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Chris Anderson’s book "Free: The Future of a Radical Price" picks up where his bestseller, "Long Tail," left off. In it, he argues that the digital age is exerting an inexorable downward pressure on the prices of all things “made of ideas” and that $0.00 is the future of business. Thought leadership and knowledge – products and service made of ideas – are quintessential elements of the association brand. What does this controversial thesis mean for the business model of associations?
This presentation from the April 2010 DigitalNow conference, lays out the underlying assumptions of Free and Anderson’s taxonomy of “freeconomics,” looking at present day examples in each category, both in the for-profit and association market space, and considering the contrary view from Malcom Gladwell, among others.