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The Penguin and the Leviathan - How Cooperation Triumphs over Self-interest

Yochai Benkler

What do Wikipedia, Zip Car's business model, Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and a small group of lobster fishermen have in common? They all show the power and promise of human cooperation in transforming our businesses, our government, and our society at large. Because today, when the costs of collaborating are lower than ever before, there are no limits to what we can achieve by working together. For centuries, we as a society have operated according to a very unflattering view of human nature: that, humans are universally and inherently selfish creatures. As a result, our most deeply entrenched social structures - our top-down business models, our punitive legal systems, our market-based approaches to everything from education reform to environmental regulation - have been built on the premise that humans are driven only by self interest, programmed to respond only to the invisible hand of the free markets or the iron fist of a controlling government. In the last decade, however, this fallacy has finally begun to unravel, as hundreds of studies conducted across dozens of cultures have found that most people will act far more cooperatively than previously believed. Here, Harvard University Professor Yochai Benkler draws on cutting-edge findings from neuroscience, economics, sociology, evolutionary biology, political science, and a wealth of real world examples to debunk this long-held myth and reveal how we can harness the power of human cooperation to improve business processes, design smarter technology, reform our economic systems, maximize volunteer contributions to science, reduce crime, improve the efficacy of civic movements, and more. For example, he describes how: • By building on countless voluntary contributions, open-source software communities have developed some of the most important infrastructure on which the World Wide Web runs • Experiments with pay-as-you-wish pricing in the music industry reveal that fans will voluntarily pay far more for their favorite music than economic m

What do Wikipedia, Zip Car's business model, Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and a small group of lobster fishermen have in common? They all show the power and promise of human cooperation in transforming our businesses, our government, and our society at large. Because today, when the costs of collaborating are lower than ever before, there are no limits to what we can achieve by working together. For centuries, we as a society have operated according to a very unflattering view of human nature: that, humans are universally and inherently selfish creatures. As a result, our most deeply entrenched social structures - our top-down business models, our punitive legal systems, our market-based approaches to everything from education reform to environmental regulation - have been built on the premise that humans are driven only by self interest, programmed to respond only to the invisible hand of the free markets or the iron fist of a controlling government. In the last decade, however, this fallacy has finally begun to unravel, as hundreds of studies conducted across dozens of cultures have found that most people will act far more cooperatively than previously believed. Here, Harvard University Professor Yochai Benkler draws on cutting-edge findings from neuroscience, economics, sociology, evolutionary biology, political science, and a wealth of real world examples to debunk this long-held myth and reveal how we can harness the power of human cooperation to improve business processes, design smarter technology, reform our economic systems, maximize volunteer contributions to science, reduce crime, improve the efficacy of civic movements, and more. For example, he describes how: • By building on countless voluntary contributions, open-source software communities have developed some of the most important infrastructure on which the World Wide Web runs • Experiments with pay-as-you-wish pricing in the music industry reveal that fans will voluntarily pay far more for their favorite music than economic m
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What do Wikipedia, Zip Car's business model, Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and a small group of lobster fishermen have in common? They all show the power and promise of human cooperation in transforming our businesses, our government, and our society at large. Because today, when the costs of collaborating are lower than ever before, there are no limits to what we can achieve by working together. For centuries, we as a society have operated according to a very unflattering view of human nature: that, humans are universally and inherently selfish creatures. As a result, our most deeply entrenched social structures - our top-down business models, our punitive legal systems, our market-based approaches to everything from education reform to environmental regulation - have been built on the premise that humans are driven only by self interest, programmed to respond only to the invisible hand of the free markets or the iron fist of a controlling government. In the last decade, however, this fallacy has finally begun to unravel, as hundreds of studies conducted across dozens of cultures have found that most people will act far more cooperatively than previously believed. Here, Harvard University Professor Yochai Benkler draws on cutting-edge findings from neuroscience, economics, sociology, evolutionary biology, political science, and a wealth of real world examples to debunk this long-held myth and reveal how we can harness the power of human cooperation to improve business processes, design smarter technology, reform our economic systems, maximize volunteer contributions to science, reduce crime, improve the efficacy of civic movements, and more. For example, he describes how: • By building on countless voluntary contributions, open-source software communities have developed some of the most important infrastructure on which the World Wide Web runs • Experiments with pay-as-you-wish pricing in the music industry reveal that fans will voluntarily pay far more for their favorite music than economic m

Language:

English

Narrators:

Marc Cashman

Length:

7h 38m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:18


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:22


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:10


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:30


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:37


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:15


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:23


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:42


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:28


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:38


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:13


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:11


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:58


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:26


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:00


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:02


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:35


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:26


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:13


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:08


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:29


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:08


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:04


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:14


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:47


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:35


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:05


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:58


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:10


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:14


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:09


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:14


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:08


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:11


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:45


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:37


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:30


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:04


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:35


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:15


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

00:34