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Here are a few from Franz and Michel to get us started.

* best contribution to distributed infrastructures
* best contribution to the development of free culture
* best free software project of the year
* best free hardware design project of the year
* most important contribution to fundamental open design issues
* best public support for p2p production

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* best p2p/ community media project
* best p2p/ community money project
* best p2p/ community land project
From Smari~
* best new disruptive technology
* best new p2p media
* world-changer of the year
From Franz Nahrada


its really good to see how some ideas about the future create resonance. I
want to specify some points where I agree wuth you.

* Award for Outstanding Achievements in Peer Production

This is an activity which will force us naturally to deeply consider and
evaluate the things that are going on instead of looking at them
superficially. The main benefit is that we really have to challenge each
other on quality and useability of things and creations instead of
reproducing the developers mantra that "my stuff is simply the best
because I do it out of fun" (sorry, did not mean to hurt anybody!)

I suggest we create a Wiki page on this on either the Oekonux Wiki or the
P2P wiki and start filling in ideas.

** Categories
** Criteria
** Jury Members
** Sponsors
** Organizers


* Oekonux Website

Could be really a not only "critical", but also "in-depth" and
"subjective" resource about ongoing developments. It would be great to see
Oekonx 2.0 as an international editorial board of a resource collection
that is not primarily looking at facts (Michel does that now with great
diligence) but rather at evaluations of what is going on. Do not know how
Stefan feels about that, but I would see Oekonux 2.0 as an international
board of authors and theorists that discuss with each other. not primarily
on the mailing list, but in a more theoretical essayist way. My motto is:
Nobody looks at archives. Things gotta be ordered and reordered.

Keimform and P2P Foundation have filled our hunger for facts and factoids,
now its maybe time again for a more theoretical perspective and "grand
views", but also what you are asking for, the strategical and practical
discussions about how we can communicate to many many more people our
theoretical findings and political strategies.
I'm not speaking from Keimform, but I think the same argument applies to them, i.e. to suggest that Keimform only offers facts and factoids is so totally off-base in my opinion that I'm really surprised that you keep making that argument. Is Christian Siefkes work really facts and factoids?

The same goes for the p2p foundation Franz. Every section/category contains a heady mix of both descriptions of real initiatives and theoretical concepts, while the introductory area is dedicated to understanding the 'theory' of what is happening. I'm adding an example from our Open Design category to show you how this works, by listing our articles introducing the domain.

This is not in any way to belittle the absolutely great work and discussions taking place at Oekonux, thought I think that after they put the Open Text project in the fridge (if I'm not mistaken), finding theoretical essays might not be as easy as well.

Since you seem to have such a hunger of grand views, and I'm assuming your assessment is based on a lack of knowledge of our resources, I'm taking a few minutes to show you by example how we approach theory.

why not look here for example, available at the bottom of the third column, the theoretical work of many people converging around oekonux and p2p foundation topics:

1. Adam Arvidsson's Ethical Economy
2. Christian Siefkes' Peer Economy
3. Chris Cook's Open Capital approach
4. Stan Rhodes' Peer Trust Network Project
5. Patrick Anderson's User Ownership Theory
6. Nathan Craven's Roadmap to Mutually Assured Production
7. Marc Fawzi's P2P Energy's Currency
8. James Edwards" Open Platform for Sustainable Abundance

Or what about: http://www.p2pfoundation.net/Essays and http://www.p2pfoundation.net/Essays_2 ??

Just to give you an idea, here's the list of articles we have collated, all in the spirit of grand theory in my opinion:

* 1 Ernesto Arias (et al.) on Transcending the Individual Human Mind through Collaborative Design
* 2 Adam Arvidsson on the Crisis of Value and the Ethical Economy
* 3 Yaneer Bar-Yam on Complexity, Hierarchy, and Networks
* 4 Richard Barbrook on the 'High-tech Gift Economy'
* 5 Yochai Benkler on Peer Production
* 6 James Boyle, on the Public Domain and the Second Enclosure movement
* 7 George Caffentzis: On the Antagonistic Usage of the Commons Concept
* 8 Kevin Carson, on expanding peer production to the physical domain
* 9 Julia Cohen, on copyright law and sharing
* 10 Mark Cooper on a Policy for Collaborative Production
* 11 Mariarosa Dalla Costa on the Commons of Land and Food
* 12 Massimo De Angelis on The Production of the Commons and the Explosion of the Middle Class.
* 13 Paul de Armond, on netwar in political protest
* 14 Erik Douglas, on peer governance and democracy
* 15 Stephen Downes on P2P epistemology
* 16 Nick Dyer-Witheford on the Circulation of the Common
* 17 Jo Freeman, on the dark side of Peer Governance
* 18 Brett Frischmann, an economic theory for the Commons
* 19 Garreth Harding on The Tragedy of the Commons
* 20 Magnus Marsdal on Socialist Individualism
* 21 Eben Moglen on Free Software and the Death of Proprietary Culture

essay2 has this collection:

