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Re: [ox-en] CouchSurfing, and the Center for Adventure Economics


I'm extremely impressed by your community's work, I
think that extended to the concept of 'free life' and
with the adventure economics and metrics, it is one of
the missing pieces that we needed for a peer to peer
economy beyond the market.

I actually spend almost 3 weeks in November cataloging
and annotating the free project at the Oekonux site,
then our server crashed, and all that work was lost. 
I haven't had the courage nor the time to start that
process again, but still feel that because the
p2pfoundation is already so comprehensive, an index of
free projects would be a natural fit. If there would
be any volunteers eventually, that would be really


--- Kasper Souren <kasper.souren> wrote:

I'm excited to see that Oekonux is still active. At
OX-3 I spoke about
(calling myself Gunter van Aken). Since then I
dropped out of my PhD, worked 4,5
months for Geekcorps in Mali, hitchhiked through
Europe and South America,
worked for an NGO in Lima, Peru and...

Since August last year I have spent a lot of time on
CouchSurfing, a hospitality
exchange network. Right after the Wikimania in
August 2006 I joined
the CS Collective
in Montreal and set up a wiki. Since then I've also
started improving
the CS website.
I am pushing for a release of the software under a
free license. We
just started a GPL
(side) project to make CouchSurfing accessible
trough phones:
And we're about to start a ride share system:

We coin the term adventure economy to refer to a
gift economy that is
pay-forward, in-person, global and among strangers.
In any economy,
there are challenges in allocating resources
effectively and avoiding
abuse, but these are of special concern in
non-market economies among
strangers, where we don't have the information
mechanisms of the price
system ([1], [2]) nor of wikipedia:social relations,
and we are also
missing the risk-reduction mechanisms of contracts.
In this group we
develop the allocation and risk-reduction mechanisms
for CouchSurfing,
an adventure economy.

Also check out:
July 2007, close
to Bielefeld

Contact: projekt

The P2P Foundation researches, documents and promotes peer to peer alternatives.

Wiki and Encyclopedia, at; Blog, at; Newsletter, at 

Basic essay at; interview at; video interview, at

Now that's room service!  Choose from over 150,000 hotels
in 45,000 destinations on Yahoo! Travel to find your fit.
Contact: projekt

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