Clay Shirky enlightens us in Cognitive Surplus that, “the organization of sharing has many forms” and that those forms have varying output values. He gives us a way “we can identify four essential points on the spectrum”. The four essential types of sharing/value are:
“done among otherwise uncoordinated individuals”
examples: ICanHasCheezburger, most general uses of Facebook, etc
“takes place inside a group of collaborators”
examples: Meetup.com, etc
“when a group of collaborators actively wants to create a public resource”
examples: open-source software such as Linux and Apache, WordPress, Wikipedia, etc
“when a group is actively trying to transform society”
examples: Pink Chaddi, organized protests in Tunisia, Egypt etc
It is interesting to look at this when evaluating the world of accelerators, incubators, coworking spaces, maker spaces and movements.
I have some space that I want to subsidized by others.
examples: executive/shared office space (Regus, etc), incubators
I am interested in creating community and getting people involved beyond on the surface level
examples: Most coworking spaces, maker spaces, accelerators, evolved incubators
While sharing any form of cognitive surplus provides value. Shirky argues that personal sharing is not as beneficial to society:
“We should care more about public and civic value than about personal or communal value because society benefits more from them, but also because public and civic value are harder to create.”
What kind of value are you creating today?