Inspired by the four freedoms of free software, Open social innovation aims to document social innovation practices as “free/libre recipes” to make them visible, usable, copyable, and improvable.
Open Social Innovation and free/libre recipes
The free/libre recipes , “source code” of our social innovation are an implementation of the will to share, mutualize, spread and improve the “how-to” of our initiatives
Like cooking recipes, we try to describe the how-to, the ingredients, the tools, and what gets produced. By sharing recipes with others, we can improve our the recipes together or create local variants.
Like free/libre software we are in a spirit of sharing:
- show/make visible: no fabrication secret, the recipe is conceived to be seen and used by as many people as possible
- allow reuse: document the tips, tricks, the difficulties to facilitate reuse
- allow copy: the recipe is published under a free licence to allow the largest diffusion
- improve the recipe: by trials, local adaptation, the recipes gets refined, adapted to places, cultural contexts
Social practices have already been documented and shared in the past. However open social innovation provides a new conceptual framework to implement at large scale the will to share, mutualize, spread and improve the “how-to” of the best social initiatives for thrivability.
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