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[liberationtech] Johnson, Rosenberg, Shirky and Noveck on the Rise of the "Peer Progressive"

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Thu Sep 13 10:06:26 PDT 2012

   September 13, 2012
  Personal Democracy
   Steven Johnson, Beth Noveck, Tina Rosenberg, Clay Shirky
On the Rise of the "Peer Progressive"
     *Monday, September 24 - 7:30pm - New York Law School*


  Steven Johnson
  Beth Noveck
  Tina Rosenberg
  Clay Shirky
 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 September 24 at 7:30pm at the New York Law School*, we're
looking forward to exploring all those questions and more with noted author
*Steven Johnson*, whose new book *Future,
must-reading for people who believe in the power of open,
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.

Also speaking:

   - *Beth Noveck*, NY Law School Professor and served in the White House
   as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and founder and
   director of the White House Open Government Initiative

   - *Tina Rosenberg*, co-writer of the Fixes column at the New York
   Times online, and author of *Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can
   Transform the World* and the e-book *D for Deception*

   - *Clay Shirky*, NYU Professor of Interactive Telecommunications, and
   author of three books on social media: *Cognitive Surplus* (2010), *Here
   Comes Everybody* (2008), and *Voices from the Net* (1994).

Moderated by *Micah L. Sifry*, PDM co-founder and editorial director.


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