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Providing new sources of trust


By Javier Creus, founder of Ideas for Change and Pentagrowth.

An entrepreneur and specialist in collaborative economy, Javier Creus believes it takes more than one to change the light bulb, but gathering around one thousand peers working collaboratively might be enough to achieve a lot of things. According to him, organisations based in peer-to-peer alternatives can lead to new sources of trust and augmented resilience, but they eventually may have to deal with the complexity rise and effort sustaining over time. Watch the short video below to get his complete reflections on the topic. This contribution was possible thanks to the kind collaboration of the Ouishare Fest Barcelona event.

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Posted in Open Thoughts 2014

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


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

Union is strength, but not necessarily success


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
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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