Debunking the myth of increasing the performance of creative workers with carrot and stick.
A few months ago, the GNU project had to withdraw its article on motivation and monetary reward, because its author did not allow them to spread it anymore. So I recreated the core of its message - with references to solid research.
For creative tasks, the quality of performance strongly correllates with intrinsic motivation: Being interested in the task itself.
This article will only talk about that.
The main factors which are commonly associated with intrinsic motivation are:
To make it short: Anything which diverts the focus from the task at hand towards some external matter (either positive or negative) reduces the intrinsic motivation and that in turn reduces work performance.
If you want to help people perform well, make sure that they don’t have to worry about other stuff besides their work and give them positive verbal feedback about the work they do.
→ comment on Slashdot concerning Unexpected methods to promote freedom?
Was it really Apple who ended DRM? Would they have done so without the protests and evangelizing against DRM? Without protesters in front of Apple Stores? And without the many people telling their friends to just not accept DRM?
That “preaching” created a situation where Apple could reap monetary gain from doing the right thing. You see how they act when the stakes are diffecent.
I am part of a generation who experienced true cultural freedom - and who experienced that freedom being destroyed.
We had access to the largest public library which ever existed and saw it burned down for lust for control.
Not even for greed or gain, because enough studies showed that we did no damage and that we actually paid more for cultural goods than those who did not enjoy that freedom. They fought for control over us.
And the loss of cultural freedom is only the precursor for the loss of personal freedom, as those many new censorship laws show.
Last month I earned 7,26€ through my Flattr account (Flattr is a voluntary payment service where people can make micropayments if they like something - after enjoying it). The flattrs came in through just 4 items:
And being able to pay the server might become much more important in the following months, as soon as my wife’s parental money runs out and I need to finance the family from a (50%) PhD-salary for a year… ↩
Originally written as comment to Why Games don't get ported to Linux...A game dev speaks. ↩
→ A comment to The Effectiveness of Political Assassinations.
Another answer why this doesn’t work is really simple: Consider that you were in a terrorist organization. You work with people in secrecy, but the ones you know are close to you, because they know your most intimate secrets.
Short: You fight alongside friends (though probably assholes by most ethical standards).
Now someone kills one of your friends.
A man in the streets faces a knife.
Two policemen are there it once. They raise a sign:
“Illegal Scene! Noone may watch this!”
The man gets robbed and stabbed and bleeds to death.
The police had to hold the sign.
Welcome to Europe, citizen. Censorship is beautiful.
PS: This poem is free licensed. Please feel free to use it anyway you like, as long as you provide a backlink.
-> written in reply to Bogus Copyright Claim Silences Yet Another Larry Lessig YouTube Presentation on techdirt.
This shows painfully how the powers are currently distributed.
<5% of the people have >90% of the resources, so they have more influence on the media which then influences which people are elected into positions of power, and then these elected pass laws which shift more power towards the <5%.
-> A comment on The Importance of Managing Your Online Reputation.
I read your article, and I found the points you make very interesting, though not only in a positive way.
You tackle the “we have a network others can see” from the active side: “How can I make sure my employer likes what he sees?”.
in reply to You do know you can't rely on Gmail, right?
You're citing some of the reasons why I dislike SaaS, but there's one more:
Whenever I use a SaaS application, I trust someone whom I really can't reach, and I trust him without being able to exert any kind of control.
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