One cultural shift away, towards fairer science - EuroScientist journal
" ... However, technology alone does not have the power to make change happen. It just facilitates such a move. This shift in attitude towards the scientific and innovation processes requires scientists to muster all the plasticity that their brain can offer. That’s because it takes a lot of will power to step away from the traditional ways of practising science, and to revisit the notion of research competitivity. Competitivity might have driven science in recent years. But it does not foster a spirit of collaboration. The trouble is, to be able to take, you need to be able to give. The ‘giftivism’ movement may bring a welcome evolution to the current research culture. This approach advocates giving to others, through radical generous acts, as a means of changing the relationship between people. And, ultimately, it harbours the noble aim to alter the values driving change–away from greed and secrecy. This movement is partly based on the concept that generosity changes our outlook on life, down to the last neural connections ..."