policymakers have lost sight of the importance of demand,” argues Luke Georghiou in a “Provocation” essay published on the NESTA website. The essay elaborates Eric von Hippel’s concept of the ‘lead… Continue reading

Couchsurfing: it’s adventure economics, free life, and conviviality metrics

I’ve been aware from some time of the existence of the hospitality exchange network, where people can find beds for free to stay on their travels. What I didn’t realize was the deep-thinking that goes on behind this initiave. Here are some resource pages worth checking out. Adventure Economics: “We coin the term adventure… Continue reading

Oort Cloud: Participatory Publishing Experiment

[via Paul Hartzog’s Weblog] Back in September, Paul hartzog wrote about “Social Publishing” on Corante’s Many-to-Many. Paul about a concept he was thinking about where: “…authors create and distribute their work, and readers, individually and collectively, including fans as well as editors and peers, review, comment, rank, and tag, everything.” Recently, with a colleague Richard… Continue reading

Ernesto Laclau and the Persistence of Panarchy

Ernesto Laclau was here @ UMich and gave a delightful talk that gave me some key insights into the long-term stability of panarchy. Basically, the hegemony that is the state (and state-system) cannot distinguish between potentially anti-systemic social movements for particular purposes (e.g. weaker copyright law, gender equality, poverty reduction) vs. social movements that are… Continue reading

Open Source Ecology for global agricultural villages

Franz Nahrada reports on the Missouri-based Open Source Ecology initiative of Marcin Jakubowski: “Marcins goal is to link the two issues of ecological farming and open source in a new and radical way. He plans to establish working prototypes of locally operating production units, based on a kind of apprenticeship model that empowers people with… Continue reading

What happens when they steal Web 2.0 from you: the distributed Web 3.0!

This item can be seen as a continuation of our debate on the ethics of participation of Web 2.0. My own perspective is that Web 2.0 is a fundamental advance in participation, therefore a reason for rejoicing, but its proprietary structure is a reason for worry. The shark-logic of market scarcity can always turn against… Continue reading

Beyond the wiki consensus: Debatepedia

I received an email from the founder of Debatepedia, and indeed, it seems a very well thought out and highly qualitative resource. Promoting P2P forms of organization does not mean an exclusively favouring the most pure p2p architectures. In many cases, elements of centralization or decentralization may be beneficial to the overall participatory dynamic, and… Continue reading

How Ethical is the new Web 2.0 business model? (Trebor Scholz)

Trebor Scholz, who maintains and moderates one of the most consistently qualitive mailing lists for the Institute for Distributed Creativity, has recently started an on-going debate on the ethics of participatory culture. Web 2.0. is three things. It’s a collection of web resources where it is the participants who now directly create the value, using… Continue reading

Why is there no Google Earth in Europe?

As part of my recent lecturing tour in Europe, I was invited to speak at AVICCA, Associations des Villes Cablees de France, an association with public officials concerning with broadening access to information, originally cable TV but now also broadband access. An issue which came up, clearly showing frustration, was how Europe was lagging behind… Continue reading