A Renaissance of the Commons
Free Market Dogma or a Community of Shared Values and Purpose?
How the New Sciences and Internet Are Framing A New Global Identity and Order
“Today’s political conversation ignores the potential for emergent, networked collective action. But right in front of our noses is a living example of a system that is working to produce value without visible control or rent-seeking behavior.”
...) Not only do these new self-organizing, “bottom-up” networks of individuals arise spontaneously without the customary “top-down” organizing apparatus of a corporation, government agency or nonprofit, they tend to be much more innovative and efficient than market mechanisms.
...) when leadership, coordination and motivation can be achieved easily through self-synchronizing, self-enforcing means, gracefully leveraging our natural social tendencies, why should anyone be surprised that such a system of exchange will be more efficient, effective and equitable than a market system? Communities of trust and transparency can be fantastically efficient!
Thanks to Nick Lewis for finding this and converting it to HTML format. It is well worth the time to read the entire paper
posted by Cyndy