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[ox-en] How Peer Production And The Economic P2P Model Can Subvert / Transform The World Of Physical Production

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Nothing new for this community, but with the improved layout, I think this
is a very useful intro for laypeople, so thanks for forwarding:

Robin Good and his crew at Master New Media have republished our overview
article for We magazine on open design and distributed manufacturing, and as
usual, they have done a stellar job in the presentation, which makes the
message a quantum leap more powerful I think.

The new version

*How Peer Production And The Economic P2P Model Can Subvert / Transform The
World Of Physical Production*

and here’s the intro:

“*Is it true that the same method of peer and open production that has been
dominating the world of open source software and freely available (often
user-generated) content on the internet, is now also deeply influencing the
way we think about designing and even making things?*

*Peer production occurs when communities of volunteers create open content
that is meant to be usable, shareable, and freely redistributable by

*Though this approach has proven to work great on the Web (think of Linux),
is peer production ready to subvert the economic models of the physical

*The capitalistic-based market, which is the economic system where you and I
live and work inside, works pretty much this way:*

*“Means of production are privately owned, corporations are internally
organized as hierarchies, and resources are allocated through the signals
that are given through market prices. If the profit is interesting enough,
corporations will allocate resources in that direction and pay the necessary

*Peer production instead, promotes a different system based on open
knowledge, software and design communities. Members are first-hand connected
with production companies, and fund their members directly. But not only.
Companies indirectly support the infrastructure of cooperation of the
commons on which they depend, sharing back the benefits with the open design

*For an in-depth view of P2P-based, peer production, and how open
communities and open design work, follow Michel Bauwens, the world P2P
evangelist inside this explanatory article and decide for yourself whether
this an emerging reality or just a dream.”*

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