An Inconvenient Truth and the Social Impact of Awareness Films

  An Inconvenient Truth is a 2006 documentary film about Al Gore’s campaign that served as a successful social advocacy campaign and galvanized the public into global warming awareness and action.  Produced by Laurence Bender and directed by Davis Guggenheim, An Inconvenient Truth has been credited for raising international awareness of global warming at the… Continue reading An Inconvenient Truth and the Social Impact of Awareness Films

Open Source Communication Technology, IoT, and its impact on innovation and competitive advantages

Open Source communication software and hardware have a variety of advantages and disadvantages in the marketplace, in their potential for adoption, and in their requirements for deployment.  As a variety of proprietary and open source communication technologies compete for market penetration, the success of either type will have advantages and disadvantages to innovation and the… Continue reading Open Source Communication Technology, IoT, and its impact on innovation and competitive advantages

Open Source Agriculture and Ogura’s proprietary hybrid seeds

  In my previous blog posts, I explored the benefits of open source design and intellectual property in a variety of industries.  Each of those posts discussed the trade-off between the need to offer incentives to invest in innovation and the need to spread innovations for positive social change.  In this blog post, I will… Continue reading Open Source Agriculture and Ogura’s proprietary hybrid seeds

The Benefits of Open Source Education v. Four-Year Institutions

Open education is a practice and philosophy in which educators collaborate to produce, share, and build on knowledge that is made accessible to everyone in the world.  The philosophy aspires to combat inequality with the belief that if everyone has access to high quality education, then more people can use this education to lift themselves… Continue reading The Benefits of Open Source Education v. Four-Year Institutions

IP and Open Source Design in Green Energy

Does intellectual property protect and proliferate progress in green energy and the renewable industry?  How can open source support more companies to pursue environmentally responsible business models?  How is the renewable energy industry distributed across type of energy and country?  In this essay, I will first describe some relevant data on patent filings in the… Continue reading IP and Open Source Design in Green Energy

Commercial Benefits of Open Source Products and Services

Intellectual property is important to innovation because it protects and incentivizes inventors to commercialize and monetize their ideas.  However, if certain inventions were made open source some say that innovation would accelerate.  Others believe open sourcing software, machines, or systems would prevent commercialization.  In this blog post, I will explain ways in which I believe… Continue reading Commercial Benefits of Open Source Products and Services