Open Business Models — Recommended Reading

Paul’s open business models reading library from 2015
  • The commons has been increasingly enclosed and commoditized by government and market forces for decades.
  • Technology and the Internet have generated a distributed and participatory means of production and can store and distribute goods at near zero cost.
  • Zero marginal cost creates abundance (or the potential for abundance) which traditional market economics has no model for.
  • The commons has new relevance, particularly the digital commons, and is re-emerging as an important alternate means of achieving social and economic aims.
  • The commons is not just a place with content and resources but a social process, enabled by technology, that involves people participating, co-operating, sharing, and collaborating.
  • The social process of commons practice is affecting all sectors of society including education, manufacturing, health, energy, work, and even money itself.
  • The re-emerging commons does not mean the elimination of business or work but does mean business and work are done differently.
  • Commons-based ways of working and doing business are being invented right now and must co-exist and sometimes compete with existing models.

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CC’s digital whiteboard for ideas, thoughts, and questions about open business models made with CC.

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Paul Stacey

Work for Creative Commons. Open advocate. Ping pong and outdoors enthusiast. Tweets my own.