open project

An open project applies any of the principles of open content, open organizations, open space and open campaigns. It is deliberately a loose definition, like open politics itself. It however adheres to share-alike and not "open source" principles: open projects certainly may, and often must, exclude specific fields or persons.

Notable examples include IETF, sourceforge, software consortium and free software projects. ISO standards and ITU standard also arise from somewhat open processes.

The open project yahoogroup discusses the idea and may attempt a stricter definition eventually, in the context of "24x7 distributed operations".


The yahoogroups introduction as of 2006-03:

"A program of more open and transparent operations management can yield vast benefits for any project or company of global (or even multi-time-zone) reach. This starts with the work itself: procedures and diagnostics, aka "protocols", by which the organization achieves its most basic advantages in labour and work organization. In particular in 24x7 distributed ops:"

"Some workplace democracy and total quality management and throughput accounting concepts must be adopted, and other models pioneered in the free software, share-alike, open content, and large web service ( Amazon reviews, eBay reputation, social network services)."

"For example, Wikipedia "works" because it is radically open. But this fertilizing openness often entails disrespect toward expertise. The project can both prize and praise its most knowledgeable contributors, and permit contribution by persons with no credentials whatsoever. But to do this it is necessarily disrespecting *some* credentials and persons:"

"Specifically, those that refuse to learn how open projects are organized, and how they apply superior labour leverage:"

"Such projects must be extraordinarily open to both friendly and extremely critical newcomers (or "trolls"), and only prevent those interactions that tend to drive the most or least vocal away. The basic skills are similar to those of the political or entertainment world: any comment or criticism is met with a "thank you", if only for the attention given; In the long run, critics either help by speaking an unspoken truth or by becoming an effective motivator for inner change and perhaps even, by seduction, becoming part of the project or organization somehow: good leaders keep their rivals close!"

"Policies of respect of, and deference to, expertise and seniority will always necessarily lead to a stagnation. Making key decisions such as promotions via consensus (as in the "Wobblie Shop") is one well-worn approach to end an over-reliance on dominance hierarchy."