Just discovered a new inspiring speaker via the blog Smart Mobs called Michel Bauwers. Below his presentation with a 50 minute timeframe on P2P, peer-to-peer networks, communities, co-creation, mass collaboration, open innovation, FabLabs, wikinomics and peer production.
Highly recommended as this is one broad overview of key trends in our economy, society and digital media infrastructure. It is all-encompassing and thought provoking in many many ways. And it is clear. It integrates the views from Yochai Benkler, Lawrence Lessig, Howard Rheingold, Kevin Kelly, Don Tapscott, Henry Jenkins, Neil Gerschenfeld, Chris Anderson, David Weinberger and Alex Steffen in a new way. However, I do miss the impact of biotech and nanotech on his vision of peer production.
My 2 cents concerning this video:
- I do believe that open source, commons-based, non market peer production will grow the coming decades, both in the immaterial as well as material world (using Web/FabLabs).
- I like the distinction between hierarchical systems, decentralised systems and distributed systems and its impact on self organisation and fluidity (reminded me of David Weinbergers' latest book on categorisation). As the world clearly is moving at the speed of light towards to innovation, agility and flexibility, the distributed (web and P2P) model seems to become the dominant model, both organisationally as well as technically.
- I support the idea that the increasing autonomy and empowerment of individuals and their social networks/peers will reverse the power balance. Sources of trust are in peers, no longer in key institutions. Strong institutions with power are relevant and effective in situations where individuals are not empowered (enough), these are increasingly a thing of the past. Indeed, Eamonn Kelly - CEO of Global Business Network - wrote a piece on the impact of the emergence, self organisation, bottom-up culture on global issues. Additionally, Paul Hawken recently made the growing impact of NGOs explicit in this book Blessed Unrest.
- I dig the idea that peer production is about intrinsic motivation, authenticity, love and passion. And that's precisely why these initiatives thrive, both economically as well as ethically. If you self-select a project, YOU are in there with your whole mind and heart, including all your social and ecological values and norms. This means in my view that key improvements in our ecological and social agenda worldwide will be driven by these peer produced projects and not primarily by for-profit organisations (e.g. WiserEarth, WorldChanging etc.).