@Steve @mike consider, too, Commons-based Peer Production... i.e. volunteering. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commons-based_peer_production
Right. But I've come to the belief political revolution is required because commons-based peer production (social production) can't displace proprietary products. The volunteer community has some stellar projects but with a few exceptions (Linux, git) volunteer groups can't contribute enough time and resources to supersede proprietary options.
For example, free/libre software smart phones and the Open Source Ecology project are making almost insignificant progress.
@mike @lightweight It's both-and. Those of us with overlapping values need to do a lot more collaborating: the co-op movement, the free software movement, the fair-trade movement, the slow-food movement, the re-skillling movement, the maker movement, the commons movement, and so on. That's how we build a political context of our own.
@mike @Steve on this issue... the key is social good and gov't funding.The way to make #FOSS succeed requires 3 things: 1. public awareness, 2. gov't support (rather than market speculation, which powers proprietary software) and 3. gov't *mandate* for open standards compliance for all software procurement... I think those three will make all the difference.
@mike @Steve I'm working on 1. here in NZ (I've been pres of https://nzoss.org.nz for quite a few years :) ), 2. is still elusive, but this is promising: https://davelane.nz/nz-and-d5-charter, and 3. I've set up https://openstandards.nz to make what I think is a very compelling case for the open standards mandate.
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