Us now (or all together now)

(Free) monday fun – blogging all the stuff I’ve seen and bookmarked lately, like this UK documentary (see the project site), on open government, digital democracy and a networked civil society that employs the web in creative ways. Yes, we’re talking about all the changes technology bring … and couch surfing is a social (business model) innovation for sure.

Nice to see people like Don Tapscott, Lee Bryant, JP Rangaswami and Clay Shirky have their say. Nice too, that it leaves me in a positive mood, which isn’t natural in these times ( link goes to a german language article on the sad state of the “Internet inflicted changes discussion” in Germany, sadly it’s not a German thing alone).

Movie blurb:

In his student flat in Colchester, Jack Howe is staring intently into his computer screen. He is picking the team for Ebbsfleet United’s FA Trophy Semi-Final match against Aldershot . Around the world 35,000 other fans are doing the same thing, because together, they own and manage the football club. If distributed networks of people can run complex organisations such as football clubs, what else can they do? […]

Us Now follows the fate of Ebbsfleet United, a football club owned and run by its fans; Zopa, a bank in which everyone is the manager; and Couch Surfing, a vast online network whose members share their homes with strangers.

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