Collaboration, Open Solutions, and Innovation (COSI) are the key management strategies individuals and organizations need to embrace and  incorporate in their daily lives and business practices in order to compete and succeed in the 21st century. The growing acceptance, adoption and application of these new management strategies is already evident in almost every sector of the economy.

Industries and businesses throughout the world are being revolutionized through the application of these three unique and powerful management strategies. When combined, these COSI strategies create a robust model for accelerating change, achieving significant operational efficiencies, and improving the quality of products and services being provided by public and private sector organizations in the U.S. and other countries.

Collaborative development efforts to create innovative, free and open source software (FOSS) tools, applications, and other solutions for use by individuals and corporations involved in agriculture are well underway. These innovative 'Open Agriculture' solutions are being released under one or more 'open' licensing or copyright arrangements that allow both public and private institutions to acquire and use these tools at little or no cost. This has tremendous potential consequences for individuals and organizations around the world that face funding challenges.

The 'Open Way'

The Open Way is more than a software development model; it defines the characteristics of a culture. The open source way thrives on broad collaboration and shared effort. It includes open source, open access, open data, open standards, open communities, and more.

-  The open way is about possibility. Open source presents a new way to solve old problems. To share ideas and effort.

-  The open way multiplies: Knowledge; Effort; Inspiration; Creativity; and Innovation. The impact is exponentia

-  The open way opens doors. Open source offers a new perspective. Open, not closed. Collaboration, not isolation

Excerpts from www.opensource.com/open-source-way


Open Ecology

Agriculture includes farming and husbandry - the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi, and other life forms for food, fiber, biofuel and other products used to sustain life.

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