Achieving Impossible Things with Free Culture and Commons-Based Enterprise

#Achieving Impossible Things with Free Culture and Commons-Based Enterprise

The first completed book from Free Software Magazine Press, by longtime Free Software Magazine columnist Terry Hancock is now available!

Front Cover

How did they do that?

Six “impossible things”: GNU/Linux, Wikipedia, the Creative Commons, the Blender Foundation, Open Hardware, and the OLPC/Sugar project. All created under free licenses for everyone to use, in defiance of our conventional ideas of business economics. Is it magic, coincidence, or just plain common sense at work here?

The author explores the reality of these projects from an insider's perspective and picks out a set of five easy to follow rules for keeping your own projects in tune with the rules of free culture and on the track to success.

Includes the entirety of the “Impossible Things” and “Rules of the Game” article series written for Free Software Magazine, as well as five bonus articles on improving commons-based processes.

Paperback or Hardback: 290 pages with 94 illustrations.

The book is available from Free Software Magazine Press in the following formats:

  • The printed book is available for purchase from Free Software Magazine Press in Paperback ($25.95) and Hardback ($35.95) formats.

  • The paperback version of the book is also available to book-sellers through their standard distribution chains, so it can be purchased from some online retailers like Amazon. Or if you prefer, your local bookstore can most likely order it for you.

  • The original articles comprising the book can be found below on this site. These articles were intended to be more independent of each other, and assume you have the internet available to follow links or look up terms.

  • For viewing on your computer, you can download a free PDF e-book version hosted by the Internet Archive.


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