We recently started a discussion about how we can better communicate our positions and goals. David Hardwick suggested that we be the party of open, namely:
- Open Government – increased government transparency and accountability
- Open Culture – limited copyrights & more sharing
- Open Innovation – no patents
Unfortunately, issues such as increased personal privacy and reining in the power of corporations do not lend themselves well to being lumped under Open. Open privacy seems to be an oxymoron. Open Corporations as an idea, while useful from a consumer, worker and even investor perspective, is not what we are trying to communicate.
Erik Zoltan noted that “open” is one of the critical ideas but not the only one. He suggested that we are also the party of the human being, which explains our ideas on personal privacy and reining in corporations. As ideas, being anti-monopoly and pro-person are two other angles that complement “open”.
After our discussion, we decided to open things up and gather other perspectives. Whether we can summarize our positions down to one overarching idea or whether we need several is very much an open question. We welcome your thoughts and comments. Thanks!