On 2 Apr 2008, at 16:51, Sal Randolph wrote:
I come at open source from a slightly different perspective. I'm an artist
> exploring the territory of 'gift' and 'free' because of the complex mix of
> ideas, feelings, politics, and situations I find there.
I think I dont see free participation as a gift from me to others I see it
as a kind of sustainable participation
So it is not me being generous, it is me participating or using the commons
in a way which is not tragic, which is responsible and which has a view to
the right to participate for people who come after me.
Some cultures do have this kind of focal length eg. "7th generation"
thinking where you act in order to achieve an outcome for people
who will be here in 7 generation's time.http://www.7genfund.org/
Here is a brand which is using that idea:
There is probably a continuum between that kind of responsible participation
and a gift as a kind of generosity.
From an artistic perspective there is a similar continuum around individual
voice and cultural voice and finding ways to
indicate which it is youre looking to do. Sometimes people want to express
something in a personal voice.
Sometimes they want to make something which is a social dialogue or
expression of a community.
Sometimes people want to make income from their work in either context.
Being explicit about the kinds of participation and share and therefore
revenue from shared work is useful.
The contracts for collaboration are likely to be a good starting point for
that kind of conversation.
What have been the best or the most challenging outcomes using those