asked the TED Community about the theme of TEDGlobal 2012:

What is your view about, or experience with "Radical Openness"? 

Here's what you said...

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If an idea can reach out and touch lives, spark awareness or create movements for the greater good/knowledge, then the concept of openness becomes paramount. Sharing ideas radically makes the process modern, accessible and dependable. Entrusting others to understand the TED brand and become ambassadors of spreading ideas allows fans to lay complete trust in the content, sharing freely and proudly not only through personal social media, but also in the corporate space.    

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Well, that means having more conversations, collaborations and connectivity with one another without prejudices, but also engaging critically about the way forward leaving all options open.   

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 For me, the "radically open" nature of the modern world is most characterized and in fact depends on the freedom of movement. For that is really what enables people to get in real face-to-face contact with different cultures and the actual people who belong to them.  However, being in Europe at the this time has made me realize how precarious the current situation can be. The world we have been moving towards has much to offer in terms of spread of ideas, intercultural communication, technological innovation as well as recognition of the common values. And yet the challenges facing this world are manifold.    

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It's a beautiful concept. Openness is misunderstood and under-appreciated in the world today, and this is the root of much conflict in all aspects of life - cross-cultural relations, business, government, interpersonal relationships.
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To say I am Singaporean would be a misnomer. I am a citizen of the world, I just happened to be born and bred in Singapore.    

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Radical openness is dangerous   

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Technology allows us to transcend physical boundaries in order for "radical openness" to flourish. However cultural ignorance still prohibits people from completely accepting very open and global mindsets. More consistency needs to be achieved between technology, economics and human nature.   

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What exactly is openness? And are we truly as open to changes and radical ideas as we think we are?   

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To me, the phrase "Radical Openness" means that there is nothing hidden in the world anymore.  Events & discoveries get communicated in an instant and anything you need to know is available to you whenever and wherever you are. As an online marketer, what resonates me most about "Radical Openness" is that, thanks to social media, our lives are more of an open book than any other time in history. Any "fakeness" you have, be it in the offline or online world, will eventually be found out. In fact, the line between offline and online is quickly becoming a blur.   

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It all starts within and extends to a community and beyond, hopefully.   

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Equality across generations, cultures and beliefs.   

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Sounds fantabolous....   

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Radical Openness makes me think of how the natural world works around us. In nature, existence is all about the interconnectedness and interdependence of each living thing and the radical openness that we are experiencing now mirrors this natural flow and expansion of life and how we relate to each other physically and virtually.    

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"Radically Open" is a fantasy in human interactions with others. Still "Radically Open"is how we all claim to be online through our digital identities... Obviously successful social media is emotional media, whether it is about individuals, brands or companies. What do we filter by strategy, what do we filter unconsciously?   

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The more open the better.   

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Inevitable   

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"My initial reaction to Radical Openness -
1. Embrace it
2. Collaboration
3. Competition breeds creativity
4. Opportunity"   

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I think it will bring about transparency and an accelerated pace in scientific innovation as more and more people join the process of making the world a better place.   

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It may create both equal and unequal opportunities.    

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I think the world is becoming more open with the internet and the sharing of identities; this can be a good thing or a bad thing, and I'm interested in hearing what others have to say.    

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Social Media and the Internet has huge influence on it. Because of technology, we as an average person can express our views More Openly compared to a decade ago. We become more connected as One People. We have more power to influence organisations to communicate their ideas. We have more resources to affect change. We have a bit more hope. All of which, is why things like Occupy Wall Street, Voluntary Website Outages, Wikileaks and the Cyber Freedom Fighter 'Anonymous' happened. There's a disadvantage to all this too but I shall not cover that. Interesting Future. Good Day.   

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The world is ostensibly more open, but the walls to our humanity threaten to become more obscure, if ever as entrenched.    


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I believe there are Pro's and Con's to it. On the balance I support greater openness because it encourages people to take responsibility for their own lives and actions.   

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I'd be happy in a world where the 80-20 rule applied to openness and privacy. 80% is plenty of freedom to cultivate a public persona and see how much more creative we can be through networking; redrawing ethical lines; taking responsibility for actions; letting other people in, etc., but there's still a need for an assured lockbox  — a staging environment for the personas we admire but have not yet become.   

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Any more open, I'd be inverted.    

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Such openings have the potential for asymmetry.  Certain groups are well-placed to gather information and benefit from additional openness, while others will be more limited.    

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With the ability to access more and more information on the internet, the world is becoming a relatively more level playing field. Power will decreasingly come from access to and monopoly of information. In this radically more open world, ideas become the source of power.     

