Comments: Roger McNamee (Venture Capitalist) on Wikimedia Advisory Board - THE MONEY

Unpopular Practices

In any community, there will be popular practices and unpopular ones.

Rarely are the best practices one and the same as the most popular practices.

There is a process for developing and establishing organizational best practices. Among all the proponents of the idea of Ethical Best Practices, none are more distinguished or more prominent in the field than Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline: The Theory and Practice of the Learning Organization.

While Senge's works are not unpopular among successful learning organizations, his ideas appear to be singularly unpopular among the core cabal of dysfunctional organizations like Wikipedia. The ruling cabal of the Wikimedia Foundation appears to be allergic to Senge's ideas, and unhappy with anyone who has the temerity to introduce his recommended Best Ethical Practices into the Wikisphere.

Seth, do you reckon that a venture capitalist of McNamee's stature might succeed in injecting Senge's notion of Ethical Best Practices into Jimbo's barren mindscape?

Posted by Barry Kort at January 16, 2009 07:26 AM

I am far more a Wikipedia fan than you Seth, but there is little doubt that deep in the hearts of the originators of Wikipedia lies a frustration that they haven't yet made out like bandits, as YouTube's Chad and Steve have.

The Spanish Fork was a key moment in the success of Wikipedia, but I suspect that the goal of RM and other VCs is to find a way around that roadblock. I'm glad you are keeping an eye on them. Someone has to.

Posted by tom s. at January 17, 2009 09:56 AM

I would have to differ. I am not a spoken fan of wiki. Although I do not discredit the original efforts of those deep within wiki, there comes a point when efforts are easily diluted with nothing more than greed.

"the reality is the exploitation of digital sharecropping." - could not have been said any better.

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