Doc Searls writes:
# Ideas aren’t physical. Regardless of the legalities, treating ideas as possessions insults their vast combustive power. Jefferson put it best: “The moment [an idea] is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of everyone, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.”
# Ideas aren’t worth jack unless other people can put them to use.
# Ideas won’t change the world unless others can improve on them.
# Ideas grow by participation, not isolation.
# Ideas change as they grow. Their core remains the same, but their scope enlarges with successful use.
# Ideas have unexpected results. No one person can begin to imagine all the results of a good idea. That’s another reason to welcome participation.