Obama: An Open-Source President?
I was just reading Simon Phipps' blog (Phase 3 of the Sun Model) and stumbled over his link "Obama: Open Source President" which points to a YouTube video with comments by Republican consultant Alex Castellanos on U.S. election night. Alex describes how Obama is driving a bottom-up approach to presidential and U.S. politics and how that compares to the principles of the open source movement. Fascinating to hear that from a political pundit - on the republican side nonetheless.
It is a the point I've been making for a while now, for example in my JavaOne 2008 talk "TS-5006: Flooring the Accelerator: How Open Source is Reshaping an Industry". We are witnessing that the principles underlying the open source movement and the push for open standards are an embodiment of an ongoing change in society. Here's slide 11 from my talk:
- Open source and open standards are the manifestation of a shift in values and expectations
- The underlying principles are a powerful force that is permeating technology, business, and society:
- Participation and openness
- Empowerment, removal of barriers, reduction of friction
- Local decision-making and fast execution
- Control of your own destiny
If the reach and staying power of the open source movement is any indication then we should be in for some interesting (and different) times in U.S. politics.