Richard Baker has written about his disappointment at some of the methods used in the Likeminds event. http://rich-baker.com/2010/01/05/likeminds-2010-social-expense/
My comment is on his blog but here it is again for easy linkage.
One day, a new dude came riding into a small town. He invited all the nice local apple orchard farmers to be part of a “round table of expert apple growers”, for a small charge of 1500 golden coins, thereby getting a lot of attention from nearby Megalopolis, where people consumed 6 million apples per month.
Having these expert apple growers assembled in one place made the large supermarket buyers go weak in the knees. They henceforth associate the new dude with excellent apples. And when he starts a large-scale apple plantation, where do you think they went for their apples?
But the new apples sold all over Megalopolis tasted like rubber and were lacking in nutrients and vitamins, so after a while nobody wanted to eat them. People became dull and sluggish, and the rotting apples clogged up the supermarkets. After a few weeks the rotting apples formed a huge pyramid outside the gates of Megalopolis.
When the orchard owners, who were standing around, having lost all their business, one day saw the new dude drive past in his shiny carriage, they pelted him with the rotten rubber apples until he ran and ran…
Since then apples once again come only from people who know their trees and are eaten by all the people in Megalopolis who are once again shiny and happy.