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[liberationtech] PDM Special Book Event, Sept. 24: Steven Johnson on the Rise of the 'Peer Progressive' | TechPresident
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PDM Special Book Event, Sept. 24: Steven Johnson on the Rise of the
BY MICAH L. SIFRY | Tuesday, September 11 2012
Is there a new political philosophy emerging from things like open
source software development; massive community sharing hubs like
Wikipedia, Kickstarter, and Reddit; peer-to-peer social networking;
experiments in "Liquid Democracy," and the rapid spread of resource
sharing tools like ZipCar, AirBnb and Car2go? Is it time to start
talking about replacing the "welfare state" with the "partner state"?
On Monday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. at the New York Law School, I'm looking
forward to exploring all those questions and more with noted author
Steven Johnson, whose new book "Future, Perfect" is must-reading for
people who believe in the power of open, collaborative peer-to-peer
networking to achieve real social progress.
Johnson argues for a new breed of political beast: the "peer
progressive." You may be one if you're wary of centralized control,
whether that's in the hands of Big Government or Big Corporations or
Big Labor, but you're not a free-market libertarian either because you
believe that markets frequently fail to provide essential social
goods. Peer progressives, Johnson argues, think the way the Internet
itself works--nobody owns it, everyone can connect to it, anyone can
improve on it--might offer a model for solving other problems. And
they're struck by how voluntary associations that are organized
non-hierarchically for non-financial goals like love, or social
solidarity, or a shared passion (like Wikipedia) can scale to the size
of millions of participants.
To reserve your ticket for this special event, presented in
partnership with the Institute for Information Law & Policy at New
York Law School, please register on our Eventbrite page.
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