Metcalfe's law does not apply to commoning

planted: 29/12/2021last tended: 29/12/2021

Flancian asked:

commoning probably scales with Metcalfe's law, as it's a social activity?

I replied:

  • Re: Metcalfe's law - hmm interesting. I feel like commoning tends to prefer federation. So keeping groups small in a sense, but then connecting these smaller groups. Commoning maybe works best scaling out rather than scaling up.
  • E.g. Rely on Heterarchy and Rely on Distributed Structures patterns
  • I almost feel like the larger an individual commons gets, the more it tends towards tragedy. Or at least the governance system has to get much more robust.
  • Might be wrong there though.

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Not too sure about this. Just a hunch. But feels worth exploring. It generally fits with my values of small things federating.

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