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Bull Session

Open Source Design

February 23, 2017          

Episode Summary

On The Digital Life this week, we chat about how open source design is being brought to bear on some of the most important problems of the 21st century, including creating new tools for urban agriculture, home building, and medicine. For instance, furniture retailer Ikea recently released open source designs for a garden sphere, an urban agriculture project that can feed a neighborhood. Open source design, the Maker movement and desktop / DIY manufacturing are converging in interesting ways. Join us as we discuss.
Resources:
Ikea Lab Releases Free Designs for a Garden Sphere That Feeds a Neighborhood
Open Source Ecology
A Open Source Toolkit for Building Your Own Home
3D Design Contest for Medical Tools in Africa

5 Questions

Open Humans

October 8, 2015          

Episode Summary

This week on The Digital Life, we chat with Madeleine Price Ball, Co-founder and Principal Investigator of the Public Data Sharing study, about Open Humans, an online platform that enables people to not only connect and participate with research studies but also receive data back from the scientists conducting them.

We explore the origins of the Open Humans project, its revolutionary data sharing model, and how it works for both members and researchers.

Resources
Open Humans
The Personal Genome Project
GET Conference
Runkeeper

Bull Session

On Open Organizations

September 17, 2015          

Episode Summary

On this episode of The Digital Life, we discuss open organization culture in theory and in practice. As the creative economy continues to grow and evolve, knowledge workers are discovering and developing new ways of working together. In contrast with the closed, hierarchical structures of 20th century industrial enterprises, in the 21st century open organization, transparency, authenticity and access are foundational elements.

But how do these open source organizational principals really work in a business context? Join us as we examine the impact of the open organization, on companies small and large.

Resources
What is the Open Organization?
Here’s Why Whole Foods Lets Employees Look Up Each Other’s Salaries

5 Questions

Open Source, Design, and Health

July 31, 2014          

Episode Summary

Of the many industries on which the open source ethos can have positive effect, healthcare represents one of the most significant, in terms of dollars and overall impact. From citizen science to software to research data, the open source movement is slowly seeping its way into the healthcare realm. But will it really ever have a major influence?

In this episode of The Digital Life, we chat with Dr. Jeffery Belden, the lead author of the open source project “Inspired EHRs: Designing for Clinicians”, an illustrated e-book of design patterns for electronic health records, sponsored by the California Healthcare Foundation and the ONC.