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Nick Grossman; The Peer Economy, Disruptive Technologies and Top Down Backlashes


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Activist in Residence, Union Square Ventures

Nick is a technologist and entrepreneur working at the intersection of the web and urban, social and civic systems.  For the past 10 years, he has developed software and media products, advocacy efforts and internet-based businesses that help cities and the internet work better together.

As "Activist in Residence" at Union Square Ventures, Nick works with USV portfolio companies and other "peer economy" companies on public policy and regulatory issues, and with internet activists to support the health of the open web.

Nick is also a visiting scholar at the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab, where he studies how media and technology are transforming civic engagement.

Previously, Nick led an incubator for technology & media initiatives at OpenPlans -- producing advocacy media properties focused on urban policy, building web applications to spark engagement in local civic issues, and building open source and open data businesses serving the public sector.

Nick blogs at The Slow Hunch and tweets at @nickgrossman.

peer economy. peer to peer bottom up.

Talking about networks that can break power and bring it out to the people and the community. 

Disruptive aspects of peer to peer.  and explain what disruptive means. 

What do you mean, "from middle to edges"

How is trust applied in other ways, besides Ebay?

Peer based reputation systems--

You said, at PDF13, any time you move power around, we have challenges.  

Top down power is fighting bottom up initiatives.

Can you talk about disruption, disruptive technologies.

        Clay Christiansen-- The Innovators Dilemma

When a new technology becomes disruptive, can you give an example of how it changes things, how the top down forces react?

Example: Journalism-- craigslist and classified ads.

Have there been ways that Craigslist has had top down responses that tried to block it or stop it?

web networks we're building are like communities and governments.

Governments are starting to think less like app developers and more like platform providers

That's where you're putting a lot of your energy, into the civic space. 

abundance-- haven't had good ways to find all that stuff.

Plato quote about the alphabet. 

The discovery of the alphabet will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves" You give your disciples not truth but only the semblance of truth; they will be heroes of many things, and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing." -- Plato, Phaedrus

How are you thinking about regulation-- about new ways of thinking about it?

regulation 2.0 regulation of new peer to peer and peer corps. 

Google glass-- regulation in Germany no allowing them. 

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