Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Value Between Us: Exploring Informal Cooperatives, Kernels, Weak Ties, and the Role of the New Curator
by Blanchard, Heather, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2013, 94; 10305747
Abstract (Summary)

The Value Between Us examines groups and the potential value that connects today’s network of networks. The information economy and the derived value is rooted in exchanges which occur not just among institutions but groups who may have no legal or institutional affiliation, informal cooperatives. These groups attract attention and participation of those who have similar interests and are guided by kernels. These groups operate between ecosystems as alternative open spaces for collaboration. When informal cooperatives and institutions collaborate they form a collaboration sphere, an independent space of engagement. While informal cooperatives are fueled by similar interests they can infuse diversification through their weak ties. These relationships create balance within groups to mitigate against polarization. The distance between and within informal cooperatives and institutions are structural holes. These gaps require brokering by a new kind of communicator, the new curator. This new brokering role bridges the gaps between today’s network of networks, especially those with dissimilar interests and values. The new curator is an independent actor who straddles between informal cooperatives and institutions. The new curator cultivates environmental conditions conducive for dialogue, cooperation and ultimately, collaboration. Through a multi-discipinary theoretical approach with current qualitative examples, this thesis argues that while we might believe we are in a connected world, we are not. The Value Between Us issues a call to action to invest in new curators to support and protect informal cooperatives, cultivate the value between today’s networks of networks.

Keywords: distributive networks, informal cooperatives, kernels, crowdsourcing, weak ties

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School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: Global Communications
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Economics, Organization Theory
Keywords: Crowdsourcing, Distributive networks, Informal cooperatives, Weak ties
Publication Number: 10305747
ISBN: 9781369493115
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