Date archives "July 2008"

Estimating the value of the free economy at 300 billion

Chris Anderson has done a useful exercise to estimate the value of the ‘really free economy’ (which excludes free as a gimmick and advertising-supported media), which he considers to be in the ballpark of $300 billion. The article starts by explaining a typology of the free economy, which I think has been done better elsewhere…. Continue reading

Reboot lecture: Liberation Technology

“[Gwendolyn Floyd and Joshua Kauffman of Regional] gave a talk about the burgeoning field of liberation technology, synthesizing their studies from both developing world and leading-edge technological and social environments. The talk outlined their vision for how technologies liberate societies at critical developmental inflection points – including our own. They outlined our arrival at the… Continue reading

Global governance through shared operating platforms

As Joanne Richardson once wrote, the rhizome is not characteristic of civil society-based peer production communities but a general characteristic of all power structures: “It is naïve to invoke a rhizomatic mode of organization as a means of contestation and as an alternative to global capitalism since it has become what they have in common… Continue reading

Community protection in product-service platforms

Service Innovation is a big buzzwords in business and management circles right now, because in this participatory and connected age, simple physical produces are making way more and more for product-service platforms that bring together the supply of the product, and the user community, which is allowed various degrees of participation. Alex Steffen writes: “PSS… Continue reading

P2P in Education – Could ShiftSpace help?

Some days ago, Michel Bauwens pointed to a developing open source application, ShiftSpace, asking how this could be relevant to P2P. ShiftSpace is an open source layer above any website. It seeks to expand the creative possibilities currently provided through the web. ShiftSpace provides tools for artists, designers, architects, activists, developers, students, researchers, and hobbyists… Continue reading

Peter Barnes: commons-based carbon capping

This excerpt is from Peter Barnes new book Climate Solutions: A Citizens Guide (Chelsea Green). His 2001 book Who Owns the Sky? presents the Cap-and-Dividend model or Skytrust model in detail. Via On The Commons. Peter Barnes: “Carbon capping comes in three varieties: cap-and-giveaway, cap-and-auction, and cap-and-dividend. All start with descending caps. The differences among… Continue reading

Douglas Rushkoff on the promise of a digital renaissance, and what may derail it

A great speech for the Personal Democracy Forum, which you should read in full. Key message: the digital rennaissance is not about blogging and expressing yourself, but about reprogramming social and political processes. Via Edge. It starts with a critique of the first Renaissance (and subsequent Enlightenment) and their myth of the individual, a cultural… Continue reading