A Cathedral for Creation a Bazaar for Growth

There are two approaches for creating something of significance, the cathedral and the bazaar. The cathedral is best for creation and the bazaar is best for growth.

The cathedral is unified coordination mechanism that is well suited for reaching a singular vision. It is hierarchical which provides a clear line of decision making. This consolidation of decision making makes it efficient for coordination.

The bazaar is a distributed and loosely coordinated mechanism best suited for growing something that is well defined. By agreeing on a few rules (like commerce, or open source code) it can grow autonomosly—far exceeding what a single person or group (cathedral) could do on their own. However, the bizaar fails to create something new that’s also great (like designing by committee).

Read Curtis Yarvin’s blog post A Founder’s Farewell.

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