Making dollars and sense of open source funding's future*
Sustainably funding public goods is hard, just ask your local government. We know FLOSS benefits everyone, whether or not users contributed to its development. How then can we reach the world of everyone working on software they love while making a livable wage? We have been working on concept called 'crowdmatching' that creates a network effect through mutual assurance to fund the commons.
Sustainably funding public goods is hard, just ask your local government. We know FLOSS benefits everyone, whether or not users contributed to its development. How then can we reach the world of everyone working on software they love while making a livable wage?
Snowdrift.coop is a crowdfunding platform for the commons. We are tackling the ‘snowdrift dilemma’: everyone wants a clear road but waits to see if others will do the work. Our mechanism combines mutual assurance, subscriptions, and a concept we call ‘crowdmatching’ to create a network effect and sustainably fund public goods.
Our organization is a non-profit multi-stakeholder co-op, all code is 100% free/libre/open, and after a period in the OSI incubator, we plan to be fully funded through the mechanism just like any other project.
You won’t need an economics degree to understand our method and you will walk away with a grasp on the difficulties and solutions for funding not only software projects, but any public good.
crowdmatching, crowdfunding, economics
During high school I cut my teeth speaking at primary school assemblies and classrooms about the dangers of tobacco use.
In 2007 I took over the Greater Seattle Linux Users Group (GSLUG) and lead monthly meetings for 8 years, occasionally doing formal presentations.
While attending the University of Washington I was able to take two advanced public speaking courses.
In 2014 I began speaking at FLOSS conferences and related communities.
Starting with LinuxFest Northwest (LFNW), I have also presented at FOSDEM, LibrePlanet, SeaGL, Shanghai Barcamp, Toorcamp, and XinCheJian.
I've presented this in lightning talk format at FOSDEM, SeaGL, and LibrePlanet. Also, as a full presentation at Shanghai Barcamp.
/?/ Kilted Globetrotter,
and Lifelong Hacker /?/
Wm Salt Hale is a Seattle local who studies Technology and Society at the University of Washington (UW) Department of Communication and is the Community Director at Snowdrift.coop.
He focuses on Free/Libre/Open Source Software (FLOSS) and Culture; Hackers, Makers, and Breakers; and Computer-Mediated Communication using real-time synchronous systems.
Salt attends, organizes, and speaks worldwide at: conferences, conventions, events, festivals, and faires; on the topics of communication, crowdmatching, gnu/linux, information security, music, science fiction/fantasy, web development, and windsurfing. He is very approachable and will always be found wearing a kilt.