About Open Thoughts

Brain_LeafEvery year, the Open Thoughts blog poses a pertinent, universal question of interest to society. A question that captures the concerns and motivations of a research group at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). A question that will also be addressed by leading figures from all over world throughout the year.

Thus, different personalities from different backgrounds set out and openly discuss their theories on the Open Thoughts blog Question. In doing so, they create the necessary framework to lead readers along a path of exhaustive, eclectic analysis of an important topic of their time.

Run by the Research and Knowledge Transfer Support Office (OSRT) at the UOC, Open Thoughts ultimately aims to break down barriers and help research at the UOC cut across different areas, stir things up and create currents of thought in response to the conflicts of our age.

About the Question
How many peers does it take to change a light bulb?

Systems like Linux and websites like Wikipedia are paradigmatic of a particular way of open collaboration known as peer production. Peer producers choose their tasks freely and coordinate their work using open digital platforms. They share the fruits of their labour as part of a global commons, and everyone works according to their abilities and benefits according to their needs.

Is this an emerging form of communism? Or the future of liberal capitalism? Or is it simply a new mode of production? In this blog we want to explore both the benefits and the downsides of such way of working.