Distinguished Speaker Series with Steven Weber



  • The Co-evolution of Innovation: How Open and Closed Systems Together Will Shape the Future of Property Rights

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    Steven Weber

    Director of the Institute of International Studies UC Berkeley

    Author, "The Success of Open Source"


    Introduction By

    Jerry Fiddler, Founder - Wind River

    Co-hosted by the Computer History MuseumThe Institute for the FutureACM San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and CSPA

    In this talk I will critique the naive use of 'the commons' notion and explain how open source does and does not reflect the logic of the commons. Societies and economies, in fact, are made up of an ever changing mix of open and closed property systems. And so are the production systems that companies use to add value to inputs. My argument rests on the proposition that open and closed systems work together, depend on each other for their vitality, and co-evolve to create a faster and more effective path to innovation. The world of business and technology is today engaged in a huge experiment in optimal allocation, figuring out what different parts of the value creation system ought to be taking place in open and closed systems -- and how these systems relate to each other. The fate of many companies, and the strength of national economies, may depend on how this “experiment” turns out.


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    Speaker Bio: Steven Weber

    Steven Weber was appointed Director of the Institute of International Studies on July 1, 2004.

    Professor Weber, a specialist in International Relations, is Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley, an associate with the International Computer Science Institute, and affiliated faculty of the Energy and Resources Group. His areas of special interest include international politics and the political economy of knowledge-intensive industries.

    Professor Weber earned his Bachelor's degree in History at Washington University, and entered medical school at Stanford, where he studied for two years before switching to Political Science, where he obtained his Master's. After another brief stint in medical school, he returned to the Political Science department for his Ph.D. He joined the Berkeley faculty in 1988.

    Professor Weber has served as special consultant to the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London and has held academic fellowships with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is a member of the Global Business Network in Emeryville, California, and actively consults with government agencies on foreign policy issues, risk analysis, strategy, and forecasting.

    Weber’s publications include Cooperation and Discord in U.S.-Soviet Arms Control (Princeton University Press); the edited book Globalization and the European Political Economy (Columbia University Press); and numerous articles and chapters in the areas of U.S. foreign policy, the political economy of trade and finance, politics of the post-Cold War world, and European integration. His newest book, The Success of Open Source, has just been released by Harvard University Press.

    For more information on Steven Weber, see the Conversations with History interview (2003), "Power in the Information Age." 

    Event Logistics


    PARC-George E. Pake Auditorium

    3333 Coyote Hill Road

    Palo Alto, CA


    6:00-7:00pm Registration/Networking & Light Snacks

    7:00-9:00pm Program




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