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The recipe for additive innovation

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By Dale Dougherty, founder of Make: magazine and creator of Maker Faire.

The maker culture might not be something totally new, but recently, and thanks to the advancements made in the technological sector, more and more people are applying a kind of do-it-yourself strategies in areas like electronics, robotics and 3D printing. The resulting products are usually open to improvements and modifications by users, since all the information is commonly available on the Net. Coiner of the term “Web 2.0” and founder of Make: magazine, Dale Dougherty kindly agreed to share with us his views on the maker revolution. You can check his reflections in the short video below. We would like to thank the 4 Years From Now event for this contribution.

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Posted in Open Thoughts 2014

An example of how Internet allows us to collaborate in amazingly new ways

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By Don Tapscott, innovative thinker, writer, lecturer, CEO at The Tapscott Group1.

Let me tell you the story of Rob McEwen. He’s my neighbor. He moved across the street from us, and he held a cocktail party to meet the neighbors, and he says, “You’re Don Tapscott. I’ve read some of your books.” I said, “Great. What do you do?” And he says, “Well, I used to be a banker and now I’m a gold miner.” And he tells me this amazing story. He takes over this gold mine, and his geologists can’t tell him where the gold is. He gives them more money for geological data, they come back, they can’t tell him where to go into production.

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Posted in Open Thoughts 2014

Peer production and the opportunities and struggles of constructing a more humane production system

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By Yochai Benkler, professor, Harvard Law School; and faculty co-director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Commons-based production generally, and commons-based peer production in particular, are the most important and surprising organizational innovation to have emerged in networked economy and society. Surprising, because throughout the 20th century our intellectual frame for understanding production was dominated by a binary vision: state and market. By the end of the last century, we had shifted from a view of state- and managerial-hierarchy-based production as dominant to a view of market- or decentralized price-based organization as the dominant model.

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Posted in Open Thoughts 2014

Union is strength, but not necessarily success

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By Gregory Newby, Director and CEO of the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation

People are naturally collaborative, social and cooperative. One of the great things about today’s globally connected networks, and the devices we use to connect to each other, is that it allows communities to form based on common interests, regardless of physical locations.

This is a major and recent change from what it previously meant to be part of a community. Although telecommunication has been a part of human life since ancient times, it is only recently that telecommunication has become nearly free: we can communicate electronically with individuals and groups without incremental costs for increased distance, or increased numbers of messages or recipients.

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Posted in Open Thoughts 2014

Where chaos and innovation meet

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By Allison Randal, software developer and author.

Were ancient human settlements already applying peer production without being aware of it? Have we abandoned this cooperative way of making goods? In this videopost, Randal reflects on what changed with the industrial revolution and on both the advantages and downsides of free software developing. Her contribution was possible thanks to the collaboration of the MiniDebConf 2014 and the University of Barcelona.

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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.

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