John Jones from the Case Foundation will give us a tour of what's working at the intersection of open source software and civic tech. See you there!
Open source software, technology that is shared and collaborated on between people and organizations worldwide, is a driving force behind the breakthrough achievements in the tech sector and broader private industry overall. We view open source software as a form of virtually limitless philanthropic potential. Once code becomes open source it can have unlimited benefactors and beneficiaries who can use, improve, and share that technology for their own benefit and for the benefit of the community.
However, in the social sector, we’ve observed that the core concepts behind open source, sharing and collaboration on technology solutions that benefit many interested parties, are largely missing. Why is it that not more social sector actors share and collaborate on part or whole technology projects? And is the sector taking full advantage of the wealth of open source resources already in existence thanks to the uncounted hours individuals and corporations have dedicated to open source? Are there a set of key barriers sector-wide preventing this? We’re exploring and seeking to answer questions like those this year with the goal that we may confidently identify and begin addressing those issues for the benefit of the sector.