Openness: Why DO people contribute to the network?

In his talk on Empowering Professional Opennes Through Groups, Networks & Collectives, Terry Anderson (at about 22:30 min in) talks about why people contribute to networks, citing research that asked people this question, and whether it was about expecting others to give back/solve problems/help them out.  He says no. People contribute to networks for these reasons:

  1. establish identity, presence, social capital
  2. altruism, gift economy, try to contribute in a positive way

I buy it. At least in my field (ed/tech). I wonder what goes on in other fields.  I do know that almost NONE of my friends in other fields work like this. Actually, I can think of one, and he’s in online writing/publishing.

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