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Being radically open is a positive change to society. By being open about individuals' opinions, there can be constant feedback about the shortcomings of things, and contributions of  plausible solutions to improve the current situation. However, in this radically open world, it becomes more essential to filter what we hear at the same time because with more feedback, undoubtably, there will be more noises that need to be ignored. Hence, in a way, radicial openness ,like most things, is a double-edged sword that needs to be managed well   

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I love it.    

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Transparency is sincerity   

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While it may appear on the surface that we're indeed being more open with free exchange of ideas, freedom to express and share ideas - ideas that bring about dramatic social and political upheaval as they did in the Arab spring, I believe now more than ever our ideas of radical openness are at risk. Politically due to the impact of the crises and rising unemployment, countries are being more resistant to migrants and immigration - those can be seen in not just some western European countries but even close to home in Singapore. Our internet freedoms are being consistently challenged with bills like SOPA, ACTA and Cispa. Individually, we're closing our selves of to interaction by forming a symbiotic relationship with our gadgets.    

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"Understanding and accepting differences.
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We are free to voice our thoughts and actions instantly without borders for the first time in human civilization. How do we navigate and use as our compass ?   

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"We need to adapt to this openness, but never loosing our roots because that's what will define our difference from one another.
Be integrated without loosing ourselves."   

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Power.space to wield.Imagine.Do   

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This might be off topic but I see Radical Openness as a potential force pushing us to transcend group identities. In this sense it is 'radical' and dangerous as dissociating ourselves from our group identities and could threaten our current sense of self. Could this force of ‘radical openness’, catalysed by the internet, be a positive force leading us to a better world and a truer understanding of ourselves?   

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Embracing this radical openness can only serve to better the world. The spread of ideas, thoughts and experiences across boundaries will lead to a better and more comprehensive understanding of what we as a world are capable of.   

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Accepting that the world is evolving and changing, is the first step in self improvement.    

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Excellent and mindblogging   

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Radically open, to me, means the ability to be tolerant of other people's views and be expressive. Unforunately we don't always have that in Singapore, or for that matter, in some other parts of the world as well. Hopefully, this will change with the new generation.   

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Positive as I'm glad that TED is being so open in encouraging people to attend. I have attended events where I have been prohibited from engaging due to money or position in my company. How does that encourage the spread of ideas? Furthermore I am encouraged by and invested in this event, and others that foster openness.    

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With information being so easily accesible, liberal openness seems like a logical evolution that is required of our society.   

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The idea approaches my mind with two distinct emotions; fear and excitement. Fear comes from the unfamiliarity and excitement comes from diversity and curiousity. I believe that in future, the excitement element is to be amplified while fear is to be diminished gradually. I have faith that this radical openness will someday be a catalyst for great leap forward for humanity. The fear we have right now about ongoing process of globalization is comparable to the uneasy feeling we get before take-off. I welcome the radical openness with two hands with willingness to understand unfamiliarity.    

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It's a journey for the generation to meet, to integrate, to cascade the ideas together into a potential influence that moves the world.   

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I do believe the world is becoming more open, and I wish to learn more about it and how it can be achieved fluidly!    

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Opportunity versus careless    

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Information is the most valuable commodity of the modern world. And it should be accessible to anyone who demands it. Total openness and transparency is the key to that, and it is imperative that we work towards that ideal.   

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It's interesting to see the juxtaposition of the young radically open people vs the 1st and 2nd generation 'closed' citizens in Singapore today. How do the two co-exist? Are the fundamental "Asian values" challenged?    

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The amusing thing about us people is that at every point in history we have believed we know all there is to know. We don't know. How will we know? By considering anything to be possible, by giving a chance to let the future amaze us, and by lending a very eager ear to all that has to be said.    

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Radical Openness is maybe the biggest necessity to make our lives better on an individual and a global level   

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While the world is moving towards "radical openness", existing structures and current modes of doing don't leverage this enough. The closest example I could think of is big data - so much unstructured data, and people are struggling to use it to make it work better. I.e. how can government use unstructured data to govern better?    

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Being honest about how things really are and working together to create realistic solutions to solve the challenges of the 21st century and  work with the changes to international economic landscape  as they happen, is the only way that we can recover from the GFC which has affected the world over.   

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Travelling becomes easier   

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Fully exposed, no where to hide, be connected to the world.   

