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Content as a Service: Artificial Scarcity & the Post-Ownership Economy


We've become so used to treating digital content like physical goods that we've forgotten how different the two really are and how unsustainable that business model really is. In this PANMA co-hosted talk, content strategist and Developing Philly co-creator David Dylan Thomas suggests new directions for content consumption and compensation that respect the fundamental nature of content today.

Questions Answered:

  • Why can't we just treat digital content like physical content?
  • What are some new options for compensating content creators?
  • What does it mean to live in a post-ownership economy?

Speaker Bio:

David Dylan Thomas is the founder of the Content Camp unconference that debuted at Temple University earlier this year, is the co-creator of the Developing Philly web series that chronicles the rise of the Philly innovation community, and works as a content strategist at Empathy Lab.


This event is being organized in cooperation with the Philadelphia Area New Media Association. PANMA hosts networking and educational events, where we encourage the connections among our members, offer business opportunities and enjoy good times with friends. We are web designers, graphic artists, database developers, programmers, information architects, marketers and other professionals supporting the regional digital development community.

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  • David C.

    Great program! So much to think about, especially the idea of many agile solutions, rather than 1 silver bullet. I wonder how the popular support models of KickStarter and Patronism would play out if applied to solving the world's problems, rather than depending on the traditional investment model. Would income be regarded as donations, or investments? Does KickStarter have for-profit examples?

    October 25, 2013

  • Amanda C.

    Such an awesome night with a fantastic speaker and a great, engaged group of people listening and asking questions. From tonight, I learned to make my blog last forever, I must carve it into stone :)

    October 25, 2013

  • William C.

    We're about to start with Content as a Service!

    October 24, 2013

  • Mikhail

    Regrettably, I will not be able to attend the event. I hope to see you all next month!

    October 24, 2013

  • Jill C.

    A very thought-provoking topic! I'm looking forward to it.

    August 13, 2013

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