This report was produced by the P2P Foundation in April of 2012.
If no other source is specified, the contents of thisreport are under a Creative Commons Attribution – Non-Commercial - Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. You canfind the full text of the license inthis website.About the cover image
At first sight, the image in the cover of this report seems hardly related to its topic, The Collaborative Economy. Whatdoes an aerial shot of a medieval village have to do with our exploration of the collaborative future?The image was posted to a Flicker.com by “post-apocalyptic research institute” on January 4, 2012. It is indeed a picture ofa physical model - a 3D print - of a fraction of the virtual world created by the users of a popular indie video game calledMinecraft. The caption written by the author under the image reads "A 3D model of a minecraft-village, exported directlyout of the game world using a modified minecraft.print() script, colored using CAD software, and printed on a Zprinter650". To many, this description might seem obscure, but to us it is a powerful formulation: It is a manifestation of thetransformative phenomena that will be described in depth in this report. It is a case that shows how all the pieces arefalling into place to create a new way of producing. The collaborative way.Thanks to post-apocalyptic research institute for authorizing use of the image in this report. The photo it's under CC BYSA license and can be downloaded from the following page:http://www.flickr.com/photos/postapocalyptic/sets/72157628648915115/