* 1 Cosma Orsi on The Political Economy of Solidarity
* 2 Bruno Perens on The Emerging Economic Paradigm of Open Source
* 3 Dirk Riehle on the Economics of Open Source Software
* 4 David Ronfeldt on the Evolution of Governance
* 5 Marshall Sahlins on The Original Affluent Society
* 6 Graham Seaman: Can peer production make washing machines?
* 7 Clay Shirky on the web as evolvable system
* 8 David Skrbina, the participatory worldview
* 9 Bruno Theret, on the tradition of 'civil socialism'
* 10 Evan Thompson, on the enactive theory of consciousness
* 11 Jeff Vail, The Problem of Growth: Hierarchy vs. the Rhizome
* 12 Roberto Verzola on Undermining vs. Developing Abundance
* 13 Raoul Victor, on Free Software, the sharing culture, and Marxism

Finally, as I said about, here's the example of articles listed in the Open Design area, again, it would be really hard to say this a collection of facts and factoids:

Introductory Articles
[edit] Key Arguments

Read: Key Arguments for the Benefits of Shared Designs

Summary by Kevin Carson: Expanding Peer Production to the Physical World


Also:

1. The economics of open hardware (Liquid Antipasto blog)
2. Can we shift from open software to open hardware? a) Can peer production make washing machines?. Graham Seaman; b) Open Source outside the Domain of Software. Clay Shirky; c) Why Open Hardware? by Patrick McNamara.
3. In peer production, the interests of capitalists and entrepreneurs are no longer aligned
4. Dave Pollard on the fallacy of the Economies of Scale argument, i.e. that bigger is better.
5. What are the specific difficulties for Open Hardware?
6. Design for sustainability is inherently participatory
7. Can we design our economic policies and politics for developing abundance? See Roberto Verzola on Undermining vs. Developing Abundance

[edit] Conditions for Success

1. What would it take to move Towards a Free Matter Economy? By Terry Hancock. Free Software Magazine, Issue 7, October 2005.
2. Eric Hunting: Moving from free software to free production: what we need


[edit] Present State and Future Scenario's

1. The Future of Making by the Institute for the Future contains a summary visualization (mini-version here of "making" trends
2. The Importance of distributed digital production. By Lawrence J. Rhoades.
3. Agroblogger on the state of the Open Source Appropriate Technology movement
4. Facilitating International Development through Free / Open Source: about changing the direction of international development by giving away free designs for great and useful technologies #[2]. Vinay Gupta also offers a list of priority projects.
5. John Robb calls for the construction of Resilient Communities
6. Beautifully said: Adam Lindemann on the Harmonious Age
Sorry for that not=related response, I created a separate page on this issue as a blogpost on the main page.

I have created this page, http://p2pfoundation.net/P2P_Awards, to consolidate the discussion and concensus about this project. If you want access for your own editing purposes, and do not have it yet, please let me know.

This is what we have so far:

Franz Nahrada has proposed, and is working, on getting funding for a series of P2P Awards.

Alex Rollin has started a page at the P2P Foundation's Ning community, to keep track of proposals, at http://p2pfoundation.ning.com/group/p2pawards/forum/topics/p2p-awar...

This wiki page will be used to consolidate the information that is collated in this way.


Contents
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* 1 Categories
o 1.1 List of Proposed Award Areas
o 1.2 Detailed proposals
* 2 Criteria
* 3 Jury Members
* 4 Sponsors
* 5 Organizers

[edit] Categories
[edit] List of Proposed Award Areas

* best contribution to distributed infrastructures
* best contribution to the development of free culture
* best free software project of the year
* best free hardware design project of the year
* most important contribution to fundamental open design issues
* best public support for p2p production
* best p2p/ community media project
* best p2p/ community money project
* best p2p/ community land project
* best new disruptive technology
* best new p2p media
* world-changer of the year


[edit] Detailed proposals

Franz Nahrada:

* Award for Outstanding Achievements in Peer Production

This is an activity which will force us naturally to deeply consider and evaluate the things that are going on instead of looking at them superficially. The main benefit is that we really have to challenge each other on quality and useability of things and creations instead of reproducing the developers mantra that "my stuff is simply the best because I do it out of fun" (sorry, did not mean to hurt anybody!)


[edit] Criteria
[edit] Jury Members
[edit] Sponsors
[edit] Organizers

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