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The promise of the Commons: an interview with David Bollier

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Originally posted on Shareable. Reposted under Creative Commons. Written by Cat Johnson, a freelance writer focused on community, the sharing economy, the commons, and music. She's also a music lover and player. Follow her at Twitter.


David Bollier is no stranger to politics. The author, activist and independent commons scholar worked for Ralph Nader in the late-’70s and early-’80s, he’s a policy strategist and he has participated in or founded numerous public interest projects. But, over the years, he found himself increasingly disillusioned with political activism.

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Why do we share and what is the value?

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It's not news that popular media have undergone significant changes due to participatory digital platforms. We tweet. We connect. We comment. Above all, we share. And the ability to share media has become a need and expectation in networked culture. There are already all sorts of buzzwords swirling around this topic—viral media, memes, prosumers, attention economy, Web 2.0, etc.

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The new sharing economy

As we've covered in many posts, a lot of new businesses and projects are springing up around sharing in various ways. Car sharing services, Kiva, Kickstarter, coworking--the list goes on. Technology has fueled the opportunity for us to get out of our houses and back into communities with one another. Some of the people working on the "new sharing economy," as they described it, gathered at SXSW to talk about how this shift to sharing is changing the way we work and live together as a society. » Read more

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SXSW: It's all about sharing

SXSW has barely even begun, and two themes are clear. One is startups, which is well-covered. (BusinessWeek called it SXSW's fetish.) But the other is sharing. » Read more

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What does information really want?

Cory Doctorow says "information wants to be free" slogan is "lazy, stupid shorthand."

(See discussions at Shareable.net and Utne Reader)

When celebrated science fiction writer, blogger, and copyright activist Cory Doctorow tweets, 40,000 followers glance at their phones. » Read more

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