Over the last few weeks of silence here at my blog I have been working on a book about how to apply social networks for organizing entrepreneurs- called Peer Production. The world continues to see the flattening of most organizations- where knowledge and decision making happen at the edges of the organization. This especially happens when you get a bunch of entrepreneurs together- no centralized decision making, but great disruptive innovation, not to mention strong companies can result from this set of interactions. My favorite example of this to date comes from the Linux community– although peer production has now left the confines of the open source software industry, and is disrupting (and innovating) in many different industries. With social networking platforms, together we can rapidly build businesses together.
I will be using this book as a platform for both building entrepreneur support networks, both inside of and outside of existing organizations. I have written the book in such a way that it will be applicable for both the economic development manager building a self-support entrepreneur network, as well as for a company that wants to leverage individual entrepreneurs (or small businesses) outside of their company.
If you are interested in either being a part of my review community, or in getting an early copy, let me know by clicking this link and sending me a message through the Enterprise Teaming website. My intention is to use this first version of the book to drive the next round of projects that I do with this model. I will write some more about this on this blog in the coming days and weeks.
Oh… and thank you to my handful of friends that kicked me in the butt hard enough to take off and write it… August 2007 was very productive on working on this, and has helped me strengthen my model for the next round of entrepreneurial networks that we build together. Thank you! And viva la revolucion!