Sharing Network

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Sharing Network

Note: perhaps we could distinguish sharing networks in case of Granted Property, and talk of a Commons Network in case of Common Property?


Property Format

Shared goods and the necessary means of production are either:

Granted Property: (private property shared by the owners) • [[Common Property (permanent part of the commons—nobody has the right to take them out)

Usage Formats

Typology of uses/usage from Christian Siefkes in connection with his proposal for Commons Networks.

• “Shares: goods that are shared

o Parallel co-use (e.g. Wi-Fi) o Serial co-use (e.g. book lending, apartments) o Repositories (e.g. of tools; libraries) o Open Production Places (e.g. on-demand book/media printer, individual furniture-maker)

Floaters: goods that can “float” from one peer to another (“New user wanted”)

• Sources (“Open X Source”): peers or projects producing new goods

o Sample: Open Food Source, maybe using permaculture/community farming

Sinks: peers or projects using/consuming goods (


Sharing Constraints

“Based on an idea by Thomas Kalka.

Family of constraints which shares may apply (family of “sharing agreements”, similar to the family of Creative Commons licenses):

• Permanent: good must remain permanently in the commons (“permafloater”)

• Transitive: any goods produced with the help of this good become part of the commons (“copyleft” for physical goods/means of production)

• Attribution appreciated: sharers wish to be attributed, if practical (not a strict requirement)

• Details for serial co-use:

o Use on site (e.g. washing machine, on-demand press, house/apartment) or move to user (e.g. books)? o If move to user: who (user or sharer) organizes/pays for transport? o Transfer to others allowed? (only within a specific region?) o Return on date / on demand? o Must repair if broken by user?” (

Why Participate?

For the same reasons that motivate people to develop free software or participate in community networks:

• To produce goods they like to have (“scratching an itch”) • To do something they enjoy doing (“fun and passion”) • To give something back to the community • To learn something or expand their skills • To increase their reputation or community standing • Because sharers might get preferred treatment (

More Information

See also: Commons Network