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The Wisdom of (Gamer) Crowds

By Howard Rheingold, 7 years 24 weeks ago.

Henry Jenkins has summarized and commented on other's posts about the use of online games to aggregate the judgements of populations. In the process, Jenkins uses his commentary to make distinctions between "the wisdom of crowds" and "collective intelligence:"

Mobile phones and job creation in Africa

By Howard Rheingold, 7 years 24 weeks ago.

(Thanks, Rich!)

Mobile Africa is an interesting resource for those who are tracking the impact of mobile phones in Africa. This post about the role of phones and job creation is of particular interest:

Microlending for the rest of us

By Howard Rheingold, 7 years 24 weeks ago.

In the latest Cool Tools, Kevin Kelly offers a number of options for individuals to get involved in microlending. Only a few of the options are listed in the excerpt here. See his site for more:

European commission report on free dissemination of government-funded science

By Howard Rheingold, 7 years 24 weeks ago.

Tom Abate reports in the San Francisco Chronicle's juicy new blog, The Technology Chronicles, on movements toward retaining scientific information as a public good in an era of privatization:

eBay to offer blogs, wikis, tags?

By Howard Rheingold, 7 years 24 weeks ago.

(Via Ross Mayfield's Weblog)

Micropersuasion has uncovered evidence that eBay is about to launch blogs, wikis, and search tags for its users:

Differences between collective action and collectivism

By Howard Rheingold, 7 years 24 weeks ago.

It was disingenuous of the Cato Institute to conflate commons with communism, collective action with collectivism, but now Jaron Lanier is making the same weirdly simple error. I responded on Smartmobs.

Designing Business for an Open World: By Herman Miller and Institute for the Future

By Howard Rheingold, 7 years 24 weeks ago.

Cooperative corporations thrive

By Howard Rheingold, 7 years 24 weeks ago.

(Via Emergic)

Strategy + Business has a new article about cooperative corporations:

Cooperation Commons Summaries of Key Documents

By Howard Rheingold, 7 years 24 weeks ago.

Collective action, peer production, sociable media

By Howard Rheingold, 7 years 24 weeks ago.

A long, rich, quote-spiced post by Trebor Scholz explains collective action theories in light of peer-based production methods (e.g. open source, Wikipedia) and social media (e.g. del.icio.ous). You'll learn a lot more from this than from the scattered and disingenuously titled "Digital Maoism" of a few weeks back:

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