In reading the frequently asked questions about operating an open system or collective to review patents by peers at Peer to Patent designed by Beth Simone Noveck, professor of law and director of the Institute for Information Law & Policy at New York Law School, it occurred to me that one might substitute any peer to peer process and the FAQs would pretty much be the same.
Think of this as the basic check list of "are we ready for P2P in my organization?" If the objections out weigh the yeahs, use as a platform for discussion and start exploring the assumptions held by individuals in your organization about p2p. Add your own FAQs to customize the list.
Beth Noveck will be speaking on "Virtual Worlds and the Future of Collective Action" at the MIT Media Lab on Thursday March 29th in Wieser Rm Fl.2 at 4:00 PM as part of the Center for Collective Intelligence speaker series.
The wider implications of her presentation strike at the core of our assumptions about how we look at organizational design today as well as emerging designs for a networked world.
Read the following description of her talk and substitute "my organization" for "political organizations" and "commerce" for "real world power." Think of the possibilities provided in a synthetic environment or virtual world to explore deeply held assumptions about "what is an organization?"
"Virtual worlds and related and related technologies are helping to bridge the divide between online community and real world power. Yet our political institutions have not adapted. The law has not mandated new social practices. Our theory of democracy has not caught up. This talk focuses on how we might evolve new digital institutions for collective action. The discussion will focus on the emerging frameworks -- both technological and legal -- that could profoundly reshape the ability of people to engage in their own self-governance. It starts from the premise that the screen helps us to see ourselves and to visualize the communities to which we want to belong. When we can see the group, we can act as a group and become more effective at organizing, protesting, deliberating, and resolving disputes [ I would add innovating for both nonprofit and for profit organizations]. If we understand how our institutions of governance and decision-making take advantage of the technology, we can both design better tools and we can re-think how we define democracy itself."
Would like to see your applications.
~ Victoria G. Axelrod