[nextweb] The Open Source Bank of Brewster

David Weinberger

Our political and economic systems aren’t working for most people. The NC has more acres than the National Park system. Brewster wants to show us how to build on free and open software. Stahlman tried to keep the open code feature-compatible, but it couldn’t be done. Instead, he created the Free Software GNU system. It was a community license, a distributed system that anyone could participate in just be declaring their code to be free software.

Open Source LMS

Tony Karrer

I had previously written about Low Cost LMS and Rapid Learning Management Systems , but I receive an inquiry from someone who had a very constrained budget and wanted to build an eLearning Portal. Because of their very limited budget, I suggested they dive into more depth looking at open source LMS products. To help get that started, I looked at eLearning Learning and found some pretty good sources around LMS / Open Source and Learning Management System / Open Source.

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Open Sourced Bright Ideas and Micro Support | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Aug 26 2008 Open Sourced Bright Ideas and Micro Support Published by Nancy White at 8:02 am under Uncategorized , collaboration , creativity Via Emily Gertz’s tweet of a recent blog post of hers, I was led to Bright Idea Shade on mandiberg.com. Hopefully the open source values continue past their participation in Eyebeam work.

The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Economic growth has two main components, productivity growth and the growth of the labor force. I ncreasing productivity is thus more crucial than ever to promote economic growth. But, in the US and other advanced economies, productivity growth has significantly slowed down over the past few decades. From 1987 to 2004 US labor productivity grew at a 2.1% Since 2011, the productivity rate has further declined to 0.6%. . US labor productivity grew at only 1.5%

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They are highly motivated to bring to market new products which offer significantly improved designs and/or lower costs, and thus gain competitive advantage and market share from the established leaders in their segment of the market. By investing in new products or processes, the company can sell them to their already large customer base and reap greater rewards faster. Mandel cites health, energy and education as examples of large-scale integrated systems in dire need of reform.

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The Future of Learning Management Systems: Development, Innovation and Change

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

But there isn’t a systemic way to evaluate what works. The challenge is, how can systems support this, esp. the learning management system. They used to be known as course management systems. And they create an expectation that ‘my system should be as easy to use’. Also, over time, if you look at the LMSs that can serve an entire institution, there have been a lot of attempts by other systems to enter that mainstream.

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Reflections on Innovation, Productivity and Job Creation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This interest is a natural outgrowth of my work on highly complex systems , especially the kinds of people-oriented complex systems with which economists generally deal. Such a dramatic shift in jobs is largely due to the massive productivity improvements in the agriculture and industrial sectors as a result of the technological advances and innovations of the Industrial Revolution.

Why Business Transformation Efforts Often Fail

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Strong leadership is required to rally a company into action. “A paralyzed senior management often comes from having too many managers and not enough leaders,” said Kotter. “Management’s mandate is to minimize risk and to keep the current system operating.

Futurist conversations: Ross Dawson and Gerd Leonhard on Open vs Closed Systems

Trends in the Living Networks

Continuing our series of conversations between friend and fellow futurist Gerd Leonhard and myself, here are some discursive thoughts on open versus closed systems. Here are a few of the points we make in the video: * Many executives want to know whether and why they need to open up their business models and customer interactions. Open systems are faster, more viral, have more innovation, and are more fun to work in.

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Until the early 1990s, it was quite difficult to get different IT systems to talk to each other. Just sending an e-mail across two different applications from two different vendors was quite a chore, as was sharing information across disparate systems. Then in the 1990s, the open Internet protocol, - TCP/IP , - was widely embraced by the general IT marketplace, making it possible to interconnect systems and applications from any vendors.

Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Our educational system has long been based on the assumption that learning is mostly about acquiring knowledge as well as critical skills to enable us to apply whatever we learned in school throughout our careers, say 30 - 40 years. At the other end are market-facing innovations, which we generally associate with entrepreneurs, startups, and established companies working to develop new products, services, business models and companies. The Open Source Movement.

Getting Through Highly Uncertain Times - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the 1980s, rapid advances in microprocessors and related technologies opened the door for less expensive, PC- and UNIX-based client-server solutions. Highly talented people should have anticipated the potential disruptive technology and market shift, - the equivalent of spotting an incoming asteroid, - years before, and should have started to get ready for the new environment by developing the appropriate product and market strategies.

Post-Pandemic, Is the World Likely to Become Significantly Less Flat?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The golden age of globalisation, in 1990-2010, was something to behold,” wrote The Economist in a January, 2019 article. “Commerce soared as the cost of shifting goods in ships and planes fell, phone calls got cheaper, tariffs were cut and the financial system liberalised.”. Those local subsidiaries tended to have control over sales, manufacturing and other business functions, while the parent company continued to perform such tasks as R&D, finance and product management.

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Is the Blockchain Now Reaching a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The WEF report compared the blockchain to the Internet, noting that “Like the Internet, the blockchain is an open, global infrastructure upon which other technologies and applications can be built. In the early years of the IT industry, the proprietary products of different IT vendors did not work well with each other. Just sending an e-mail or exchanging information across systems based on different vendors’ networks and applications was quite a chore.

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Two-Speed IT Architectures

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These older companies have to both leverage the back-end systems, processes and overall capabilities that have served them well over the years, while adopting innovative consumer-facing technologies to enhance their customers’ experiences. Align technology and production systems with business goals. . Focus on agile product development to enhance customer engagements. . Reliance on legacy enterprise resource planning systems. Digital Product Management .

Open Innovation Re-visited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Both studies strongly recommended that IBM embrace Linux across its product lines, that IBM should work closely with the open Linux community as a partner in its development, and that we should establish an organization to coordinate Linux activities across the company. I used this opportunity to explain IBM's decision to embrace Linux across all its products and services. days, the community concept behind open source was mystifying to many.

The Future of Financial Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given its intangible character, it’s not surprising that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) have in turn led to advances in the way we deal with money and payments, as well as with identity, trust and other key attributes of a well-functioning financial system. Beyond the productivity improvements of the past several decades, digital technologies are now beginning to disrupt and fundamentally transform the FS industry.

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Why Blockchains Could Transform How the Economy Works

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For example, when electric motors were first developed in the late 19th century, they were deployed to replace big steam engines as a source of power. It took several decades for factories to realize that instead of having one central source of power, they could now fit small electric motors in each machine in the plant floor, thus leading to far more productive and flexible manufacturing processes. .

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The Promise and Current State of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In general, they felt that there was too much hype surrounding blockchain, were skeptical about its value to supply chain systems, but expressed a wait-and-see attitude. Key here is the all-important role of open standards. In the 1980s, it was quite difficult to get different IT systems to talk to each other. We had file systems, but exchanging file across disparate systems from different vendors was really difficult.

Serious AI Challenges that Require Our Attention

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Police agencies hope to do more with less by outsourcing their evaluations of crime data to analytics and technology companies that produce predictive policing systems. Despite wide adoption, predictive policing is still in its infancy, open to bias and hard to evaluate…”. Offender-based predictions exacerbate racial biases in the criminal justice system and undermine the principle of presumed innocence.

Cloud Computing and the Supply Chain of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The strategy, which is spreading despite added costs and headaches, in part reflects a shifting view of the cloud from a more efficient, cost-cutting tool, to a source of business innovation and new revenue, chief information officers and industry analysts say.”. Some companies will choose to become service providers themselves, by selling their business services, - which they previously used only internally, - to the general market, thus developing new revenue sources.

The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the early decades of the IT industry, different vendors brought to market their own proprietary systems and networks. Everyone was using the same standards, including open source implementations of key protocols. These collaborations have led to the creation of standards, open source software and governance processes embraced by all participants. We’re hopeful that blockchain could now be such a catalyst for transforming our global financial systems.

Beyond GDP - Measuring Value in a Service-oriented, Information-based, Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Gross domestic product (GDP) is the basic measure of a country’s overall economic output based on the market value of all the goods and services the country produces. GDP is essentially a measure of production. While suitable when economies were dominated by the production of physical goods, GDP does not adequately capture the growing share of services and the production of increasingly complex solutions that characterize advanced economies.

The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the years I’ve learned that when trying to explain a complex new concept or product, it’s important to engage in a kind-of conversation with your intended audience, where you talk about what's in your mind, your questions, your doubts, what you know and what you don't know. In short, you’re telling a story about the concept, product or brand you’re trying to explain. Storytelling is widely used in the development of brands for products as well as companies.

The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Since the advent of the steam engine in the late 18th century, technology advances have been radically improving the productivity of business, enabling companies to significantly lower their prices while providing higher quality products and services. The industrial economy has been primarily based on production , with GDP as the key measure of economic activity. This results in market efficiencies that bear new products, services, and business growth.” .

The Prosperity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

If the case of light is representative of those products that have caused tectonic shifts in output and consumption, then this raises the question of whether the conventional measures of real-output and real-wage growth over the last two centuries come close to capturing the true growth.”. According to The Economist, not only is GDP a poor measure of material well-being and prosperity, but it’s not even a reliable gauge of production.

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The Promise and Current State of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In general, they felt that there was too much hype surrounding blockchain, were skeptical about its value to supply chain systems, but expressed a wait-and-see attitude. Key here is the all-important role of open standards. In the 1980s, it was quite difficult to get different IT systems to talk to each other. We had file systems, but exchanging file across disparate systems from different vendors was really difficult.

Blockchain Killer-Apps

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A killer app is an IT application whose value is simple to explain, its use is fairly intuitive, and the application turns out to be so useful that it helps propel the success of a product or service. Contracts, transactions, and the records of them are among the defining structures in our economic, legal, and political systems,” wrote Harvard professors Marco Iansiti and Karim Lakhani in a 2017 HBR article. “They protect assets and set organizational boundaries.

Cloud Computing and Open Architectures

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this month IBM announced that all its cloud services and software will be based on open standards and an open cloud architecture. Standards and open source software are necessary to help cloud computing achieve the kind of market success enjoyed by the Web, e-mail and other widely used Internet-based services. Unlike the previous two models, cloud computing is totally centered around the Internet and related open architectures.

