# Beyond the license: open source as a framework for building high performing healthy organizations
In this session we will explore ways in which the spirit of open source can be used to build organizations of openness and transparency, collaboration, trust, self-organization and distributed responsibility.
We will start with a case study: The story of how Taiwan society has leveraged open source tools and methodologies to implement transparency, participation, and collaboration, across, within and between government and civil society. The open collaboration across all sections of Taiwan society has resulted in the development of impressive open source tools, processes for civic participation, new media infrastructure and online democracy. Taiwan's experiments in enacting a responsible, deliberative, direct democracy offer a positive and practical vision for the future of government.
Drawing from Taiwan's experiments we will look at tools and processes that can be creatively used to transform your organization.
The open source community and Taiwan’s government had been collaboratively developing a novel, effective conglomeration of civic technologies, government commitments, and mass media dedicated to the public conversation needs of a nation’s democratic process. They call it vTaiwan, and it’s part of a democratic evolution within Taiwanese society that leverages open source tools and methodologies to implement a form of responsible, deliberative, direct democracy that offers a positive and practical vision for the future of government.
The vTaiwan process routinely leads to passage of laws by Taiwan’s national legislature. Taiwan’s new premier declared in a cross-ministry meeting that “all substantial national issues should go through a vTaiwan-like process.” But national politics is just one peice of the pie.
Our panel will offer an overview of what’s happening in Taiwan, explain the tools and techniques they’re using to make their society more democratic, and offer ideas and insights for how we can make democracy in the US more direct.
Start with DU talk structure
Intro and Taiwan (backstory, g0v, PDIS)