Date archives "December 2007"

Book of the Week: The Green State (1)

The Australian professor Robyn Eckersley has published a very important book on the contours of a green democratic state, which would have legitimate coercive power for environmental protection. As Robyn argues: “To fixate on the coercive power of the state is to fail to grasp the crucial difference between untamed or arbitrary power and democratically… Continue reading

Peer to Peer dynamics in a corporate context: is it possible?

From the dynamic p2presearch mailing list, created after the Nottingham Peer Production Workshop, another great contribution by Henrik Ingo, who explains why it is impossible to fully implement peer to peer practices in a traditional corporation: Henrik Ingo: “From this it follows that a modern enterprise is not well suited for a p2p governance model,… Continue reading

A commons policy for public authorities

Red Pepper has an excellent article on how the left should let itself be influenced by the new commons-based practices. We publish excerpts in two parts, but please read the whole article. The author is Hilary Wainwright. Part One: The Role of the Left: Beyond Representational Democracy “Our discussions on political representation have been searching… Continue reading

Understanding the concept of benevolent dictatorship in Peer Governance

Henrik Ingo, in his excellent and supremely easily readable book Open Life, on the open source ethos and life practice, has an interesting page explaining why a benevolent dictator makes sense: “We’ll leave the values of Linus and his friends for a while and turn to learning something from the organization and hierarchies of the… Continue reading

Towards the co-created society

Bill Matheson at Worldchanging has an interesting approach explaining how the shift from a focus on individuality to a focus on relationality, affects governance models. Here is his graph on the co-created society, followed by his explanation. There is much more in the full article, which discusses ‘green sovereignity’ inspired by a book on the… Continue reading

From equipotentiality to coliberation

If we accept Equipotentiality as the basic worldview and principle explaining peer to peer dynamics, then Coliberation is the active ethical principle derived from it. Coliberation is what could/should drive our actions as conscious peer producers. It signifies both the shared transcendence of the group, and the practice of designing social processes so each of… Continue reading

Complementary currencies for user-generated content

Blogger “Bonecone” is launching an appeal to develop a complementary currency that could be used in sites using user-generated content, such as YouTube. Such initiatives are part of a global movement towards peer to peer based exchange systems. I must admit I have a mixed mind about approaches that aim to monetize immaterial sharing. The… Continue reading

Converting state property to commons property: the case of public broadcasting

This is a continuation of the earlier posting by Vasilis, and the subsequent commentary by Michel Bauwens, on the discussion in Greece about the national broadcaster ERT. We publish the following commentary by George Papanikolaou separately, as it clearly poses the more general issue of public property vs. commons property. George Papanikolaou: “A diverse nature… Continue reading

Book of the Week: Towards an Economy of Contributions (2)

We continue the publication of some extra excerpts from Christian Siefkes important book on physicalizing peer production: From Exchange to Contributions. Today we start by discussing Problem 2: How to Allocate Limited Resources and Goods? Note that Stefan Meretz offers an alternative explanation to this process of Task Auctioning here. Christian Siefkes: Generally, sharing does… Continue reading

Book of the Week: Towards an Economy of Contributions (1)

Book: Christian Siefkes. From Exchange to Contributions: Generalizing Peer Production into the Physical World. 2007. (download) We mentioned and introduced this book on a number of occasions, but given its importance, we are giving it some extra attention as book of the week, with two excerpts. Today, author Christian Siefkes presents the first ‘hard problem’,… Continue reading

Jon Garfunkel’s work on a Autonomous Reputation Framework

One of the interesting people we should be meeting tomorrow at the Yale Symposium on Reputation Economies in Cyberspace is Jon Garfunkel of He’s main concern are the defense of privacy and reputation against malicious attack, for which he uses a Autonomous Reputation Framework. This framework includes: – Comment Management Responsibility – A Protocol… Continue reading