Radically Transparent Research (RTR) is emerging as a new qualitative researchparadigm that is primarily about seeing and creating possibilities
.In order to do this, I need to explain what I mean by radical transparency and by research, sincethose are the two existing and separate components that RTR joins together.
What is Radical Transparency?
refers to the cultural practices used by healthy open communities (Free/Libreand open source software, open content, and open hardware projects) to expose their work in asclose to realtime as possible and in a way that makes it possible for others to freely and non-destructively experiment with it.Let's break this down.
Radical transparency is
a praxis that has been adopted across various domains (for instance, the production of encyclopedias, operating systems, web browsers, and so forth) by communities of practice as part of their practice. A
community of practice
, a notion first articulated by sociologistsJean Lave and Etienne Wenger (1991), consists of a
of people who share a common
of knowledge (Wenger, McDermott, & Snyder, 2002).Exploring all the possible permutations for domains, communities, and practices gets complicatedquickly. Multiple communities of practice may exist for a given domain; BSD, Linux, OSX, andWindows are all situated within the domain of operating systems development, but the former two