Too many ideas havewithered before seeing thelight of day. They never had achance to change the world orat least garner sympathy forthe venture.
Flexibilization, mobilizationand globalization of work
jobs are a leftover from theindustrial age. It is now hightime to free work from theconstraints of rigid labormodels.As network individuals,our global contacts are indifferent time zones so thattraditional working hours arecounterproductive for us. Andwe also want to bring more
ﬂexibility into the way we do
our work.Different tasks can be combined to make for
quicker and more efﬁcient
performance while thesynergy thus created canenrich content with new ideas.In a similar vein, we arenot bound to any particularworkplace and prefer to usethe spot that seems mostconvenient at the moment – a
café, an ofﬁce or a home ofﬁce.
The Internet gives us easyaccess to all the relevant dataand instruments no matterwhere we are.Flexible, open domain
modes of work, ﬂat
hierarchies, participation,trust, motivating challengesand results-oriented properpayment are the qualities of work we subscribe to.
Work can only bea private affair
Along with properremuneration, our valuesystem also recognizes theimportance of personaldevelopment and personalmotivation.Such a schema makes
it difﬁcult to differentiate
between private life and theworld of work.For us it’s a fact of life thatmany matters and concernsfall into both categoriesand thus must always bemeasured against personal benchmarks and generalmoral values.This means we rate aworkplace in terms of theopportunities for personalgrowth it offers us and themotivating qualities of theworking environment.What we value incompanies is not just suchtransparency and openness, but the social interactionthey afford us with otheremployees and the work environment.
Our commitment to thepublic domain
Because we know thatour strength lies in publiccollaboration, we freelyshare our intellectual capitaland thus create resources of knowledge freely available toall.Competitive modes of thought are strange to useven though we do engagein competition, strivingfor better ideas and publicacknowledgment of what wehave achieved.We recognize thepotential of free knowledgeand call for free access to
all research ﬁndings and
learning material supported by taxpayers money.We equally call for allinstitutions of education to
be given the ﬁnancial and
material support that enablesthem to useall the mediacompetenciesneeded topass on suchinformationto futuregenerations.For us itis of the veryessence thatfree knowledgeresources
nurtured andmade freelyavailable toeverybody.As digitalnatives wesupport all initiatives thatseek to make informationand tools freely availableand reuseable. We viewnew media in general asan opportunity for a betterworld.Their ability (in the senseof the Latin
for strengthor virtue) to disseminate andprocess information enablespeople to communicateand interact with oneanother in a huge variety of unprecedented ways.This means that evennow our digital culture iscalling geographic, culturaland thus also political boundaries radically intoquestion, offering a genuineopportunity to create aparticipative and democraticcosmopolitan world.We digital natives arecitizens of the world and one
of the ﬁrst global generations.The ﬁrst step toward a
participative democraticglobal politics would beunlimited transparencyof political business and