On Friday I managed to develop the first iteration of a proposed email to send institution-wide about convening an Openness Community and passed it on to my departmental director and assistant-director for review and comment. I’m hoping their comments will come back favourably and I can move forward on this. If all goes well I’ll post it here.
Over the weekend I have been considering another issue. Is it possible to successfully practice openness in your work without the honesty and integrity of colleagues? If you work in an environment where you have to be seen to be doing the ‘right’ thing by the ‘right’ people in the ‘right’ places it can be tempting for others to use your work without attribution, particularly if they are better at playing the ‘game’ and publicizing themselves than you are. So without the reputation or big enough exposure for your work, there is a danger that others could profit from your endeavours or even corrupt your purpose if you can’t develop the stage quickly or early enough. I think that the practice of openness is the right way, certain for me, however, I do worry whether I can create the stage and get the message out in a coherent way and quickly enough without corruption.