2011: The Journey Towards Going Open Begins

Over the holidays, I had a chance to reflect on how Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook and Julian Assange's WikiLeaks potentially impacts every organization, government and individual. It's clear that the takeaway from this is that everything is "Going Open" like software started to do in the last few decades. One example of the open movement outside of software, we've seen is through Facebook. Facebook is opening up our relationships, cultures, connections and communications. At the same time, WikiLeaks and Wikipedia are making information available that was not previously accessible. Together, open information and relationships can result in the transformation of government, business and individual relationships and information as each of these entities begin to embrace the open movement.

Given that, below are 12 major areas that I believe will continue their journey in the open movement in 2011:

  1. Communications – Skype is enabling people around the world to communicate without cost to each other
  2. Leadership - leaders will increasing lead from their hearts versus their gut and head. Compassion will rule
  3. Processes - Salesforce is beginning to create cloud and collaborative software openings for sales professionals and processes to share
  4. Innovation – Innocentive is enabling organizations reach everyone to help solve complex for clients seeking new technologies
  5. Information – WikiLeaks is making corporate and government information that was previously private open to everyone
  6. Government – http://www.whitehouse.gov/open is the beginning of the government looking to their citizens for participation, engagement and interaction
  7. Intellectual Property – CreativeCommons has developed multiple formats for people and organizations to share their knowledge
  8. Culture – Zappos is leading the way towards open and transparent participation where everyone from customers to employees has a voice
  9. Education -  http://www.sas.upenn.edu/commons/ is enabling non-enrolled students to co-create new courses as well as comment, rate and discuss existing curriculum
  10. Access – http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/ is making cloud computing easy to use and inexpensive so that everyone will have access to the web/content
  11. Search - Open Search produces new forms of search results based on contributions and community search alternatives
  12. Listening – Get Satisfaction is helping companies learn how to listen by making it easy for customers to interact with each other openly

The list above is not an exhaustive list of organizations, processes or individuals that are going open as nor is meant to be, but the fact is that there is clear evidence of how the open movement is beginning to touch us all and every part of our lives.

From my perspective, I see the open source movement becoming part of everything we do. Without it, and the rest of the open initiatives covered above, we will not as individuals or organizations achieve our true potential because will not be able to share what we know with the rest of the world.

Cailin Darcy