Distinction between open spaces workshops and open source projects

Adopting and adapting tools and processes to conduct an open-space workshop is to be expected, as is equivalent borrowing by participants afterwards (see schema below). At first sight then, the only reason that a process-oriented person in an  would not be in favor of the open source process of adopting and adapting is if someone privatized the common resources.  We could add nuance to this view if we had a more general analysis of the trajectories of open source projects from the ideal to the less-than-ideal outcomes.  Suggestions welcome!


About Peter J. Taylor
Peter Taylor is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he teaches and directs undergraduate and graduate programs on critical thinking, reflective practice, and science-in-society. His research and writing focuses on the complexity of environmental and health sciences in their social context, incl. Unruly Complexity: Ecology, Interpretation, Engagement (U. Chicago Press, 2005) and Nature-nurture? No (2014, http://bit.ly/NNN2014). On reflective practice, see Taking Yourself Seriously: Processes of Research & Engagement (with J. Szteiter, 2012, http://bit.ly/TYS2012).

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