Human Nature and Entrepreneurial Community Ecosystems

February 8th, 2006

Thomas George said:

In response to Lars’s, Jim’s and Timlynn’s insightful comments, I would like your reaction to the last part in my original comment “given the unpredictable nature of human interactions“. Using Jim’s and Timlynn’s example of eBay, what will be the nature of such a network if transparency of transactions and documenting of the reputations were absent?

Without intending to sound glib or too Zen-like, Thomas, we think the answer is in your Socratic question. That is, such network marketplaces will not be sustainable without mechanisms to enable transparency of transactions and documenting of the reputations of its participants.

Link opens the Entrepreneurial Community Ecosystem model (PDF format) In a number of recent interviews that touch on his understanding of the social impact of eBay, Pierre Omidyar cites the fact that eBay enabled tens of millions of individuals to trust a stranger such they might engage in buyer-seller transactions without the traditional context of shared community and face-to-face interaction. eBay did not accomplish this significant feat by mild encouragement to suggest that people observe the Golden Rule and just be nice to each other. eBay accomplished this social impact by being the intentional network enabler of such transactions; by providing the trusted mediation services together with the software infrastructure to enable such transactions in an anytime, anyplace world.

In this regard, it is a business model design point for anyone aspiring to create and sustain a network marketplace that, at a minimum, they cover these complementary network enabling services of transaction transparency and trusted reputation building. You will see these components clearly in Sohodojo’s input/output model for entrepreneurial community ecosystems. (Click the graphic above to open a PDF on this model.)

And, Thomas, we’re sure that such components are included in your market development plans at Vipani. If you are still in the development stage of your systems design and development, we would be very interested in collaborating with you to advance your important mission. It is clear from your web site that you appreciate the power of story to transcend the market’s traditional product-price focus and to broaden that perspective to include personal and community supply chain impacts.

–Sohodojo Timlynn and Jim–

Entry Filed under: Entrepreneurial Community Ecosystems, Various Other

Human Nature and Entrepreneurial Community Ecosystems

February 8th, 2006

Thomas George said:

In response to Lars’s, Jim’s and Timlynn’s insightful comments, I would like your reaction to the last part in my original comment “given the unpredictable nature of human interactions“. Using Jim’s and Timlynn’s example of eBay, what will be the nature of such a network if transparency of transactions and documenting of the reputations were absent?

Without intending to sound glib or too Zen-like, Thomas, we think the answer is in your Socratic question. That is, such network marketplaces will not be sustainable without mechanisms to enable transparency of transactions and documenting of the reputations of its participants.

Link opens the Entrepreneurial Community Ecosystem model (PDF format) In a number of recent interviews that touch on his understanding of the social impact of eBay, Pierre Omidyar cites the fact that eBay enabled tens of millions of individuals to trust a stranger such they might engage in buyer-seller transactions without the traditional context of shared community and face-to-face interaction. eBay did not accomplish this significant feat by mild encouragement to suggest that people observe the Golden Rule and just be nice to each other. eBay accomplished this social impact by being the intentional network enabler of such transactions; by providing the trusted mediation services together with the software infrastructure to enable such transactions in an anytime, anyplace world.

In this regard, it is a business model design point for anyone aspiring to create and sustain a network marketplace that, at a minimum, they cover these complementary network enabling services of transaction transparency and trusted reputation building. You will see these components clearly in Sohodojo’s input/output model for entrepreneurial community ecosystems. (Click the graphic above to open a PDF on this model.)

And, Thomas, we’re sure that such components are included in your market development plans at Vipani. If you are still in the development stage of your systems design and development, we would be very interested in collaborating with you to advance your important mission. It is clear from your web site that you appreciate the power of story to transcend the market’s traditional product-price focus and to broaden that perspective to include personal and community supply chain impacts.

–Sohodojo Timlynn and Jim–

Entry Filed under: Entrepreneurial Community Ecosystems, Various Other


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