eBooks Archive

Commons-based Peer-production erreicht die materielle Welt

In December last year (2011) I was invited to speak about commons-based peer production at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research in Berlin; the text of my presentation «Commons-based Peer-production erreicht die materielle Welt» is online here:

Fab Lab Business Modelling

In this eBook, I cover briefly existing Fab Lab business models (including prominently the grassroots model as described by Harmen Zijp for Amersfoort). I introduce tools for the development of business models: The Business Model Canvas (Alex Osterwalder et al.) A “buy” wordle Kevin Kelly’s “Better than Free” Persona Customer Journey

Libraries of the Peer Production Era

Mapping the landscape of commons-based peer production, I analyse the arena of open source hardware and look into various initiatives being spawned by fabrication labs, trying to identify their business potential and asking how these initiatives contribute to giving people more control over their productivity in self-directed, community-oriented ways. Now also available online at opendesignnow.org

Fab Labs and their Business Models

The paper “Commons-Based Peer-Production of Physical Goods—Is There Room for a Hybrid Innovation Ecology?” is the last publication this year on the subject of Fab Labs and their business models. It includes in total three studies: the final results from the Fab Lab survey that I did together with the University of Applied Sciences and

Bending the Rules: The Fab Lab Innovation Ecology

To be successful, e.g. in business, it’s often needed to go beyond what’s typically believed to be the normal way of doing things, to be creative when applying rules. This is not different for making Fab Labs a success. In a recent paper, I explore two sets of rules: intellectual property protection and common fab