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New project: Defining the core principles of P2P-based collaboration

From Ryan Lanham:


To those interested in P2P Governance, System Design and/or Administration:

I want to re-announce the project on collaborative principles in p2p governance and operations.

The project relates indirectly to the partnership Michel Bauwens announced early this April in association with the University of Hull as coordinated by Athina Karatzogianni. I contended, somewhat cynically, that universities do not know how to associate with p2p ventures, and their institutional mechanics might do more harm than good in such a partnership.

Athina and Michel (and others) then suggested, as a precaution, that a draft set of guiding principles be constructed to guide such ventures and others that might entail interactions with p2p organizations. Michel asked that I try to coordinate this effort since I had been vocal about my concerns. [If any of this mistates the ideas or intentions of principals, please correct as needed]

To achieve this, I started with a draft ethos for p2p in general and am moving on to draft interaction principles. I intend to add a section on best practices soon. Any other near-term addition ideas would be most welcome.

My intent is to build a normative document rather than an administrative charter. That is, it is meant to guide thinking about running p2p efforts, not to act as a policy sheet or corporate charter for one. Drafting those would be useful as well in boilerplate form, but that is not the current focus.

I have made some personal and perhaps excessively bold assertions in the document. Please call me on them or change them outright if unsuitable.

The effort can always be found by going to the p2p Foundation web site, entering the wiki and then searching for "core principles."

The current version is update here: http://p2pfoundation.net/Core_Peer-2-Peer_Collaboration_Principles

I strongly encourage (insist really) that this be a collaborative project that de-emphasizes my own role. I am however committed to coordinate the effort to assure reasonable progress for now.

You can put comments on the p2p research list or mail them directly to me at the contacts below. You can also change the wiki directly if you have an account to do so.

Thank you,

Ryan Lanham
Facebook: Ryan_Lanham

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Comment by PHOEBE MOORE on May 1, 2009 at 12:49
I originally was involved in working toward setting up a proposed p2p Research Group (first called Association which has been removed after discussions) and would be interested to see a document of principles as well. Vinay Gupta, Alex Rollin and a few others and I are working toward this kind of thing so we can collaborate on 'peer productive' projects.
Comment by MatrixPoint on May 2, 2009 at 7:42
I examined the wiki article with interest, and wanted to make a comment in the discussion area, but could find no link to register for the wiki.
Comment by MatrixPoint on May 2, 2009 at 8:09
Ah, I found the reason here Why_is_participation_to_the_P2P_Foundation_not_totally_open. Well, that poses a quandary since I don't know that I know anyone who is already a member.
Comment by Michel Bauwens on May 3, 2009 at 13:39
Hi MatrixPoint, write me an email to michelsub2004 at gmail, I can give you access ..

To Phoebe: let's do it Phoebe, I'm thinking of a much shorter say 10-point principles ... shall we do this this week? Do you want a shot at a first draft, or do you want me to do it?

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