Open Source challenges us to share our best work, and enables us to learn when someone improves upon that work.
Open Source frees information and ideas for community ideation, collaboration, and iteration. It’s a faster track to better results and a more united design and tech communities.
When I first plugged my computer to the telephone line it was rather magical. Those sweet chirping modem sounds connected me to a place full of knowledge, optimism and collaboration. With every link clicked I would learn something new. I had found an exciting place to call home.
I believe that the concept of Open Source in technology is the equivalent of a free education system in a society. When everyone is given the equal opportunity to learn, forward thinking opportunities arise.
In the modern world, big advancements in technology have been made by multiple minds working together. Open Source has made this possible in many ways, allowing several people to contribute, build upon, and improve ideas, while at the same time creating new ones.
Open Source is an essential part of technology, allowing those that benefit from software to give back to the community, resulting in a better world.
People or entities that do not have the resources to acquire proprietary software or technology are given a chance with Open Source, allowing them to benefit from quality software that’s been improved by the community, and liberating themselves from proprietary solutions.
Like many other a12s (and way more people outside the company), Open Source has changed my life. Its principles afforded me the opportunity to get started along my path of building stuff for the web in the first place. That path has lead to a better life for myself, and anyone else who is using my work. That is an incredibly powerful thing.
My colleague Joan Rho says it perfectly:
“Open Source is liberating—it encourages collaboration, celebrates experimentation, inspires new ideas, forgives mistakes, and rewards iteration. It’s humble and imperfect, but in the end it benefits everyone.”
Community & the sharing of knowledge in the Open Source world has helped me immensely along my journey. It’s a small aspect of the whole Open Source philosophy, but one I value a lot.
Open Source is protection against tyranny.
Open Source is liberating—it encourages collaboration, celebrates experimentation, inspires new ideas, forgives mistakes, and rewards iteration. It’s humble and imperfect, but in the end it benefits everyone.
Open Source reflects the ethos of any fruitful age of humanity. It is, at its core, about the open dissemination of knowledge and expression; of acknowledging that nothing is created in a vacuum, and that our entire existence relies on building upon what others have laid before us. Every discipline, every art-form, every scientific theory, every tool and craft, every renaissance has developed thanks to the incalculable wealth and encouragement of the shared knowledge that humanity has built through the ages. The fabric of an open web relies on the same principles. It’s both a privilege and a responsibility to give more than what we take from the world and from the vast archives of human knowledge.