Presentation on theme: "Benkler: “...battle over the institutional ecology of the"— Presentation transcript:
1 Benkler: “...battle over the institutional ecology of the The Network EconomyNew role of Culture in EconomicsImplications for the nature of Markets, Property & OwnershipCreativity & WorkCommons & EcologyBenkler: “...battle over the institutional ecology of thedigital environment”
2 Redefining Wealth Quantitative: Qualitative: Money & Material AccumulationQualitative:Well-beingRegeneration
3 McLuhan on Technology Extension of human senses & functions Civilization: extending muscles & bodily functions like heatingElectronic technology: extending the human mind & nervous system
4 QuestionsIs capitalism an intrinsically material-based and scarcity-based system?How does information redefine property?How do we support or remunerate culture-based production?What is the appropriate balance of commercial & non-market production in the economy?Does ‘globalization’ of information require economic globalization?
5 Related QuestionsWho are corporate allies in the quest to free up culture flows?What business models can tolerate non-proprietary information?What are possible negative impacts of mass collaboration?What are the implications for university research & education?
6 Knowledge-based Development Dematerialization: intrinsic: substituting information for resourcesDetoxification: ...great potential to tune into benign process & substances.Decentralization: intrinsic part of the network economy
7 Hardware & Sustainability Electronics: design for obsolescence. The Waste Economy.Design for monopoly: incompatibilityE-waste & toxicityElectronics & global labour exploitation.Crucial role of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in reducing & reusing.New possibilities for efficiency in the “World Wide Computer”
8 Work (Creativity) in the Info Economy a growing proportion of work is involved in the production of “meaning & value”a break from the historic role of worker as cog in the Megamachinethe decline of bureaucracypeople as means & ends of ‘development’; inversion of ‘investment-consumption’ relationshipall-round human development: underlying basis for “creative class” economy: freedom & individuation.N.B.: The overwhelming portion of ecological development—green building, permaculture, renewable energy, eco-industrial networks, reuse-based waste management etc.--all require greater knowledge
9 Commons in the Info Economy Sharing & conservation: key role of design.Sharing: flip side of the new importance of creativity.Green goods and info goods as “public goods”, not easily served by market exchange.Key struggles today: over control of the Commons—the “2nd Enclosure”
10 Democracy & the New Commons the Digital DivideNet Neutrality & the Information HighwayStruggle over Bandwidth