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Jimmy Wales – Wikipedia and the Future of Free Culture

by Stewart Brand on April 19th, 02006

Jimmy Wales

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Vision is one of the most powerful forms of long-term thinking. Jimmy Wales, founder and president of the all-embracing online encyclopedia Wikipedia, examines how vision drives and defines that project and its strategy— and how it fits into the even larger world and prospects of “free culture.”

“The design of Wikipedia,” said its founder and president Jimmy Wales, “is the design of community.”

When Wikipedia was started in 2001, all of its technology and software elements had been around since 1995. Its innovation was entirely social— free licensing of content, neutral point of view, and total openness to participants, especially new ones…

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