Open system / Contributive system
I really need your advises on this question, I think it's a tricky one, and I really need an answer.
The question is : what kind of system is a common ?
Definition of a system
Wikipedia says : "A system is a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole. Every system is delineated by its spatial and temporal boundaries, surrounded and influenced by its environment, described by its structure and purpose and expressed in its functioning.".
So a common is a system.
Open system and closed system
An open system is a system that interacts with its environment. A closed system does not interact with its environment.
The problem is , in management, every organisational systems are open. A common and a classical corporation are both open system, but a common has not the same interactions with its environment than a classical corporation.
In informatic science an open system is equal to open source system, which is really close to a common.
However, in management, we need to make a difference between an open system and a system like a common.
That's why I'd like to create another type of system, who would be "contributive system".
A contributive system is an open system wich have rules that enable people from the outside to contribute to it in less than an hour (very low barriers between the system and his environment).
It has no rule about governance, or durability of the ressources it manages.
To make the difference between a classical corporative system and a common system
Open system is not enough to explain what's the system behind a common. We should make a different between these two different meta-systems.
To introduce a common and prepare transition
A contributive system is more easy to understand than a common. It could be the first step to make people aware about commons.
A common is a very specific thing and needs a lot of time to be managed. Whereas a contributive system is more easy to manage. It can be a first step for organisations to turn into a common.
To abstract things
When you want to explain, make documentation and theorise things; it's great to be precise in your explanations. So you need vocabulary to be clear in your theories.
To put into questions contributive systems which are not commons
When you have a contributive system which is not a common, it's weird. It's like it misses something and people are being exploited by this system. It enables us to say "hey good, you are a contributive system, why don't you wanna had some rules so you can be a common. Like that you would stop to exploit people".
Tell me what you think about it !