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  Open society - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In open societies, government is responsive and tolerant, and political mechanisms are transparent and flexible.
Democracies are examples of the "open society", whereas totalitarian dictatorships and autocratic monarchies are examples of the "closed society".
An open society also has to be pluralistic and multicultural, in order to benefit from the maximum number of viewpoints possible to the given problems.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Open_society   (259 words)

  
 Frequently Asked Questions - Open Society Institute-Assistance Foundation
Open societies are characterized by a reliance on the rule of law, the existence of a democratically elected government, a diverse and vigorous civil society, respect for minorities and minority opinions, and free market economy.
The Open Society Institute (OSI) is a private operating and grantmaking foundation that seeks to promote the development and maintenance of open societies around the world by supporting a range of programs in the areas of educational, social, and legal reform, and by encouraging alternative approaches to complex and often controversial issues.
Simply stated, an open society is a form of social organization based on the recognition that nobody has a monopoly on the truth, that different people have different views and interests, and that there is a need for institutions to protect the rights of all people to allow them to live together in peace.
www.osi-az.org /faq.shtml   (1887 words)

  
 The Open Society and Its Enemies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Open Society and Its Enemies is an influential two-volume work by Karl Popper written during World War II.
In The Open Society and Its Enemies, Popper developed a critique of historicism and a defence of the open society, liberal democracy.
This is dependent on Popper's reading of the emerging humanitarian ideals of Athenian democracy as the birth pangs of his coveted "open society." On this view, Plato's historicist ideas are driven by a fear of the change that comes with such a liberal worldview.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Open_Society_and_Its_Enemies   (362 words)

  
 Mongolian Foundation for Open Society   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The concept of open society is, at its most fundamental level, based on the recognition that people act on imperfect knowledge and that no one is in possession of the ultimate truth.
In practice, an open society is characterized by the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and minority opinions; democratically elected governments; a market economy in which business and government are separate; and a thriving civil society.
The priorities and specific activities of the Mongolian Foundation for Open Society are determined by a national board of directors and staff in consultation with George Soros and Open Society Institute boards and advisors.
www.soros.org.mn   (228 words)

  
 open.society.institute.croatia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Open Society Institute - Croatia is a non-profit private foundation, a part of the OSI Network, established and financed by American philanthropist George Soros.
The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grantmaking foundation based in New York City, implements a range of initiatives to promote open society by shaping government policy and supporting education, media, public health, and human and women’s rights, as well as social, legal, and economic reform.
In the new political context of a desired social change towards open society, which is the mission of the OSI, a systematic influence should be generated on the social processes and institutions.
www.soros.hr /front/index.php   (671 words)

  
 Open Society Institute - SourceWatch
The Open Society Institute (http://www.soros.org/) in New York, a 501(c)(3) organization, and international offices of the Open Society Institute, such as the one in Budapest, "provide administrative, financial, and technical support to the Soros foundations and also operate OSI initiatives, which address specific issues on a regional or network-wide basis, and other independent programs.
According to OSI, the term open society was first proposed by French philosopher Henri Bergson (1859-1941) in his book The Two Sources of Morality and Religion (1932), and developed further by the Austrian philosopher Karl Popper (1902-1994) in his 1945 book Open Society and Its Enemies.
In practice, an open society is characterized by the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and minority opinions; democratically elected governments; a market economy in which business and government are separate; and a thriving civil society."[6] (http://www.soros.org/)
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Open_Society_Institute   (1450 words)

  
 Home - The Open Society Foundation of South Africa
The OSF-SA is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society.It will work for a vigorous and autonomous civil society in which the rule of law and divergent opinions are respected.
The Open Society in South Africa is grant-making organisation, and is a member of the International Soros Foundations Network.
The Open Society Foundation was founded by George Soros in April 1993 to promote the ideal of an open society in South Africa; an ideal which includes democracy, a market economy, a strong civil society, respect for minorities and tolerance for divergent opinions.
www.osf.org.za   (476 words)

  
 The Open Society Paradox   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
After a year and a half of postings on the value of openness, the time has come for me to move on to my next project in life.
Not in my wildest imagination did I think that I'd be blogging over a 1000 posts and finding a loyal audience, which although may not have always agreed with my opinions, became faithful visitors to the site (I know many of you were suckers for the cartoons as well).
We see the movement toward greater openness in all aspects of our lives, empowered especially by technology and while there are a few hiccups along the way when voices cry out for more privacy, the trend is certainly not in that direction as David Brin prophetically pointed out years ago.
www.opensocietyparadox.com   (428 words)

