the open source way
Last week, my friend Greg DeKoenigsberg posted an article about Jaron Lanier's negative comments regarding open textbooks. At almost very same time, I happened to stumble upon an article Jaron wrote back in 2006 criticizing Wikipedia.
We recently sat down with Dr. Tony O'Driscoll, co-author of the book Learning in 3D: Adding a New Dimension to Enterprise Learning and Collaboration, to talk about avatar-based Internet communities like SecondLife. Here's what he had to say about the way the Internet has evolved—and the business... Read more
Remember the Seinfeld episode where Kramer had the idea to make a coffee table book about coffee tables? I always thought that was a pretty elegant idea. Well, a few months ago, some of the smart folks on Red Hat's community architecture team had a similarly elegant idea: Write a book about... Read more
In the discussions around some of my previous articles, I've noticed a trend: we seem to be focusing on cultural changes that need to be made for the open source way to be effective in contexts beyond technology.
Earlier this week some colleagues and I attended a fantastic gathering of business and political leaders called the Emerging Issues Forum. The theme of the forum—interestingly enough for a bunch of business folks—was creativity, and speakers included some of my favorite thinkers/authors who analyze... Read more
It's a good bet that the next generation of defining companies will have corporate cultures built the open source way-- around openness and collaboration, while fostering community and culture that extend outside the company walls. In fact many of the defining companies of the first decade of this... Read more
Prior to your academic career, you worked for 18 years within companies like IBM and Nortel, so you've had ample opportunity to observe from different perspectives the evolution toward “openness” in business. How is management coping with the shift toward open principles like meritocracy and open... Read more
In the last few years, we've seen a proliferation of “open” business books like Wikinomics and The Starfish and the Spider. When every management bestseller is piled high on the clearance table a few years after its debut, it's hard not to wonder if ideas like open innovation, transparency, and... Read more
When people get inspired, and they have the power of open source behind them, anything is possible. I was intrigued when I read about Jonathan Kuniholm, a veteran wounded in Iraq, working on prosthetic designs with other users and designers in the field.
My colleague John Adams, reporting from the World Business Forum in New York, wrote on Twitter that during his speech, management guru Gary Hamel called open source one of the greatest management innovations of the 21st century (coverage of Gary's speech here and here).