|dollar is a network experiment completed for a class entitled
thinking about networks, taught by clay shirky. I mailed twenty 1$ bills to
twenty acquaintances. The envelopes contined the single 1$ bill a stamp, an
address sticker and descriptive instructions to: reuse the envelope, replace the cancelled
stamp with the new one, add the address label and mail the envelope, adding
anything they might like to the envelope. To measure any potential social capital
one-half of the envelopes had either a return address with my name or the label
inside was addressed to me. The other half were addressed to an assistant that no
one in the experiment would know.
The idea was that people that knew me would be more inclined to send on the dollar due to their social connection to me. The other test being run was the security of the postal service network on which my network depended on. The transparency of the envelopes made the contents quite clear.
The results of my running the network can be found in greater detail