Old power works like a currency. It is held by few. Once gained, it is jealously guarded, and the powerful have a substantial store of it to spend. It is closed, inaccessible, and leader-driven. It downloads, and it captures.
New power operates differently, like a current. It is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It uploads, and it distributes. Like water or electricity, it’s most forceful when it surges. The goal with new power is not to hoard it but to channel it.
Two excellent graphics below the fold.
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Phi Beta Iota: Harvard is finally catching up with the rest of us (e.g. Jonas Salk Epoch B, Peer to Peer Foundation, Open Source Everything. This is good.