P2P Governance, Politics, Social Movements

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  • This idea of a patronage economy, citing the work of Paul David, is discussed by John Willinsky in an article for First Monday
  • Research into Open Source as a collaborative social process, FLOSS-POLS, a EU-funded research project, claims it is the single largest knowledge base on open source usage and development worldwide; and its 'third track' examines the efficiency of open source as a system for collaborative problem-solving
  • The peer-reviewed journal First Monday dedicated a special issue to 'open source as a social process'. See in particular:
    • This paper takes a closer look at FLOSS developers and their projects to find out how they work, what holds them together and how they interact;
    • A paper titled on accountability in Open Source projects
  • The evolution of cooperation: “Evolution's Arrow also argues that evolution itself has evolved. Evolution has progressively improved the ability of evolutionary mechanisms to discover the best adaptations. And it has discovered new and better mechanisms. The book looks at the evolution of pre-genetic, genetic, cultural, and supra-individual evolutionary mechanisms." (http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/Papers/Review_Complexity.pdf)
  • Cognitive capitalism: Yann-Moulier Boutang here or here
  • Self-organisation and cooperation in cognitive capitalism, special issue of Solaris magazine, here or here


Panarchy, at http://www.panarchy.com

Panarchy, and by extension this website, is not a normative model; it is a descriptive one. Panarchy is not a utopian vision, or an attempt to describe a rational or just world order. Panarchy may not be good or bad, but it is coherent and consistent. Like the Industrial Era, Panarchy demonstrates certain ways of perceiving and interacting with the world throughout its breadth and depth. Panarchy emerges from the analysis of broad patterns of change in the world, which leads to an understanding the dynamics of systems and holarchies. By applying those understandings across all strata of society, we arrive at a description of where civilization is heading -- thus, Panarchy.

Panarchy is the pattern of relations that characterizes and defines the next era in human civilization. The totality of these relations - political, economic, social - is what constitutes global governance in the next cycle of civilization. Mark Salter offers this definition: "Panarchy means an inclusive, universal system of governance in which all may participate meaningfully;.

Tom Atlee is founder of The Co-Intelligence Institute, (http://www.co-intelligence.org) coined the term co-intelligence, which he usually defines as meaning what intelligence looks like when we take seriously the wholeness, co-creativity and interconnectedness of life. Collective intelligence is only one manifestation of co-intelligence. Others include multi-modal intelligence, collaborative intelligence, wisdom, resonant intelligence and universal intelligence.