6. Share Our Stuff

Sharing is the way to do business.

Google (and others) allows developers to download it’s code for applications like Google Maps.  Those developers then create “mash-ups” combining ideas: a map and something else (a pretty cool example: “Time Space Map is an encyclopedic atlas of history and happenings that anyone can edit.”)  Linux is an operating system (similar to what many of you are using currently: Windows).  Only Linux is developed by anyone who wants to–the source code is freely available to anyone–developers collaborate on creation.

Some more examples:

According to Bloomberg, “Harvard University professors may publish more research online, free to readers, after the school’s arts and sciences faculty adopted a new policy.”

The University of California Berkeley has a YouTube site where you can view a number of lectures including “Physics for Future Presidents.”

Stanford utilizes iTunes for much the same purpose.

The Public Library of Science “is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world’s scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.”

Sharing themes abound.

Ideas don’t do any good if you place them under lock and key hang onto them for dear life.  They will probably be irellevant in a year anyway.  The power of ideas comes when they are shared, when they can be thought about, utilized, and implemented everywhere.

Maggie Mahar’s “Money-Driven Medicine” brings us this vignette from Dr. Donald Berwick, co-founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, “Berwick recalls phoning a hospital in Houston to learn about its reportedly successful innovations in pneumonia care, and being told that ‘the gains were enormous but that the methods could not be reported to the public–excellent pneumonia care offered the hospital local competitive advantage.'”

The book continues as Dr. Berwick says, “The enemy is disease.  The competition that matters is against disease, not one another.  The purpose is healing.”

Maybe we all need to re-visit the sharing lesson.

Principle 6: It’s not mine, it’s not yours, it’s ours.  We’re in this together (this meaning fixing our health care system).  Revolutionary ideas need to be diffused…quickly…incessantly.  our own system will share all we have to offer, from research, to innovative ways to care for patients, to the ways we do business.  It’s time we rid ourselves of selfishness and come together and share to achieve a common good.