Are you a Generous Mind?

Are you a Generous Mind? If you are intrigued by the idea, this is a place to explore what it means to you. Our blog focuses on helping you to learn what it means to be generous with what you know. You will find helpful tips and encouraging examples that will inspire you to release your ideas to the world! Find out more at www.generousmind.com.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Is Generosity Worth It?

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
Howard Aiken (1900 - 1973)

Some people are very concerned about the possibility of an idea being stolen. They copyright, trademark and patent their assets. This is smart. In fact, it is only natural to put that mark of ownership.

However, the greater question is why they are doing this. Most people who are very focused on this, do it so that they will be able to take their ideas and produce products, services and content that can be offered to the world. If you were to really push them to respond to you, I think you would find that their reason for protecting their work is to be able to offer it to the world in a way that will help sustain their livelyhood and also sustain the quality of the product.

So this discussion of public domain and copywrite isn't as easy as we sometimes make it. We demonize either party without realizing that the Generous Mind can exist in both camps.

How do we recognize a Generous Mind?

The 20th Century elevated the knowable. Knowledge, science, research was the key to understanding the world around us. So as many of us have grown up, the world has told us what a smart person will do and look like. They will be business people, educators, consultants - knowledge workers.

If we assume that only those who are the traditional knowledge workers can be generous with their minds, we are missing some of the greatest minds. The 21st Century has a different value than the knowable. This century we elevate the being. So who are the experts today? Who are the ones who share with the world how to "be?" Think about this as you meet people tomorrow and ask yourself this, "Does this person have a true heart to help me "become" more today?"