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During the Q & A sessions, it's usually in the format of an audience raising a question to the speaker/panel, and then the speaker addresses that question. I have attended unconferences in which the audience are all seated in a rough quarter circle around the speaker so that during these Q & A sessions, audience bounce ideas off each other and the speaker can end up facilitating the discussion, or simply let the participants have a lively discussion. That, I think, is a great example of radical openness.    

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Wished we had more people demonstrating radical openness in Singapore   

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Currently abundant mentality become more important. The more we share the more we get.   

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It's a stage whereby we are opening up to influences from around the world, breaking down both physical and cultural barriers. It means we are a place in history where shifting paradigms are the norm, previous fixed mindsets have become flexible and innovation and constant improvement is expected. I have experienced this change firsthand in my workplace, where the different methods of dealing with the new batch of students have made my colleagues and me discard past modes of thinking and teaching, and adapt and be open to new ideas to better educate our students and inspire them.   

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Technology and social media has a huge part to play in the way we communicate today.    

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Openness is great in a way that it open up our thinking, and accept changes more readily, and get accustom to it.    

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People are increasing exposed to various ideas and fashions , increasingly through the internet...we are now a more globalised world, and increasingly open to various ideas from around the world, even radical ideas.   

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"Openess can only be radical.
Whenever people try to keep something/somebody ""partially open"", there will be enthusiasts/hackers/dreamers/artists/journalists to fully explore what is left ""undisclosed""."   

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Are we really radically open or just lying about it.   

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Excited by the opportunity of working and studying in Asia, it has been a radical open minder for me!   

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Being open means to be ready for new things. Being radical is an extreme. Extremes are never good or acceptable. Step by step is the best way to get to the extreme unnoticed.    

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Anything done radically means to be extremist and extremes are never good. Any openness has to be done smoothly and little by little for people to adapt easily. And also, they will not suspect.   

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Its SCARY but FUN   

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"My first reacton
1. I am living it
2. I am a part of it"   

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"With technology influencing our lives so deeply today, the world is definitely today an open ""VISIBLE"" space. However the question remains if our minds are becoming ""radically open"" or is it only how much we see the world?

There exist biases around us in the society, whether it be discrimination based on religion, gender or ethnicity. Wars and fights are still on, girls are being killed before they are born, millions of malnurished children are dying on one side while the other half struggles to do away with the kilos they piled savoring on their favourite delights...are we really radically open today? I am not sure!"   

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Opportunity is everywhere. The internet is a great enabler. Big Data will revolutionise the way we understand and solve problems. Governments cannot close their borders to ideas. The borderless world of information will change the way we think about national boundaries. Perspectives on migration, environmental degradation and development, and ownership fo problems, all change when we think of the world as borderless.    

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Connect, listen, share passion, build together   
   

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With the continuity of time, people expect and demand for freedom and liberty. They want to have their opinions heard and feel that they are part of a bigger system. Thus, Governments will be forced to implement changes and reforms so as to suit these people. With 'Radical Openness', people will be given the chance to express themselves. Multiple views and critiques will inevitably brings about improvements and enhancements to the whole system. Subsequently, there would also be detrimental side-effects if nefarious views were to be implemented or if they were to proliferate without jurisdiction. Thus, leading to an ignorant and undiscerning population who cannot differentiate between right and wrong, which might as well lead to the debacle of a country. Hence, Radical Openness in someways is a double-edged sword which needs to be managed well or the wielder will risk suffering from a backlash.   

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My view is that individuals are becoming increasingly accepting of different perspective and ways of life; thus the world can be seen as an ever-changing, "radically open" blue-ish green sphere which is a little white at its poles. However, even with the myriad of emotions and ideas available for the global community to subsume, it is simple for anyone to become an impressionable sheet of blank paper, always coloured by the next fashionable thought that resonates with them. I wish to be a piece of paper that chooses the perspectives I wish to be influenced by, and might always able to discern and control the appropriate intensity of the colours that dye my soul, retaining the original colours which I chose before; and maybe one day someone might choose to be dyed by my colours too!    

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"Radical Openness" is a concept that we should embrace with open arms. It should form the basis of education in schools. It should be celebrated through world festivals. Surely, it is the next stage of human evolution.   

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Radical openness is required more than ever today. As the world opens up with technological advances, we need to be more radically open about everything we do. When a news travel today faster than our thoughts, remaining closed is not an option.   

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The world is ours.   

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the pace of change is as fast as the google search.   
   

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The world is exploded with new information and technology every day, the ability to filter and repond becomes the key to navigate. Being a technology banker, my daily experience involved tracking the new developments in the field and understand the implications of those   

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People are more open to share their own information and resources.   
 

