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March 30, 2006


Adam Arvidsson

I think we all agree that there is a contradiction between a new, collaborative (I like to call it 'ethical') economy, and the institutional framework of neoliberalism, which basically amounts to a series of essentially conservative mechanisms of appropriation: approaching the role of the feudal lord who simply taxes the creative commons, but does not contribute much to the production of wealth. The problem is to find institutions that can include community based, cooperative forms of productivity in a market oriented business pracitce in an ethical way: that is in a way that actually gives soemthing back and matters to the life and well-being at users. This is a problem that we are grappling with in our project: actics.

alan moore

Hello Adam and welcome,

Decoupling from the past is fraught with difficulty. Perhaps it is not so much "find" as "create" although I do agree with you that an industrial mideset loves appropriation.

However, in a connected world and in a world of peer-to-peer flows of communication we are not appropriating, we are collaboratively sharing and creating.

I believe that the younger generation, will grow up, boys through games and girls through MSN believing that a collaborative approach makes more sense in than a coercive approach, in whatever field/industry they are in.

Neoconservatism (not sure what neo libearalism delivers) is about control - and I believe that the world of the future is about empowerment.

Also, I belive and we demonstrate in the book, and, on this blog that no matter at what level of society or, business there can be better and alternative means to engage the collective power and intelligence of community based action and engagement.

Build it, create meaning and context and, they will come



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