Re: [jox] A response to Michel and Jakob
- From: Christian Siefkes <christian siefkes.net>
- Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:03:53 +0100
Hi Franco, Jakob, all,
On 03/20/2012 03:48 AM, Franco Iacomella wrote:
El 19/03/12 23:33, Jakob Rigi escribió:
WHAT IS THE TITLE OF CHRISTIAN BOOK? I WILL SEARCH FOR IT IN THE NET,
BUT I STILL WANT TO GET THE TITLE YOU QUOTE FROM.
It's "From Exchange to Contributions: Generalizing Peer Production into the
Physical World": http://peerconomy.org/wiki/Main_Page#The_Book
for my more current standpoint, see e.g. "The Emergence of Benefit-driven
Production" at http://keimform.de/2011/benefit-driven-production/ . While in
my book I describe what could be described as "open sharing communities
requiring reciprocity" (you are required to contribute in order to
benefit"), my more recent work is about "open sharing communities
facilitating reciprocity" -- where contributing in some ways is easy and
encouraged, but it is not required in order to benefit. When we look at
existing successful peer communities, we see that they tend to follow this
latter model, hence the change.
The old model was more concerned about lifting the "protestant work ethic"
into a context of peers (as opposed to the buyer/seller relation of
capitalism) -- work is considered as a necessary evil, which people will
only do if required/forced to do so, hence contributions must be required or
they won't be done. But actually, successful peer production is more about
extending and generalizing the "hacker ethic" -- turning work into something
that is fun, pleasurable and rewarding in itself. If you manage to do this,
requiring contributions or giving an additional external reward is no longer
required and indeed often harmful (the crowding-out effect described by
Benkler and others, cf.
I think that much of the scepticism voiced e.g. by Toni comes from thinking
in terms of the "protestant work ethic."
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