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Healthy Lurking

By JimBenson, 11 years 27 weeks ago.

This post by Ross Mayfield shows graphically how lurkers and free riders may be an indication of a healthy cooperative system. As long as the number of free riders does not overly devalue the assets of the commons, the presence of free riders indicates that the commons has inherent value.

Crossing the Divide: NPR Looks at Cooperation in US BiPartisan Politics

By JimBenson, 11 years 27 weeks ago.

Over the last month or so, NPR has had an expansive series on US bi-partisan politics called Crossing the Divide.

From the site:

An Emerging Anti-Commons

By JimBenson, 11 years 27 weeks ago.

A commons is, in its most simplistic form, a finite resource shared by a group. The idea of the Tragedy of the Commons, is that members of a group tend to overuse a shared resource when there are no cultural mechanisms to mete out access.

This article in Science magazine shows how a previous existing commons with reasonably adequate controls of use of a shared resource can quickly breakdown when “anti-commons” practices are introduced.

Bush Administration and Disabled Community Cooperation

By JimBenson, 11 years 27 weeks ago.

NPR this morning ran a piece describing the unlikely cooperation between the Bush Administration and a disabled community group that favored direct-action. The group, called ADAPT, seeks attendant care for severely disabled Americans.

The tone of the story is set by this quote.

Cooperatics

By JimBenson, 11 years 27 weeks ago.

Jerome Delacroix has a site where he discusses cooperation applied to technology and business. He also discusses cooperative management techniques.

Cooperation for a Better Gaming Commons

By JimBenson, 11 years 27 weeks ago.

Online gaming communities have the same host of issues as other commons - free riding, dishonesty and abuse.

This includes a dynamic called "Grieving" in which people abuse other game players or thwart objectives of groups. In an article entitled Gamers Don't Want Any More Grief, the Guardian reports on on-line gaming community efforts to police their own against Grieving.

Cooperation's Threat To Commerce

By JimBenson, 11 years 27 weeks ago.

Cooperation Through Mastication

By JimBenson, 11 years 27 weeks ago.

Diane Levin posts about the use of food to aid in mediation:

Creation Nets: Getting the most out of open innovation

By JimBenson, 11 years 27 weeks ago.

John Hagel and John Seely Brown published an article in The McKinsey Quarterly (free registration required) discussing the power of various flavors of collaboration play in fostering innovation in an organization.

Hagel also discusses this in a blog post here.

Hagel says:

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