  
 Open Society Justice Initiative   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Open Society Justice Initiative, an operational program of the Open Society Institute (OSI), pursues law reform activities grounded in the protection of human rights, and contributes to the development of legal capacity for open societies worldwide.
In 2002, the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) and the Open Society Justice Initiative proposed a project to examine and strengthen police accountability in South Africa.
Tbilisi, October 7, 2005—The Open Society Justice Initiative is co-sponsoring a major international conference in Georgia on October 6-7 titled "Policing Reforms in the 21st Century: Values, Structures, and Processes." The conference is examining community relations, crime prevention, internal discipline, external oversight, parliamentary and media relations, and the role of civil society.
www.justiceinitiative.org   (2990 words)

  
 Reason   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Nobody that rich, and that meddlesome in international affairs—through his massive, market-influencing hedge-fund bets against national currencies, or via his multi-billion dollar "Open Society" philanthropy in 50-plus countries—could avoid being fitted for devil's horns on a daily basis.
Until very recently, you could place most of Soros' fiercest critics in categories marked "paranoid" and "anti-democratic." In 1990s Central Europe, where he and his various organizations were ubiquitous presences (at least in the cosmopolitan capital cities), reaction to Soros was a useful if crude indicator of a politician's basic orientation.
Open Society Institutes were forcibly shut down by the thuggish governments of Yugoslavia, Croatia and Belarus, and singled out for abuse by brutish former Slovakia Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar.
www.reason.com /links/links120803.shtml   (679 words)

  
 Annual Report: Open Society Institute - Tajikistan
Political stability and social cohesion are fundamental to the very survival and development of Tajikistan-a country devastated by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the civil war that followed, leaving behind political and ethnic divisions and a disintegrated civil society in its trail.
It was in this promising atmosphere that the Open Society Institute-Tajikistan first registered with the ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs.
In an effort to educate a new generation of leaders who will have the vision and expertise required to grapple with the myriad environmental issues confronting the countries of the former Soviet Union, OSI-Tajikistan is awarding fellowships for graduate study in two-year degree programs in environmental management and policy in the United States.
www.osi.hu /annual/tajkstan.html   (646 words)

  
 Clinical Ligand Assay Society
The Clinical Ligand Assay Society cordially invites you to become an active member of the Society that promotes and educates individuals in the use of Ligand assays.
Members of the Society come from a variety of backgrounds but are unified by their special interest in ligand assays.
The Society is of a size that allows for close interaction among the members at both the national and local chapter level.
www.clas.org   (318 words)

  
 WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY
Since 1979 the Society has grown tremendously and our membership now includes current and former employees of Federal, state, and private map repositories; collectors with scholarly knowledge gained through years of study; individuals who enjoy selling maps - both old and new; and many members who simply love to learn about or collect maps.
The Portolan, the Society's journal, was established to keep members informed of upcoming meetings, exhibitions, seminars and conferences; to provide listings of new books dealing with the history of cartography; and to provide information of specific interests to our membership.
In 1994 the Society began awarding the annual Ristow Prize, named in honor of Walter F. Ristow, the founding President of the Society and former Chief of the Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.
www.washmap.org   (481 words)

  
 BiOS Home
BiOS - Biological Innovation for Open Society - is an initiative of CAMBIA to extend the metaphor and concepts of open source software and distributive innovation to applications of the life sciences to human and environmental well being.
We are adapting licensing and distributive collaboration aspects of the open source movement to enhance transparency, accessibility and capability to use patented technology, public domain science, life sciences know-how and materials.
Biological Open Source (BiOS) is focused on the enablement of creative people everywhere.
www.bios.net   (170 words)

  
 Open Society Archives
The Open Society Archives -- OSA -- is an archives and a center for research and education.
Research room new and extended opening hours: the archives research room is open to the public from 10 am.
The Galeria Centralis will open its new exhibition in the spring of 2006, while the Bistro will welcome its first guests in November.
www.osa.ceu.hu   (529 words)

  
 The New Zealand Open Source Society |
The points raised by the NZOSS in response to the SSC's recent recommendation document covering the use of Open Source Software were discussed, and a means of involving input from the NZOSS in the creation of the document's successor was formulated.
This is an article in the Australian Computer world about Peter Quinn, the erstwhile CIO of the State Government of Massachusetts and one of the chief proponents of the move to the Open Document Format.
The risk in the education sector is even worse as even the fact that you attended an institution who signed an agreement may be an issue although you may never have seen the code yourself.
www.nzoss.org.nz   (764 words)

