A value network is a general model that can be implemented under different forms, adapted to specific contexts.
The value networks model embraces the basic principles behind a peer-to-peer (p2p) economy.
- peer production - the collaborative production of use value is open to participation and use to the widest possible number (as defined by Yochai Benkler, in his essay Coase's Penguin);
- peer governance - production or project is governed by the community of producers themselves, not by market allocation or corporate hierarchy;
- peer property - the use-value of property is freely accessible on a universal basis; peer services and products are distributed through new modes of property, which are not exclusive, though recognize individual authorship (i.e. the GNU General Public License or the Creative Commons licenses).
The value network model relies on a p2p infrastructure (=coherent set of tools). See example for SENSORICA.