Date archives "February 2008"

Steve Bosserman on Common vs. Differentiated Value

A follow-up to yesterday’s contribution and in particular to the graphic presented in that article. Steve Bosserman: “There are two planes, common value and differentiated value, that establish an operating space in which a person divides efforts between giving some or all of what is done to the commonweal versus presenting it for sale in… Continue reading

Steve Bosserman on Economic Sustainability in a world of Open Design

This article by Steve Bosserman is about the best that I have read about the issue of sustainability in a world of open design. It’s an article which should be read slowly, it is a slow buildup of simple but intricate arguments, and has the illustrative graphics to match. I want to retrace my own… Continue reading

Franz Nahrada: A Vision for Global Villages

Some countries have national treasures, great living artists or craftspeople that are protected through national grants (Japan and Thailand come to mind). I believe that some people are living international treasures, and I consider Franz, whom I met in Vienna, to be one such person, and he has consistently helped people and projects to advance… Continue reading

Jason “jz” Liszkiewicz on community-interest-driven technologies

Somewhat similar in nature to the Japanese project we mentioned earlier, it would seem that the p2p theme is now also resonating with urban developments. JZ has written an essay with the intriguing alternative title, “Transformation through Transportation: The Convergence of the Transportation Industry, Information Technology, and the Knowledge Economy“, which will appear in an… Continue reading

Bottom-up vs. top down: modalities of peer governance

Two items to help you think through the ‘hybridity’ of peer governance. The journal Science Studies has an interesting case study, which examines the interlocking of three levels of control in a open source project, nl. self-control (individual autonomy), more central control by a group of core developers, and the distributed control by peers. Read:… Continue reading

Social advertising won’t work because it has no salience

Steve Gillmor makes an interesting case in a rather dense blog entry: “Social advertising doesn’t work because users are there for friends, not buying stuff.” As Sam Rose summarizes the argument: “I think the basic insight stems from the fact that the average person sees well over a thousand advertising messages a day So, people… Continue reading

Open Source in Asia faces special hurdles

Food for thought, via IP Watch: “Gen Kenai, business developer for the open-source company Mozilla, spoke about the difficulty of expanding the open source movement into Asia. Technology news service CNet asked in January 2008 “where is Asia’s contribution to open source?” said Kenai, and added that when Linus Torvald, who started the open source… Continue reading

Participatory Design in India: Urban Typhoon workshop

Announcement: The Urban Typhoon workshop is a multicultural, multidisciplinary and multimedia experiment in participatory design. It is organized by the residents of Koliwada and a global collective of researchers and activists. Architects, urban designers, planners, artists, anthropologists sociologists, photographers, media artists, activists and other creative people from India and abroad are invited to Koliwada for… Continue reading

Christian Siefkes on possession (not property) as the basis of the commons

Only one more to go in Christian Siefkes summary presentation of his research on the material peer economy. Here, he focuses on replacing the notion of property by possession. Christian Siefkes: “Peer production is based on _commons_ and _possession,_ not on _property._ As long as you _use_ something (by yourself), there is no obvious difference… Continue reading

Companionism: introducing democracy in the corporation

On the book by Madoc Batcup. Companionism: why companies need democracy as much as countries. Exposure Publishing, 2007 Interesting proposal to introduce democratic governance in the corporate world, featured in Open Democracy. Madoc Batcup: “Democracy is a form of political governance. But it is also a principle, an idea about the best way for a… Continue reading