"Recently Ashoka held a series of summits with leading social entrepreneurs from around the world focused on globalizing innovative models for social change [...] We put social entrepreneurs in a room with open source experts for three days. It was an exercise in cross-pollination, an experiment to see how these communities might play together."
SSIR's clear suggestions for the cross-platform application of open source concepts and its benefits are as follows:
1. Turn beneficiaries into co-creators
2. Move from enterprise to ecosystem - essentially, engage in a deeper level of cooperation with others
3. Give away more freely, relinquishing owning materials and concepts
4. Spark entrepreneurship inside and outside your organization
5. Allow for mutability
Besides from being partial to the cross-pollination model, I think the intersection between social entrepreneurship and open source requires more attention, and not just from a (personal) moral ethical standpoint. As a deeper extension of knowledge sharing, this is a potent example of the more common educatory practices today.
Also, what if schools and universities were run like this?