Kevin Maney writes in a column on Scott McNealy:
As for outside projects, McNealy is hyperbolic about Curriki. “I think it is potentially as powerful as the Google idea or the MySpace idea,” he says.
McNealy got the ball rolling after working on a school project with one of his three sons and coming away from it wondering why textbooks even exist in this electronic age.
He helped develop the idea to create textbooks much the way Sun’s Java developer community creates open-source software for the Web. It’s a bit more structured than the wide-open, anyone-can-contribute mantra of Wikipedia. Still, the idea is to get experts around the world to contribute to and constantly improve Web-based textbooks and teaching aids. Then, anyone in the world could use the material for free.
“All we have to do is get this started,” McNealy says. “There are enough noble people out there who will want to work on it.”