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[News] Openness/Sharing Success Stories, Impact on Authority

  • Subject: [News] Openness/Sharing Success Stories, Impact on Authority
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 03 Jul 2010 16:17:54 +0100
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Economics of Abundance Workshop Notes

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| I opened the workshop by introducing the 
| participants to the idea that our present 
| economy is based on the generation of 
| scarcity, and talking about how we can 
| promote individual freedom, social equity, 
| and environmental sustainability by 
| fostering abundance: the condition when 
| all people, now and in the future, are 
| enabled to live life as art.  For an 
| explanation of these ideas, please see my 
| earlier contribution to Shareable here.
| [...]
| The summaries above do not reflect the 
| entire discussions in the groups, which 
| were wide-ranging and very animated! Here 
| are a few comments from participants:
|     "It was very nice to meet you and 
|     everyone else last night. I really 
|     enjoyed the evening, our discussions, 
|     and the new thoughts that came out of 
|     them." -Kelci. M Kelci.
|     "I felt very comfortable in the group 
|     and appreciate the opportunities I had 
|     to exchange thoughts with everyone. I 
|     hope that one day you awaken, 
|     refreshed from good sleep, to a world 
|     where the scarcity of scarcity 
|     enriches everyone. May all of the best 
|     things happen from us." -Brandon Nash
|     "The workshop helped me to better 
|     understand how my experiences are 
|     constrained and enabled by collective 
|     arrangements. This is a rare and 
|     helpful perspective. It raises 
|     awareness about how our world works 
|     and uncovers opportunities for 
|     positive change." -Neal Gorenflo


Guidelines for Group Collaboration and Emergence

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| Iâm in the middle of a taking a course on 
| Virtual Learning Environments (syllabus 
| here), and reading a few chapters from 
| Adaptive Software Development by 
| Highsmith. It approaches the team-building 
| and collaboration process from the 
| perspective of complex adaptive systems 
| theory, and contains some interesting 
| insights in evolutionary development and 
| creating environments where emergence can 
| occur. Iâve created a summary of a chapter 
| that Iâd like to share, as I think it can 
| be valuable for many of us, and 
| specifically for the community of 
| practitioners around the junto concept.


ECJ rules on reconciling data protection law with freedom of information law

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| The European Court of Justice (ECJ), the 
| European Union's highest court, has 
| overturned a lower court's ruling and has 
| said that a data protection law allowed 
| the European Commission to refuse to name 
| people who attended a meeting that settled 
| a beer industry competition law dispute.


NeighborGoods Extends The Sharing Of Actual Things To The National Level

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| Back in October, we covered a new sharing 
| service called NeighborGoods. When you see 
| the term âsharingâ associated with a 
| startup, your eyes may glaze over at this 
| point â but NeighborGoods is a bit 
| different because itâs all about actually 
| sharing stuff. Like, in the real world. 
| Sadly, the site was previously only open 
| to users in Southern California. But today 
| brings its nationwide roll-out.



ISKMEâs Lisa Petrides: Open Education and Policy

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| At the beginning of this year we announced
| a revised approach to our education plans,
| focusing our activities to support of the
| Open Educational Resources (OER) movement.
| In order to do so we have worked hard to
| increase the amount of information
| available on our own site â in addition to
| a new Education landing page and our OER
| portal explaining Creative Commonsâ role as
| legal and technical infrastructure
| supporting OER, we have been conducting a
| series of interviews to help clarify some
| of the challenges and opportunities of OER
| in todayâs education landscape.


A global teacher of 1,516 lessons and counting

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| From a tiny closet in Mountain View,
| Calif., Sal Khan is educating the globe for
| free. His 1,516 videotaped mini-lectures --
| on topics ranging from simple addition to
| vector calculus and Napoleonic campaigns --
| are transforming the former hedge fund
| analyst into a YouTube sensation, reaping
| praise from even reluctant students across
| the world.


Openness, Radicalism, and Tolerance

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| The idea advocated by groups like the Open
| Knowledge Definition or the Free Cultural
| Works crowd that there should be a litmus
| test for openness really bothers me. Deeply
| bothers me. What is the point of crying
| from the rooftops that some content is
| âOpen in Name Only?â Why must we, the
| âopenâ folks, be in the business of
| ideological purging like the politicians?
| If someone has gone out of their way to
| waive some of the rights guaranteed them
| under the law so that they can share their
| creative works â even if that action is to
| apply a relatively restrictive CC BY-NC-ND
| to their content â why arenât we praising
| that? Why arenât we encouraging and
| cultivating and nurturing that? Why are we
| instead decreeing from a pretended throne
| on high, âYour licensing decision has been
| weighed in the balance, and has been found
| wanting. You are not deemed worthy.â Why
| the condescension? Why the closed-
| mindedness? Why the race to create
| machinery like definitions that give us the
| self-assumed authority to tell someone
| their sharing isnât good enough?
| Why isnât the open crowd more open-minded?


Junto: overview of concept, philosophy, and components

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| Junto is an environment for open
| discussion, combined with a public
| backchannel. itâs not about being a
| platform â itâs more of a meme and a
| mindset of collaboration and cooperation.
| Junto was a club started by Benjamin
| Franklin for mutual exchange of knowledge
| and information and personal and business
| development. When I proposed the concept of
| Junto, it was in that spirit that the
| community of people who believe âwe canât
| do it aloneâ would model the behavior
| online of what generative dialogue and open
| innovation looks like.

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