We invite you to join 3 brilliant authors and to share with them your thoughts, suggestions and insights in a true collaborative effort .
The result of this collaboration will be officially published for Open World Forum, October 1, 2010.
YOUR INPUTS AND COMMENTS ARE FUNDAMENTAL TO ENRICH OUR COMMON FLOSS VISION!
While previous editions analyzed potential impacts of FLOSS on the future in term of technology, business and society, 2010 edition will deepen these findings on very specific aspects.
If FLOSS is like forests then maybe should FLOSS developers and companies be considered as sustainable foresters? But actually what is FLOSS forestry? Where are the schools to teach foresters to cultivate properly? And where are the international bodies defining and defending sustainable forestry? This is where the comparison between FLOSS and forest stops. And this is where the introduction of the “Commons” paradigm starts. Thanks to David Bollier, these aspects of FLOSS are covered and effects that acknowledgment of FLOSS as Commons may have, are clearly envisioned.
Another important difference between FLOSS and finite resources such as forest, water, fishery, etc., is that this type of commons can not be geographically localized: FLOSS’ nature is global. And here it is necessary to have a close look to how economics will evolve and which nations will be dominating in the coming years and in parallel, what FLOSS may or may not change to this new economical map of the world. Here, Michael Tiemann helps us to understand potential scenarios for the future, one with the biggest potential being the BRIC scenario.
Finally in the blue sky of FLOSS and as we already mentioned in previous editions, there are some huge dark clouds appearing. In his contribution, Philippe Aigrain describes why the future may look a bit cloudy and if there is some hope to see a better horizon and to have freedom in the clouds. All these ideas are thoughts in progress.
All texts are available HERE.