The first half-day OPEN everything event happened in Toronto at the Centre for Social Innovation on Wednesday and was a great start to what's going to be a very interesting series. Mark Surman - the mastermind of the series - opened the agenda and launched the group into an exploration of what 'open' is and what are the underlying principles.
I twittered some of my observations on the day and have a running tag which is going to capture the ongoing conversation (#openeverything). Some of the highlights for me were:
- social capital is the key currency - more important than financial capital
- leadership is essential and often looks like a benevolent dictator
- control is of priorities rather than tasks
- purpose and values are more powerful than strategy and logic
- it's better to graft on to an existing community than try and create a new one
- open projects need to be big to be able to absorb the capacity of the community
- open isn't new (1 example was from the 17th and 18th centuries)
Thanks to Mark, Tonya and everyone who participated. We're on to something here.