Bookmarked Do You Believe in Sharing? (Tim Harford)

Lin Ostrom never believed in “the remorseless working of things”. Born Elinor Awan in Los Angeles in 1933, by the time she first saw Garrett Hardin present his ideas she had already beaten the odds.

Tim Harford compares the work of Garrett Hardin with that of Lin Ostrom. According to Ostrom there are many flaws to the argument for the ‘tragedy of the commons’, such as the ownership of the land and commonality between different examples. Matto Mildenberger also provides his own recount of the sordid history assocaited with Garrett Hardin’s classic.


The commons were owned by a community. They were managed by a community. These people were neighbours. They lived next door to each other. In many cases, they set their own rules and policed those rules.

Hardin’s article had sliced through the complexity with his assumption that all commons were in some sense the same. But they aren’t.

The logic of Garrett Hardin’s 1968 essay is seductive but to read the text itself is a shock. Hardin’s policy proposals are extreme. He believed that the ultimate tragedy of the commons was overpopulation – and the central policy conclusion of the article was, to quote Hardin, that “freedom to breed is intolerable”.

via Cory Doctorow

Replied to Are Your Students Sharing and Amplifying Their Learning? (Primary Tech)

Silvia and Janet have provided a helpful framework in their book that demonstrates degrees of amplification: sharing with oneself, sharing face to face, sharing strategically online and sharing globally

I have not gotten to Silvia and Janet’s book, although I have read a number of posts associated with it. On a side note, I recently came upon an interesting discussion associated with the idea of sharing from Adam Grant. It takes a different approach to the problem and argues that what often matters is the culture we create around sharing and sharers. The question I was left wondering is whether everyone has to share? What is the place of the elegant lurker?
Bookmarked We live in Pinteresting times….. (Kath Murdoch)

How do we model ethical use of materials to our students? How much does this matter to us anyway? How freely should materials be shared without consultation or permission? When is it OK to sell our work? What does ‘original’ mean? If the words are someone else’s but we choose the font, colour and images – does that make it original? What responsibility do we have as producers AND consumers to acknowledge the work done by others? Who really owns what? What do we know/believe about the thorny issue of intellectual property? AND…. Why do we prefer a glossy, pretty poster over the children’s own documentation on our walls? Do our learners USE the stuff we decorate the walls with? What should be on our walls anyway? Who is it for?

Kath Murdoch reflects on the endless requests for Inquiry posters. Even though she continues to refuse, believing that it should be a conversation had, rather than a rule followed, othera think differently. She therefore wonders about the ethics of sharing. This is an interesting read in light of creative commons and the creation of graphics.
Listened The Virtue of Sharing from Radio National

Let’s look at the virtue of sharing: How could sharing shape our future, and what do we stand to lose if we refuse to share?

Edwina Stott unpacks the benefits of the sharing culture. This includes conversations about open source software, the sharing economy and open publishing. Stott unpacks challenges, such as how we support people to participate, this includes the feedback we provide.