Friday, April 8, 2016

Shared Information Economy - a Reframe

McKinsey & Company recently wrote that business innovation involves identifying and dissecting long-held beliefs about how value is created and the reframing these beliefs in order to innovate. One of the most long-held beliefs in business is the concept of exclusivity in ownership. However, the mere suggestion of re-examining intellectual property ownership (e.g., patent)’s role in business is controversial. It often draws criticism and a fear of losing private-sector funding. There is also a lucrative cottage industry of non-market participants (e.g., patent trolls), which likely will impact the conversation.

But any meaningful dialogue about change and business innovation must involve opening information and must involve a closer look at how intellectual properties (e.g., patents) are leveraged in the development process.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

An Open, Sustainable, and Free World – the “dot(Us)” Manifesto

Information is not power. Information far exceeds the possibilities of power. Power is limited to the underlying presumptions of exclusivity: protection or exploitation. Some keen observers do tell us that with great power comes great responsibility, but not many are open minded like that and we have yet to explore the possibilities that come with those great responsibilities.

Power also makes the average person hungry and fearful. It leads our demise because it limits our possibilities in a model of scarcity and hierarchy. While we await for the overman, the philosopher king, we missed our opportunities to do something more productive together—in a common human experience.

So stop saying “information is power.”