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Open enterprises: towards a new economic pattern

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By Marcin Jakubowski, founder and executive director, Open Source Ecology.

Eighty five equals three point five billion. This is a troubling equation representing that 85 of the world’s richest people own as much wealth as the 3.5 billion of the world’s poorest.

The potential of the open economic development paradigm lies in addressing this equation. The opportunity is the next trillion dollar economy: the open source economy.

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Posted in Open Thoughts 2014

Shifting trends on how we work

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By Pablos Holman, hacker, futurist and inventor, Intellectual Ventures Lab.

Can we learn something about how the open source communities work? Could their collaborative way be somehow extrapolated into how we work in a company? A hacker and inventor at Intellectual Ventures Lab — a prototyping and research laboratory aimed to invention and discovery —, Pablos Holman reflects about what some companies are doing wrong in order to motivate their employees, and what are the different approaches when facing a project. You can check his thoughts in the short video below. His contribution was possible thanks to the kind collaboration of the 4 Years From Now event.

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Posted in Open Thoughts 2014
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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.

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