Last week I asked you to read Yochai Benkler’s article Distributed Innovation and Creativity, Peer Production, and Commons in Networked Economy. I know some of you may have found it difficult, largely because you may have not encountered the kind of language he uses or the concepts he introduces.
To help you to extract some of the key ideas from the paper and gain ownership of those ideas, I’d like you to write a post in your blog using the following questions as a framework:
Re-read the article taking notes on the questions below and then write them up into a post.
- Why does Benkler argue that Wikipedia is an example of a radically distributed model of social production, fundamentally different to what came before it? What are the characteristics of Wikipedia that enable him to argue this?
- What are some of the examples of commons-based social production that Benkler refers to?
- What is peer production and how does it work? Have a look at the Open Prosthetics Project and the Openwear Project. How do both reflect the values that Benkler is describing in the article?
- Benkler talks of three models for the organisation of material production: a market model, a managerial model, and a social transactional model. Summarise his discussion of these. Do you think the distinction could apply to education, now and/or in the future? How might initiatives such as I describe in this post influence present educational contexts?
- How might you use open collaborative innovation in re-thinking social care services in the future?
I introduced you briefly to Tweetdeck this week. Install the programme (it’s free … and if you really don’t like it you can un-install it) and try to set up some hashtag # columns exploring the kinds of conversations that you would want to be a part of (they could be about your passions [dance, travel in Argentina, vintage bicycles etc.] or about your research topic for the Independent Study project). As you follow the conversations choose to follow people who you think could be good ‘informants’.
This week try to follow at least 5 people. Again, you may want to unfollow them in the future which is fine. What I want you to do is develop your own, personal information network that begins to give you useful information and to which you can begin to contribute.