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Open Community

Sayanee Basu*

The future of connecting is open!

Today we are coming to realize that ultimate power comes from sharing knowledge, not from secretly keeping it. An open community will champion this notion, constantly creating and sharing knowledge freely with everyone. The world of tomorrow will be so open that it will have heavily-networked local gatherings as well as web-based sharing of amazing ideas and discussions, all of which will be crucial to the future of connecting!

Barely two decades ago, in 1989, the CERN initiated a new project called the “World Wide Web.” The platform was open, non-profit, and for the first time anyone could create and publish their content instantly and globally. The first revolution on connecting had begun and it was the open web, the internet. The next revolution occurred even faster. In 1998, Netscape Navigator’s source code was available to the general public for further developments. People began using the internet not just for releasing content, but also for collaborative development of ideas, frame-works, and technology. The second revolution was already in full swing, and it was open source projects.

Another decade later, the internet and technology continue to give each of us a greater ability to create and share content easily in almost any form. With 1.7 billion internet users, each day 220billion emails are sent, half a million blog posts are created and people are making over two billion searches in Google. These astronomical numbers just go to show that we are stopping at nothing in consuming the immensely available open information and knowledge

But the ultimate revolution is yet to come. The third revolution will not be about technology, information, or knowledge. It will be about ideas and discussions that will lead to a greater understanding of global cultures and views. The third revolution of connecting will most importantly be about people. In the coming future, people will start harnessing these tools of knowledge and collaborative power to create shared content on the internet, to spread a culture of open dialogues and discussions, and to create global networks of local groups aimed towards a common goal.

The four key philosophies of share Openly, give Permissions,spread Education and create Network will form the backbone for “OPEN” that will be crucial to the future of connecting people in open communities.

The future of connecting will heavily depend on two types of net-works – the web network but more importantly, the people network. The web can be an amazing knowledge sharing and communication tool, but it will not provide leadership or call for connectivity – that will be the attribute of the people network. Open communities such as the Ignite Show have leveraged the web network to call for meet-ups, distribute in-formation, and form local chapters around the world. The people involved in one local chapter are increasingly engaging in discussions with other chapters around the world in support of the cause of the community. In this manner, they are contributing to the diversity of ideas over various geographical locations. These connections within each network have the power to bring the spirit of the open communities beyond the reaches of the web networks, and create powerful movements in locations that need them.

This dialogue on open communities is not complete until there is a call for action among all the youths in the world. Like never before, the youthful generation right now can use the internet to collaborate and release their ideas and visions of the future through podcasts, blogs, or videos - and for free.Challenge:Future is exactly such a platform that is already harnessing the open collaborative power of global youth to connect their future visions with business opportunities. Global youth with varied interests and passions are connecting and expressing their positive future images.

Living in an age where trends are happening faster than we speak, I believe the future of connecting via open communities will be here soon.The third revolution of connecting via open communities is bubbling up. Youth will embrace open in order to stay connected. The future of connecting will be about exchanging ideas, creating, and understanding, thus Challenging the Future.

Are you ready for a connected open tomorrow?Welcome to the future!


*Sayanee Basu is a student of Singapore Management University. She is a member of C:F Youth Advisory Board and C:F Ambassador.



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Sayanee Basu

Sayanee Basu | Action team | CF Chapters

Would love to hear, what open communities are you yourself engaged in? :)

26th August, 2010 @ 2:49 PM CEST

Jude Christoper  Roxas

Jude Christoper Roxas | Action team | CF Chapters

This really made me realize many things! As an IT student, i believe that indeed, the community that we can create here in the internet will surely help us meet our goals and aspirations especially in giving developments and positive outputs to our world. and as a person, i also believe that we can do more things too! and lastly, as a youth, i believe -deep down inside my heart- that we can turn our ideas into a reality.

And it is really good to know that there are people who are already giving more values and more meaning on how we use the internet and to not use it for some abusive instances.

Moreover, i have to agree with you that the youths will play a very important role in creating this revolution and to strengthen it to be an aid for us in creating an even larger network of heads who can work together with their minds to think and with their hearts to feel and to listen

23rd September, 2010 @ 12:01 PM CEST

Sayanee Basu

Sayanee Basu | Action team | CF Chapters

Very true about what you said on IT Jude! With so many people out there sharing their codes, ideas and collaborate on open source projects, Open Community can indeed harness the "connection of ideas" and innovate!

24th September, 2010 @ 6:36 AM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

Thanks for such a thoughtful welcome in 3rd revolution...
we are in era where trend are happening faster then we speak...

dont think much just go for it... being a mechanical engg i tried to learnt it stuffs n still in learning stage.. :) -- but I know how to use those technology... ;)

very well said about people network... n for that C:f is of course best example..

the main things is to connect all the groups working worldwide... I will take some time but I decided to do that as no of groups are increasing like never before... lets feel the theme of connecting.. :)

24th September, 2010 @ 11:21 AM CEST

Lucian Croitoru

Lucian Croitoru | Action team

didn't think too much about the volume of internet activity until seeing the numbers posted above.

Sayanee, thank you for sharing knowledge with us in this fine article ;) .

24th September, 2010 @ 8:41 PM CEST

Ioan Dorohov

Ioan Dorohov

ultimate power comes from sharing knowledge
yup in our time piramide of lore turns to a semicircle

but still exist problem that
imagine this is not create
somebody1 dream about aircraft
somebody2 are making drawing
and somebody3 build aircraft

this communities are communities of dreamers and few drawers
thay really want to build an aircraft?

3rd October, 2010 @ 2:03 AM CEST

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