The mission of Open Economies is to support developing nations
as they embrace digital technology and digitally-enabled entrepreneurship
as a means to economic and social development. We focus on understanding
and working with others to create policy, legal, regulatory, and
fiscal conditions that encourage digital entrepreneurship and
development. Open Economies' guiding conviction is that digital
entrepreneurship is vital to accelerating economic growth and
alleviating poverty, as well as to promoting democracy and social
Leaders from all sectors -- government, business, and non-profits
-- in developing countries are creating policy, legal, regulatory,
and fiscal conditions to encourage these technology-rich businesses.
Those of us in the industrialized nations can help in a variety
of ways, and need to seize the opportunity.
It is of critical importance that nations become innovators
in the world economy, that nations find distinctive ways to contribute
one to another. We believe that digital strategy and innovation
strategy are and should be intertwined.
We bring together academic, business, government, and non-profit
organizations and leaders to collaborate on advancing development
Creative activities occur in four areas:
First, in order to better understand the needs of entrepreneurs,
we carry out case studies in conjunction with specific businesses
seeking to expand in knowledge-based, information and communications-intensive
markets. These case studies are directed by the Open Economies
Second, in order to better understand the needs of policy makers,
we carry out case studies on public policy. These cases provide
a valuable resource to those involved in policy, whether government
ministers, business leaders, or leaders representing other aspects
of civil society. These case studies are directed by the Open
Economies Policy Director.
Third, we are deeply committed to the process of "cross-sectoral"
collaboration, especially between non-profits, businesses, and
government. We believe that many of the most creative solutions
to development challenges occur when people from different backgrounds
come together in dialogue and shared action. As such, Open Economies
not only works at the multilateral level, and is an official participant
in the Digital Opportunity Task Force (DOT Force) of the G-8 Group
of Nations and the United Nations Information and Communications
Task Force, but we also work at the regional and local levels
and collaborate with organizations such as Bridges.org, an NGO
active in Southern Africa, and Geekcorps, a U.S.-based non-profit
organization that pairs volunteers from the high-tech world with
small businesses in emerging nations.
Fourth, we are active in Internet and media communications.
Our goal is to promote cooperation in bridging the digital divide,
engage a breadth of people in dialogue about law and public policy
-- and provide a platform for shared learning about the broader
issues of "digital culture" raised by the worldwide
spread of information and communication technologies.