On communities, cooperation and charities

Lessons learned from 18 years engagement with open source and free software


Free software communities have grown mature over the past years. Perceived as rebels in the very early days, they are nowadays widely recognized and appreciated. Like in life, growing up and professionalizing comes with a very own set of challenges and questions. Apart from factual discussions about governance, licensing or legal structures, the human factor plays an even more important role.

In this talk, I share my very personal experience with open source communities, dive into some ideas on project governance and nonprofit entities and shed a light on the valuable lessons I learned as well as the many mistakes I made.