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Rachel Lehmann-Haupt

Senior Editor, TED Books, TED Books


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How much of your information do you share? How much should corporations share? TED Books Q&A Friday at 3pm Eastern!

The way people connect and collaborate is undergoing an astonishing transformation. Smart organizations are shunning their old, secretive practices and embracing transparency. Companies are widely sharing intellectual property and releasing patents. And movements for freedom and justice are exploding everywhere.

In their new book, Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success, authors Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams show how this revolutionary new philosophy is affecting every facet of our society, from the way we do business to whom we choose to govern us.

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Authors and TED Speakers Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams will be joining us soon for a one-hour live conversation, Friday 2/8 at 3pm Eastern!


Closing Statement from Rachel Lehmann-Haupt

Thanks everyone for joining the conversation - and especially thanks to Don and Anthony for such thoughtful answers to our questions and thoughts.

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  • Feb 8 2013: It's an individual choice to decide how much to share, but we do see real benefits in some cases. We wrote about the health data shared by members of PatientsLikeMe—a vibrant healthcare community whose participants suffer from debilitating chronic conditions such as ALS, Parkinson’s and bipolar disorder. Their data is rendered anonymous and then aggregated to inform research conducted by doctors, pharmaceutical and medical device companies. At the same time, sharing information among peers gives patients with similar conditions an invaluable source of support and helps them make smarter decisions.
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      Feb 8 2013: Well Patients Like Me shows that there are some benefits to personal openness. People there with, say ALS typically use their real names. But they don't have a lot to lose either. This is a deadly disease and so naturally they air on the side of sharing to help them manage the disease.

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