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Free Economies

changes in economic systems

The concepts of free stuff, reverse economies and voluntary transactions are getting a lot of attention again. Does it work and is it sustainable?

An exploration of the subject with a lot of examples and trying to find out what their significance.

What goods can be given away for free?
When do voluntary transactions work? What are the social norms and expectations?
What are the economic mechanisms for giving stuff away for free or having people set their own price?

A lot of questions with no definitive answers nor clear sides as to what is wrong and what is right. But –I think– very interesting and important stuff to talk about.

Most of the talks during this Reboot are concerned with free, economy, content and value. The scope of this talk suggests that I'll treat all of the above. That may be a bit too ambitious for one person, but join me in a discussion of the subject and let's help each other off to a good start for the rest of Reboot.

I have given a similar presentation on some other events, but a lot has happened in the mean time, so that is due to be updated and I work at a startup (Tipit.to) in this space, from which I can share experiences and numbers.

Links from the presentation:
www.theseminal.com/2007/10/02/the-era-of-free-music-is-upon-us/
www.theseminal.com/2007/10/09/the-anti-piracy-equation-just-doesnt-add-up/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oink%27s_Pink_Palace
www.demonbaby.com/blog/2007/10/when-pigs-fly-death-of-oink-birth-of.html
scalzi.com/whatever/?p=484
www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2008/04/the_reality_of.php
www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.07/people.html
seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2003558690_terrabite06e.html
www.falter.at/web/wwei/detail.php?nr=5266
www.nrcnext.nl/loopbaan/article811677.ece
helpme.skallagrigg.net/
www.epiphyte.net/SF/old-fashioned-future.html
tqft.net/wiki/Maneki_Neko
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maneki_Neko
gigaom.com/2006/12/10/virtual-world-currency-deflates-a-real-one/
blog.tipit.to/2008/05/some-percentages-for-you-number-crunchers/

3 comments

Sound interesting!

I'll be here

23 June 08, 10:13 Minna Ritoluoma, 23 June 08, 10:13

Tipit.to

I'm particularly interested in a look behind the scenes of Tipit.to. Looking forward to this.

24 June 08, 22:06 Kars Alfrink, 24 June 08, 22:06

Free Economies changes in economic systems

26 Feb 14, 09:02 Denmark Denmark, 26 Feb 14, 09:02