The Federal Reserve, the White House, the World Bank, the CIA, the FBI, the Pentagon, private corporations – to name only a few – are all entities systematically losing their relevance & effectiveness as humanity moves into an era of massive borderless interconnectivity & intercommunication where cooperative open models tap into the problem-solving skills of hundreds of millions and soon billions of human beings.
It is no surprise however to see many who pervade our "institutions of old" misguidedly gripping the reigns of power and attempting to thwart humanity's progress by perverting the same technologies that now offer the potential for so much good. Be it legislation like SOPA, PIPA, Citizens United, the NDAA or the NSA's gargantuan surveillance center in Utah, the narrow-minded attempts to prop up outmoded thinking and maintain dominance not only endangers the wellbeing of those on the receiving end of these institutions' activities, but also threatens those within since such rigid top-down "command & control" structures inherently lack the capability of setting loose the creative powers of the masses and thus can only act as doorstops to unlocking the desperately needed solutions to the real & looming challenges we now collectively face here on Earth.
If we are to survive & prosper in the rapidly changing future now upon us every recess of our institutions must be bathed in the light of openness and transparency. Those that grow & bloom in such conditions will serve us well and those we find wither when stripped bare before our eyes, by definition, have no further place left to live except the pages of our history books.
Don Tapscott – Four Principles for the Open World