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Countries have been largely cooperative on the economic front, but the same can't be said in terms of political ties. Channels of communication and trade have been opening up, but we've become more protective of our own interests as well.    

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It is the openness of communication. People get to know each other better and know the world better.   

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I can move around and live in different countries and meet different people within hours of making the decision. The only thing slowing me down is having to pack and having to find the next available ticket out.    

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Communication barriers which traditionally existed are now breaking down with the advent of communication technologies such as social media   


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Openness can either unearth deeply rooted tensions and conflicts, or it can usher in a golden age of civilisation. We have the responsibility to engineer the success of the latter.   

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While engaging in a meaningful conversation which touches my soul    

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"- More Transparency
- More Democracy
- Faster Decisions
- But also potentially more radical behaviour by people
- Less time to reflect and think things through"   

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A radically open world makes way for innovation, creativity and "out-of-the-box" thinking. Gone are the days where following the status-quo was the only way to go. We are encouraged to produce new ideas and voice opinions.  This is all well and good when you know what you want. In a world where everybody is fighting to have their voice heard, it is  important now more than ever to have a sense of purpose and know what you want to stand for. What will you be screaming about? Without this, it is so easy to lose yourself in the whirlwind of other people's ideas, thoughts and values - the bi-products of a "radically open" world.    

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Radical Openness can be likened to Oscar Wilde's works.   

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Radical Openness is important to encourage exchange of opinion or/and ideas; as its necessary rational judgements that come along with it should promote healthy debates to eventually arrive at a common ground reducing cowardly negative opinions which its lack of essential understanding adds onto unnecessary tension within an individual and to the general environment like building a nuclear bomb in the air.    

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Radical openness is natural - Nature doesn't have  a fixed structure. Rather, there are complex phenomena that emerge into a pattern. Radical openness and not siloed thinking is the key to understanding and embracing these lively patterns!   

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My experience with Radical Openness comes from connecting with people from diverse cultures, religions and countries through LinkedIn, Coursera and Twitter. It is like standing at the edge of a cliff and seeing the vast sea of light beyond that are made up of networks (inspired by the idea of Straylight from William Gibson, "Neuromancer").   

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radical openness involves control instead of spilling all the beans out   

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While open will encourage sharing, need to retain "local-ness" and heritage   

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TED, Khan Academy, Reddit is kinda open..   

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We may be becoming more open but also more radical   

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I believe the world is our playground. Information highways connect minds and transcend physical and even psychological barriers. Whether one chooses to "swing" from tweet to tweet or "slide" through knowledge gained from accessing readily available information sources is totally dependent on the individual. I think more than availability, the processing of this "Radically Open" environment in which we live bears more significance. I find this very refreshing and breath of fresh air compared to the stifling and suffocating controlled environments where informations exchanges are monitored and people don't really get the opportunity to understand and appreciate the processing of information. Disruptive technology has been the game changer in this arena. Social media has kept mainstream media in check by allowing the general public to share and more importantly discuss critical events and information which mainstream media tend to report with some bias. Rather than merely accepting reports as facts, users are able to verify and complete due diligence before accepting them as facts. We live in a more open space than ever before. This also stresses the need to live with an open mind because we can easily be exposed to hard truths and have to find the courage to engage and accept or change such truths. This empowering of people today is a great moment in history yet time will only tell if the people of today are truly able to harness the radically open environment of today to make it a sustainable tomorrow.   

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Radical Openess' allows for crowd collaboration in domains where previously not possible.   

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Technology is the driving force behind the ever growing 'openness' we are experiencing today... and this is only going to grow exponentially as the world becomes even more open. We are on the cusp of something very exciting! Yet I am cautiously optimistic... optimistic about the benefits that a more open and sharing society can bring us as a community, and cautious about human-kind's acceptance and adaptation to this change   

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Radical openness and transparency of information at all levels is an imperative for the future development of our globe and its people.     

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A double-edged sword. On one hand, individuals and organisations have greater access to ideas, finance, talent, markets and hence new ways to collaborate, create and capture value - the multi-networked collaborative could be the new MNC. On the other, there are also new channels for chaos, crime and cyber warfare.     

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there is no one size fits all, differences are encourage, agree to disagree.   

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"Enjoy openness responsibly."   

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Radical openness depends on the context in which you are speaking. In the digital world people are more open about who they are, but in the corporate workplace it's much about saving face in Asia so you don't expose yourself or your underlying beliefs. I've worked in diversity and inclusion in both community and corporate contexts and people might be radically open about their views, but are not radically open in their views about others. I think we can work to change this by first trying to respecting and understanding others and their experiences.    

