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Via Marc Dangeard:

I need your help raising the attention on an idea I have submitted on


As you may know, I am currently working on the Entrepreneur Commons
(www.entrepreneurcommons.org), trying to foster collaboration between
entrepreneurs as way to create an inclusive selection process for
funding, rather than the competitive models that we currently have
with VCs or Angels.

On his site Change.gov, the Obama team announces that they want to
setup a network of incubators to help entrepreneurs, and I am hoping
the organization of such a network will not be left to government
employees or to consultants that would live off government money. Thus
the idea submitted on Change.org, of an Entrepreneur Commons or
equivalent organization to manage entrepreneurs collaboration within
this network of incubator.

The top 10 ideas submitted will be presented to the Obama
administration on the day of the inauguration, hopefully this one can
make it there. Please vote and please forward to your friends if you
like the idea:


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Comment by Evolving Trends on December 2, 2008 at 7:44
Again, that's the kind of change we need.

I tried this two years ago:


My effort attracted all types of people but mostly business/investor types who were more interested in making money than helping other people.

It's one of the reasons I started thinking about changing how money is created and used. In other words, using community/commons and latest p2p/social ideas "to get people together to make money" does not address the problem for me, which is the focus on "making money" rather than making a better world.

Granted, giving people power to help themselves/each other is much better than depending on centralized old world institutions, like VCs, but based on my experience with the Geek VC Fund effort I could see that the change has to be a lot deeper, all the way to how many behaves and how it drives people's behavior.

Having said that, it's only my opinion, and the idea itself is good and should work if everyone can focus on the social value of what they're doing not on the money making/greed that has gotten us to where we are today.

Undermining the VCs and centralized power is definitely a good thing.

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