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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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    Jan 30 2013: About seven years ago I published everything I knew about organisation, personal and management development openly on the web. It's been one of the best things I have ever done. It's been lovely to get comments where people have used and adapted my stuff, they don't need permission, and totally amazing to see how many countries it has reached. I might have made more money by selling the ideas, but the spread would have been slower and much less fun!

    The site is here http://www.nickheap.co.uk

    I am sure that one of the reasons science has progressed so well is that people do share, test and build on each other's ideas. If we all did more of this we would make and faster better progress, together.
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      Feb 8 2013: that sounds great. But our thesis is that the way to make more money is through transparency, sharing and collaboration.
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      Feb 8 2013: Oh, and by the way I agree with your point about science. But science is stalled today because it's not fully embraced the new opportunities for sharing. See Anthony's comments about those in the pharmaceutical industry who are trying to change that.
    • Feb 8 2013: Promoting serendipitous innovation is one of the best reasons for companies and individuals to embrace openness. You never know how others may build on your ideas and sometimes great things happen as a result. In the book, we talk about how companies like Google and Apple use radical openness to make it easy for talented developers to build new applications for the iPhone and Android. Today, both companies have in excess of 750,000 apps developed entirely by third parties.

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