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Consumers enjoy openness, at the same time, they enjoy privacy. A balanced openness would mean being able to have complete control over their personal information, and yet being able to have access to legitimate information and knowledge sharing.   
   

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A radically open world creates sensations of both fear and excitement amongst global communities. Personally, I am excited to find ways to harness the creativity and brain power inherent in our society, to collectively (1) solve problems, (2) build better business and marketing platforms, (3) make better products and (4) induce better services. Truly, we should all embrace this openness and seek to make the world a much better and sustainable place to live in.    

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"I am experiencing the ""Radical Openness"" for the first time here in Singapore, meeting people from all over the World. This experience has made me discovered amazing cultures - sometimes extremely different from mine - and it has made me reflect much more on what I am and what is my Italian culture about.
I think that ""Radical Openness"" is an important attitude to have in exploring our wonderful World, and it is also the best way to discover ourselves."   

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Radical Openness defines that we are increasingly more connected, we have access to many tools to maintain a relationship with what is far from us. It seems to me that technology and its usage are playing a major role in this context, to help bridge the gaps, so long that it is not being over used or taken for granted.   

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People seem open to openness on social networks & media & entertainment but not when openness impinges on their physical living, working & playing spaces.   

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I believe being "Radically Open" is just one step closer to truly becoming a Global Citizen. The world is one big space which is shared by everyone and we're globally connected to everyone by the Internet. In the near future, the six degrees of separation rule might cease to exist :)   

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Bring it.   

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The more open, the more chance to move forward and in the long run can provide a better future!   

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There is a strange phenomenon that comes with "Radical Openness". People are not connecting with each other on a deeper level anymore. We may know more about our friends through Facebook, Twitter and any other social networks out there, but we do not know the person that they are on a deeper level. Social networks enable us to share our lives with others, but only the parts that we want to share. People do not realize that. Sure, we can analyze Facebook posts and tweets to figure out who the person is, but nothing beats body language and picking up on verbal nuances. So in this world of "Radical Openness", we are actually NOT open.   

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The writing's been on the wall for years now. It's not just about keeping up but about moving the dial and anticipating (or better still, creating) what's ahead. The creative and business industry has never come this close and businesses of tomorrow can and will only benefit from fusing disciplines and skillsets into a melting pot of possibilities. As Keith Yamashita (my ex-employer) puts it, there are more similarities between a CEO and a designer in today's context than ever. Think Apple, Zappos, Google and the list goes on... Designing experiences, lifestyles alongside products and brands...the CEO himself/herself   

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As much as the good sides of which radical openness has brought about, we are also becoming suffocated with the accelerated progress of human's innovation (due to the abundance of channels available for every single individual to deliver their creativity and thoughts) and hence, influx of information every single day.    

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"Sharing of personal information is very critical and there should be a line draw to educate public on this."   

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Starting with the internet and then social media, people are more connected than ever. The sharing of information and the speediness of how this information is spread, also opens the opportunities for people to share knowledge, knowledge that may not be widely discussed on the internet. What is interesting is to see how we use this shared knowledge to effect positive change in society.   

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Amidst the randomness, chaos and orderliness, how can we constantly challenge the norms and push the frontiers to innovate a new level of radical openness? Listening to the presentations and conversations will at least give us some invaluable insights.   

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The Internet is the major driver for openness.  It is a great leveller and is closest to the democratic ideal.   

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Wow! This term is really new. I think of it like Open Source. Everyone being open and contributing to making the project (the world) a better place. Less self and more community resulting in a better world.   

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Its the way forward, with openness, comes more honesty, more trust, more solidarity. And it is the first step towards a truly working "one world" where peace is a given and progress is the fruit; and no one gets left behind.   

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Everything has its pros and cons...However, extremity in anything can be potentially destructive   

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"Yes, the World is becoming more radically open. Taking a page from my work experience, the role of a trader is diminishing. The margins are getting thinner and both the buyers and sellers know each other. It is very easy in this day and age to put the seller and buyer together. There is no longer a need for a trader. As technology improves, it allows us to communicate easier and faster. As education and cultural awareness improves, we find that we are able to communicate cross culturally.  And with the world becoming so globalised, news travels fast and the market changes along with it. Economies are no longer immune to shocks in other systems. Our economies are inter-connected and therefore dependent on each other to maintain the healthy ecosystem. "   

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It's inevitable   

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Being in social media - Globalization, Openness, Authenticity is what I deal with everyday. Really excited to join the conversation on this topic.    

