Stigmergy is a mechanism of indirect coordination between agents or actions. The principle is that the trace left in the environment by an action stimulates the performance of a next action, by the same or a different agent. (Wikipedia)
At FSCONS there were lots and lots of examples of fantastic ongoing projects. At the talks I visited, there were also four different new project ideas that came up. As far as I could tell, no communities were formed around them, which means you could be the one getting things rolling. Do we have any takers? 🙂
A wiki collecting empirical experience of plant relations in different ecological contexts. Denis Jaromil Roio showed in his talk how plant dependencies can be tracked as if they were software library dependencies. Next step: a model using that data to predict the outcome of a planned permaculture system, and suggest improvements. Third step: Permaculture – the strategy game.
2. Home industry unionizing
A database of price offerings based on decentralized input, in order to change power relations built on information asymmetry. Next step: a social structure where home industry workers may build communities and coordinate specific demands on a local, national or transnational level. According to Malin Nilsson, there are already examples of home industry workers in the US coordinating demands using internet.
3. GPL in employee contracts
The employee contracts at Finnish software company Nemein states that the software they develop will be released under GPL. Johan Söderberg argued that free software could ensure greater mobility for programmers, strengthening their bargaining power. Someone needs to interview employees and managers at Nemein, and look for other companies with similar policies. By providing other FLOSS companies with a good documentation of this and a strong case for applying it, this practice could turn more widespread. We could envision a standard clause endorsed by free software organizations.
4. The file sharing grandparents
Two hundred grandparents show up at the police office, admitting to the crime of having shared a particular song with the world through the internet, without asking the artist for permission. This DoS-attack opens another debate on the pointlessness of criminalizing file sharing. Mathias Klang elaborated on the idea in his talk (while taking care not to advocate it).