Thursday, 21 June 2012

Juba - the world's first open source city?

It's #OSJUBA tomorrow. Ripped straight from my Sourcefabric blogpost, here are a few of my suggestions as to why open source methodologies might be beneficial to a city across all aspects of development, from power grids and sewage, to communications technology, to education and health programmes.

Open source production. Collaborative production allows participants to both take responsibility for development, but also to share the rewards. A sense of agency goes hand in hand with a sense of identity - befitting for a capital city.

Open community. For the cultural, social, political, environmental and economic aspects of development to be truly tailored to a community, development must be open. Without input from an early stage, aspects of the project vital to key members of a community might be overlooked.

Open learning. By opening up processes, more people can get involved, thus bringing in useful experience from comparable scenarios. No need to reinvent the wheel, we can learn from the successes and failures of others.

Open use. Open sourcing something means that reuse is not only likely and encouraged, but it's positively beneficial. Similar models can benefit from these developments, creating a virtuous cycle of innovation which allows each project to become orientated directly towards its community.

I'll be tweeting proceedings from my @SourceAdam account tomorrow if you'd like to be there but can't make it in person.

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