ReCoding Good Resources

Rules and policy frames

A thoughtful piece by economist Paul Romer on thinking about rule changes: PMR Presentation

Another take on "rules" is thinking about how we use and set standards. Larry Lessig's book CODE argues that the standards and codes that make the internet work also set in place a set of rules for its use. The code that makes the net run also becomes "law."

Evgeny Morozov on standards, "So we're All in Agreement," Wall Street Journal

Larry Busch, Standards: Recipes for Reality, (podcast)

The Social Economy

Rob Reich, Class Day Lecture, (video) The Promise and Peril of the New Social Economy, Stanford, June 2011 (begins at 30:00)

Yochai Benkler, The Penguin and the Leviathan

On the Commons

Marvin Brown, Civilizing the Economy

Lisa Gansky, Six Reasons Why The Sharing Society (aka THE MESH) Will Trump The Ownership Society


Research on Greater Good — (UC Berkeley)

Series on Public Goods (UC Santa Barbara)

Sharing Economy

10 Ways our World is Becoming More Shareable — including some data on various elements of the sharing economy and its drivers. Written by Neal Gorenflo

Steve Case talks about the sharing economy on the Stephen Colbert Show

Infographic on Car Sharing from the Collaborative Fund

The Economist on Sharing Economy, Schumpeter, 2010

Lisa Gansky, The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing

Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers, What's Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption

Sara Horowitz, "Occupy Big Business: The Sharing Economy's Quiet Revolution", The, December 2011

The Sustainable Economies Law Center, (

Policies for a sharing city (20 part series)

Categories for sharing companies from Meshing it

Peer to peer lending in China

Citizens United, Political Giving, and Nonprofit Personhood

Jane Mayer, "Covert Operations," The New Yorker, August 30, 2010

Jane Mayer, "State For Sale," The New Yorker, October 10, 2011

Larry Lessig, "Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop it"

Two articles that argue the problem is not about "Corporate Personhood":