Session

Pigs and Butter: What the Co-op Movement Can Teach Open Source
Claus Dahl, Imity

Track: Open Business
Date: Thursday, 21 September 2006
Time: 11:10 - 11:50
Location: Upper Foyer

Celebrations of the current era of open, digital creation often likes to celebrate itself as a new renaissance, conjuring images of golden, brilliant cities like the Florence of Dante, da Vinci, and the Borgias. Often the present is lauded as something brand new, an era of unprecedented rapid change. But you don't need to go as far back as the Renaissance to find the last culture defined by self-discovery and co-creation. And you don't need to go forward to the 1990s to find the first example of total social and economic transformation in just 5-10 years.

This talk tells a story of a world defined by openness, democratic user control, and co-creation that completely transformed the lives of a nation in less than 10 years. The unlikely setting is the farm land on the west coast of Denmark, and the world is that of pigs, butter, and co-operative farming.