Among other interesting points, Tim O’Reilly argues that open source software, largely voluntary and unremunerated, is driving the most successful businesses today. But can the spirit of open source triumph over polarization, denial, and avoidance, and get the world as a whole on an even keel? Given the scale O’Reilly speaks of, it’s hard to dismiss, even if it’s hard to imagine.
Michael Tobis, editor-in-chief of Planet3.0 and site cofounder, has always been interested in the interface between science and public policy. He holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences where he developed a 3-D ocean model on a custom computing platform. He has been involved in sustainability conversations on the internet since 1992, has been a web software developer since 2000, and has been posting sustainability articles on the web since 2007.