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Radical Openness is the unprecedented in terms of both speed and accessibility spread of data, information, knowledge, ideas in the world. From America to Zimbabwe people are getting more and more attuned to what is happening around the world.    

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"Too often, successful ideas do not occur - not because of a lack of knowledge but rather due to a lack of integration of individuals' knowledge.
A radically more open world shall lead to a far more transparent and collaborative and cross-disciplinary culture whose ethos is grounded in the notion that 'the unpicked fruit of human discovery remains at the junctions of its branches'."   
   

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It's a two-edged sword. Sometimes I want to close up like a clam.   

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As the mindset of each generation becomes more radical, I'm not sure that we are ready to accept such changes happening in our world. However we have to try, to adapt, to survive.    

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What "radical openness" means to me is that the world is moving to a more transparent sharing of data or that this worldy information is becoming more readily accessible to people or groups who seek this. The increasing challenge is how we approach this data and what we can derive, understand and utilize for the betterment of mankind.   

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Radical Openness is about leaving behind presumptions and breaking forth with an open heart to new ideas and thoughts about life, love, art and technology.    

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"Radical Openness" signifies fast-paced development that could be either positive or negative. We would have to make decisions faster to keep up with the changes. Subsequently, the consequences of our actions may appear faster.   

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People are ready (or kind of), companies are the next one that needs to embrace it, but governments are clearly behind...   

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"The radical openness is synonymous with the creative and openness brought about by the pervasive profligacy of  information with the internet."   

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To me this means Government transparency at every level.   

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"Citizens of the globe today continue to be plagued by a myriad of problems; some are ensuing problems that date way back in time , and others, are new troubles that arose somewhere along the path of modernizing. Some of these are tribulations that even the tacit art of medical science cannot solve. Amidst the entourage of issues, several problems tend to be culturally centered, brought about by oppressive social norms and traditional codes, and cannot be eradicated simply with ""solutions"" alone.  I believe that it is in light of such complex situations that inventive thinking is absolutely essential. Problems that cannot be solved by thinking within circles require a complete paradigmatic shift to outside those circles. Some of these age old dilemmas need to be married to new, innovative “out of the box” mindsets over traditional, cardinal thinking in order for change to happen. A new form of entrepreneurship is required"   

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Perhaps, we're more accepting, more willing to accept differences, but really, we could have become just as judgemental for those who are not "radically open"   

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job opportunities are available worldwide and with "Radical Openness" we are not limited to our home country.   

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what is truly open cannot be controlled. if you want something to be open you must first give up the idea of controlling the outcome.     

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even though the entry barrieres in finance especially banking are quite high we face more and more competition from disruptive companies like mind or crowdfunding plattforms. To change the financial market place is something that can only be achieved with radical openness not regulation and I think we see this slowly happening.   

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"Norms provide a Structure and Guide to Initiate Form
Radical Openness InSpires OneNess in Self to InItiate Change
Change when connected to our Innate Mind, Power Involution"   

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"The World is changing. Reinventing itself faster than ever before. Communication channels make diversity of opinions, life approaches and beliefs easier to reach and embrace.Radical openness, ability to look at fundamentals that we hold dear crumble .. and accept or embrace alternatives, is becoming a necessity.
When was the last time your life fundamentals crumbled? "   

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Radical openness is a cultural pathway for societies in enhance their inter-connectedness, and in the present era of Globalization, it has changed the paradigm that societies has operated since the beginning of civilization.   Technology, and in the last two decades, the pervasiveness of the Internet has made knowledge freely available and this availability is in turn accelerating the advance of technology.  It is now up to us to make use of this radical openness wisely and for the advancement of the human race.   

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Yes to expereince Radical openness!   

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It means that everyone is interconnected some way or another and everything we do have an impact on others.   

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The world is changing every day as we know it. Ideas are generated to solve, reshape the global system. We need smart people like you to share your thoughts and concepts. Radical Openness is a global issue, a subconscious unknown to the majority, yet is present and growing. How much people sees it as an opportunity than to see it as a chance for risk.   

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The world is fast changing due to social media and it's impact on opening up dialogue, cultures, governments and businesses. What could be more radical or open than the channels that have created this beautiful chaos?   

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The falling boundaries are making trends proliferate faster and at the same time increasing the uncertainty in the business world. More complexity has its pitfalls and even as we embrace such a flatter world, we must be careful. We need to make sure that there are checks & balances that ensure that system's existence is not threatened by such radical openness.    

