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Conference Saturdays: How the Internet will (one day) transform government

I understand some people aren’t enthusiastic about open-source ideology. It implies a certain type of workflow and approach to intellectual property that doesn’t appeal to the masses. At one time it was easy to dismiss open-source as being a largely technical idea because it was born in the software developer community.It no longer strictly remains there.

Open-source has evolved. Some groups are using it to develop social policy. Others to organize and effect campaigns with a particular goal in mind.

Whether open-source is your cup of tea or not, there are many lessons to learn from how participants in that community work together to achieve a goal — how they organize, how they develop and adapt purpose-built tools, and how trust relationships are more important than hierarchy.

Clay Shirky shared some stories and thoughts at a TED event in Edinburgh, Scotland this past June. It’s definitely worth a watch.


About the Author:

Mark Blevis is a digital public affairs strategist and President of, an integrated digital communications, public affairs and research company. His work focuses on the role of digital tools and culture on issues and reputation management. He also leads research into how Canadian opinions are shaped through online content and interactions.