Monday, December 17, 2007
Solving the Tragedy of the Commons
How else can we solve the fact that the printer is always out of toner, paper, or both? The best I have come up with so far is putting no paper in the lounge, forcing students to invest in paper themselves (and hopefully preventing people from printing hundreds of unnecessary pages). We investigated buying a lock, forcing each person to enter a code to limit their printer use, but it was too expensive. Are there any better resolutions to this situation?
Compared with the totality of knowledge which is continually utilized in the evolution of a dynamic civilization, the difference between the knowledge that the wisest and that which the most ignorant individual can deliberately employ is comparatively insignificant. ~Fredrich Hayek in The Constitution of Liberty