Opening Up Leadership at Open Everything

Submitted by Julia Watson on Wed, 2008-09-24 16:54.

I’ve just come back from the latest Web of Change conference, Open Everything, held two weeks ago at Hollyhock Retreat Centre on Cortes Island. I had the pleasure of being the logistics coordinator and onsite support person for the event.

Open Everything is an appealing but enigmatic name. In fact the lack of clarity was one of the reasons for the gathering – to get clear on what operating in an ‘open’ mode really means. ‘Open’ is a buzz word that is used a lot around the internet. Most people are familiar with open source software, open technology platforms, and open resources like Wikipedia where anyone can contribute content. But the work of this event was to explore what is behind the open movement and to see if it produces better outcomes than traditional methods.

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"Imagine a civilized north-south exchange, a serene setting providing for all your basic needs, a gathering bringing together hard working, wonky, driven, and passionate beings engaging diverse communities. Web of Change participants are coming up with answers to perennially difficult questions around justice, fairness, the pursuit of happiness and how we can construct and sustain good governance."
Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Associate, Movement Strategy Centre