Travel and Running: the most self-affirming things I know

All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. – James Thurber Travel and running, I find, are exhilarating. And lately I’ve been thinking about why. I attribute so many positive emotions to both activities, and…

Commons Manifesto: Strengthen the Commons – Now!

A thesis paper, drafted during the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s interdisciplinary political salons, seeks to capture the complexity and importance of natural and knowledge commons. The manifesto, written jointly by the salon’s attendees and lead by Silke Helfrich, is a rallying call for the public to…

Governing Openness

Openness is a philosophy that is being used as the basis of how various groups and organizations operate. It is a relatively new term to describe a general way of doing things. — “Openness.” Wikipedia. Accessed 01.06.09. Over the span of four hours, Dr. Christine…

Openwashing

Openwashing: to spin a product or company as open, although it is not. Derived from “greenwashing” There’s a troubling trend surfacing in the marketing world, one that’s riffing off a now-familiar strategy, “greenwashing”. We’ve all seen products coated in greensheen, the misleading marketing ploy that…

openeverything focus + CC Salon

Last night we kicked off the openeverything focus series, a Berliner initiative to explore and promote “openness” in a range of fields and applications. About 30 guests joined us in christening oefb, which willl be held regularly every fourth Thursday of the month in newthinking…