The little book of manipulation for well intended people

By Marc Dangeard, published at 10 May 2007 - 8:12pm, last updated 10 years 27 weeks ago.

Just added a document to the repository: Petit traite de manipulation a l'usage des gens honnetes (the little book of manipulation for well intended people)

Beyond the Prisoner dilemma, which allows us to understand why people are driven to a socially acceptable behavior, there are other components that help understand behaviors of individuals and groups. Resilience of decisions and the effect of engagement are very important ones, as they have been shown to clearly impact the decision making process. And if cooperation is about groups working together on a common goal, it requires understanding better this decision making process.

After reading this book on Manipulation, it seems that one of the thing that may be happening with open source and web2.0, as people are getting more involved in the creation process, may also be that they can be more often and more easily "engaged" into participating (see how manipulation can be applied to group management in the full summary).

  • How much difference is there between Norman Maier's "moderator" and the "benevolant dictator" that Jimmy Whales says he is?
  • How much difference is there between "listening to the group" in an "industrial democracy" and moderating an online community?
  • Are "cooperation" tools (wikis, blogs, etc...) a mechanism to drive "engagement"?
  • And if so, is the "reversal of the pyramid of power" a shift of power towards people who know best how to architect online behaviors using these tools?
  • What opportunities can be generated from better architecting of online behaviors? What challenges can we anticipate from the emergence of online tribes?