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There is abundance of data present about each of us in the public domain . As each piece of data becomes information , opinions are formed and it shapes the way in which individuals interact with each other . This causes behavioural changes for the betterment of the society .Might be Plato's republic is being formed !!!!!!!   

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We are living in a world that is overwhelmed with information that we are forced to learn, criticize, and accept new ideas at a very fast pace. Social developments that used to take decades to form are now taking much much shorter. We have to alter our mindset to get ready for rapid change and radical openness.   

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The "radically open" environment we are in now serves options and empowers us. Governing authorities and individuals both should have responsibilities to ensure that appropriate rights are given to control the level of access to information. Owners of online platforms should also at all costs take necessary measures to encrypt sensitive personal data.   

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We need to be more radically open about becoming more 'Radically Open'.   

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More Open = More Interesting   

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"Like"   

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More open mindedness in a world that's becoming increasingly smaller and smaller with the digital revolution. Tolerance and acceptance is how we need to be in order to all survive past this century.   

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Ideas about openness can spark a nationwide movement - all it takes is a few visionaries who show everyone else the openness they could experience to spark off change.   

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I came from a country where people are creative, spontaneous, and enjoying democracy. When I came here in Singapore, everything is different. People are creative--but on this space only, spontaneous--as long as you obey the law, and enjoying democracy as well--sort of.    

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"The more openness and sharing of  information, trade, ideas and experiences the better for us all!"   

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I feel we are so blindly afraid once we hear word "radical", so I really would like to   

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Isn't how we operate in life changing with technology?  Isn't how we will think, act, behave, respond and purchase changing with technology?  This is a chance to learn how and what others are thinking in technology.   

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I think coining it 'Radically Open' depends on where you are coming from, open societies or partially closed societies or closed societies. It definitely is radically disrupting the latter two drastically sending a strong signal that as human beings we have always been about opening to others from an individual sense - to love, to grow, to survive, to evolve. Technology is only an enabler of the deeper human needs. It's biggest disruption has been to the man-made machinery called Government. And that definitely a good thing for mankind.   

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Radical openness brings as many challenges as opportunities, as we are faced with a world that is more raw and open to us than ever before. It requires an open and agile mindset to navigate successfully.   

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I agree that the world is fast changing and things that we considered taboo before are now part of society, or a commonality as some put it. While i don't disagree at this changing landscape and I think we all ought to be more open about this change, there's underlying problem when some move forward with the times and others refuse. Thus, resulting in tension, quarrels and sometimes in severe cases, separation of society.   

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The lines between the physical and virtual worlds are blurring at rapid pace. Distance is no longer a barrier for communication, education entertainment or commerce. The world is not only flat but Radically Open!   

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Sharing of personal information is very critical and there should be a line draw to educate public on this.   

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I have lived and traveled in multiple countries all over the world. The world becoming radically open is something I relate to on a day to day basis although it never ceases to amaze me how different yet how similar things are across the world!!   

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Consumers enjoy openness, at the same time, they enjoy privacy. A balanced openness would mean being able to have complete control over their personal information, and yet being able to have access to legitimate information and knowledge sharing.   

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I am a Singaporean working in a youth charity organization in Hong Kong. The world is perceived as becoming more "radically open". However, in my experience working with the youth and from my observation of my social environment, it seems that the concept of "radical openness" has not been quite ingrained into the hearts of the civilians. In my opinion, a huge part of society still lacks certain graciousness towards those from minority groups and the disadvantaged. Discrimination and social oppression, at varying levels, albeit not discussed openly, are still common features of our society.   

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Please educate all the Earth's children to become open to new ideas, and to communicate with an open mind.   

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On the whole it is a good thing for information to be more freely available and for people to be more accepting of differences.   

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I would challenge this statement: while some people are actively trying to radically open the world, the governments and strong interest groups are actively trying to close it and try dumbing us down. The right equilibrium about openness and confidentiality has not been found yet, but trying to define it will be very exciting.  

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Letting your guard down long enough for you to experience where the universe might be taking you.   

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I think the world is becoming more radically open to possibilities, challenging boundaries to invent and innovate and improve and better ourselves and go beyond our current limits to solve problems or help others, or create new business ideas or understand the world today yest and tomorrow. But i also think with Radical Openness and taking leaps of faith and trying, comes those who fear change and resist it and more laws and censorship in an attempt to re draw some boundaries, that we will again break and reform!   

