I've been traveling between universities and academic conferences and open source gatherings and hackfests for quite some time now. A year ago, I started compiling a list of points of parity and points of difference between the two cultures.
3 comments Posted 4 May 2011 by Mel Chua Feed
On April 15, NASA concluded the first year of its Open Government Initiative by releasing a status report on 150 milestones of 19 open government projects and three flagship initiatives. "NASA continues to innovate on its approach to open government," said Nick Skytland of NASA's Open Government... Read more
0 comments Posted 20 Apr 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Open source has achieved a bit of popularity in the tech world, and has even become a bit mainstream. I sadly think this means that many have and will continue to miss the point of what being open source really means. Open source doesn't just mean showing source code. Many people think that such... Read more
4 comments Posted 19 Apr 2011 by David Nalley Feed
In a July 2010 post on, Jonathan Opp wrote about the nature of giving and participating in a gift culture/economy. One point that he mentions is the benefit of giving freely, without strings attached. I’d like to expand on that, since I think there’s a lot we can learn from... Read more
8 comments Posted 18 Apr 2011 by Kartik Subbarao Feed
Jeremy Gutsche is an innovation expert, host of Trend Hunter TV, and the founder of, the world’s largest network for trend spotting and innovation. He has been described as “a new breed of trend spotter” by The Guardian, “an eagle eye” by Global TV, and “on the forefront of cool... Read more
0 comments Posted 13 Apr 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
Last week, Google Senior Vice President of Product Management Jonathan Rosenberg resigned after almost 10 years at the firm. While the comings and goings of tech industry executives aren’t typically that interesting to me, I found this news fascinating for a couple of reasons.
10 comments Posted 12 Apr 2011 by Chris Grams Feed
Have you taken the Ada Initiative Census? Nearly 2,000 people have taken part so far to help measure women's participation and representation in open technology and culture. “We want to know what women are working on and how each community’s culture affects women,” said Ada Initiative co-founder... Read more
0 comments Posted 28 Mar 2011 by Ruth Suehle (Red Hat) Feed
"I would not give a fig for the simplicity on this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity." —Oliver Wendell Holmes When it comes to managing their costs, most companies operate with a simple model. They start by trying to maximize their... Read more
0 comments Posted 18 Mar 2011 by Raj Sisodia (Red Hat) Feed
Earlier this week, Fast Company posted an article by Jens Martin Skibsted and Rasmus Bech Hansen (thanks to Gunnar Hellekson for sending it my way) that may be of interest to folks seeing success with their open source and open innovation efforts. The article is entitled "User-Led Innovation Can't... Read more
11 comments Posted 16 Feb 2011 by Chris Grams Feed
Recently, fellow writer Chris Grams remarked that our collection of articles and tips on community-building was getting rather large. Perhaps we had the material to write a set of best practices for building communities. So here’s my stab at it.
1 comment Posted 1 Feb 2011 by Rebecca Fernandez (Red Hat) Feed