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[kDev] License of responsibility...
My latest musings on a license for Kendra code go thus... Software
licenses (free or not free, open source or closed source, commercial or
non-commercial) seem to be carriers of ideas as much as things the user
is required to do. kendraInitiative's aim is to see the creation of
kendraSystem. We are building kendraTools to assist/enable
kendraParticipants to fulfil the aim using collaborative design.
Everything we do here can be used as a tools to bring us closer to the
goal. The license we use is another opportunity to express our vision.
Thinking logically about this. How is Kendra going to come about?
Kendra will come about when enough people *will* it to happen. Most
people want it to happen but many say it's not possible because *other
people* will never agree to it or wont make the effort to make it
happen. Probably because "people are just out for themselves and just
thinking about how they can get ahead of the next person and not
thinking about the common good nor about sharing
resources/information". So, some people feel like the decision is
always someone else's. They've abdicated the power to make a decision
and hence relinquished responsibility for the outcome. I want to enable
those people to "take back" the power to decide and "take back" the
responsibility for the outcome.
Licenses generally make legal requirements on users. And if the users
don't do as the license says then they run the risk of falling foul of
the law. Beyond a decision to comply with the law these licenses don't
give much room for users to exercise their decision making faculties
nor do they enable the user to take responsibility for much.
So, how can we get users to *maximise* their decision making faculties
and hence take *maximum* responsibility for the outcome? What about if
we make no requirements (legal or otherwise) on the user in order for
them to use the software? We could just explain why we make no
requirements and that everything that they do or don't do will take
Kendra closer or further away from its goal and it is entirely their
decision and hence their responsibility what actions they take or don't
take towards fulfilling Kendra's goal. They wont have a choice but to
make a choice! ;-) They wont be able to not see themselves as
responsible for kendraInitiative's outcome.
Cool or what?!
This links back to what was said here:
"You are in control - You have the choice - You have the responsibility"