Date archives "June 2009"

How Siefkes’ Peer Economy model differs from the market model

The following refers to Christian Siefkes book, From Exchange to Contributions: Generalizing Peer Production into the Physical World. (Edition C. Siefkes, Berlin, 2007), and the occasional critique that the proposed effort sharing scheme is in fact a market. Christian Siefkes: “Markets are based on private, uncoordinated production using privately owned means of production, whose output… Continue reading

Thomas Greco on implementing regional mutual credit clearing associations

Reality Sandwich republishes an extensive excerpt from Thomas Greco excellent new book on monetary transformation, which we featured here before. An excerpt from that larger excerpt, focused on how to implement bank-replacing ‘credit clearings’ on a regional level. Thomas Greco: “Doesn’t it therefore make more sense to nurture the businesses that are already part of… Continue reading

The crisis of value and the death of classic TV

In a brilliant analysis of a rapidly growing crisis for TV stations, Henry Blodget writes: As with print-based media, Internet-based distribution generates only a tiny fraction of the revenue and profit that today’s incumbent cable, broadcast, and satellite distribution models do. As Internet-based distribution gains steam, therefore, most TV industry incumbents will no longer be… Continue reading

Wikipedia and the typology of online tribal governance

There is a really good review of Mathieu O’Neill’s Cyberchiefs book. We covered that important book before, but are here excerpting the interesting typology of governance used by the author. This is followed by a summary of the case study on Wikipedia where this framework is applied. From the review: “The flowering of freedom is… Continue reading

Peer Governance and Wikipedia (interview with Hartzog; discussion with Bauwens, Cedric & Hartzog)

This last post concerning the interview part includes Paul Hartzog ‘s philosophical position followed by an intriguing “discussion” amongst Bauwens, Hartzog and Cedric (read the previous interviews here and here). Interview with Hartzog Question: How does governance without government come possible? In your work (2005, 2008) you firstly define what governance and government imply (“government… Continue reading

Michael Zimmer: the three laws of social networking

Michael Zimmer explains the logic of corporate control of social networks through three laws: The three Laws of Social Networking are: 1. Promoting the open flow of personal information allows maximum profitability 2. Allowing user control over their information flows is counter to profit maximization 3. Provide some privacy controls, but make it hard He… Continue reading