Collaborative Futures, 2nd Edition is now available

Collaborative Futures is a collaboratively authored book about the theory and practice of collaboration, with a focus on social media and peer-production. The true nature of collaborative culture as a form of creative expression in the context of digital and network technologies has remained elusive, a buzzword often falling prey to corporate and ideological interests.

The expanded second edition of  Collaborative Futures has been completed and is now available for  purchase,  online reading, and  for your contribution.

Collaborative Futures was written by nine core authors over two intensive book sprints. Adam Hyde, Mike Linksvayer, Michael Mandiberg, Sissu Tarka, Mushon Zer-Aviv, and Alan Toner wrote the  first edition [http://en.flossmanuals.net/collaborativefutures/] in an experimental five day Book Sprint in January 2010. Developed under the aegis of  transmediale.10, this third publication in the festival's parcours series resulted in the initiation of a new vocabulary on the forms, media and goals of collaborative practice.

In June 2010, the book was rewritten as a part of the Re:Group exhibition at Eyebeam, NY. This second edition brought together the original six contributors with three new contributors, kanarinka, Marta Peirano, and Astra Taylor, to challenge the free culture sentiment underlying the original writing. The result is a deliberately multi-voiced tone pondering the merits and shortcomings of this new emerging ideology.