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Should open source leaders go native?

Anthropologists who traveled to the jungle to study various tribes would debate (half jokingly) whether to “go native”???that is, whether to adopt the lifestyle of the people they were trying to understand, or to keep their distance (and scientific objectivity). It was a research design choice, but also a fundamental choice about one’s identity as a more-than-interested visitor.

Leaders in the new world of networks and virtual communities face a similar identity choice.