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This is bigger than us: Building a future for Open Source

by Lena Reinhard

Published September 14, 2014 in Technology

If you prefer watching the video of the talk, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-thLNvxFUu4

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This talk takes you on a journey – from the days of the Easter Islands around 700CE, over the mid-15th century in England to Mars and rain forests of our days and finally to the future of Free, Libre and Open Source Software (OSS) and tech in general.

On our way, we take a close look at tech culture and see why this culture is the key to building its future. We think about the core values of OSS, amongst them freedom, democracy and decentralization, take a look at software-development as an act of representation and find out why diversity (regarding gender, skills, ethnicities, ideas / backgrounds and more) and user-centered approaches will be core determinants when we want to build a future for Open Source.

This talk aims to encourage everyone of us to broaden our horizons when it comes to how far we can go collectively with all our Open Source projects when we’re thinking about their future, - and it wants to show how only widening our communities, aiming for diversity and sustainability will enable us to build this future together.

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This Talk was presented at JSConf EU 2014 http://2014.jsconf.eu/speakers/lena-reinhard-this-is-bigger-than-us-building-a-future-for-open-source.html and JSIst 2014 http://lanyrd.com/2014/jsist/sddxhc/

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