Every day I come to work, I get excited about the possibilities of the power of participation: to solve complex problems, to share knowledge, to bring people together. Opensource.com has been a great vehicle for me to learn and participate in a dialog about the power of open source principles–-... Read more
First, a confession. Despite the hip corporate persona of Red Hat, when I first joined the company everyone had typical cubicle farm workspaces. Sure, there were hints that the company aspired to Google-like coolness: a foosball table, a game room, lots of free junk food. But in our daily office-... Read more
The Open Your World Forum is scheduled for Thursday, May 27th, beginning at 8:45 a.m. EDT. Bookmark this page for the latest information on the day's schedule, speakers, and presentation topics. Be sure to register for the event if you haven't already done so.
(...hint: it might not be what you expect!) I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Aaron Fulkerson, founder and CEO of MindTouch. Before founding the company in 2005, Fulkerson (and co-founder Steve Bjorg) worked in Microsoft's advanced strategies division. After leaving Microsoft, the duo... Read more
The Open Source Way book has a section on Open Marketing, and I'll be honest: I have my doubts. I will grant that the American Marketing Association defines marketing as "the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have... Read more
When Thomas Friedman enumerated 10 "flattening forces" in his book The World Is Flat, he declared that force #4, Open Source, was the most powerful and disruptive of all. New discoveries in nature suggest that Friedman's assessment may be more profound (and more consistent) than even he imagined.
The pointless, endless office meeting. We've all been stuck in one. And if your department is like most, there's no transparent means to determine which conference room gatherings are highly productive and which are taking valuable time away from the business. So here's a simple technique to hold... Read more
There's one major advantage to openness in business. Like the Billy Joel song says, it's just a matter of trust. Harvard Business Review's Peter Merholz recently highlighted several successful businesses modeled on trust—and, though he doesn't note it, openness.
The opensource.com team is excited to announce our first-ever live event, the Open Your World Forum. The forum, held via webinar on Thursday, May 27, 2010, will feature presentations by leading open source thinkers in the fields of business, education, law, government, healthcare, and music. The... Read more
A few weeks ago, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst wrote an article for BusinessWeek suggesting that Toyota might benefit from doing things the open source way when it comes to building the software inside its automobiles. From Jim's article: