ON PROGRESS AND OPEN SOCIAL TECHNOLOGY
Protocols for interactions, frameworks for organizing teams, and meeting designs are inherently social technologies. Social technologies have the potential to advance the progress and functioning of teams, communities and the wider society at large. Social technology can improve organizations, communities and even civilization itself.
For social technologies to rapidly advance human progress, they must be published in a way that allows for their free derivation, innovation and combination. The open source licensing of social technology allows this, and thereby encourages genuine and lasting human progress.
In light of the foregoing, we, the undersigned, hereby declare:
First: Social technologies such as interaction protocols, organizing frameworks, and meeting designs carry with them the great potential to improve human conditions.
Second: Human progress is impeded when promising social technologies are closed to derivation and commercialization into new, innovative and useful forms, combinations and designs.
Third: Innovation and human progress is encouraged when social technologies are published in an open way, under a true open source license.
Fourth: The publication of promising social technology under open-to-innovate licensing arrangements represents a very large opportunity to rapidly accelerate human progress.
We, the undersigned, hereby declare our strong support for the open source licensing of social technologies, and pledge our strong support and encouragement of others who do the same.
Harrison Owen, the originator of Open Space Technology
Daniel Mezick, the formulator of OpenSpace Agility
Michele and James McCarthy, the co-creators of The Core Protocols & the Core Commitments
Mike Burrows, the formulator of Agendashift
DATED OF PUBLICATION: June 24, 2019
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