I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately talking about the diminishing cubicle and how offices are doing away with the closed in working environments for both space, cost and collaboration needs. For example, our office has always had an open layout, it just seems to mesh better with a creative hive. You can see what other people work on, work with them, and not feel the need to constantly ask for help because help is always walking by. It’s a great way to connect your group together. But enough abut us, what I think is really interesting here is that we’re slowly accepting the concepts of an open source society.
Open source textbooks, information and programming have been floating around for years, as well as many other forms of open source products and services. However, just because they’re there doesn’t mean we use or encourage people to use them. Open source still gets confused with software piracy, in fact I don’t think a clean line ever gets drawn for people who travel shaky waters on the internet and don’t really do much beyond email, genealogy websites, scrabble and photos (yes, I do know people who use the internet for this purpose only.)
But as the aftermath of a long recession continues to boom, the D.I.Y. movement grows, progresses and becomes a staple instead of a niche for many people. Open source is just a more formal version of D.I.Y. and I think people are finally starting to see this concept and the benefits it can have. It also relies a lot on transparency and willingness to be public.
Look at sites like Slideshare, or B2B social networking sites that show behind the scenes of their company. There’s some openness out there, and there’s a lot of D.I.Y. All we need to do is find the happy medium between the two. Maybe we all just need to walk out of our cubicles a little and say hello to what’s around us and ask if they have anything they’d like to share.