  
 Extracts from "The Open Society and Its Enemies Volume 1: The Spell of Plato" by Karl Raimund Popper (Originally ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
It is their attempt to build up an open society which rejects the absolute authority to preserve, to develop, and to establish traditions, old or new, that measure up to their standards of freedom, of humaneness, and of rational criticism.
These achievements are impaired by his hatred of the society in which he was living, and by his romantic love for the old tribal form of social life.
It is the morality of the closed society - of the group, or of the tribe; it is the morality of the closed society - of the group, or of the tribe; it is not individual selfishness, but it is collective selfishness.
lachlan.bluehaze.com.au /books/popper_open_society_vol1.html   (16931 words)

  
 Southeast Historical Keyboard Society
The Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, founded in 1980, is a non-profit, regional organization committed to the promotion of interest in and the study of early keyboard instruments, principally harpsichord, clavichord, fortepiano, and organ prior to 1860, and the music intended for these instruments.
The recent annual meeting of the Midwestern and Southeastern Historical Keyboard Societies was March 7-9, 2002, in Bethlehem to get a close-up view of this remarkable musical heritage.
Hosted by Moravian College, the theme of the meeting was "Music and Keyboard Instruments in the Moravian Communities." An integral part of the meeting were semi-final and final rounds of the Mae and Irving Jurow International Harpsichord Competition sponsored by the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society.
www.sehks.org   (514 words)

  
 Open Society Initiative for West Africa | "Helping West Africans to Build Open Societies"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
OSIWA is dedicated to supporting the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, the rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation.
OSIWA further recognizes the importance of incorporating global developments in building open societies and seeks a greater commitment to the region by rich nations.
OSIWA Program staff, was in Libera (February 27 - 28, 2006) and Togo (March 1 - 5, 2006) as part of the 14-country consultative meeting process started since last year.
www.osiwa.org   (271 words)

  
 Society for Neuroscience | Home
A new SfN Strategic Plan has been adopted that identifies the Society's key challenges and opportunities, and outlines the guiding principles and action plans to achieve SfN's mission.
SfN leaders urge members to be engaged in the discussion of the feasibility of open access models for scientific journal publishing.
Applications for new membership must be received by May 5 to be eligible to submit an abstract.
web.sfn.org   (467 words)

  
 Europa - Information Society - Free & Open Source Software - Introduction
Software has gained so much in importance in almost every sector of society that it has become a strategic societal resource.
Links to European activities related to open source and to some well-known websites on the subject are provided.
In first instance the information provided focuses on activities of Information Society DG and the IDA programme of DG Enterprise, as these activities are key to the development of the European Information Society.
europa.eu.int /information_society/activities/opensource/index_en.htm   (364 words)

  
 American Musicological Society   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The American Musicological Society was founded in 1934 as a non-profit organization to advance research in the various fields of music as a branch of learning and scholarship.
At present, 3,600 individual members and 1,200 institutional subscribers from forty nations participate in the Society.
The American Musicological Society rejects as unethical discrimination against anyone on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, ideology, or field of scholarship.
www.sas.upenn.edu /music/ams   (89 words)

  
 index   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
ABOUT US Saskatoon Open Door Society Inc. is a non-profit organization which has provided services to refugees and immigrants since 1981.
The Saskatoon Open Door Society's newsletter, Welcome Mat, is published twice a year.
Volunteers are an integral part of the Saskatoon Open Door Society, especially in the HOST and Homework Help Programs.
www.sods.sk.ca   (196 words)

  
 The Endocrine Society : Home
Endocrine Insider: Society and Senate Majority Leader Co-Host Briefing on Obesity...
Society Joins Forces with Congress to Combat Obesity
Congressional leaders heard directly from the country's leading medical experts and Congressional Staff in a public dialogue that addressed obesity from both medical and behavioral perspectives.…
www.endo-society.org   (487 words)

  
 The Boston Clavichord Society
The Boston Clavichord Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of the clavichord and its music.
The society sponsors concerts, masterclasses, lecture/demonstrations and other clavichord-related events.
The clavichords, patterned after a Christian Gotthelf Hoffman instrument of 1784 now in the Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments, are especially fine and are today prized by collectors.
www.bostonclavichord.org   (150 words)

  
 Open Society Institute and Soros Foundation Network
A Gulf Coast activist investigating claims of people left to die in a New Orleans prison during the Katrina storm and a university professor examining how technology can reduce incarceration rates are among this year's Open Society Institute Soros Justice Fellows.
South Africa faces challenges meeting international standards of justice as well as those of its own constitution, according to this report by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and AfriMAP.
Founder and chairman of the Open Society Institute and Soros foundations network.
www.soros.org   (330 words)

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