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Cost savings in The Netherlands: Now you see it, now you don't

The Open Source Observatory flashed an eye-popping headline last week: “Moving to open source would save [The Netherlands] government one to four billion [euro].”

I had hoped I could do the dirty work of going over the report in fine detail and give you the summary, but there are two problems: first, it’s only in Dutch (I guess the actual problem is I can’t read Dutch), and second, the government took it down.
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A better way to win: Profiting from purpose

"I would not give a fig for the simplicity on this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity." —Oliver Wendell Holmes

When it comes to managing their costs, most companies operate with a simple model. They start by trying to maximize their gross margins so that they have a high cushion for spending in areas where they feel they need to spend heavily in order to compete, such as advertising and promotions. But a growing number of high-performing companies are showing that there is a better way to manage spending and improve performance. These companies live and operate on the other side of complexity.

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ON DEMAND: Open Leadership webcast with Charlene Li

Listen to our discussion with Charlene Li, author of New York Times best seller Open Leadership, for the latest in our Open Your World webcast series. » Read more

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Extending open innovation to open government: a roadmap for new opportunities in citizensourcing

Extending the principles of open innovation to the public sector is a particularly important transition. Public bodies are significant spenders on products and services and yet are often distant from the most dynamic processes in our economy. Dennis Hilgers and Frank Piller look at the wider benefits of an open public service in an extended web article downloadable on Innovation Management. The authors raise some of the most important issues below. » Read more

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Open Leadership webcast with Charlene Li

Join us March 17 at 2 p.m. for a discussion with Charlene Li, author of New York Times bestselling Open Leadership and co-author of the critically acclaimed Groundswell, for the latest in our Open Your World webcast series. Li will share her research and explain how social technology is transforming how many leaders lead. Hear stories and examples of how open leadership and transparency are effectively revolutionizing organizations and optimizing both human and organizational potential. » Read more

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Which one of these is not like the other? Congressional Research Service and Transparency

"A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps both.”

Those were the words of James Madison in 1822, repeated in a letter dated February 25 to Librarian of Congress James Billington. The letter was signed by 38 organizations including the American Library Association, Center for Democracy and Technology, Federation of American Scientists, Sunlight Foundation, and so on.
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Life is in alpha--Killing the myth of the open source failure

In writing my first article about open source games, it became apparent that I had plenty of ground to cover, and not just specific to games. It's a known trend in open source: The majority of started projects never finish. If you think this is a problem that needs solving, I will argue that you are mistaken. This time around I want to address the topic of ‘making the journey worth your while.' You can take your pick of popular proverbs, but this is such common wisdom that it even comes in the flavor of rich media:

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Education reform wars: Caricaturization, not disagreement, is the problem

I live in the middle of an ideological war zone.

Wake County Public School System is the eighth largest school district in the United States, and one of the mostly highly regarded. But lately it's not been our graduation rate or test scores that make the headlines. It's the school board's decision to end a highly regarded socioeconomic integration program. » Read more

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How does open source affect company culture?

An open source company is naturally a company that produces open source code for others to consume. But how does the notion of producing software code in the open affect company culture? » Read more

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Tips for an open source process

Governance is the word for open source in 2011. Governance breaks down to two topics, structures and process.

The same elements that make for a stable democratic system also make for good open source governance. This doesn't mean you need a balance of powers, or a judicial branch. It means you need the rules of governance clearly stated, and a process that will allow the best ideas to get prompt action from those running the project. » Read more

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