Posted by: Ian Bruk | July 3, 2006

Are we embracing the Participation Revolution?

Or is our government too “Hollywood”? Following are excerpts from the description of Yochai Benkler’s Podcast:

The networked economy is transforming the way we capitalize business and culture. Yochai Benkler, one of the top thinkers on commons-based approaches to managing resources, weaves together several fascinating threads to argue that decentralization and collaboration are shifting the balance of power to the people in the production of knowledge, goods and services. As new motivational structures and behaviors evolve, an economy in which resources are not owned and outputs are shared is becoming a revolutionary source of new value.

The shift to commons based peer production can create tensions with institutions and industries built on centralized, high capitalization methods. Hollywood and the recording industries often seek to regulate in favor of incumbent business models which see the person at the end of the supply chain as a passive consumer. This relationship can be reworked when individuals band together for collective action as consumers and citizens. Benkler closes with thoughts on political activism in the blogosphere which shows another powerful way the economy of participation can organize the commons to promote transparency, justice and freedom.


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