Many-to-Many: Open Source Innovation Practices: Some norms such as the right to fork, open participation and self-organizing contribution strengthen this opportunity and provide models for consideration beyond software development. When a project can be forked, it provides a balance against poor management (albeit at a cost) and fosters a leadership style that lets other express ideas and have them be heard. Leadership forms the core of a social network of innovation, being an arbiter of information and quality outcomes. Open participation is essential to innovation, to bring in new people with new ideas. By self-organizing I don’t mean some high falutin’ emergence, but the simple freedom for people to choose where to contribute based on their expertise and personal motivation. Some good reading there from Ross Mayfield. Some rambling on, but some very good insights.