Of course a couple days after writing my post consolidating thoughts of decentralization I found a piece by Nathan Schneider in my Omnivore called: What to do once you admit that decentralizing everything never seems to work
This further makes the point that the centralization-decentralization debate is nuanced, and Schneider quotes another scholar saying we must go “beyond the centralization-centralization dichotomy.”
Schneider discusses entrepreneurship, co-ops, blockchain, and more, introducing three characteristics of applying the decentralization principle:
- Decentralization is a process, not static. It is not one-way. Centralization is like reverse-entropy.
- Decentralizing systems should be heterogenous, incorporating multiple forms of decentralization.
- We must plan for centralization and ensure that it is accountable. This rhymes with Mark Nottingham’s point of the need for checks and balances.
Read the whole piece: What to do once you admit that decentralizing everything never seems to work