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The word "radical" points to change and challenge - change from what people are comfortable with - it isn't something that the average man on the street think is possible, it isn't something that the average man on the street may possibly desire because change can be painful, change can lead to good things as well as bad things. So, there will be those of us who have to challenge ourselves each day and break this mould of thinking that is comfortable for the average man on the street but keeps us (ironically and the man on the street) oppressed. Openness is once again a word fraught with danger - the rules of society - the mental chains of the average person - demands secrecy, deception and conformity. To be open is to be honest and to be honest is to bring light to uncomfortable situations - uncomfortable because there has to be a shift in hegemony and dynamics in order to restore balance.Radically open means challenges. It means "calling a spade, a spade". It means unshedding inhibitations of society, making a U-turn where there ain't a sign, it means new ways of being human, of bringing about kindness with the abundance of the world. Ultimately, I hope it means solutions to our existing problems because we need transparency and different ways of thinking to overcome our present challenges.    

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Radical openness is happening - and it changes how people communicate and comprehend knowledge. Instead of ignoring the change we should embrace it - the more people are radically open, the better for the world.   

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People are more exposed to different ideas than ever, but frequent fallacies still remain. While better ideas will ultimately win out, it is in many people's interests to stop these better ideas from coming to fruition. Be they businesses interested in maintaining market control or governments maintaining an authoritarian status quo, enemies of an open exchange of ideas come from the very people who have benefited from them.   
   

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The world is indeed getting more interconnected than ever. I have been fortunate enough to live through this transition, having also been part of it. Traveling overseas to study help me interact and experience different cultures, ideas and beliefs. What really helps tie everything up, is the fact that internet now is more fluid than ever, we can't really live within our shells anymore can we?     

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"Radical openness is pervasive and maybe the only way to escape from being probed, investigated and analyzed by the numerous companies and agencies that are interested in data and knowledge about us. Facebook knows more about us than the best secret service agencies ever dreamed of ten years ago.
As we thrive for more radical openness I feel the pendulum will eventually swing back and swing back in force to radical closeness. When or if that really still can happen is a matter of discussion."   

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"It is fine when we want to find about others but not comfortable reavealing myself, typical human tendency :)

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What is "Radical Openness"? This needs to be defined. Does it mean "no holds barred"? It suggests unrestricted and undoctored sharing of information, knowledge, viewpoints, etc. Are we ready, or evening willing? Governments, corporations, even religious leaders are wary of what, when and how they communicate information.  Radical or not, I think Honesty, delivered consistently and early on, is the most important factor. That, and the ability to accept honesty, is the real Openness.    

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Very positive: it is about cultural mix/melting and accepting our differences   

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crowdsourcing, crowfunding everything crowdbased   

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Radical Openness is sharing. Nowadays, blogging is the most common route to express your feelings, thinks and thoughts. This transform has gave us a tremendous overturn of remaining silent and calm for the past decade. The fast changing technologies has given us a platform to improve ourself in everyway, ie: we can share videos or thoughts everywhere by just carrying a smart phone with us. I personally think that this transformation is very good which has improved our efficiency of receiving or absorbing the latest news and information around the world.    

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I am open to change.   

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We live in a open city where people come with different culture.   

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Completely agree! An open mind gets you far in today's world.   

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It's great, as long as it saves the world.   

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Befuddled with abundance of choices. Cultural awareness.    

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I was astonished when I first entered Singapore, the most globalized country according to the book of Atlas published by National Geographic, I met people from various races and countries all over the world. I interacted with them on an online platform known as Facebook, something that is a taboo word in my home country. Radical openness certainly has its side effects such as erosion of social cohesion. However I feel that it only remains as a risk that we have to handle well with, not a detriment of radical openness. This is only the beginning of future we are about to experience.     

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Moving from China to Singapore five years ago, the experience still seams surreal. All of sudden, Facebook was an available blogging option for me and there were so much to choose from when shopping. From partially-opened society to radically-opened society, one can realize the consequence of being radically open, which is celebration of diversity of cultures.    

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Radical ideas have the power to change the world. Moving people to accept these ideas are challenging, but terribly rewarding. I find the idea of "Radical Openness" particularly exciting.   

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This phenomenon is constantly creating history. When the world is becomes more open, innovations are form, competitions are more intense and men are constantly evolving to the environment, hence resulting a stronger nation. Of course for every gain, there is bound to be a loss. And the loss will be the the ones who got left behind and can't catch up with the change, and also the pollution done by man to mother nature.   

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Like all things, radical openness is a double edged sword.    

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I think living in Singapore has made me experience rather the other side of openness, therefore I feel this topic being very important for now and here.   

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