We’re in the Opportunity Discovery phase of the Technology Entrepreneurship course I’m taking at Stanford Online, and some exceptionally gifted people have joined the Localization Alliance ‘team’ I started this past week. The value they could add is significant, to say the least. See the team vision-description statement below.
If you’ve been involved in any way in the design planning for the Open Library for Local Learning Communities (OL3C) since 2009, please note in particular the section on Identity, Content, and Transaction Assurance, and contact me at your earliest convenience to discuss the implications. This will open the door to a multitude of possibilities we were not even contemplating for OL3C.
The best outcome of all would be the establishment of an independent “ICAAN-like” registration authority (see below) with the capacity to support a hybrid business model. This would make the Open Library far more sustainable and scalable than we envisioned, because it would become self-funding. Establishing a viable, socially responsible business model for publishing partners — existing, and innovative SME and micro-enterprise startups in multiple sectors in the developing world — would allow the Alliance to fund non-profit partners’ efforts to expand access to free ‘open education resources’ (OER) to marginalized learners around the world who need them the most.
The Localization Alliance for Integral Human Development was founded as a public-private partnership in September 2012, in the belief that:
All people– regardless of their ethnicity, gender, age, creed, tongue, education, disability, social status or locale– have the right to be dynamically involved in the processes of their own development, and should have access to life-crucial information in the language, cultural perspective, and forms of communication that serve them best.
Further, we believe that the cocreation of teaching and learning materials, properly implemented, is currently the most participatory, empowering, productive and scalable means by which all people may be ‘dynamically involved in the processes of their own development.’
Identity, Content, and Transaction Assurance
Sharing teaching & learning resources and other content for cocreation on both the macro and micro scale needed, globally, will require a centralized, secure platform with the capacity to ensure the identification and provenance of all materials exchanged — and transactions conducted — between Alliance partner agencies, their staff, members, sponsors, clients, publishers — large & small — and the general public, worldwide.
Members of our team are leaders in the field of cybersecurity, and will collaborate with experts in the areas of cocreation, relevant classificatory systems, publishing, indigenous intellectual property rights and others, as required, to design a centralized registration, exchange/transaction platform for the Alliance.
Working together as a public-private partnership to establish The Localization Alliance for Integral Human Development itself as an independent, international, non-profit agency will be crucial. A central registration authority may well become as important for automating the simple, orderly exchange of cocreated materials worldwide, as ICAAN is for navigation on the Internet.
Collaborating with our team
If you share our vision and values, we would like very much to collaborate with your team and — if mutually acceptable — include your startup company or non-profit in the enterprise architecture and business model for the The Localization Alliance for Integral Human Development as a founding partner agency.
We are particularly interested in collaboration with your team if you have the will & the skill necessary to launch a successful startup capable of providing any of these products and services or to:
- develop and operate the Cocreative Learning Network website at cocreativelearning.net on behalf of the Alliance as a whole
- found and operate the RosettaMed company, rosettamed.mobi and other RosettaMed websites to provide enhanced access to localized health information
- develop and operate the shellbook.tv website,
- develop any other cocreative concept that demonstrates significant potential for expanding participatory education & development, and effective, actionable access to life-crucial information for all people.
- Cocreative micropublishing may play a significant role in the future of the publishing industry.
- The registry will be the single business operation held ‘in common’ under the aegis of the Alliance. All other business will be conducted by commercial, non-profit and government Alliance partner agencies.
- Please contact me through LinkedIn or G+ if you offer any of the products and/or services listed and wish to become a founding partner in the Alliance.
- I’m also in Mobile Health Without Borders. In that course I intend to either start or, preferably, be part of a RosettaMed startup team.