Building Blocks for Generalized Peer Production
If we consider at contemporary forms of peer production, we find that the used resources and means of production tend to be commons or distributed widely. For digital peer production, knowledge and information are the most important resources. They are generally treated as commons that everybody can use, share and improve. This philosophy is nicely expressed by the Wikimedia Foundation (2011), the organization running the Wikipedia and related wikis:
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment.
Open design (also called open hardware) is the kind of knowledge most important for producing physical things. (mehr …)