Cloud Computing and the Supply Chain of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The strategy, which is spreading despite added costs and headaches, in part reflects a shifting view of the cloud from a more efficient, cost-cutting tool, to a source of business innovation and new revenue, chief information officers and industry analysts say.”. Some companies will choose to become service providers themselves, by selling their business services, - which they previously used only internally, - to the general market, thus developing new revenue sources.

STEM Literacy is for Everyone

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Larson is Professor of Engineering Systems and Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. He is a pioneer in applying STEM capabilities to a wide variety of problems in services industries, from urban systems to online learning. He mentions bioengineering and systems engineering as examples of STEM disciplines that are far removed from hardware, circuits and algorithms. opportunities opening up in the newly industrialized societies.

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Blockchain Killer-Apps

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A killer app is an IT application whose value is simple to explain, its use is fairly intuitive, and the application turns out to be so useful that it helps propel the success of a product or service. Contracts, transactions, and the records of them are among the defining structures in our economic, legal, and political systems,” wrote Harvard professors Marco Iansiti and Karim Lakhani in a 2017 HBR article. “They protect assets and set organizational boundaries.

Open, Collaborative Trust Frameworks

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

ID³ , - the Institute for Institutional Innovation by Data Driven Design, - is a new multidisciplinary non-profit institution formed to develop architectural frameworks, open source software and educational content for the protection, sharing and monetization of sensitive data. Open, collaborative approaches have been successfully applied to the development of some of the most consequential, disruptive initiatives of the past few decades, like the World Wide Web and Linux.

The Emergence of a Digital Money Ecosystem

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This has resulted in all kinds of innovative applications, - search, e-commerce, entertainment, social networks, Watson-like intelligent systems, and so on. Until the early 1990s, it was quite difficult to get different kinds of IT systems to talk to each other. To make the Web work across disparate systems, he used a relatively simple, common sense set of standards, including HTML , HTTP , URLs and a few others. Many companies embraced this collaborative, open culture.

Memories from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Summer Olympics are just about the biggest possible stage for everyone involved, - the athletes; the host cities; and the different companies involved in the production of the Games. We were worried that beyond a certain number of users, the response time would start to degrade, and if sufficiently stressed beyond its capabilities, the system could become unstable and crash. . The IT systems for Nagano and Sydney were flawless.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Large Metropolitan Areas

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the last few decades, it has been the leading region in the creation of new high-tech products and companies based on advanced digital technologies. Their university-based, high tech innovation model is particularly oriented toward finding The Next Big Thing , - that is, the next big technology, product or service that will take world markets by storm, transform whole industries, and in the process, create considerable wealth for their creators and investors.

Rethinking Personal Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They want to leverage the data to create business value, better understand the behavior of their customers and help them become more productive. Given that the management and storage of data general comprises a distributed system with multiple parties, - e.g., merchants, financial institutions, telcos, service providers, and so on, - you need a collaborative, interdependent approach for the protection of data, rather than the current fragmented, independent approach.

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Reflections on Linux and Mainframes

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I was also working part-time at the university’s 2-year old computation center, and still remember attending a presentation on the new System 360 by a visiting IBM executive. Later that decade, Linux was also widely used in a variety of Internet applications, including web servers and firewall systems. . Seamless support of open source tools and software, including Apache Spark , Node.js , MongoDB , MariaDB , PostgreSQL , Chef and Docker. So was its operating system.

Exploring the Potential: Innovating Uses of Technology in Teaching and Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Don McIntosh An Old Curmudgeon’s View of Technology in Education I put together a director of vendors of online learning products and services - more than 2000 products there, including hundreds of LMSs. Everything happens in a single product. The system works because it adheres to a set of simple rules. This is also the place where free and open source software (FOSS) can emerge. We can very rapidly, and in very small increments, improve our system.

Social shell games

Doc Searls

If you listen to Episode 49: Parler, Ownership, and Open Source of the latest Reality 2.0 But serious researchers should be able to see what’s going on inside the systems that produce these echo chambers, especially Facebook’s.

Cloud - the Emergence of a New Model of Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The last group I want to mention consists of all the people and companies selling ad-on products and services on top of the basic computer systems, such as application developers. A central IT organization managed the operations, made the purchase and leasing decisions, and tightly controlled all the software that ran on them, including applications, systems management and development tools. Different departments could buy their own systems.

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Beyond the iPad

Doc Searls

We should expect other hardware companies to launch pads running on open source operating systems, especially Android and Symbian. This is an advantage that gets lost amidst all the talk about how it’s little more than a new display system for “content.&#. Android, Symbian, Linux and other open OSes, with the open hardware they support, work horizonally.

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[berkman] Dries Buytaert: Drupal and sustaining collaborative efforts

David Weinberger

Drupal is an open source content manager, Dries says. Today he’s going to talk about: history, open source, community, the evolution of software, and how to grow and sustain it. as open source, as “a full-featured content management/discussion engine…suitable to setup a news-driven comunity or portal site similar to kuro5hin.org and slashdot.org” (as it said in the original annoucement). Open Source.

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