Adam Arvidsson & Nicolai Peitersen

Swedish-born Adam Arvidsson is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Milan and an Adjunct Professor at the Copenhagen Business School. His research concerns the dynamics of the information economy, in particular brands, creative industries, new forms of labor and production. His focus is on the particular emergence of 'Open' formats, like Open Design, Open Business and user-led innovation, finance and the relation between value and ethics. Nicolai Peitersen was born in Denmark and worked for the Danish Central Bank and the investment bank JP Morgan Chase, where he was part of the team that was voted the best global research team by Institutional Investor. He is an entrepreneurial social visionary and founder of the renowned cross-disciplinary think thank Kesera, which brings together cutting-edge artists and scientists. Out of Kesera's work grew Actics, the world's first online ethical feedback tool, designed to help any organization and individual maximize their ethical impact. Peitersen is frequently invited to provide progressive input on global issues, most recently at the G20 Emergency Congress and the World Business Summit on Climate Change.


The Ethical Economy: Rebuilding Value After the Crisis

Bill Emmot, former editor in chief of The Economist: "No topic is more vital than how to rebuild trust in capitalism -- yet none is more slippery. Adam Arvidsson and Nicolai Peitersen have done us all a huge favor by thinking it through so thoroughly and above all so realistically."

Mark Banks of Open University: "Arvidsson and Peitersen's ideas are beguiling and of the moment. An original contribution to the emergent field of communications and creative industry studies, economic sociology, and the politics of information."

Guido Schmidt-Traub, executive director of Sustainable Development Solutions Network: "This book offers a thought-provoking combination of ethics and economics to propose a new value regime that will contribute to our understanding of how business can become a force for good in sustainable development. The analysis of the ethics of collaborative work will be useful to practitioners and analysts alike."

Michel Bauwens of P2P Foundation: "Our mainstream economic system has been focusing on a single type of financial capital no longer capable of dealing with the multiple value streams of the emerging contributive and collaborative economy. How to measure, value, and reward contributions is a key question for solving the 'crisis of value,' yet unfortunately, literature and effort are still scarce. This book looks squarely at the value crisis and offers an analysis and proposals for an 'ethical economy'."

Niels Jørgen Thøgersen, honorary director general of the European Commission: "This book presents a different way to create and distribute wealth. We all want to behave ethically today, but here it is shown how the ethical economy is not just a moral phenomenon. Arvidsson and Peitersen claim that it could and should be the basis for future societies. I personally recommend this book and hope it will not only stimulate positive discussions but also inspire our politicians to make the necessary decisions."