Communities of Commerce

What Makes Digital Tech Companies Models of Generativity?

March 13, 2014

Tweet Buffer, WordPress, AirBnB, Waze, LoveWithFood, ModCloth, Etsy— so many of the organizations I’m using as examples of generative businesses share a similar profile: They are relatively small, young, organized around a core software process or product, filled with coders and developers, and part of a specific tech community. Why is generativity such a defining […]

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My TEDxHoboken Talk: The Boost Revolution

October 22, 2013

Tweet It is a truth universally acknowledged: … that watching yourself on a grainy video talking about the ideas closest to your heart is rather mortifying.  So, with a little cringing, I’m excited to be able to share the video of my TEDxHoboken talk, The Boost Revolution: Expanding Possibilities for Business. It took some time […]

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Why Zipcar Is Not the “Sharing Economy”

January 9, 2013

Zipcar isn’t a sharing business, so it can’t create the sharing economy. Who can? Businesses that support customer-to-customer relationships and reciprocal caring.

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Defining Thick Value in a Boost Economy

November 20, 2012

Thick value has many simultaneous kinds of positive meaning, that are stacked, nested, embedded, and fused with each other into layers that are weighty with significance. Thick value has more meaning and conveys more about why it’s valuable. When we pay attention to thick value, we make choices that help us maximize more than financial profit or system efficiency.

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5 Ways to Expand How We Think About Value in a Boost Economy

November 14, 2012

Tweet It can be hard to convince certain “business” people that it actually makes sense to conduct their business in a generous, boosty way that creates opportunity for others. The mainstream business conversation has remained so wedded to the notion that ‘price’ accurately captures ‘value’, and to the belief that financial goals trump other kinds […]

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Self-Reliance Versus Interdependence in The Boost Economy

June 15, 2012

Tweet Being independent and “going it alone” can feel very satisfying. Our culture prizes independent initiative, so much so that we often overlook the importance of working with each other to help each other. I see this bias towards independence when gurus talk about leaders as though followers don’t exist. And, I see this bias […]

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Sharing Success in Etsy’s Community of Commerce

March 30, 2012

Tweet The most promising feature of a community of commerce is the way that members in that community work to ensure each other’s success, even if helping others costs them something. When members in a community help each other, we often don’t notice that there is a real cost in giving that help. Instead, because […]

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