Our goal is for the Open Movement to develop a new, collective strategy. One that takes into account the experience of the last two decades of open, and the changes in the digital ecosystem that have happened in this period.
The new strategy should leverage the principle of openness to design and build systems that maximise the societal benefits of digital resources, while avoiding harms. Doing this requires acknowledging that in some cases openness serves to strengthen power imbalances and is thus not emancipatory as in itself.
The idea of Open Access and free reuse of knowledge and culture continues to be one of the most powerful challenges to the exclusive control by corporations and states over information goods. And openness is a principle on which a vision of a more just and egalitarian digital society can be built.
It is time to define once again what Open means: the normative vision behind sharing and the way value is created. We are doing this work through sensemaking and building new narratives about Open.