Plays Well with Others

What Do an Army of Ants and an Online Encyclopedia Have in Common?

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From Creative Commons, a podcast about the art and science of collaboration. With a focus on the tools, techniques, and mechanics of collaboration, we explore how today's most interesting collaborators are making new things, solving old problems, and getting things done — together. Hosted by Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley.
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What Do an Army of Ants and an Online Encyclopedia Have in Common?
“Stigmergy is a mechanism of indirect coordination, through the environment, between agents or actions,” according to Wikipedia. “The principle is that the trace left in the environment by an action stimulates the performance of a next action, by the same or a different agent.” Wikipedia should know all about stigmergy, since it’s almost a perfect description of how Wikipedia itself is made. While this model of collaboration is most commonly associated with ants, not global knowledge sharing, we’ll explore both and how they’ve shaped our world through asynchronous collaboration. Join us as we talk to Katherine Maher, the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation (the nonprofit organization that runs Wikipedia), and Clint Penick, an ant researcher and assistant research professor in the Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University. === All original content in Plays Well with Others is available under a Creative Commons BY license. This episode contains music by Blue Dot Sessions, available under a Creative Commons BY-NC license at the Free Music Archive. We also use sound effects, available under CC licenses and in the public domain, from Freesound. For links to these tracks and for more information about our show, please visit playswellwithothers.org.
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From Creative Commons, a new podcast about the art and science of collaboration. With a focus on the tools, techniques, and mechanics of collaboration, we’re going to explore how today's most interesting collaborators are making new things, solving old problems, and getting things done — together. Hosted by Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley. Premieres Tuesday, February 19.
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