Community Guidelines

We believe in collaboration. 
The Open Knowledge platform and HBS Open Knowledge community are fundamentally built on the principle of collaboration: that everyone invited to participate has something valuable to contribute. By building on each other’s contributions we achieve a sum far greater than its parts.

We believe in attribution. 
The nature and provenance of contributions will be wide ranging and we expect that some will be clearly associated with one person, while others will be group products. We will endeavor to recognize these ideas appropriately, crediting and respecting the rights and interests of the contributors.

We believe in openness. 
This does not mean publicizing everything or that we cannot have more private conversations, but that we are biased toward being open due to the proven benefits of the approach. We believe this community is uniquely well-versed to help our scholarly aims to reorient our economy toward investments in innovation and growth. To be successful, we need to share the fruits of that work with the world.

We believe in discretion.
We recognize that there is potentially sensitive information arising from your participating in Open Knowledge, from anonymous user data to your ideas and comments, and we will treat it in an appropriate manner that encourages involvement. As conveners, we will follow good academic practice and balance attribution with privacy for your contributions, and manage data in accordance with the HBS Privacy Policy. Participants should also use the utmost discretion when sharing Open Knowledge accounts to sustain the spirit of trust and inquiry that are essential to the endeavor. This shared respect will promote open and honest conversations and the insights they make possible.

We believe in experimentation.
Above all, participating on the Open Knowledge platform is intended as a powerful way to collaborate as a community. We will learn together and be all the better for it.

The Quick Version

  1. We will share our journey with others, learn from it and build upon it. We will communicate with you via Open Knowledge and HBS. We will communicate with the public via blogs, podcasts, articles, and books. We will utilize discretion when sharing with the world.
  1. We will minimize barriers to participation. We want it to be easy, comfortable, and engaging.
  1. We will respect each other to build and sustain this community, develop our capacity to collaboratively innovate, and create opportunities to implement what we learn.
  1. We ask you to help improve this effort by sharing thoughts and questions directly and with the community and embracing the spirit of Open Knowledge.