We live in an open world despite all boundaries. Technology and the Internet have brought people closer. Societies have evolved to rely on the knowledge economy. Education has transformed from supply on information and basic scientific facts and skills to innovation and creativity. There are new business concepts that strongly rely on open innovation, and new mechanisms to create values. Laws have been put in place to support these new methodologies. This talk will shed the light on these concepts, and will highlight the value of "openness" in the knowledge society.