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Accompany Howard Rheingold on a journey that explores the role of cooperation on the road toward evolutionary advancement. Rheingold, a “digital community leader,” asks whether peer-to-peer production may be the next step in the economic evolution. getAbstract recommends this talk to armchair anthropologists as well as corporate strategists.

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Howard Rheingold is a writer, designer and consultant on digital community building.



Throughout human history, social action and communication media have co-evolved. When nomadic hunters first banded together to bring down large game more than 10,000 years ago, they initiated the process of collective action. The abundance of food may have led to symbolic communication, then accounting and writing. Later, the printing press made the written word available to the masses. Mass literacy enabled further collective action in science, religion, politics and economics. Now, web-based “enabling technologies” like desktop computers make communication media and collective action even more accessible.

Early dialogues about collective action centered on “social dilemmas...

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