Saturday, May 9, 2015

Shifting the Focus to 'Open Society' and 'Open Culture'

HOT NEWS - The War is Over: Open Source and the Open Way have Won. The growing global Open Movement has now shifted its focus to Open Culture and Open Society.

For well over 10-15 years, the battles between 'open' vs. 'closed' solutions have raged. It started with free and 'open source' software (FOSS) solutions, then moved on to 'open standards', 'open access', 'open data', 'open architecture', ... The Open Movement started in the technology sector, then spread into education, healthcare, manufacturing, government and just about every other component of the public and private sector. It became more than just about technology, it became a broad, global movement that supports the adoption of 'open culture' and 'open societies' around the world. Many individuals, corporations, and countries will continue to battle and fight against the 'open movement' for years to come, not recognizing that the war is over - all 'closed' systems will eventually succumb to 'open solutions' as we move into the future.

To give you a better feel for what we're talking about, the following are a selection of recent articles focused on 'Open Culture' and 'Open Society' that have been published over the past few months. They cover a wide gamut of interesting topics.

  • Open Culture - A growing social movement that promotes the freedom to distribute and modify creative works. The movement objects to over-restrictive copyright laws that restrict the free exchange of creative ideas and works.
  • Open Society - In open societies, citizens are encouraged to engage in critical thinking, facilitated by cultural and legal institutions that support the concepts of freedom and tolerance of diverse individual, groups, ideas, and beliefs.

Please Share any other good articles you have run across that are focused on Open Culture and Open Society with our readers.

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