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How might open knowledge help   develop a sustainable open society?@JackTownsend_
Introduction•   The Question I’d like to ask…     –   How might open knowledge help develop a sustainable open society?•  ...
Accountability Institutional Individual
Accountable institutions and individuals•   (Theoretical bases of)     – Democracy -> citizens     – capitalism _> share-h...
Inform     Develop trustWell-informed citizens
Well-informed citizens with well-founded trust•   Why     – ….Accountability          • governments and companies driven b...
More out        for      less inRethinking what we want outCoordination & optimisation
More out for less in•   Major aim of Good governance•   Definition of environmental sustainability?•   Open knowledge coul...
Freedom through      innovationDevelop sustainable tech and strategiesFind new ways to be free
Innovation and Freedom•   Freedom perhaps most challenging area?     –   Possible to maintain individual liberty yet deter...
Can open knowledge helpdevelop a sustainable open society?   Some challenges…
Challenges•   Nothing is a panacea!     – “Fairy dust”•   Privacy     – Human     – Environmental Privacy•   Unintended co...
How might open knowledge helpdevelop a sustainable open society?                      @JackTownsend_
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How might Open Knowledge help develop a Sustainable Open Society

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@JackTownsend_ Open Knowledge Foundation OKFestival Sustainability Stream, Helsinki, Finland, September 2012

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  1. 1. How might open knowledge help develop a sustainable open society?@JackTownsend_
  2. 2. Introduction• The Question I’d like to ask… – How might open knowledge help develop a sustainable open society?• “Open society” going to call one with political and economic freedoms – (Appreciate this is “lumping” political and economic freedom together)• Whether you think about capitalist economies; whatever you think about democracies – There are lots of them and they’re spreading• For such societies to go from exponential growth in resource use to something more sustainable – Massive changes will be needed• Can a diverse world change to become environmentally sustainable and maintain it’s openness? – Not give up on hard won political & economic freedoms• Sustainability problems are wicked problems – Can only hope for clumsy solutions • Negative side effects • Will be good for some and bad for others • Not wise to sacrifice too much for such imperfect solutions• Can open knowledge help with resolving these tensions?• This is early speculative big picture stuff!! Questions more than answers
  3. 3. Accountability Institutional Individual
  4. 4. Accountable institutions and individuals• (Theoretical bases of) – Democracy -> citizens – capitalism _> share-holders, consumers, and governments• Openness -> accountability by making negative actions publically visible – Reducing malpractice, corruption, negligence • Sustainability – Institiutional & individual level • ENERGY EXAMPLES FROM EARLIER – Public visibility may have opposite effect • conspicuous consumption – Privacy…
  5. 5. Inform Develop trustWell-informed citizens
  6. 6. Well-informed citizens with well-founded trust• Why – ….Accountability • governments and companies driven by public’s priorities – key to democracy and responsible capitalism – Will reflect environmental values (or not) – Citizen Buy-in needed for changes • Citizens need to trust the science and environmental policies• Open knowledge could… – Inform – Grow trust • prove trustworthiness of science or policy? • Open up science and government to public participation? • Wilfull misuse (Lies, damned lies & statistics) • False impressions - Lessig
  7. 7. More out for less inRethinking what we want outCoordination & optimisation
  8. 8. More out for less in• Major aim of Good governance• Definition of environmental sustainability?• Open knowledge could… – Re-imagine what it is we want out? Vs GDP • Valuing not just economic but social and environmental progress • Quantification of everyday life now far beyond financial • EXAMPLE – YOURTOPIA • Can it provide real rigour and win trust? – Coordination & optimisation to deliver efficiency? • EXAMPLE – BUS MATE • rebound effect • Privacy
  9. 9. Freedom through innovationDevelop sustainable tech and strategiesFind new ways to be free
  10. 10. Innovation and Freedom• Freedom perhaps most challenging area? – Possible to maintain individual liberty yet deter negative environmental behaviours? • A major challenge for sustainability• So what role open knowledge? – Well, opening up knowledge can accelerate innovation • INTUITIVELY OBVIOUS• Perhaps innovation can help? – Develop new sustainable technologies and strategies – Find new ways of living freely within environmental constraints • World is a NON-linear system. – Not a finite range of human experiences and actions from many of which we are constrained by sustainability. • Necessity can perhaps be the mother of invention – Invention creates whole new possibilities for human experience » ANALOGY Evolution – Innovation often degrades the environment • Cf Industrial revolution • Constraints such as carbon pricing and environmental regulation are needed to ensure the innovations that receive most effort are the sustainable ones
  11. 11. Can open knowledge helpdevelop a sustainable open society? Some challenges…
  12. 12. Challenges• Nothing is a panacea! – “Fairy dust”• Privacy – Human – Environmental Privacy• Unintended consequences• Not just releasing the data – it’s what you do with it – Open knowledge into action – Stories and images matter more than facts – Willful misuse/false impressions – User-focused solutions• Digital divide – Who is empowered? – Western-centric value?
  13. 13. How might open knowledge helpdevelop a sustainable open society? @JackTownsend_
  14. 14. @JackTownsend_Web & Sustainabilityjack@jacktownsend.netslideshare.net/JackTownsend
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