Amazing/True Stories of Openness


While the Open Education movement focuses on institutional issues and often the sharing of “things” (content, resources), a large ocean exists of powerful individual accomplishments from the simple act of openly sharing what they create, their ideas, or just themselves. As colorful as old covers of “True Comics magazine, this site shares moving, personal stories that would not have been previously possible, enabled by open licensed materials and personal networks.

We all start out our educational careers (meaning when we were in kindergarten) intrinsically knowing the value of sharing. Somewhere between there and graduate school we lose track of this simple concept, be it worrying about intellectual property rights, fearing theft, or just questioning the value of what we do.

The open ecology of the internet can undermine what I think is learned and limiting stinginess. In this site I want to celebrate the True Stories of what happens to people when they share something openly on the web. I asked colleagues to share their own stories of something unexpected, valuable, powerful, or just plain inspiring as a result of sharing that piece of media, document, video, blog post, even a single tweet that became valuable to someone they did not know before.

In one of the first stories I gathered filmed on a windy night outside a conference hotel) right at the very end the brilliant Nancy White said, “It is isn’t just about open resources, it’s about open attitudes.”

The power, the strength, the future of the internet as we know it now, depends on this two-way flow. Share openly, and then share your story.

Alan Levine

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