An Ecosystem and a Sharing Philosophy
Chapter 10: A sharing philosophy—changing the game
This book goes beyond presenting the game of the ‘publish or perish’ culture, the ‘state of the misery’ and ‘crisis in research’. The four main contributions for changing the game and readdressing true scholarship are presented. First is sorting the ‘crisis in research’ discussion into an ecosystem framework, and showing the importance of individual as well as common and synchronized actions. Second is illustrating a ‘sharing philosophy’ of scholarship. The sharing philosophy is communal, open and impact-driven. I am also arguing for the importance of applying a scholarly life cycle perspective, and that ‘Life is too short to drink bad wine’. We should care for others so that they become skilled and motivated to do the same. Third is appreciating diversity among scholarly associations. Diversity may meet local or specific needs, but semi-independent intellectual traditions are important for intellectual processes. Fourth is reflecting on the importance of champions, benchmarks, examples and lighthouses for ‘returning to meaning’ and ‘true scholarship’.
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